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City denies cell tower on Monticello

Mayor Ronnie Johnston had to vote Monday to break a 3-3 tie to ultimately deny a request for a new cell phone tower at 6163 Monticello Road in Covington.

July 21, 2014 | Rob Dewig rdewig@covnews.com | LOCAL


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July 21, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Belton, Brooks face off for District 122

Aaron Brooks and Dave Belton will settle things Tuesday in the Republican runoff for Georgia House District 112, which includes the eastern half of both Covington and Newton County.

July 19, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Henderson, Hunte vie for Commissioners seat

The runoff for the Newton County Board of Commissioners District 4 seat is set for July 22, with five-term incumbent J.C. Henderson going up against challenger Sonya Hunte.

July 19, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


One clip at a time

"You just want to teach a little lesson," said retired principal Linda Hooper, and then you wake up one day and there is a movie about your school on Netflix.

July 19, 2014 | Terri Kimble Fullerton 4H forever | LOCAL


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


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Man convicted in 1988 killing set to die

ATLANTA - A death row inmate convicted of the 1988 murder of a preschool fitness instructor was set to be executed Tuesday, and his attorneys were readying a flurry of last-minute appeals seeking to postpone the execution.

January 25, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Stolen car found ablaze

A burning car found in woods off Capes Drive early Saturday morning was apparently intentionally ignited, and fire officials are asking that anyone with information on the blaze come forward.

January 25, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


City to absorb some power costs

Georgia has been hit by high unemployment and extreme weather during the past year, and the City of Covington is hoping to give utility customers a little relief.

January 23, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


At Home with the Alexanders

Who: Jim and Paige Alexander; children Zack, 17, and Alana, 16; family dogs Buster, Axel and Cindy

January 23, 2011 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Save-a-Lot grocery to open Feb. 10

Coming soon: Workers from McMichael's Construction ready a 24,000 square foot location in the Covington Corners shopping center, located at the corner of Elm Street and U.S. Highway 278. The discount Save-a-Lot grocery store is expected to open Feb. 10 and hire 20 to 25 employees.

Applicants can apply at save-a-lot.com/careers or by going through local employment agencies, Tomlin said. Save-a-Lot exclusively sells its brands to offer more competitive prices to traditional grocery stores.

January 23, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Fairview Estate residents taking charge

The residents of Fairview Estates aren't willing to wait any longer; they want control of their homeowners association as soon as possible.

January 23, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Rams move to 6-0 in region

After its emotional win over Rockdale Wednesday, it could have been easy for Newton to suffer the quintessential letdown Friday especially at M.L. King. Instead the Rams built an early lead and held on down the stretch to win 53-43 and remain undefeated in region play.

January 22, 2011 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


Rep. Holt pays for driveway clearing

Rep. Doug Holt paid Newton County $278.80 Friday morning for work done to clear his ice-covered driveway on Jan. 10.

January 21, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Social Circle lowers liquor license fees

The Social Circle City Council has reduced the fees for local businesses applying for a license to sell beer, wine and liquor.

January 21, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Have you seen this classic car?

Authorities are on the lookout for a classic car stolen Friday from the Longhorn's parking lot.

January 21, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Emory expresses regret over slavery

ATLANTA - Emory University officials are expressing regret for the campus' role in slavery in Georgia.

January 21, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Vases stolen from tombstones

When Wanda Davis thinks of her deceased parents, it is with love and respect. But when she thinks of what has been stolen from them, she is seething.

January 20, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Foreclosures still abundant in county

Joseph Flanigan's house is worth $52,000, less than a third of its peak appraisal in 2007.

January 20, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newton topples Rockdale

Rockdale may have four Division 1 prospects, including Darion Clark and University of Tennessee-bound Kevin Ware, and have the talent to make a serious run at a Class AAAA state title. But the Bulldogs realized Wednesday, as has every other team that's faced Newton over the past three years, that they don't have Derrick Henry.

January 20, 2011 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


Georgia, local unemployment rate up

ATLANTA - State labor officials say Georgia's unemployment rate has grown to 10.2 percent, and claims rose in Newton County by 13.2 percent.

January 20, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


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