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 NAACP will stage its inaugural Juneteeneth celebration at 5 p.m. Saturday at Bethlehem Baptist Church, 2177 Usher St. in Covington.
Newborn Councilman John Donaldson has resigned.
Bethlehem Baptist Church is again playing host to the Youth Summer Enrichment Program.
o Ronald Bridges. Violation of probation, serve four consecutive weekends
Samantha Shiver has met her past self anew this summer.
Construction has started on a Walmart Supercenter at the intersection of Brown Bridge and Salem roads, and the store is expected to open in the first quarter of 2012.
Aviation officials investigated the plane crash site at Covington Municipal Airport Wednesday, and the plane's remains were later hauled away by Atlanta Salvage.
Newton County Detention Officer James Trevor Latham was arrested Monday on charges of sexual assault and sodomy involving a female inmate, as well as violating his oath of office.
Two teens were arrested Monday evening for stealing children's bikes.
ATLANTA - State auditors say a low-income jobs program run by the Department of Human Services is rife with fraud, waste and abuse likely resulting from mismanagement and weak controls at the central office.
A woman trying to wake her boyfriend for work was surprised when the man came awake swinging.
Storms Wednesday evening doused Newton County with three-quarter inches of rain, but the precipitation for the year is down about 25 percent from average.
ELBERTON - The Elbert County sheriff's office says a man who escaped from the Madison County Jail has surrendered, ending a four-day manhunt.
LOS ANGELES - Though Georgia's foreclosures rose in May, the number of U.S. homeowners who were put on notice for being behind on their mortgage payments fell in May to the lowest level since 2006, the result of a slowing housing market and lingering delays in banks' foreclosure process.
ATLANTA - State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler says Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate stayed at 9.8 percent last month, and there was a slight increase in payroll jobs.