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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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Faithful friend

For 15 years the Newton County Animal Shelter was served by a dedicated volunteer. He passed away in September and Wednesday shelter employees and volunteers recognized his loyalty by hanging a plaque honoring him in the shelter lobby.

December 18, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Crowe found guilty by judge

Christina Renee Crowe was found guilty in the death of 7-year-old Bobby Joe Couch Thursday afternoon and sentenced by Newton County Superior Court Judge Horace J. Johnson Jr. to serve at least 10 years of a 25-year prison term.

December 17, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


County approves spending more on Chamber

The Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce can now begin seriously interviewing candidates to become the next president after the Board of Commissioners approved an 18-month contract to more than double spending.

Asked about the next steps, Chamber Search Committee Chairman Jerry Mays responded by email:

December 17, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Local legislators discuss key issues

Deeper budget cuts, transportation funding and water disputes will dominate the spring Georgia legislative session according to Sen. John Douglas (R-Social Circle) and Rep. Doug Holt (R-Social Circle).

December 16, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Cop in the Toy Shop

Toy patrol: Covington Police Department Cap. Craig Treadwell takes a local child shopping as part of the Shop with a Cop program, where law enforcement officials partner with the Department of Family and Children's Services to provide Christmas toys for several economically disadvantaged children in Newton County. Other CPD officers and GBI Agents helped children load their carts with holiday cheer.

December 16, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man shot in head by step-son

A man was shot in the head early Saturday morning after reportedly attacking his juvenile step-son.

December 16, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton County juvenile court receives grant from Promoting Safe and Stable Families program

Newton County Juvenile Court received a grant award in the amount of $36,562.50 from the Department of Human Services Promoting Safe and Stable Families Program. The court will use these funds to launch its first program targeted specifically to girls. Girl STEPS, Sisters Teaching Empowering Parenting Sisters, will help adolescent girls redirect disruptive behavior and improve family relationships. The Juvenile Court in Newton County was one of only six Georgia agencies to receive funding for new programs through the Promoting Safe and Stable Families program this year.

December 16, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Student charged with battery, teacher injured

A Newton High School student was arrested and charged with battery on a school teacher Friday afternoon.

December 16, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log - Dec. 16

o Kenneth Patrick Simpson, 24, 12480 Ga. Highway 36, Covington, Nov. 19. Probation violation.

December 16, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Red Cross looking for blood donors to give this holiday season to offset shortage

The holidays are a time to spend with loved ones, and a time to reflect.

People donate blood because they care. People donate blood because they want to help save lives. But most importantly, people donate blood because they can. Thousands of people donate blood in our area each year, and their generous gift has helped save countless lives. With every donation, there's always a reason behind it. So this winter, the American Red Cross is asking blood and platelet donors, "Why Do You Give?"

December 15, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Holiday safety tip of the week - Dec. 13

The holidays are a time when thieves and con artists are frequently on the prowl. Here are some tips from the Newton County Sheriff's Office to help keep your home, your car, your possessions and your family safe.

December 13, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Following up on foreclosures

Three months after Ronda Wilkerson's home was foreclosed, she finally found a place she could once again call her own.

December 13, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Four AHS students injured in wreck earlier this week

Four Alcovy High School students were injured when the truck they were in crashed into a tree and caught on fire as the students headed home from school Wednesday afternoon.

December 13, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Can Food Drive running until Dec. 21

The Miracle League of Newton County is proud to be the sponsor of the 2009 annual can food drive.

December 13, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


IBM offers Covington chance to be Smarter City

Covington and Newton County may join 19 other cities around the world by signing up for IBM's Smarter Cities program.

December 13, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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