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Henderson retains BOC seat

Low turnout marred Tuesday's local runoff elections, but the end result was Board of Commissioners Democratic incumbent J.C Henderson will continue to serve, and David Belton will be the Republican candidate for Georgia District 112.

July 22, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


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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It is the policy of the Covington News to allow people, with some form of identification, to voice their opinions, thoughts and concerns about our community. However, it is our policy to have comments free from personal attacks and inflammatory remarks toward people. This does not promote reasonable discussions and, we feel is detrimental, to furthering discussion on an issue or topic.

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


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Henderson's son arrested again

Quinterious Henderson, 17, the stepson of Newton County Commissioner J.C. Henderson, was arrested once again for violating a temporary protection order filed against him by the parents of a 12-year-old girl.

Henderson was initially arrested and charged with aggravated stalking in January, when the father of the young girl came home and found him in the house with his daughter. However, the charges against him were reduced to criminal trespass and he was sentenced to 12 months probation with 30 days of that served in the Newton County Detention Center. He was ordered not to come within 500-yards of ...

May 08, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Rotary firearms safety day

Safety first: Newton County Sheriff's Sgt. Randy Downs shows Rotarian Dr. Steve Whitworth how to properly disarm a Glock pistol at Saturday's Firearms Safety Class 2010 hosted by the Covington Rotary Club and the Covington Police Department. The full day of training at the Georgia FFA-FCCLA Camp on Ga. Highway 36 included instruction for a variety of firearms, briefings of Georgia Code, lunch and practical application of the lessons learned at the camp's firing range. Rotary officials wished to thank Arvo Bowen of the Covington Police Department for his help in organizing Saturday's event as well ...

May 08, 2010 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Newton High student reports rape

Authorities at the Newton County Sheriff's Office are investigating an alleged rape that occurred on school grounds March 17.

According to NCSO 1st Lt. Mark Mitchell, they were notified by the parents of the girl, who is "early high school age" on March 31, when the parents of the girl reported the sexual assault to school resource officers.

May 08, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


NMC Auxiliary: volunteers, scholarships and officers

At the Newton Medical Center Auxiliary's monthly luncheon meeting Tuesday, members celebrated service as well as installed new officers and honored 2010 scholarship recipients.

May 07, 2010 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Unbreakable

Nearly seven months ago, Covington Police Detective Daniel Seals was flown to a hospital with injuries so severe that he couldn't move his left leg. Last month he competed in an Eco Adventure, which involved several miles worth of strenuous activity. His is story of strength, goals and family, but mainly a story of faith.

May 07, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Blue Willow Village avoids foreclosure

The Blue Willow Village in downtown Social Circle has renegotiated their loan with Wachovia in order to avoid foreclosure.

May 07, 2010 | Lee Sandow | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log - May 5

  • Timothy Gene Stanford, 46, 10604 Magnolia Heights Circle, Covington, April 13. Driving while license suspended.

May 05, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Couple arrested, facing marijuana trafficking charges

A couple were arrested Thursday after agents with the Special Investigation Unit found 23 pounds of marijuana that had allegedly been shipped to a home on River Walk Farms Parkway from Arizona.

May 05, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Saturday accident victim identified

The man killed on Washington Street Saturday afternoon has been identified as 53-year-old Johnny Durden, a well loved fixture in the neighborhood.

May 05, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


BOC soon to own land for public park in Fairview Estates

The Newton County Board of Commissioners finally voted, unanimously, to authorize the purchase of more than 16 acres of vacant land in Fairview Estates from SunTrust Bank for $300,000.

May 04, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man killed on Washington Street named

The man killed on Washington Street Saturday afternoon has been identified as 53-year-old Johnny Durden, a well loved fixture in the neighborhood.

May 04, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


High Point Forest Drive just before Channing Cope Road is closed

High Point Forest Drive just before Channing Cope Road is closed due to a flooding storm drain. All addresses on High Point Forest Drive can only be accessed from Ga. Highway 36.

May 03, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO to offer summer firearm safety courses

Sheriff Ezell Brown and the Newton County Sheriff's Office will offer Citizens Firearm Safety Courses in July. These classes will consist of information on laws governing use of deadly force, firearm safety at and away from the firing range, nomenclature of the basic revolver and semiautomatic pistols and a chance to complete a course of fire at the Newton County Sheriff Firing Range.

May 02, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Fairy Friends

Many little fairies, big fairies and everyone in between traveled far, far away to visit the magical fairyland behind the library and enjoy the Fairy Houses at the Chimney Park festival Saturday afternoon.

May 02, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


More info needed about Norfolk-Southern railroad

How much would the Norfolk Southern railroad cost to buy? Would ownership of the railroad corridor produce enough revenue to pay for its yearly maintenance and even produce a profit?

May 02, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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