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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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Lions Club Chicken Barbecue on April 8

The Covington Lions Club Chicken Barbecue is back for its 37th year of serving up finger-licking vittles.

April 03, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Author to speak at Newton County Library

The Friends of the Newton County Library will host author Wright Gres at 7 p.m. April 16 in the meeting room of the Newton County Library.

April 03, 2009 | Paula Travis | LOCAL


Through the storm

Through days of almost unbearable sadness, sickness and death, author Joyce Fincher has remained true to her faith.

April 03, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | LOCAL


Crime Briefs

Deputies from the Newton County Sheriff's Office arrested Stacy Litwiller early Sunday morning after she reportedly withheld information about a fugitive - Wayne Carmack - from them.

April 01, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Protecting our children

In honor of National Child Abuse Awareness Month in April, Prevent Child Abuse Newton Director Sheena Berry has organized an awareness festival as well as her organization's signature fundraiser for Saturday.

April 01, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Values go down, but will taxes?

Property values have decreased across most of Newton County, but property tax bills may not decrease in 2009.

April 01, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County, city to receive $2 mill to fix foreclosed homes

Newton County will receive more than $2 million to buy and rehabilitate residential foreclosed and bank-owned properties. The county is receiving the money through the Neighborhood Stabilization Program, a federal grant program designed to alleviate an ailing housing market in communities like Newton County, which have high foreclosure rates and a high number of houses with subprime mortgages.

April 01, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Local man charged with child cruelty

A 14-year-old female was beaten outside of a gas station late Monday night after a family meeting at a local eatery ended badly.

April 01, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Happy April Fools Day

Southern Heartland Art Gallery guild members hung everything in the gallery's front window upside down in honor of April Fool's day. Describe your best pranks ever in the comment section below or send it to us at news@covnews.com

March 31, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Amber alert child found in Newton

AP - Alabama authorities have canceled an Amber Alert after a Georgia infant and his mother were found unharmed in Newton County.

March 31, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Alleged gunman clears building

Officers were called to investigate the discharging of firearms on City Pond Road early Sunday morning and ended up arresting one man with a gun, but only after they were forced to chase him to an area Waffle House.

March 29, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Charity starts at school

Montessori School of Covington middle school students gave $1,000 in grant money to two Newton County non-profits on Friday afternoon. Five students presented $600 to the Future Farmers of America's summer Wildlife Camp and $400 to Prevent Child Abuse Newton.

March 29, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Saying farewell

Although thunderstorms blanketed the Covington area Friday afternoon, ruining plans for the soldier send-off on the square, nothing could dampen the spirits of those at the Covington National Guard Armory who gathered to bid farewell to the soldiers of Honor Company B, 1/121st Infantry of the Georgia National Guard's 48th Brigade.

March 29, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Local JROTC cadets of the year honored

The East Side Scottish Rite Association honored JROTC cadets of the year from seven area high schools Thursday night and gave them scholarships at the Golden Fleece Masonic Lodge on the Covington square.

March 29, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


River of words

The winners are: Local River of Words Poetry and Art Contest winners were recognized at the Newton County Board of Commissioners meeting on March 17. Sponsored by Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful and judged and funded by the Covington Service Guild, students were invited to create art and write poetry about water. First place winners received $100 savings bonds, second place winners received $75 savings bonds and third place winners received $50 savings bonds. Winners were entered in the national and state River of Words contests.

March 28, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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