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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Newton County Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 to adopt a 5 percent tax increase as part of its new annual budget.
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.
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.
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:
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 ...
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.
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.
Students attending Arts Association in Newton County's Musical Theater Camp rehearse for their final performance of the summer.
Newton County officials are turning to social media to try to get citizens more involved in government and community initiatives.
Former, longtime Mansfield mayor Bill Cocchi died early Friday morning after complications from heart surgery, leaving behind a legacy of caring passionately about Mansfield and its people.
A heavy equipment seller and maintenance company is opening a location in Atlanta, a move that industrial recruiter Dave Bernd said will provide high-wage jobs and provide a boost to local sales tax revenue.
Music, music, music!
Update: I-20 was not closed this weekend because of the weather. The lanes will next be closed beginning May 16.
Local professionals, volunteers and residents gathered between walls and under the sun to commemorate small-town history and celebrate future opportunity in Porterdale Wednesday afternoon.
When Bobby Weaver rescued his dog, King, the second time, he promised he would never let anything happen to him again.
Strawberries have always been available at Mitcham Farm, and for the first time, the Oxford establishment will host a strawberry festival to kick off spring.
An exchange of gunfire led to a man being shot and killed Tuesday evening.
A Rockdale deputy is facing an internal investigation by the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office after a fight with his wife at Walmart led to an arrest for battery and family violence charges in Newton County.
A debate over the need for more affordable senior housing broke out at the Covington City Council meeting Monday, as the Council considered whether to provide monetary support to a proposed $9 million private complex.
Washington Street, near Oconee Metal Recovery, will be blocked off until around 2 p.m. because of a smoldering fire at the metal recycling business, north of Porterdale.
District 4 is getting more public parks.
Councilman Mike Whatley believes people are abusing the city's golf cart ordinance, and he's asking the Covington Police Department to crack down on the problems.
Covington Police officers arrested a car full of people and procured suspected marijuana, methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and two handguns.