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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


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


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A chat with Valdora Roachford

Below is a transcript of the chat with Valdora Roachford from Monday morning. The Roachford family was featured in the ABC reality show "Wife Swap," which aired this past Friday.

December 05, 2008 | Staff Report | LOCAL


New home day cares no longer allowed in county

A number of home businesses will now be illegal under new zoning regulations approved by the Board of Commissioners which now bars day cares in residential districts and home occupation hair salons and barbershops.

December 05, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


One dead in College Avenue blaze

A fire Saturday morning claimed the life of one Covington man, according to Covington Fire Department Captain Rob Christopher.

December 05, 2008 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


A day in her shoes

Covington resident Valdora Roachford had no idea what she would be up against when producers from the television series "Wife Swap" drove her to a home in the suburbs of Chicago last summer.

December 03, 2008 | Carrie Huenke | LOCAL


Books on parade

Mansfield Elementary School Principal G.W. Davis Jr. drives a tractor pulling a float filled with front office staff dressed as farm animals during the school's 16th Annual Book Parade on Friday. The front office staff themed their float after the book "Click, Clack, Moo, Cows that Type" by author Doreen Cronin.

December 03, 2008 | Mandi Singer | LOCAL


Vince Dooley visits Covington

December 02, 2008 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Lighting of the Courthouse

December 02, 2008 | Mandi Singer | LOCAL


Shots fired at home

A home on Gum Creek Trail was shot several times Nov. 13, and investigators are looking for help from the community to find those responsible.

December 01, 2008 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton emergency radios now connected

After years of labor, an idea for a better way of communicating between different agencies that began after the public safety disaster that was 9/11, was officially completed and welcomed into the county.

December 01, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Roll into the holidays with Bunco

With a toss of the pink dice and a cry of "Bunco," holiday stress rolls away and another child goes to school ready to read and succeed. The Learning Center is hosting an evening of Ladies' Big Bunco at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 20, at The Center on Washington Street. Players don't need experience or skill to play: roll three dice, add your points to your partner's, and move to the next table. No gambling, just lots of laughter and conversation with friends and new acquaintances.

November 29, 2008 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Tis the season

Church Street Antique Market vendor Holly Frank places a butterfly ornament on one of the many Christmas trees on display at the local store Tuesday. Frank was hard at work placing the finishing touches on the store's Christmas display to prepare for Santa's arrival to Covington and the Lighting of the Courthouse on Thursday evening. The wide variety of collegiate themed ornaments and nutcrackers carried at the local store seem to be the most popular holiday items this year, according to Frank. Church Street Antique Market, along with many of the other stores in the downtown district, will ...

November 29, 2008 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Guns, drugs netted during arrests

Deputies from the Newton County Sheriff's Department were able to get several guns off the streets after two arrests on two different dates this month.

November 28, 2008 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Citigroup to cut another 53,000 jobs

NEW YORK -- Citigroup Inc. is cutting approximately 53,000 more jobs in the coming quarters as the banking giant struggles to steady itself after suffering massive losses from deteriorating debt.

The plans, posted on the company's Web site, are being discussed by CEO Vikram Pandit at the company's town hall meeting in New York Monday with employees.

November 28, 2008 | Madlen Read AP Business Writer | LOCAL


Queens for a day

Ageless beauty: The 2008 Ms. Senior Newton County Pageant was held on Saturday, Oct. 11, at the Olive Swan Porter Auditorium of Newton High School. The audience was entertained and amazed by the talents of the contestants. Participants from left to right: Ms. Agnes Frederick, Mrs. Rockie Butts (Second Runner Up), Ms. Mary Ellen Horne (2008 Ms. Senior Newton County), Mrs. Doris Campbell (Third Runner Up) and Mrs. Jeanette Fraser.

November 26, 2008 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Laid off: unemployment on the rise in Newton

Unemployment in Newton County continued its steady rise in September to 7.8 percent, according to statistics from the Georgia Department of Labor.

November 26, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


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