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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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The menace of Cyber Bullying

When Leslie first moved to Newton County from her small Midwestern hometown, her biggest concern was leaving the friends she had grown up with. She never guessed that finding friends here would be as much heartbreak as it has turned out to be.

"I have zero friends," the 15-year-old, whose last name was withheld to protect her from further bullying, said in a telephone conversation earlier this month. "And it's not like I had these friends and we got into a fight or anything. I just have never had them here. Kids make fun of everything about me."

September 26, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Ride for the CURE

Snapping Shoals EMC, in support of the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, held its seventh annual Ride for the Cure motorcycle ride fundraiser on Saturday.

September 26, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


USDA announces surveys

Over the next two months, vegetable growers in the United States will have the opportunity to provide first-hand information on their production practices when they participate in the Vegetable Chemical Use Survey, conducted by the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service.

"This survey will give 160 Georgia vegetable producers the opportunity to explain how they use agricultural chemicals and manage pests to produce a safe, high-quality food supply," said Doug Kleweno, director of the NASS Georgia Field Office. "The data will help support the policies and programs that protect the health ahnd safety of agriculture producers, workers and consumers alike."

September 26, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Picture of the Day - Sept. 27

The Eastside High School Marching Band provided music during halftime of Friday night's game against Spalding as the homecoming court was introduced on the field.

To see more photos, click on the links under Related Content.

September 25, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Picture of the Day - Sept. 26

Snapping Shoals EMC, in support of the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, held its seventh annual Ride for the Cure motorcycle ride fundraiser on Saturday.

To see more photos, click on the links under Related Content.

September 25, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Picture of the Day - Sept. 25

Nancy East was crowned homecoming queen during halftime of Eastside High School's Friday night game against Spalding.

To see more photos, click on the links under Related Content.

September 25, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


DeKalb police helicopter crashes at Covington airport

A DeKalb County Police Department helicopter crashed and caught fire about 4:45 p.m. Friday at the Covington Municipal Airport.

According to Capt. Rob Christopher of the Covington Fire Department, two DeKalb County officers were working on maneuvers when the helicopter crashed. The officers sustained minor injuries and were transported to Atlanta Medical Center

September 25, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Picture of the day - Sept. 24

A Bricton Farm cow takes a break from eating to curiously look at the camera Friday morning.

To see more photos, click on the links under Related Content.

September 24, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Defendants in Nichols murder case go to court

Security was enhanced at the Newton County Judicial Center Thursday because of motion hearings for several men accused on multiple charges in the murder of Andrew Nichols late last year.

September 24, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Nelson Heights business cleaning up junk cars

Curtis Goss is cleaning up his act, moving junk cars from his 24-hour towing and road service business at the intersection of Puckett and Laseter streets in the heart of Nelson Heights.

September 24, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


NCSO to collect unwanted meds at Wal-Mart

The Newton County Sheriff's Office is working to help prevent prescription drug abuse by collecting expired, unused or unwanted prescriptions from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Walmart Supercenter, 10300 Industrial Blvd. N.E.

September 24, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Financial freefall

Kim McGuire's bankruptcy wasn't without a sense of irony. During a difficult financial time, she was forced to take a job with a debt collection agency to pay her mounting bills. While she worked to track down debtors during the day, her nights were spent avoiding eerily similar phone calls.

September 24, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Former Braves outfielder looks to open paroled felon transition facility

 Plans for a proposed facility on Dally Road that helps paroled felons transition back into society has its neighbors in an uproar and Walton County officials scrambling for information.

September 24, 2010 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL


Picture of the Day - Sept. 23

Eastside's Savannah Upshaw jumps for an overthrown ball during the softball game against Loganville Wednesday evening.

To see more photos, click on the links under Related Content.

September 23, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Security enhanced at courthouse for motion hearings of accused murderers

Security has been enhanced at the Newton County Judicial Center today because of motion hearings for several accused murderers. Newton County Superior Court Judge Samuel Ozburn is hearing from attorneys for Sam Dawkins, Robert Lambert, Michael West and Chad Allen. All men are accused of the late-2009 murder of Andrew Nichols. Additional law enforcement has been called in as a precaution.

September 23, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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