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Q&A with the county county chairman

This is the first of a series of Q&A sessions with various top elected officials in Newton County. To suggest questions for specific city or county issues, email reporter Rob Dewig at rdewig@covnews.

July 19, 2014 | | LOCAL


Newton’s first police dog has died

Diva's favorite place in the house was the cool floor in front of the fireplace, and her mom's favorite picture of Diva is her doing just that.

July 19, 2014 | Kayla Robins krobins@covnews.com | LOCAL


Challenges facing farmers today and tomorrow

Though farming was once big business in the United States, by 2012 less than 1 percent of Americans were professional farmers. Many challenges face today's farmers, many of which are largely unknown to the general public.

July 19, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Ag teachersattend GVATA conference

Beth Galloway, Catrina Pollard, Marcus Pollard and Melissa Snyder, agricultural educators in Newton County Schools in Covington, Georgia, are four of the 405 teachers from across the state who attended the annual Georgia Vocational Agricultural Teachers Association (GVATA) Summer Leadership Conference held July 6-9, 2014 in Jekyll Island, Georgia.

July 19, 2014 | | LOCAL


Newton County FFA officers attend retreat

The 2014-2015 Newton County FFA Officer Team participated in a leadership retreat on June 23-27. The retreat was organized by Newton County FFA Advisor Melissa Snyder and took place at Newton High School in Covington, Georgia.

July 19, 2014 | Ashley Vilmenay Newton County FFA | LOCAL


What is Newton College and Career Academy?

I have returned to Newton County. It feels good to be back in the county with people in the community that I previously worked with when I was a Newton County Extension Agent. One change I have seen is that some of the adults I am calling upon for assistance in the agriculture program were my former 4-H kids. My new position as an agriculture teacher at Newton College and Career Academy has given me the opportunity to work in the subject area I love, agriculture, and with students in class and the FFA program.

July 19, 2014 | Beth Galloway Newton College and Career Academy Agriculture Teacher | LOCAL


Newton County FFA members attend summer leadership camp

This summer 19 students from Newton High School and Newton County FFA were challenged to grow as leaders to find their "hero within." They were part of more than 2,500 students who attended the FFA-FCCLA Summer Leadership Camp at the Georgia FFA-FCCLA Center in Covington. Summer Leadership camp provides a fun and exciting environment for students to develop their leadership and teamwork skills and to interact with other students from across the state.

July 19, 2014 | Ashley Vilmenay Newton County FFA | LOCAL


County OKs tax increase

The Newton County Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 to adopt a 5 percent tax increase as part of its new annual budget.

July 17, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Hospital asks for more from county

Officials say the combination of Obamacare with an increase in people using the emergency room as their primary doctors is putting Newton Medical Center in trouble.

July 17, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Starbound Dance Studio owner arrested

The former owner of Starbound Dance Studio in Porterdale was arrested on Wednesday by the Newton County Sheriff's Office on 13 counts of theft by conversion.

July 17, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Newton Newsflash: More construction this weekend

If you're out and about this weekend, avoid sections of I-20 in Newton County as construction continues. Lane closures and long delays can be expected in the following areas and times:

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Social Circle home moving to new location

It took about five years to get funds and to complete the process to move the 186-year-old home, said Mike Owens, owner of Magnolia Manor, the new location of the home. The Historic Preservation Society of Social Circle (HPSSC) had pledged $10,000 for anyone who promised to move and restore the home, which was a significant chunk of the fundraising efforts needed to make the move official. The money was officially presented to Owens Monday by HPSSC President Dena Johnston and Treasurer Charles Thompson. Owens, utility workers and others who are invested in the preservation of the building worked ...

July 17, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


County tightens Salem/Crowell zoning overlay

There will be no pawn shops or check-cashing businesses in the Salem/Almon/Crowell roads overlay district, according to changes adopted Tuesday night by the Newton County Board of Commissioners.

July 17, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Golfing for Laurie

More than six months of fundraising efforts by donors, including Covington residents, will come to a head this Saturday at the Golfing for Laurie golf tournament at Ashton Hills.

July 17, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | LOCAL


Get the beat

Students attending Arts Association in Newton County's Musical Theater Camp rehearse for their final performance of the summer.

July 17, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


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Covington, Social Circle plan events for Nov. 11

Ceremonies will be held in Covington and Social Circle on Thursday to mark Veterans Day.

November 10, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Sailing in the Pacific

The battleship U.S.S. Iowa was good to Grier Sims.

November 10, 2010 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL


From Normandy beach

Porterdale native Clarence Capell got to ride across Europe during World War II.

November 10, 2010 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL


Local World War II Veterans

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November 10, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Washington Street hosts 6th annual casino night

Afros, dashikis and go-go boots will abound at 7 p.m., Saturday at the Alcovy Road campus of DeKalb Technical College, as Washington Street Community Center plays host to its sixth annual Casino Royale fundraiser.

November 10, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


From pantry to park

A group of Oxford College of Emory University students are turning an old food pantry site into a community park.

November 10, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


IDA industrial rezoning request supported

The Covington Planning Commission voted Tuesday to recommend approval of the annexation and rezoning to heavy industrial of 160 acres owned by the Newton County Industrial Development Authority along Ga. Highway 142 and Airport Road.

November 09, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Oxford man dies in wreck

The victim of Monday afternoon's fatality wreck has been identified as 39-year-old Terrance Michael Collins of Oxford. He was killed after being thrown from his motorcycle during the accident.

November 09, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Fatality motorcycle accident on Stone Road

A fatality accident involving a motorcycle occurred near the recycling center on Stone Road around 4:30 p.m.

November 08, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Local communities to honor veterans on Thursday

Ceremonies will be held in Covington and Social Circle on Thursday to mark Veterans Day.

November 08, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Heroes by Happenstance

Two Snapping Shoals EMC employees are being honored for their bravery Monday by receiving Life Saving Awards from Georgia EMC. If not for Farron Head and Ken Ellington, two Newton County residents may have lost their lives this year.

November 07, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Baby attacked by raccoons remains critical

A 9-month-old baby remains in critical condition and will have to receive rabies vaccinations after being attacked in her crib by two raccoons early Wednesday morning.

November 07, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Erosion and sediment control plan reviews protect Newton County’s environmental resources

The Upper Ocmulgee River Soil and Water Conservation District strives to protect soil and water resources in Newton and Jasper Counties. While Jasper County remains predominantly rural, Newton County has become more urban in nature. Considering the potential environmental impacts from land disturbing activities to Newton County's streams and stream buffers and possible Federal Clean Water Act violations, a thorough review of the erosion and sediment control plans is important. The Newton County Board of Commissioners contracts with the Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission on behalf of the county and the soil and water conservation district to fund ...

November 07, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


More filming projects looking at county

Two more movie projects are looking at sites in Newton County as the area continues to be a hotbed for filming.

A horror movie is looking to film in Newton County's rural southern portion, an area that recently served as a desolate backdrop for the TV series "The Walking Dead", which is playing currently on AMC.

November 07, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


A quiet day at the library

A novel way to spend a weekend: Saturdays are always nice, relaxing days at the Covington library.

November 07, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


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