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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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Woman arrested in mobile home park for prostitution

A 22-year-old woman was arrested early Wednesday morning and charged with prostitution.

July 02, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Health Care reform spells trouble for local businesses

The bottom line for business owners is that the health care reform law will cost them more money, according to Ryan Mahoney, director of Public Policy for the Georgia Chamber of Commerce.

July 02, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Sex offender laws change

A new law that was signed into effect by Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue May 21 could make things a little easier for some registered sex offenders, specifically those whose crimes are now considered a misdemeanor.

July 02, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Turner Lake facility to remain open on Sat.; fees will increase

A variety of recreation fees, including those for youth sports, will be increasing July 1, but Turner Lake Complex will remain open on Saturdays, the recreation commission board of directors officially decided Monday.

July 02, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Covington businesses eligible for new job tax credits

Business owners in Covington's downtown business district and Washington Street commercial corridor will be able to save on their income taxes if they create two or more jobs and follow a few other steps.

July 02, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Early voting begins for Aug. 10 runoff

Early voting has started for the Aug. 10 runoff election and will last until Friday at 5 p.m. Registered voters can vote at the Board of Elections located on the first floor of the Newton County Administration Building at 1113 Usher St.

July 01, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Turner Lake facility to remain open on Saturday; fees will increase

A variety of recreation fees, including those for youth sports, will be increasing July 1, but Turner Lake Complex will remain open on Saturdays, the recreation commission board of directors officially decided Monday. (For a full list of fee changes download and view the document attached to this article.)

The commission had discussed the several changes at a June 2 called meeting as it sought ways to cover a $154,870 budget deficit for FY2011. The budget approved by the Newton County Board of Commissioners resulted in a $94,870 cut to the commission's appropriations, on top of an ...

June 30, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


29 employees laid off due to county budget

The new, leaned down structure of Newton County is beginning to take shape, as 29 county employees were laid off, including three prominent department heads.

June 30, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Listen to Ken Wynne's Full Speech

Members of the Newton County District Attorney's office filed out of the courthouse Tuesday morning, as they prepared to travel to Atlanta to see their long-time leader and friend, Ken Wynne, officially sworn in as judge.

June 30, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Red, white and blue weekend

This 4th of July, there will be celebrations all-around the Newton County area, including:

June 30, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Two men arrested after impregnating 10-year-old family member

Two men were arrested and charged with having sex with and impregnating a 10-year-old family member after the girl's relatives in Newton County reported the incident.

June 29, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


2010 Property Taxes Guide

During the county's recent budget discussions, there was fierce debate about whether adopting the county's 10.9 rollback millage rate would result in a tax increase. The answer is: for some property owners it will and for others it won't.

June 27, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County committee nomination process runs until August

Farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers may begin nominating eligible candidates to serve on local Farm Service Agency county committees, announced Pat E. Ray, CED, of the USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA).

June 27, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Keeping Forests in Forests program helps clean Georgia’s air

Trees preserved as part of the Keeping Forests in Forests (KFIF) carbon offset program helped clean Georgia's air by sequestering 7,816 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents (MtCO2e) since the program was launched in March 2009. The sequestration figures are included in a report prepared for the Carbon TreeBank, LLC – one of three partners in the Keeping Forests in Forests initiative – by Forecon EcoMarket Solutions, LLC, an independent environmental sciences consultant hired to verify program results.

June 27, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Snapping Shoals EMC CEO to retire in July, VP to take charge

On July 16, Randall Meadows will retire as President and Chief Executive Officer of Snapping Shoals EMC. Brad Thomas, who is currently the Senior Vice President of Engineering and Operations, will become the new President and CEO.

June 27, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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