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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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Court adjourned

 For Judge Billy Waters, leaving his position as Newton County Juvenile Court Judge isn't so much of a retirement as a changing of office.

December 29, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Kmart shoplifter fakes a seizure inside store

Officers with the Covington Police Department arrested Wendy Brock Dec. 15 for shoplifting at the Kmart on Turner Lake Road. Brock faked a seizure to avoid arrest.

December 29, 2008 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


Fatal truck crash victim identified

The victim of a fatal single-vehicle wreck on Butler Bridge Road yesterday morning has been identified as Covington resident Millford Hefton.

December 28, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Mansfield Elementary custodian arrested

A custodian at Mansfield Elementary School was arrested last week after Georgia Bureau of Investigations agents found child pornography on a computer at his residence.

Brian Evan Morgan, 49, of Covington was charged with two counts of sexual exploitation of children, both felonies, after GBI investigators, with the assistance of Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies, served a Dec. 11 search warrant at his residence, said GBI spokesperson John Bankhead.

December 28, 2008 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Helping the helpers

Sue Alloway never knew what a "well spouse" was until she became one.

December 27, 2008 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


A new beginning

Nestled in downtown historic Social Circle is beautiful Magnolia Hall, which was built in 1912.With its tall white columns and arching, brick driveway, you can stand in front on the wide veranda, close your eyes, and picture a Southern plantation with horse-drawn carriages bringing guests for afternoon tea. Enter the front door, and you are enveloped with a sense of Southern hospitality as you roam through the drawing room or gaze at the grand piano in the music room.

December 27, 2008 | Sue W. Lee | LOCAL


2 Newton crashes involve children

More than 2,018 accidents, 555 injuries and 17 fatalities occurred on Georgia streets and highways during the holiday period which began 6 p.m. Wed. Dec. 24 and ended noon yesterday. The accidents included two in Newton County involving 7-year-olds.

December 27, 2008 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


County to revisit daycare ordinance

The Newton County Board of Commissioners may be revising an ordinance that bans any new daycares in residential districts after outgoing District 3 Commissioner Ester Fleming requested the board revisit the matter.

December 27, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Clearing a path

The envisioned system of interlocking pedestrian and cyclist trails connecting Oxford, Covington and Porterdale has made significant progress in 2008.

December 27, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Drive-through sleeper charged with DUI

Deputies with the Newton County Sheriff's Office arrested and charged a Covington man Dec. 20 for DUI after he was found asleep at the wheel in the drive-through at the McDonald's on Salem Road.

December 27, 2008 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


Peoples Bank Lithonia Branch bought by Citizens Trust Bank

The Citizens Trust bank recently purchased the Lithonia branch of Peoples Bank, which also has branches in Covington and Conyers.

December 27, 2008 | Staff Report | LOCAL


At the service of the county

A reception was held Monday at the Newton County Historic Courthouse for outgoing Newton County commissioners Monty Laster and Ester Fleming as well as Chairman Aaron Varner.

District 1 Commissioner Mort Ewing spoke to the assembled crowd, thanking all the county employees for the assistance and advice they give the commission. He said that the BOC relies on consultants and experts in a number of areas to help them make important decisions, but said that God is who the board members look to most often.

December 27, 2008 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Residents can apply for home heating assistance

Newton County residents who meet certain financial thresholds are invited to apply for assistance in paying their heating bills this winter through the federal government's Low Income Home Energy Assistance program.

To find out if you qualify for this year's one-time payment, residents should call either (770) 875-2642 or (770) 875-6385 to schedule an interview. An office has been set up to conduct applicant interviews by the nonprofit Action Inc. which will be dispensing the funds received from the Georgia Department of Human Resources, at the Conyers Street Gym located at 1146 Conyers Street across from the Covington ...

December 27, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Work release inmates on the run

Deputies with the Newton County Sheriff's Office are on the lookout for three inmates who escaped while on work release from the jail. Last month, Randy Bassett, Antonio Kelly and Jonathan Shell, who are not violent criminals, failed to return to the work release facility after leaving their jobs.

"During the day, they are working in the community, but they have to return (to jail) as a condition of their sentence," said Lt. Mark Mitchell.

December 27, 2008 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


SWAT prepares for bank heist

Several Newton County law enforcement and emergency agencies participated in a mock robbery and hostage situation at Bank of North Georgia's Newton Plaza branch Tuesday. The annual training gave public safety personnel an opportunity to test their training in a real-life scenario.

"It's not only good for us to train with other agencies within Newton County working together, it's also a requirement for our accreditation," said Lt. Wendell Wagstaff, Covington Police Department public information officer. "We put up the signs that said training in progress so if anyone came by, they would know it's just a ...

December 27, 2008 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


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