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.
KENNESAW, Ga. - Police in Kennesaw say a woman was burned when a man set fire to her and her car at a gas station and convenience store.
Officials say the woman pulled up to a gas pump at the BP station on Barrett Parkway at I-75 about 2 a.m. Wednesday when a man who had followed her into the station set the fire. They say she's hospitalized with serious burns.
Newton County submitted $260 million in road projects for the upcoming transportation-only SPLOST, but local officials must wait to see how many projects make the final regional list.
ATLANTA - Federal officials have approved food assistance for tornado victims in 25 Georgia counties.
Jimmy Greenich built a bridge for his Eagle Scout project.
The 40-foot-long beams and wood plank bridge is over the creek that feeds Hicks Lake on Georgia Highway 212 and is dedicated to Nita and Charlie Tarleton, members of Prospect United Methodist Church, the home for Jimmy's Troop 748.
o Jerrod Jenkins, violation of probation, revoke balance to Newton County Jail. Attempted violation Georgia Controlled Substance Act, 1 year confinement, $500.
Arlando Usher is a dreamer. He's pursuing a career in acting, and when he couldn't land a significant role with an established company, he decided to make his own movie. The plot: The struggles of a young man trying to turn his life around by becoming an actor and making his own movie. The title: "Dream Killerz."
A refusal to accept a Mother's Day gift has Covington Police officers searching for a man who reportedly assaulted a woman in front of her two daughters.
Update, Tuesday, 8:55 p.m.: The Covington City Council reached an informal consensus Tuesday night not to double its funding to the Newton County Library System to $30,000 next year.
The city of Covington is considering its options to collect stormwater bills it claims is owed by the county government and school board. The county owes $88,000 and the school board owes $74,235.
Parking rules on and around the square are changing this week, and those not following the rules will receive warnings followed by fines.
Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown engaged in some patrol work Saturday night, helping Covington police arrest a man on multiple charges.
Bag 'em up: Covington Rotarians Wayne Pugh, President Bob Stafford, kneeling, and Terry Ozburn, along with volunteer members of the Eastside Football team gathered in the hot sun Tuesday and distributed 840 bags of Vidalia Onions to fellow Rotarians. The Rotarians have been selling onions in the community for over 50 years in order to raise funds to conduct their annual Christmas stocking delivery. This year the price is $18 for a 25 pound bag of fresh picked onions. Contact any Rotarian to order your onions.
ATLANTA (AP) - The state Board of Regents has approved a plan to let four two-year colleges in Georgia begin offering bachelor's degrees.
Two men were arrested Monday afternoon, after calling 911 for help during a fight.
ATLANTA - Authorities have released the name of the woman killed by falling debris when a construction crew demolished an abandoned home in Atlanta.