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Eastside student wins rare scholarship

Jabari Bennett, a graduated senior from Eastside High School, is one of three recipients of the statewide Constitutional Officers Association of Georgia's $1,500 scholarships. He received his award at Tuesday's Newton County Board of Commissioners meeting.Bennett, of Social Circle, plans to attend Valdosta State and major in business.

July 19, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Lawson, Leissa to wed

Kevin and Jayn Lawson of Covington announce the engagement of their daughter Jenna Marie Lawson to John Michael Leissa of Covington. Leissa is the son of Mike and Angela Leissa of Lake Wylie, South Carolina. The bride elect's grandparents are Janis Weldon of Shady Dale, Alan Phillips of Snellville, Karen Kinard of Phenix City, Alabama and Ken and Carol Lawson of Jacksonville. The groom elect's grandparents are the late John and Jacquelyn Crumpton of Lithonia and the late Carl and Ruth Leissa of Orlando. Jenna Marie Lawson is currently studying toward a bachelor of science in nursing at ...

July 19, 2014 | | LOCAL


Clarification and correction

Clarification:

July 19, 2014 | | LOCAL


Walton County to provide school resource officer to Social Circle schools

Social Circle school students will be seeing a new face in uniform helping them cross roads and stay safe.

July 19, 2014 | Kayla Robins krobins@covnews.com | LOCAL


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


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Landfills closed for holidays, first day of school

In order to balance the county budget, Newton County offices, including the Newton County Landfill and all Newton County Neighborhood Recycling Centers will be closed on the holidays listed below. To help maintain cleanliness and to avoid penalties, residents should not leave trash at Landfill or Recycling Center gates. People who leave trash at gates will be fined. This policy is strictly enforced.

July 29, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local teen drowns at Factory Shoals Park Saturday

An 18-year-old Newton County teen died Saturday afternoon after jumping into the waters at Factory Shoals Park.

July 29, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Bears decorated for nursing scholarships

UnBEARably cute: The 89th annual American Legion state meeting was held June 26-28 in Duluth. The business meeting and Past President Parley Luncheon was held at the Gwinnett Convention Center. The Past President Parley Luncheon was held on Friday, where Teddy Bears were decorated. President Lula V. Smith-Rachel's theme was "Top Flight" and her bear was decorated accordingly. The American Legion raised $5,000 for nursing scholarships, which will be distributed in five scholarships at $1,000 each. Others in attendance from Covington were 10th District Commander Terrell Moore, Post 32 Commander Bobby Hamby and wife Deborah Hamby (Unit ...

July 29, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington facility achieves OSHA’s VPP Star Status

In late 2008, the safety manager Carla Hanibal, together with the Continuous Safety Involvement team at the Valspar's production facility in Covington, set their target on achieving national recognition for its safety program through the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Its Voluntary Protection Program, known as VPP, requires companies to develop a comprehensive management safety system with active employee involvement.

July 26, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Crime Briefs

Three girls caught stealing from Wal-Mart

July 24, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Denny Dobbs Park construction to begin Wednesday

After 10 years of waiting, District 2 residents will finally see the groundbreaking of Denny Dobbs Park at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.

July 24, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Library offers free adult computer classes

Each Wednesday from Aug. 12 through Sept. 2, the Covington Branch of the Newton County Library System will be holding free computer classes for adults. Each week, different aspects of computer use will be covered.

July 22, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Council OKs squirrel hunting

Some Covington City Council members were surprised to discover that the city has allowed city residents to shoot squirrels on their property for years, if a resident obtained a squirrel permit from the Covington Police Department.

July 22, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Children’s catch of the day

The Metro Atlanta Hawg Hunter Bass Club presents the 13th Annual Casting Kids Fishing Derby on Saturday, Aug. 1 at the Georgia State Fishery off U.S. Highway 278 in Social Circle from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

During the event, kids will be involved in a variety of activities. From 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. the children will participate in a fishing contest, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. there will be a casting contest and lunch will be provided and served from noon. to 1 p.m.

July 22, 2009 | By Molly Lundy Covington News Intern | LOCAL


Tax free days coming soon

The annual Tax Free Holiday will take place Thursday, July 30, through Sunday, August 2, state wide. Items needed for children to go back to school will be tax free for these four days only.

All school supplies, computers and computer accessories, clothing items and footwear will be tax free for your back to school savings.

July 22, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local dancers in NYC

Sunday three local area dancers from the Kidz-N-Step dance studio left for the ultimate dance experience in New York City. Deborah Hobbs, 16, Alex Sorohan, 15, and Maggie Beth Callahan, 14, have all competed for, and been hand selected by a panel of judges, to travel to New York.

Jennifer Andrews-Smith, owner and instructor and Kids-N-Step will be chaperoning the girls on their adventure in NYC. Andrews-Smith explained that these girls have, "been competing in national championships for years and they have been preparing for even longer." Andrews-Smith also stated , "the girls will compete at least four to five times ...

July 22, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


'Vampire Diaries' crew to film on square Thursday, Friday

Update: The "Vampire Diaries" crew will be filming on the square from 4 p.m. to 6 a.m. Thursday and from 5 p.m. to 6 a.m. Friday. There will be cameras, equipment and vehicles on the sidewalks, curbside and streets around the square, and the crew will be holding traffic intermittently for filming. There will also be temporary road closures on both days of filming. If you have questions or concerns about settings for shoots, call the locations office at 770-987-0666 (Please note this number is not for casting inquiries).

July 21, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Web Exclusive: Cocaine, money found on driver during traffic stop

Officers in the area of South Emory Street were alerted to a vehicle after the driver reportedly saw them and attempted to back his vehicle up in the middle of the roadway.

July 19, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Highway named for Lamar Hays

The dedication ceremony for the Lamar B. Hays Memorial Parkway took place Thursday, July 16 at 4:40 p.m. in the Mansfield Community Center. This great honor was passed through the Georgia Senate and House by Sen. John Douglas (R.-Social Circle) and House Representative Doug Holt after Hays untimely death in March of this year.

July 19, 2009 | Molly Lundy news@covnews.com | LOCAL


Restaurant scores improve, owners still concerned

Restaurant Owners Alliance members are still not satisfied with the restaurant inspection process, but other Newton County restaurant owners and East Metro Health District officials continue to place the blame on a lack of effort and education among some restaurant owners, not a flawed inspection system.

July 19, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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