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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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Archive By Section - LOCAL


Transforming into Selma

A hotel is coming to the Covington Square, but it won't be open to the public and will only stick around for one day.

May 17, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Summer activities for 3rd grade and up

If you think 4-H is busy during the school year, you should see us all summer!

May 17, 2014 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


Hashtags in high schools

A high school's 2014 Teacher of the Year is demonstrating why she deserved that distinction by bringing social media and international current events into the classroom in an educational and effective lesson plan.

May 17, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Crash on I-20 eastbound near Salem Rd

IN BRIEF: Two left lanes are closed on I-20 EB at Salem Road due to crash; one overturned vehicle. Additional crash at same location, according to Conyers Police. http://t.co/CVU0dfOD3m

May 16, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Former Oxford police chief to be honored

The only Oxford police officer to be killed in the line of duty will be honored for his service on Monday.

May 15, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


City to spend $50,000 on Square

Now that the Covington City Council reached a consensus on what it wants done to the Square, council members have to decide how much they're willing to spend.

May 15, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Flint Hill Elementary makeover

Airport Road improvements at Flint Hill Elementary School gained the go-ahead vote to make accessing the school easier and safer at the May 15 Newton County Board of Education (BOE) meeting.

May 15, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Thankful thoughts

Sitting in a conference room at Alcovy High School, joking about cereal and favorite actors, two students graduating with the school's top honors seem to have the perfect combination of youthfulness and maturity.

May 15, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Avoid I-20 this weekend

Drivers are again asked to avoid using I-20 eastbound in Rockdale and Newton counties, unless they want to risk getting stuck in long delays.

May 15, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Walmart grant provides produce to Georgians in need

One of the most well-known and widespread one-stop stores is helping provide fresh produce to food-insecure Georgians.

May 15, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Vampire Diaries fan event tonight on Square

It's a "Vampire Diaries" extravaganza on the square tonight, as the 5th season finale will be shown on the square at the same time it's airing on TV.

May 15, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


It’s only a part-time job – right?

Why don't I start by confirming something you always suspected? A state legislator's job is one that you can turn into almost as little or as much work as you want! Maybe you already knew this secret: Unlike the Congress up in D.C., the Georgia legislature has always been a "part-time" venture. We're in session about three months of the year. Doesn't that sound easy? The idea was to allow the members, who were mostly farmers in the beginning, to finish their business in Atlanta and return home in time for growing season. Washington used ...

May 13, 2014 | Doug Holt | LOCAL


Rotary Club names nurse of the year

Ruby Jones was named Nurse of the Year for 2014 by the Rotary Club of Covington Tuesday.

May 13, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Shooting victim identified

The man who died from gunshot wounds in the Creek Way area May 6 has been identified.

May 13, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Johnson names US Service Academy noms

Fourteen area students are one step closer to fulfilling their dream of attending a U.S. Service Academy and honorably entering the military.

May 13, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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