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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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Newborn resident places at NWTF shooting competition

Thomas Moseley of Newborn placed first at the National Wild Turkey Federation's 16th Annual Turkey Shoot held Aug. 14 -16. Moseley broke 40 clay targets while competing in the 20-Gauge Event, C class of the NSCA Division at The Meadows National Gun Club in Forsyth.

September 02, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


UGA, Tech waive fee for athletic event Web casts for military personnel

Senate Veterans, Military and Homeland Security Committee Chairman John Douglas (R-Social Circle) announced today that officials at the University of Georgia and the Georgia Institute of Technology will renew the option of free live streaming audio of all athletic events for military personnel stationed overseas and serving within the United States. The universities typically charge an annual fee for users; however, both schools are waiving this fee as a sign of their appreciation to the military.

September 02, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Andy Irwin wins 2nd storytelling award

Covington native Andy Offutt Irwin has once again received national acclaim as a storyteller. He received the Just Plain Folks Award for Storytelling Album in Nashville on Aug. 29 for his CD Bootsie in Season. TOhe Just Plain Folks Awards are sponsored by the largest organization for independent recording artists in the world, and they considered over 42,000 albums and 360,000 songs for their various categories of awards for 2009.

September 02, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Charity golf tournaments looking for competitors

Golf fanatics should brush off their clubs for back-to-back charity tournaments on Sept. 17 and 18.

September 02, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


An a-maize-ing maze

As the weather turns colder and the corn grows taller, Colonel Cob's Corn Maze in Oxford is preparing to open on Sept. 11, with an all new maze and several new attractions.

September 02, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


NCSO launches county’s most wanted list on Web site

Newton County's Most Wanted people are now listed on the NCSO Web site, newtonsheriffga.org. If anyone has any information on the whereabouts of these people, they are asked to contact the Newton County Sheriff's Office warrant division Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. at (678) 625-1411. On weekends and after business hours, contact the non-emergency dispatcher at (770) 784-2100. Information can also be given on the anonymous tip line located on our Web site. The most wanted list will be updated every 30 days.

September 01, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Fire at John Miles Chevrolet

A fire broke out this morning at the John Miles Chevrolet dealership on Dogwood Drive, consuming about a quarter of the parts department building and causing the 30-plus employees to be safely evacuated from the property. No one was injured or hurt in the fire or evacuation, according to Rockdale County Fire Department spokesperson Mike Lee.

The fire, which sent black plumes of smoke into the sky, started a little after 10 a.m. and was contained within an hour. Ash and water spray sprinkled down as firefighters battled the blaze, which burned through the metal walls and some power ...

August 31, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Sen. Douglas recommends Strickland for 5th judgeship

As the state accepts nominations for a fifth Judge for the Alcovy Circuit, Sen. John Douglas (R- Social Circle) announced Friday that he is supporting Covington resident David Strickland for the position.

"I have known David since 1996 and found him to be a great leader in our community, a man of impeccable legal credentials, and a rising star in judicial circles," Douglas said in a press release. "I am confident that he will make an outstanding addition to the bench in these two counties."

August 30, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Qualifying week for council seats begins Monday

Residents planning on running for their local city council will be able to qualify for the Nov. 3 municipal election beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Monday. Council seats are up for election in all of Newton County's municipalities.

August 30, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Senior Center complexities

County commissioners and employees say Newton County Senior Services is an effective, quality program, but they also believe it can improve and are considering reorganization amidst questions of Senior Services' hierarchy, funding and future.

August 28, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


GOP welcomes 2010 candidates

Many local Republicans had their first chance to hear from the Republican gubernatorial candidates, and they came away impressed.

August 26, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


CFD will be first responders for some county areas

 Some Newton County residents are going to receive quicker fire service thanks to an automatic aid agreement signed between the county and Covington fire departments.

August 26, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man pretends to be an officer by using car lights

Deputies from the Newton County Sheriff's Office are searching for a man who reportedly pulled a woman over on Interstate 20 by impersonating an officer.

August 26, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log - August 26

o Michael Edward Eskew, 45, Conyers, Aug. 9. Probation violation.

August 26, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County homeless shelter to hold fundraiser

 The Garden of Gethsemane homeless shelter, located off Turner Lake Circle, is in need of donations to help pay for the center's basic operating expenses, so Director Rev. Clara Lett is hosting a fundraising dinner and event-filled evening at the Church of Covington on Aug. 29 at 6 p.m.

August 23, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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