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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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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


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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SCLC reforming in Newton County

The Covington civil rights movement reached its peak in 1970 with the Black Easter march and the arrest of the Newton Six. And although discrimination is not as blatant and rampant today, many of the same local leaders who participated in those events feel Newton County still has a long way to go.

November 01, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Funeral protesters under fire from family

The sister of Lanny Perry Barnes continues to allege that Anita King, Stephanie Casola and the Covington Police Department broke several city ordinances and federal and state laws during the protest of Barnes funeral. However, the City of Covington and District Attorney Ken Wynne said for them the case is closed.

November 01, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


NMC Auxiliary host reception for Portraits of Hope

Thursday night local breast cancer survivors and their loved ones gathered to honor the staff of the Newton Medical Women's Diagnostic Center, volunteers of the NMC Auxiliary and each other.

November 01, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Pumpkin Party

Fall Fun: Three Pre-K classes at Live Oak Elementary School participated in a fun pumpkin party Thursday morning. Around 60 students, teachers, and parents took part in Halloween activities, including pumpkin and cookie decorating, a ring the pumpkin game, a bean bag toss game and facepainting.

October 30, 2009 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Your Candidates: Newborn Mayor

J.W. Cummings (Incumbent)

October 30, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Middle school student brings knife to school

Deputies from the Newton County Sheriff's Office were called to Liberty Middle School after a student told his teacher that his classmate had brought a knife to school.

October 30, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


inVEST in the NCSO - Oct. 30

The parents of recently injured Deputy Wesley Atha have organized a fundraising campaign to purchase these vests for every county deputy. Their fundraising goal is $113,000. Each vest costs between $500-$700, depending on the size. Each Friday The Covington News will publish a list of individuals, businesses and civic groups who have donated to the cause that week as well as the total amount raised. Donations are tax deductible. Checks should be made payable to Newton Co. Sheriff's Office and earmarked for safety vests and equipment. Please mail donations to NCSO c/o April Jones, 15151 Alcovy ...

October 30, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Your Candidates: Newborn Town Council

Wanda Cummings (incumbent)

October 29, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Boy Scout nature center dedicated to a distinguished local volunteer

Distinguished Eagle Scout John S. "Jack" Langford, a Senior Judge of the Superior Court of Georgia, was honored Saturday during a dedication for the newly built nature center at Bert Adams Scout Reservation in Covington. Langford was and continues to be an important leader for the Boy Scouts of the Atlanta area. As a cornerstone of the newly renovated Camp Bert Adams, the Nature Center will carry on Langford's legacy as it helps to meet the growing needs of the thousands of Scouts and their leaders that attend the camp every year.

October 28, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Brett Bennett named Covington YMCA volunteer of year for 2009

The Covington Family YMCA is recognizing Brent Bennett as its 2009 volunteer of the year. Bennett will be honored at the Metro Atlanta YMCA annual volunteer recognition dinner Nov. 5 at the Georgia World Congress Center.

October 28, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Health care town hall meeting on Thursday

The Newton County Democratic Party is holding a health care town hall meeting Thursday at 7 p.m. in the jury panel room at the Newton County Judicial Center at 1132 Usher Street.

October 28, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man stabbed in chest after fight

A man was airlifted to Grady Memorial Hospital Sunday night after a fight left him with multiple stab wounds in his chest.

October 28, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Woman steals mans wallet and blames him

A woman was arrested Sunday afternoon after allegedly stealing a wallet and blaming the theft on the victim.

October 28, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


County revenues for 1st quarter appear steady

The Newton County Board of Commissioners had their first quarterly financial review Tuesday and the collection figures were better than last year, but the second quarter will be more telling because that's when the county will begin to collect property taxes.

October 28, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Phantom Folklore: Souls locked inside the Old Jail

Built in 1901, the old jail was home to many of Newton County's criminals until 1983 - and according to some, one person was even hung there. And although the jail is currently gutted, the ghosts of those who once called the cells home, still wander the crumbling hallways.

October 28, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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