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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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9th Annual YMCA Cheerios Challenge

April 18, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County, cities back in compliance with DCA

 As of April 1, Newton County and its municipalities were back in compliance with the Georgia Department of Community Affairs and eligible to receive new state funds.

April 18, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newborn supports rails to trails idea

While Newton County and Covington officials debate whether to purchase the railroad, the Newborn Town Council is firmly in support of buying the railroad and converting it into trails.

April 18, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


The yellow menace

 The loblolly pine pollen coating your home, car and pets this week is the trees' attempt to spread their genes far and wide. Really far and really wide. The yellow dust has been found to travel up to 1,800 miles from its source.

April 18, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Hot shots

Annual Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce golf tournament held on a beautiful Thursday.

April 18, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


25 years of teaching

Carol Jolly started working at Woodlee's Christian Child Care Center in 1985 where she taught 2 year-olds. For the past 12 years, she has found her niche teaching third grade at the Academy. A reception in her honor will be held at the school located at 2125 Old Salem Road in Conyers from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. April 24. All of her past and present students are invited to attend.

April 18, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Silver anniversary of service

Lula Smith-Rachels was presented with a 25-year service plaque and a bouquet of roses by Terre Wofford, CIC sales director Fla./Ga. for Guideon Insurance, for 25 years of service with the company. Smith-Rachels has been in business on the Covington square for 56 years. In celebration of her milestone of service, Smith-Rachels, Wofford, Wayne Vaughn (Smith-Rachel's son) and Smith Insurance Agency staff members Barbara Bell and Justin Thrower enjoyed lunch at Longhorn Steak House in Covington.

April 18, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Airport fuel farm to be working Monday

 The Covington Municipal Airport is nearly fully operational, but some snags remain. Atlanta East Aviation Manager Rusty Anglin said the two 10,000 gallon fuel tanks at the airport were filled Friday, but when employees tried to pump out the fuel, nothing happened.

April 18, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man suspected of setting car, house ablaze arrested in Alabama

An Alabama man was arrested Thursday afternoon and charged with setting fire to his ex-girlfriend's vehicle in the early morning hours of April 15.

April 17, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Hot Shots

Fore! The Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce held its annual golf tournament on an absolutely beautiful day Thursday. The Oaks hosted the event, which drew about 30 teams. Various community sponsors set up tables on each hole and gave away prizes and refreshments. The Sunbelt Builders 1A team won first place (score of 52 on the 71 par course), with Hodge Underground (55) and Miracle League/Newton County Recreation Department (56) teams coming in second and third. Denny Sellers won the most accurate drive contest and Deborah Davis won closest to the pin. For photos of Thursday's winning teams ...

April 16, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Recreation coach dismissed for admitting drug use

A long-time Newton County Recreation coach has been dismissed from his coaching duties and arrested after admitting to using drugs during a probation meeting.

April 16, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Researcher David Simons passes away

Dr. David G. Simons spent his life marveling at the world around him and pushing the boundaries of human knowledge and experience. But no matter his project of the day, the focus was always to improve the lives of others.

April 16, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Longtime Legionnaire

Sixty years of service: B. C. Crowell is a well known community minded individual with many, many accomplishments. B.C. has recently reached a mile stone of an elite group of individuals by being awarded a Certificate of Continuous Membership in the American Legion. He has been a member in good standing of American Legion Post 32 of Covington continuously for the past 60 years. Such a record of consistent loyalty to the American Legion merits the Honor of being cited as an outstanding contributor to the programs of the American Legion. Pictured with B.C. is Bobby Hamby, Commander ...

April 16, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Tuskegee Airmen share history, advice

Updated, April 14 - Please click on the links to your left to read more documents containing more Tuskegee Airmen history, courtesy of Ron Brewington, former national public relations officer of Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. (TAI) and a member, of Harry A. Sheppard Research Team of TAI.

April 14, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


The Vampire Diaries season finale on the square

Television magic: The Vampire Diaries shut down the square on Sunday to film a parade scene for the season one finale of the hit CW show. The night ended with a spectacular fire works show over the courthouse.

April 14, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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