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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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Happy Birthday Jim

Want to speak with the person running the Newton County Judicial Center? Then look no further than mail clerk Jim Dial who, according to County Clerk Linda Hays, runs the whole building.

May 03, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Monthly bike rides through Covington starting Sunday

As the warm weather settles in, residents will start seeing more bicyclists riding through Covington.

May 01, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Governor signs bill prohbiting sex offenders on school boards

A Georgia legislative bill designed to keep convicted sex offenders off school boards was was signed into law on April 30 by Governor Sonny Perdue.

May 01, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mansfield approves budget after four-month delay

 The Mansfield City Council will finally approve its 2009 fiscal year budget on May 11 after a four-month delay. Mansfield operates on a January through December budget cycle, but City Clerk Pat Mullins said with her hip replacement and the mayor's knee replacement, the budget process has been delayed in 2009.

May 01, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Swine flu reported in LaGrange

Georgia had its first confirmed swine flu case on Thursday when a 30-year-old Kentucky woman, who had been vacationing in Mexico and attended a wedding in LaGrange, fell ill and was hospitalized. The Georgia Center for Disease Control lab was still awaiting test results Thursday afternoon from 24 other cases that could be swine flu. The virus has been steadily spreading across the United States, with 131 confirmed cases in 17 states.

So far, the only death remains the 23-month old Mexican child in Texas and state and national officials have advised the public not to panic. The public is ...

May 01, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Students arrested after ruptured- bottle scare Tues.

 Two Alcovy High School students were arrested and charged with terroristic threats following a small explosion caused by combustible fluids in the commons area of the school Tuesday morning.

May 01, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Officials: 1st confirmed swine flu case in Ga.

ATLANTA (AP) - Health officials have confirmed the first case of swine flu in Georgia.

April 30, 2009 | The Associated Press | LOCAL


Mall of Stonecrest begins Parental Involvement Program May 1

The Mall at Stonecrest is introducing a Parental Involvement Program (PIP) Friday, May 1. Under the program, youths under the age of 18 visiting the Mall at Stonecrest will need to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian after 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturdays. The existing Code of Conduct will continue to remain in effect.

"The Mall at Stonecrest's PIP initiative is designed to enhance the shopping experience for all of our patrons," said Patricia Elmore Edge, general manager for the Mall at Stonecrest. "This program has been developed based on customer and merchant feedback requesting ...

April 29, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Inside the NC Fire Safety Education House

April 29, 2009 | Barbara Hebert | LOCAL


Alcovy High School commons area no longer in lockdown

At roughly 8:30 a.m. a water bottle with an unknown substance inside of it went off in the commons area of Alcovy High School. It was not an incendiary device and no students or school property was affected at all as far as investigators are aware at this time.

April 28, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton Medical Center Spring Gala

Click HERE to view an audio slideshow of the Spring Gala

April 26, 2009 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Officials look at buying railroad

Newton County and the City of Covington are considering purchasing railroad from Norfolk Southern for various future uses. The city and county held a joint public meeting Tuesday to better understand the process of purchasing a railroad and the possible benefits and costs.

April 26, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


3 charged after shots fired from car

Concerned residents in the Green Acres neighborhood contacted authorities in the early morning hours of April 20 after they witnessed a gun being shot out of a vehicle with three occupants.

April 26, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Shoplifting fish and wine

Food Depot was the scene of two separate shoplifting attempts, both of which were thwarted by observant employees.

April 25, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


A little spring cleaning

Volunteers turned up bright and early at the Kroger parking lot on Saturday morning to pitch in the Great American Cleanup, which involved schools, civic groups and individuals to pick up litter and trash in Newton County.

April 25, 2009 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


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