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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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Waiting in the wake: Newton's leaders hope they'll be ready when housing growth comes back

Ronda Wilkerson doesn't live on the street, but she is homeless. She's lived in five houses over the past couple of months, wandering from friend to family member and back. She never stays anywhere more than a couple of weeks for fear of being a burden.

October 25, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Making miracles

The Covington Popeye's and 755 Restaurant Corporation recently made a donation of a Hank Aaron-autographed baseball and bat to The Miracle League of Newton County. Receiving the donations were Tamara Richardson, consultant to the Miracle League, Diana and Amelia Joseph, and Susan Eppley, marketing representative with Popeye's. The Miracle League Field will be built at City Pond Park and will serve mentally and physically challenged children because "every child deserves the chance to play baseball." The donated bat and ball will be used by The Miracle League of Newton County at a future event as a silent auction ...

October 25, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


KCNB’s Green Getaway

 The Green Getaway, an evening of dining and entertainment scheduled for Nov. 6 at 6 p.m. at Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center, will benefit the educational programs and beautification efforts of Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful (KCNB).

October 25, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Magnificent mutts

Most Beautiful Female

October 24, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Flood Public Meeting

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Newton County will hold a Public Meeting to discuss flood related issues at 6:30 p.m. at Turner Lake Park, located at 6185 Turner Lake Road.

October 23, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Riner pleads guilty to selling unregistered securities

A former Covington man pled guilty this morning to selling unregistered promissory notes as securities, bringing to a close a case that has been going on for several years.

October 23, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Residents question council candidates

Around 30 Covington city council residents showed up to Tuesday's political forum to ask the city council candidates about public transportation for seniors, public safety, parks and activities for teens and the future of the city.

October 23, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Juvenile fight leads to one father’s arrest

A fight between juveniles ended with a father's arrested after deputies with the Newton County Sheriff's Office found marijuana in his vehicle.

October 23, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Basket of goodies

Mammogram gift: In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Newton Medical Center Women's Diagnostic Center had a drawing for a gift basket each week in October for women who came in and received a mammogram. Renee Bruce, left, received the first gift basket from WDC staff member Ruth Walker. Bruce, a resident of Mansfield, said that she has a routine screening mammogram every year at the WDC.

October 23, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Parson to Person: Jesus of faith VS Jesus of history

Jesus today has been the victim of deconstruction theology. In an attempt to remove the Jesus of history from the Jesus of faith, a whole lot of views have been advanced in an attempt to explain why we cannot believe in the Jesus of the Bible.

October 23, 2009 | Dr. John Pearrell | LOCAL


Local mom visits Capitol to advocate awareness

 Two days before moving to be closer to her parents, Kathy Coursey-Boes of Oxford, learned that her breast cancer had metastasized in her ribs. Needless to say, it put a serious damper on her plans of taking care of her mother and father as well as her husband and daughter.

October 23, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


BOC hears debate on future of I-20

The future of signage along the I-20 corridor was debated Tuesday night, as the desires of business owners were matched against the county's desire to maintain an aesthetically pleasing, uncluttered entrance to its community.

October 23, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Crowe has status hearing for homicide

Troopers from the Georgia State Patrol took the stand during a status hearing for the vehicular homicide case of Christina Crowe who is being charged in the 2008 death of her 7-year-old nephew, Bobby Couch.

October 23, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Play ball!

Students from Georgia Perimeter College bundled up and gathered at the baseball field for music performed by John McCutcheon as part of the Daffodil Festival. McCutcheon, a huge baseball fan, dedicated an entire album of songs to the sport and shared them with the audience Wednesday evening. Dejaun "Hungry" Gayle performs a piece from his collection of writings at the first Cafe Noir Coffeehouse "Happening" Wednesday evening. All are welcome to attend and share their musical, artistic and written talent at Georgia Perimeter College's Newton Campus Building 1 Room 2100 next month. Check the Community Calendar later for the ...

October 23, 2009 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


The Georgia Farm Bureau to award scholarships

Georgia Farm Bureau will award a total of $14,250 in scholarships to 10 high school seniors who plan to pursue a college degree in agriculture, family and consumer sciences, or a related field, Brent Galloway, Newton County Farm Bureau president, recently announced. The top three students will each receive a scholarship of $3,000. The remaining seven students will each receive a $750 scholarship. Students are eligible to submit an application if they, a parent or legal guardian were a member of Georgia Farm Bureau as of September 1, 2009. The scholarships are sponsored by the Georgia Farm Bureau ...

October 23, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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