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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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Michelle Nunn visits Porterdale

Michelle Nunn, widely expected to be the Democratic candidate for the vacant U.S. Senate seat this November, stopped by Porterdale Sunday for a fundraising event.

May 10, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


VIDEO: Jason Carter speaks in Newton

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jason Carter gave the keynote speech at the Newton County Democratic Party's Paint the Town Blue Affair, a fundraising dinner.

May 10, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


Crowell Road I-20 interchange could get fix in 2016

The Crowell Road I-20 interchange can confuse drivers because there are two stoplights – the one for the I-20 ramp and the one for the Access Road – separated by barely 100 feet, and it's led to some traffic backups and safety issues over the years.

May 10, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County hires grant writing firm

Newton County officials hope to get more state and federal money next year after hiring a grant writing firm.

May 10, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Farm Bureau is NCSS Partner of the Year

NCSS Superintendent Samantha Fuhrey (far left) and Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce President Hunter Hall (far right) presented the Newton County Farm Bureau, represented by Crystal Powell-Hyatt and Keith Mitcham, with the Partner of the Year award at the Partners in Education breakfast May 7 for working the Middle Ridge Elementary School, represented by Principal Michael Forehand (second to right).

May 10, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County hires firm to engage citizens

Newton County officials are turning to social media to try to get citizens more involved in government and community initiatives.

May 10, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Former Mansfield mayor Cocchi dies

Former, longtime Mansfield mayor Bill Cocchi died early Friday morning after complications from heart surgery, leaving behind a legacy of caring passionately about Mansfield and its people.

May 10, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Covington nabs heavy equipment business

A heavy equipment seller and maintenance company is opening a location in Atlanta, a move that industrial recruiter Dave Bernd said will provide high-wage jobs and provide a boost to local sales tax revenue.

May 10, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


A reader's tribute to a dedicated lady

Music, music, music!

May 10, 2014 | By Joyce P. Fincher Guest Columnist | LOCAL


GDOT: Avoid I-20 again this weekend

Update: I-20 was not closed this weekend because of the weather. The lanes will next be closed beginning May 16.

May 08, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Porterdale gym open for business

Local professionals, volunteers and residents gathered between walls and under the sun to commemorate small-town history and celebrate future opportunity in Porterdale Wednesday afternoon.

May 08, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


King's tale: Missing man's dog needs home

When Bobby Weaver rescued his dog, King, the second time, he promised he would never let anything happen to him again.

May 08, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Mitcham Farm to host strawberry festival

Strawberries have always been available at Mitcham Farm, and for the first time, the Oxford establishment will host a strawberry festival to kick off spring.

May 08, 2014 | Zach Lang | LOCAL


Fatal shooting under investigation

An exchange of gunfire led to a man being shot and killed Tuesday evening.

May 08, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


RCSO deputy arrested on family violence charge

A Rockdale deputy is facing an internal investigation by the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office after a fight with his wife at Walmart led to an arrest for battery and family violence charges in Newton County.

May 08, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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