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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


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


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Leadership Collaborative reboots effort to implement 2050 plan

A large group needs to keep lines of communication open.

So, members of Newton County's Leadership Collaborative, a group of officials from business, schools and various government entities, agreed Wednesday that they want to have more meetings as a group and to keep in closer touch through e-mail.

October 01, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


$160 million in SPLOST projects submitted

Newton County and its five municipalities turned in their SPLOST wish lists recently, and county commissioners are now tasked with cutting down $160 million in requests to an approximately $55 million final list. For a full list of project see the attached PDF.

The special local option sales tax is an optional 1 percent sales tax that is collected specifically to pay for capital projects, normally infrastructure and buildings. Newton County has had four SPLOTS previously, with the first one being passed by voters in 1987 to build Lake Varner.

October 01, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


AC Unit Thefts

Air conditioning units have been stolen recently from several homes and apartments in Newton County, according to Covington Police and Newton County Sheriff's Office reports.

On Tuesday, a California resident who owns a property on Kirkland Road told deputies that an air conditioning unit had been cut from the wall.

October 01, 2010 | Lee Sandow | LOCAL


County breaks ground on Fairview park

When Wendy Rodriquez arrived in Fairview Estates in 2003, the subdivision was in its formative stages and was a lonely place for an 8-year-old girl.

October 01, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Pets of the Week - Oct. 1

Come visit the Newton County Animal Shelter at 210 Lower River Road, open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. They would love for you to see what great animals they have for adoption. Telephone (770) 786-9514.

September 30, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Picture of the Day - Sept. 30

Alcovy High School Competition Cheerleaders Sean Ezzard, Calvin Dallas and Arthur Fields show off a synchronized flip during practice Wednesday evening.

To see more photos, click on the links under Related Content.

September 30, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Picture of the Day - Sept. 29

Fluffy clouds accent a vivid blue sky at the covered bridge over Black Shoals Lake in Rockdale County.

To see more photos, click on the links under Related Content.

September 29, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


County to hold SPLOST work session at 6 tonight

Newton County residents will vote next year on whether to approve a special local option sales tax that would last until 2015.

September 29, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Crime Briefs - Two Charged

Covington police reported that a shoplifting investigation resulted in the arrest of two women for possession of suspected methamphetamine on Monday.

Police charged Michelle Payne, 39, of 6024 Clane Drive in Covington, and Stephanie Miranda, 26, of 629 Windy Hill Road in Monticello, with theft by shoplifting and possession of methamphetamine about 1:37 p.m. Monday at the CVS Pharmacy at 8183 U.S. Highway 278 N.E.

September 29, 2010 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL


Together again

A gathering of old friends: the Newton County High School class of 1990 celebrated 20 years on Saturday, Sept. 25. More than 40 former students attended the event.

September 29, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


The News, chamber to host forum

The General Election is a month away, and The Covington News and Covington/Newton County Chamber of Commerce will seek to prepare voters at a forum from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Covington Branch Library on Floyd Street.

September 29, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Slow HOA formation upsets some in Fairview Estates

Last fall, the Rev. Sharon Collins stood proudly in front of her peers and told them she believed in Newton County, IECDG and the public park being built in her neighborhood, Fairview Estates, calling it a field of dreams.

September 29, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Think Pink

In 31 years, Trish Baker never missed work for illness, but that changed in 2006 when she was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer.

September 29, 2010 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL


Social Security hearing office opens in Covington

A Social Security Administration office opened in Covington Sept. 7 bringing 54 jobs to Newton County and reducing wait times for those awaiting or appealing disability decisions.

September 29, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Fairview Estates Park groundbreaking today at 10 a.m.

After 18 months of intense debate and compromise, a public park is being built in Fairview Estates, with a groundbreaking ceremony at 10 a.m. today in the neighborhood off Fairview Road.

Several officials will speak, including Newton County Chairman Kathy Morgan, District 3 Commissioner Nancy Schulz and Scott Sirotkin, director of the county's developmental services department.

September 29, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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