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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


Public comment disclaimer

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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Puffins are cool, but peaches are cooler

I have had the incredible opportunity to explore the Avalon Peninsula of Newfoundland, Can., this week on vacation.

August 14, 2009 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


Judge Ozburn not appointed to Georgia Supreme Court

Update, Wednesday 3:29 p.m.

August 13, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Open communication

Once again, the makers of Newton County's 911 radio system came before the Board of Commissioners, and once again they said the problems will be solved soon.

August 12, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Never make the same mistake twice

Outrageous, captivating, and unafraid to tell it like it is, Nene Leakes shares her wild journey from a scandalous past to the pinnacle of reality television stardom in her new book Never Make the Same Mistake Twice. The Atlanta Housewives star will appear at the Mall at Stonecrest on Thursday, Aug. 13, to sign her new book at Borders Books and Music at 7 p.m. Fans are invited to meet Nene Leakes and access the VIP meet and greet with purchase of her book from Borders Stonecrest. Proof of purchase is required.

August 12, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Merryvale to host screening of ‘The Alzheimer’s Project’

 Merryvale Assisted Living will host a special screening event and discussion of HBO's "The Alzheimer's Project" as part of a local discussion to encourage individuals to learn more about the disease and the research being done, as well as to gain a greater understanding of the issues surrounding it.

August 12, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


National champions

Straight shooting: The Lake Oconee Shotgun Team (L.O.S.T.) traveled to the World Shooting and Recreation Complex in Sparta, Ill., July 23-26 to compete in the Scholastic Clay Target Program's (SCTP) National Championships. L.O.S.T. represented Georgia well by finishing strong in several age groups: The Rookie Squad (5th-6th graders) as well as the Senior Varsity Squad finished second in the nation in their respective divisions in Sporting Clays. The Junior Varsity Squad, pictured above, also finished third in their division in Sporting Clays and followed up with a first place national championship in Skeet ...

August 12, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Property taxes raised by glitch

Covington, Newton County and the county's school system are going to be collecting a combined $3 million less in property taxes than they originally expected, exacerbating the NCSS' budget crunch and bringing the county's budget woes back to the forefront.

August 07, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Awarded for service

Proud service: Greg Ceaser Jr. (center), recently received an Army Achievement Medal for his work in Iraq. Greg Ceaser Sr., is the Director of Environmental Services at Newton Medical Center.

August 07, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Rotary inducts Paul Harris Fellows, entertains district governor

Rotary District Governor Shane Burr of Canton visited the Covington Rotary Club Tuesday. He spoke about Rotary's priorities for 2009 - water and sanitation, health and hunger, and literacy - as well as participating in the Biggest Loser Polio Plus Challenge. He encouraged club members to attend Georgia Rotary's state convention at Jekyll Island. He also commended the Covington Rotary for inducting 50 Paul Harris Fellows in the past two years.

"I want to recognize what those truly represent," Burr said of Paul Harris Fellow awards, "and that is exceptional service and giving."

August 07, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Two of four charged in June Clements murder denied bond

Two of the four people charged in the killing of Conyers landscaper Timothy Clements were denied bond.

Pablo Fernando Maldonado and Katria Luche McClain went before Superior Court Judge Horace J. Johnson Jr. earlier this week to request bond. Both have been incarcerated since their arrest in June.

August 07, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Deputies shot in stand-off

Two Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies remain in stable condition after being shot Monday afternoon.

August 05, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man charged with murder after beating victim dies

One man is in jail and three others are being sought after a 21-year-old man succumbed to injuries he allegedly sustained from a beating July 26.

August 05, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Drunk husband and wife arrested after argument

Two people were arrested early Monday morning after a man called 911, allegedly telling the operator he had stabbed his wife.

When deputies from the Newton County Sheriff's Office arrived at the home, they reportedly found a man exiting the residence and walking toward the street. When asked, he allegedly admitted he was the person who had called 911. When asked what happened the man, identified as 31-year-old Regginal W. Julien, reportedly told deputies that he had "told the lady on the phone what happened."

August 05, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Ga. legislators to take one furlough day a month for remainder of 2009

ATLANTA - Starting this month, all 180 State House members and 56 State Senators will take one day of furlough a month for the remaining five months of 2009 in order to cut costs amid the economic recession.

With the state budget so tight, other state employees being furloughed and the legislature finding ways to make even further cuts, elected leaders in the state government joined in the effort as well. State Senator John Douglas (R-Social Circle) and Representative John Lunsford (R- McDonough) support the need to for this fiscal responsibility.

August 04, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Born leaders

The life of a law enforcement officer is filled with danger and a myriad of obstacles, but for two Newton County teens, the possibility of a tough road ahead hasn't hindered their desire to be the best of the best. To that end, they both showed what they were made of when both were recently elected officers of the Law Enforcement Explorers Association of Georgia.

August 02, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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