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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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Necklace theft leads to drug charge

A couple was arrested on marijuana charges Friday afternoon after a woman came to a local jewelry store to return a necklace she stole two days prior.

May 22, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Residents receive mysterious automated call condemning millage rate increases

Newton County residents have been receiving automated phone calls opposing any millage rate increases and accusing Board of Commissioners Chairman Kathy Morgan and commissioners J.C. Henderson, Nancy Schulz and Earnest Simmons of wasting money on selfish, special interest projects.

The phone call goes on to support the stands of commissioners Mort Ewing and Tim Fleming and urges residents to call all of the commissioners to make their views known.

May 21, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Morning wreck snarls traffic on Hwy 278

Two cars wrecked on U.S. Hwy 278 early Thursday morning east of Martin's Crossing causing major delays in traffic.

May 21, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


BOC at impasse over budget

After a four and a half-hour budget work session on Monday night, the Board of Commissioners remained divided over how best to cut the remaining $4.8 million fiscal year 2010 budget deficit.

May 18, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Celebrating the Great Outdoors

More than 100 attendees, from the young and the young at heart, turned out for the 13th annual J.A.K.E.S. (Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship) Day and Outdoor Festival at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center on Saturday. The festival, sponsored by the Georgia Wildlife Federation and Beaver Manufacturing, was designed to turn kids on to the wonders of the great outdoors and featured snake and birds of prey shows, face painting and a free lunch. Kids even got to try their hand at outdoor activities such as archery, fishing and shooting.

May 17, 2009 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Local GM, Chrysler car dealerships safe from cuts

Covington Car Dealer Billy Fortson received good news for the second day in a row when he did not receive a letter from General Motors Friday. Fortson's Ginn Motor Company is not one of the 1,100 GM dealerships whose contract will not be renewed by GM in 2010.

May 16, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


John Miles Chevrolet not among dealers cut

The John Miles Chevrolet in Conyers announced that it was not among the GM dealerships notified today that their contracts were not being renewed.

"We have not received a letter so we are not among the 1,100 that re going to receive the letter today," said owner Kim Miles.

May 15, 2009 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Local legislators discuss recent session's 'winners, losers'

The Georgia Legislative Assembly ended its 2009 session on April 3, and according to Sen. John Douglas (R – Social Circle) the state budget was a winner because the state didn't have to raise taxes. However, he said the state's transportation system was a loser because no bills were passed.

May 14, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Job workshop to take place Saturday

By Gabriel Khouli

May 14, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


I-20 wreck kills 2 Thursday morning

Two people were killed on Interstate 20 Thursday morning when one car travelled across the median into the

May 14, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Army Briefs May 14

  • Army Pvt. Marcus S. Barton has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. Barton is the son of Kimberly Whedbee of Covington.
  • Army Pvt. C. Forsythe has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla. Forsythe earned distinction as an honor graduate of the course. He is the son of Lana Forsythe of Covington.
  • Army Reserve Pvt. Marquice S. Geter has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla. Geter is the grandson of Earline Brown of Covington. The private is a 2007 graduate of Newton High School.
  • Army Pvt. Johnathan D ...

May 14, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Farm Day 2009

May 14, 2009 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


County discusses layoffs

The Newton County Board of Commissioners is considering two budget-cutting options to lay off either approximately 45 or 62 county employees in order to balance the fiscal year 2010 budget.

At the May 5 budget work session, the BOC agreed that it did not want to raise the millage rate from 9.73 to 10.308, which means that supply and personnel costs will have to be cut to reduce the entire initial $8.6 million budget deficit.

May 13, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Manhunt

Two Newton County schools were placed on lockdown for students' safety Tuesday morning after robbery suspects fled their vehicle in the area of Fairview Road.

May 13, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


4-H'ers honored at awards night

In a red-carpet-themed ceremony Monday night at Newton High School, Newton County 4-H'ers received recognition for competitions they participated in this school year as well as service projects they completed.

May 13, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


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