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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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Testimony continues in Benson trial

The murder trail of Franklin Benson continued today with several witnesses for the state taking the stand.

A forensic pathologist for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation testified about the condition of Leslyan Williams' body parts that were transported to the GBI for autopsy, saying the total weight of what the found of her body was just 35 lbs.

October 14, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL




Simultaneous motion

 Oxford College alumnus Angus Galloway will return to his alma mater on Oct. 15 for a reception opening his art exhibition at the school.

October 14, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Ms. Senior Newton County

Lookin' lovely: Crowning of the 2009 Ms. Senior Newton County Newton County. Senior Services Inc. held their 3rd Annual Ms. Senior Newton County Pageant on Saturday, Oct. 10, at 4 p.m. at the Olive Swann Porter Auditorium. Theme for the pageant was "On Broadway." Contestants are from left to right: Mrs. Estelle Haley, Mrs. Annie Roby (second runner up), Mrs. Isabel Moure' (2009 Ms. Senior Newton County), Mrs. Rockie Butts (third runner up), Ms. Phyllis Sowell and Ms. Iva Harris.

October 14, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton Medical hosts Friday golf tournament for neonatal equipment

Newton Medical Center administrators and members of the NMC Auxiliary are inviting all golfers to the Auxiliary Autumn Action Golf Tournament Friday to benefit the hospital's new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

October 14, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Annual Daffodil Festival celebrates US pastimes

"Play Ball! America's Favorite Pastimes," is the theme for five days of colorful events during Georgia Perimeter College Newton Campus' annual Daffodil Festival and Fall Symposium. The events will be held Oct. 19-23 on the newly expanded campus at 239 Cedar Lane, Covington.

October 14, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Benton House sets sail

Cards and camaraderie: Mayor Kim Carter presented a proclamation for Benton House, Covington's Senior Living Community, to Cathy Harville, executive director and Victoria Chandler, community relations director. The proclamation was to declare Cruise Week in recognition of Assisted Living Week held Sept. 13-19. The community celebrated by turning Benton House into a luxury cruise ship. Residents celebrated with a fabulous week of meals, games and entertainment. Residents' families, friends and local Covington residents were invited to attend the week long celebration. Benton House hosted about 60 guests for the Captain's Dinner, which included Covington's own Irene Smith.

October 14, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


65 trees planted in first NeighborWoods project

Fairview Estates was one of "those" neighborhoods - the kind where the developer cuts down every tree in the neighborhood during construction and goes bankrupt before the street trees are ever planted.

October 14, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Commissioner Henderson arrested for battery

District 4 Commissioner J.C. Henderson will not hold a press conference to discuss his arrest on Saturday evening on charges of battery.

October 13, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


SBA opens a third disaster center

The U.S. Small Business Administration announces today that they are establishing a Disaster Loan Outreach Center in Rockdale County. This will make the third

October 13, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


2 Covington residents killed in weekend accident

According to www.macon.com three people died Friday night in two-vehicle crash on Interstate 16 in Laurens County, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

Bonnie Jean Knight, 42, of Dublin was driving a 1999 Ford Windstar van east on I-16 in the westbound lane. She collided head-on with a 1998 Buick Regal driven by Rebecca Ann Hamm, 31, of Covington, said Sgt. K.E. DeLoach, the Dublin post commander.

October 12, 2009 | Courtesy of Macon.com | LOCAL


Commissioner Henderson not to hold press conference about battery charges

Update, Monday, 5:18 p.m.: Commissioner J.C. Henderson will not hold a press conference to discuss his battery charges this week. Anthony Carter, Henderson's attorney, said he told Henderson that he'd like to do an investigation before anything like a press conference takes place.

October 12, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Flood warning issued for Newton County

The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for the Yellow River near Conyers below Milstead from this afternoon until Wednesday evening.

At 10 a.m. Monday the stage was 6.0 feet - the flood stage for the Yellow River is above 11.0 feet. The forecast is for the river to rise above flood stage by this afternoon and continue to rise to near 15.9 feet by tomorrow morning. At 16.0 feet, moderate flooding begins.

October 12, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man steals from Wal-Mart, attempts to flee across I-20 on foot

Covington Police Officers were forced to chase a man across a street and into the woods after he reportedly stole a digital tape recorder from Wal-Mart.

October 11, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Cars for a cause

Under the hood: The square was alive with nostalgia and the sounds of the Golden oldies as local folks came out to admire the antique cars on display last Sunday. The Covington Rotary sponsored the event, and raised over $13,500 for the benefit of the Miracle Field, according to Rotary Chairman Lanier Sims.

October 11, 2009 | T. Pat Cavanaugh | LOCAL


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