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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


Newton County FFA members attend summer leadership camp

This summer 19 students from Newton High School and Newton County FFA were challenged to grow as leaders to find their "hero within." They were part of more than 2,500 students who attended the FFA-FCCLA Summer Leadership Camp at the Georgia FFA-FCCLA Center in Covington. Summer Leadership camp provides a fun and exciting environment for students to develop their leadership and teamwork skills and to interact with other students from across the state.

July 19, 2014 | Ashley Vilmenay Newton County FFA | LOCAL


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Melbert Ray Ford executed

Melbert Ray Ford Jr. took his last breath on June 9 at 7:27 p.m., more than 24 years after the last breaths of those he murdered. He ate most of his last meal and declined a sedative as well as a prayer request from the prison chaplin at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson. His last words were not ones of remorse for his crimes but thanks to his family, friends and loved ones.

June 09, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Fire closes I-20 eastbound past exit 98

Two Newton County Fire Department crews are working a small brush fire on Interstate-20, between exits 98 and 101, which has closed down eastbound traffic.

Deputy Chief Tim Smith said the crew hoped to have the fire put out and everything cleaned up before rush hour.

June 09, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Welcome home

Handshakes, hugs and a few tears greeted the dozens of Covington-based National Guard troops who triumphantly returned home after a tour of duty in Afghanistan.

June 09, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Redevelopment Authority to buy additional lots

The Covington Redevelopment Authority is planning to purchase nine more lots in the Walker's Bend subdivision as it continues efforts to revitalize that area.

June 09, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Project Adventure closing down

Project Adventure Kids, a non-profit organization focusing on the rehabilitation of at-risk children and teen-aged drug abusers and sex offenders, is closing down its 16 area group homes and treatment facility on Elks Club Road.

June 09, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


2 accidents halt evening traffic on I-20 East

During the evening commute an accident with injuries 1 mile east of exit 90 on I-20 stalled traffic so that another accident occurred when a female driver slammed on her brakes and cut her wheel causing her to flip and strike another vehicle. According to Newton County Sheriff's Office Cpl. Anthony Washington, a passenger in the female driver's car was transported to Atlanta Medical Center by ground ambulance.

June 08, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Woman pushed from moving car

Officers from the Covington Police Department were called to a home on Hannah Street Saturday afternoon after a 911 came in where a woman could be heard screaming in the background.

Dispatch operators reportedly heard a woman screaming, "I am not going with you," and, "I don't know where I am." The operator also allegedly told officers she heard a male voice yelling, "jump out of the car."

June 08, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


BOC remains uncertain about the budget

Newton County simply won't have enough revenue to operate its proposed FY2011 budget at the current 9.73 millage rate, even if it cuts 100 jobs and raises various fees.

June 06, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County leaders graduate from econ. academy

The Board of the Georgia Academy for Economic Development recently announced Newton County graduates from the 2010 Region Five Multi-Day Training Program. Class participants represented a number of professional and non-professional economic development fields, including elected officials, public servants, business leaders, educators and social service providers from 12 counties in Northeast Georgia. The Academy provided each of the graduates an opportunity to gain a unique understanding of the complexities of economic and community development on the local, regional and state levels.

June 06, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


A range of colors

Hydrangeas can be found in white, pink, purple and blue - and shades in between. But where do those colors come from?

June 06, 2010 | By Ashley Bates abates@gainesvilletimes.com | LOCAL


Ford denied clemency, will be executed Wednesday

The State Board of Pardons and Paroles denied a request for the clemency of convicted murderer Melbert Ray Ford Friday.

June 06, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Roy Varner: A giant among men

Roy Varner didn't intend to stay in Newton County, but like many young men, he fell in love - first with his wife Charlyne and then with the county. And since he made Newton County his home, he decided to make it a better place than when he came. According to many, he accomplished just that.

June 06, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Waffle House cook gets baked at work

A Waffle House employee was arrested Tuesday night after a concerned citizen called authorities to report that the employee had been smoking marijuana behind the restaurant with two women.

Deputies from the Newton County Sheriff's Department arrived at the Brown Bridge Road location as they were walking inside they could reportedly smell a strong odor of marijuana near the entrance to the restaurant. When they walked inside they noticed a black male, later identified as Victor Damone Belcher, 28, who matched the citizen's description, cooking.

June 06, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


KCNB encouraging all groups to Adopt-a-Mile

Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful, has been working in our community for 30 years to provide environmental education through litter prevention, beautification, community programs, solid waste and recycling, and water pollution prevention efforts. As part of its 30th anniversary, KCNB is working to revitalize the "Adopt-a-Mile" program.

More than 700 volunteers in Newton County participated in Great American Cleanup efforts in March, April and May. They gave more than 1,800 hours of their time to clean up litter along local roadways.

June 05, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Washington Street officials to run NHCC

The Nelson Heights Community Center is expected officially to open in August and will be run by the officials at the Washington Street Community Center.

June 04, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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