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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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Sam, Louly Hay to host 2010 NMC Auxiliary Gala

The home of Sam and Louly Hay, Clark's Grove, will be the venue for the annual Newton Medical Center Auxiliary Spring Gala on April 24. The home, at 3184 Clark Street, was built in 1941 by Louly's parents, Robert and Louly Fowler.

Having the gala at this site is particularly meaningful to the Newton Medical Center Auxiliary in the 50th year since the founding of the organization, as Louly Fowler was chosen as the first Auxiliary president. In 1960, the group consisted of 25 women, who had helped with the building of the hospital and its opening in ...

April 09, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Vampire Diaries 1st season to end with parade on square

Small towns love their parades, whether those towns are fictional or real. The square will be closed off nearly all day Sunday, as the Vampire-inhabited town of Mystic Falls, Va. hosts its Founder's Day Celebration, complete with an evening fireworks show.

A parade with floats and around 500 extras is expected to start around noon on either the square or Floyd Street, but won't last very long, said a Vampire Diaries crew member. Fireworks are expected to be set off between 9 p.m. and midnight.

April 09, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Shooting victims identified

April 09, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Four arrested in two separate burglaries earlier this week

Four people have been arrested in two separate burglaries, and according to Newton County Sheriff's Office 1st Lt. Mark Mitchell, citizens of the county have been instrumental in apprehending those who authorities believe responsible.

April 09, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Friday Scrapbook

A half moon shines down through the Georiga pines.

April 09, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Crowell Road permanent repair delayed

A section of Crowell Road, between Brown Bridge Road and Interstate 20, was washed away during September's flooding but temporarily repaired in early November. On Tuesday night, County Engineer Kevin Walter asked the Board of Commissioners to approve the design of a permanent fix; they didn't like the price and voted against the proposal.

April 09, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Two suffer minor injuries in Wednesday morning crash

Traffic on Interstate 20 west was blocked for more than an hour Wednesday morning due to an overturned tractor trailer. The accident occurred at mile marker 99 in Newton County between Hazelbrand Road and Ga. Highway 11 around 7:30 a.m.

April 07, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man arrested for attacking wife with sharp household tool

Deputies from the Newton County Sheriff's Office were called to a home Creekview Boulevard after a call came in that a man was attempting to hit a woman with a chainsaw.

April 07, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Lucky winners

Instruments of success: Alcovy High School Band recently to announced the winners of a recent drawing held to raise money for a field trip to Orlando, Fla., where the band performed. Frank's Restaurant Inc. donated a Sanyo 42" plasma television which was the first prize of the drawing. The winner of the television was Ken Ridling (back right). Winners of Frank's gift certificates were River and Nancy Rutledge (front row) and Laverne Small. Michael Castellana, general manager of Frank's Restaurant, said, "I would like to encourage small businesses and parents to do what they can to help ...

April 07, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Step into Spring

The Georgia Wildlife Federation invites families to stroll the trails, boardwalks and gardens at the Alcovy Conservation Center in Covington from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

April 07, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Attorney requests dismissal of charges for J.C. Henderson

An attorney for District 4 County Commissioner J.C. Henderson has filed a motion to have the charges of battery against the commissioner dismissed.

April 07, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Covington Lions Club to host 38th Annual Chicken Barbecue cookout

For nearly four decades the arrival of spring has meant it was almost time for the annual Covington Lions Chicken Barbecue.

April 07, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Three people injured in Friday afternoon crash

Three people were sent to Atlanta hospitals Friday afternoon following an accident on Ga. Highway 11 and Interstate 20.

April 06, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Hunting for Easter eggs

On the hunt: Excited Palmer-Stone Elementary kindergarten students crossed the street to the Quad at Oxford College Thursday morning to gather Easter eggs. At the sound of a whistle, the smiling students raced to gather candy- and sometimes money-filled eggs hidden in the grass, trees and plants. Afterwards, the kindergarten classes enjoyed lunch and the beautiful weather before returning to school.

Here comes Peter Cottontail: The Easter Bunny himself helped drop thousands of colorful Easter eggs from a helicopter onto Legion Field Saturday afternoon. The large crowd of children and their parents charged the field as soon as the helicopter ...

April 04, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Covington YMCA to host a Cheerios Challenge for children

When one of the community's largest non-profit organizations partners with one of the county's largest industries, you know it's a big deal. And 2010's 9th annual Cheerios Challenge figures to be the biggest yet, maybe even topping 1,000 runners and volunteers.

April 04, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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