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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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Sherriff’s Office recieves $57K grant for vests from government

The federal government recently became the biggest donor to the community's project to raise $113,000 for upgraded Level III bulletproof vests for the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

September 27, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Kiwanis donates to local organizations, installs new officers

Big day: Members of the Covington Kiwanis Club raised $6,000 at the Richard Rawlins Golf Classic and donated $3,000 to two local nonprofit organizations Thursday. Kiwanis Past-president Bill Loeble presents a check to Kathie Smith, chair of the Newton County Foundation for Educational Excellence's board of trustees. Miracle Field board member and chair of Friends of Newton Parks Terry Smith and Newton County Recreation Commission Director Tommy Hailey accept a check from Loeble along with Tamara Richardson, consultant to the recreation commission for the Miracle Field. New Kiwanis president Rob Christopher is passed the gavel by Loeble ...

September 27, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Flood Coverage: State estimates loss at over $250 million

According to the office of Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine, flood losses have been estimated at $250 million, most of which is uninsured.

September 27, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Flood Coverage: 'It just kept raining'

When Cecil Yarbrough walked outside his home at the Riverside Estates Mobile Home Park Saturday morning and noticed water from the Yellow River was standing at around five inches, he decided to move, thinking that the river couldn't possibly get any higher. Now displaced and living with friends, he realizes just how wrong he was.

September 27, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Flood Coverage: Historic Covington rainfall

Aug. 2, 1887: The Covington Star reported that 16 inches of rain fell in a continuous downpour that began on July 27. Before the rain stopped another 2 inches fell, bringing the total to 18 inches. In the city of Covington, foot bridges were destroyed, streets and sidewalks were washed out, houses leaked and cellars flooded. The Star published an article stating: "the streams are higher than they have ever been known before, even by 'the oldest inhabitant.'" Damages in the county were estimated at $100,000 or almost $2.4 million in today's money. The Georgia Railroad trestle ...

September 27, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Flood Coverage: In their own words

Chuck Berry

September 27, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Straight Shootin’

Take Aim! Two shooting ranges (50 - & 100-yard) offer recreational shooters a chance to take aim. No license or fee is required for using the range complex. Visitors are asked to sign in at the range and abide by the posted rules. A DNR range safety officer can help you with any questions. You must bring your own eye and ear protection, targets and target stands. The target should be high enough for the round to strike the backstop berm and not the ground, thereby reducing the chance of it skipping off and escaping the range. You must remove all of ...

September 27, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Flood Coverage: ‘You take a chance every time you put that boat in the water’

According to Newton County Fire Department Deputy Chief Tim Smith, as waters continue to recede, the threat of impending rain is a concern - albeit a slight one.

September 27, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Flood Coverage: receding waters

Throughout the day Monday, Barbara Green monitored the weather as well as the Yellow River, which was slowly climbing out of its bed and inching its way toward her back door.

September 27, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Flash flood warning in effect throughout evening

The National Weather Service Doppler radar estimates that between 1.0 and 1.5 inches of rain may fall in Newton County this evening. Because the ground is completely saturated from recent heavy rains the additional rains could result in runoff into area creeks, streams and rivers. Flooding in low-lying and flood prone areas is predicted to be likely as is flooding of some roads - especially poor drainage areas.

September 26, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton decalred federal disaster area

Catoosa, DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinnett, Newton and Rockdale counties were added to the list of counties declared federal disaster areas late Friday, making residents eligible for recovery assistance.

September 25, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Flash flood watch issued by National Weather Service through Saturday night

The National Weather Service in Peachtree City issued a flash flood watch from Friday afternoon through late Saturday night for 44 counties, including Rockdale and Newton.

September 25, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Sewage plant overflows into Yellow River

Up to 225,000 gallons of partially-treated sewage spilled into the Yellow River on Wednesday morning, when part of the Water and Sewage Authority's wastewater treatment plant had to be closed down due to flooding.

September 25, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Continuing generosity

Continuing generosity: A donation of $200 was presented to the Safety Vest Fund Drive for the Newton County Sheriff's Office by the John O. McCart VFW Post 2938 of Covington on Sept. 19. The donation was presented by Jimmy French, right, to Susan Gilbert.

September 25, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Driver Services Centers to close once a month

Department of Driver Services (DDS) has scheduled four (4) furlough days in accordance with a July 22, 2009 directive from the Office of Planning and Budget (OPB).

All DDS customer service centers and administrative offices throughout the state will be closed on the following days:

September 24, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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