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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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Newton County Jail Log - July 5

o Quincy Evans Smith, 31, Sanford, Fla., June 22. Bench warrant.

July 05, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


City embraces aging citizens

Newton County has seen a rapid influx of young residents over the past couple of decades, but a 65-and-older population boom is soon to follow as life spans increase and the first Baby Boomers near 65.

July 05, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Into the Lion's Den

Ken Royston takes the helm: On Thursday, June 25, Royston and 14 officers were installed as the 2009 – 2010 officers and Board of Directors for the Covington Lions at their Officer Installation Banquet at their Pavilion on Conyers Street. Richard Henderson, District Governor, of the Oxford Lions officiated. Present, from left to right, were, front row, Doreen Stallworth, Minnie Henderson and Anne Wheeler, back row, Phil Owens, Lee Mayfield, Andy Austin, Dacus Aaron, Elwood Free, Frank Jensen, Jimmy Williams, Randy Worthington, Ken Royston and Ed Minge (Mike Waller was not available).

July 05, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Failure to stop leads to arrest for loaded gun

A 22-year-old man was stopped early Monday morning for failing to stop at a stop sign and ended up in jail after deputies located a fully loaded semi-automatic pistol.

July 05, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Ga. State Patrol warns of summer heat dangers

The Georgia State Patrol is reminding drivers this week that now is the time to make sure your vehicles are ready for the summer driving season. Col. Bill Hitchens, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety, said that as temperatures rise across the state, Georgia State Troopers see an increase in the number of vehicles with mechanical problems on Georgia roads each year.

July 05, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Governor’s Office gets grant to help CLASS

The Newton County Juvenile Court received a $75,000 state grant to set up a daytime educational program to help reform suspended students by changing behavior and keeping them out of trouble.

July 05, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Rotarian of the year

Service recognition: Covington Rotary Club President Doug Bolton, right, presents club member Jim Tudor with the local Rotarian of the Year Award.

July 05, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Honored for their work

The Covington auxiliary of the local Lodge 1806, the Elkadettes, had the largest group in the state to attend the recent convention of the Elks. The convention was held June 4 through June 7 in Jekyll Island. The auxiliary also won several awards, including being honored for its work with the Conyers Elks-Aidmore Children's Home. Attending the convention and pictured are (front row) Audrey Owens, Anita Denny, Eleanor Haney (back row) Debbie Woodruff, Peggy Lassiter, Miriam Wheeler, Peggy Hudgins, outgoing State Auxiliary President Ruth Hall, Covington Auxiliary President Patricia Pippin and Miriam Hall. Not pictured but also attending the ...

July 05, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Lovejoy UMC women make caps for chemotherapy patients

The women of Lovejoy United Methodist Church have begun a service project to assist those who have been affected by cancer.

July 05, 2009 | Molly Lundy | LOCAL


'Be There' program encourages parents to become involved

Parental involvement has always been stressed by the Newton County School System, but board members are looking at a way to encourage parents even more by considering the adoption of a program called "Be There."

July 05, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Covington passes $120M budget

The City of Covington didn't face a budget crisis like Newton County, but it did share in the new experience of having to significantly cut back expenses after years of burgeoning growth.

July 05, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Woman arrested for lying about gunpoint robbery

A woman who reported that she had been robbed at gunpoint was later arrested for false statements last Friday.

July 03, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Fight after fishing lands man in jail

Near midnight on June 20, officers from the Covington Police Department were called to a home on Emory Street in reference to an open line 911 call and ended up arresting a man for battery.

July 03, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Gresham pleads guilty to giving false statements to BOE

The case against Don Gresham ended Thursday morning in court when he accepted a negotiated guilty plea.

July 03, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log - July 3

o John Kennedy Bell, 22, 75 Shadowbrook Road, Covington, June 19. Driving while license suspended or revoked (first offense), felony possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, alteration of license plates, improper license plate.

July 03, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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