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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

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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


County OKs tax increase

The Newton County Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 to adopt a 5 percent tax increase as part of its new annual budget.

July 17, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Hospital asks for more from county

Officials say the combination of Obamacare with an increase in people using the emergency room as their primary doctors is putting Newton Medical Center in trouble.

July 17, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


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City authority buys more Walker’s Bend lots

The Covington City Council had several contentious split votes Monday night regarding parking rules on the square, more land purchases in the Walker's Bend subdivision and even a fireworks bid for the July 3 celebration.

May 18, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Jazz by the River

Expect some cool sounds on a warm night at the Homegrown Jazz by the River concert from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday at the Porterdale Mill Lofts, 1109 Main St. in Porterdale.

May 18, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Job preparation classes offered by chamber

Students looking for summer employment or adults looking for a job-hunting edge can attend seminars on dressing for success and customer service from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Nelson Heights Community Center at the intersection of Laseter and Puckett streets.

May 17, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Woman reported kidnapped charged

CANTON - Cherokee County officials say a woman who claimed she was being kidnapped has been charged with making a false report of a crime and making false statements.

May 17, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Gas prices in Newton higher than average

When you fill up your car in Newton County, you're paying for some of the highest-priced gas in Georgia.

May 17, 2011 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL


More rental properties in Newton

Floyd Street in Covington is the county's most recognizable corridor, lined with antebellum mansions, impeccably manicured landscaping and..."for rent" signs?

May 17, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Atlanta cops bust 80 in vice sweep

ATLANTA - Atlanta police say they made nearly 80 arrests in "Operation Summer Heat" targeting prostitution and narcotics on city streets.

Police say more than 60 of the arrests were connected to prostitution during the six-day operation that ended Sunday morning.

May 17, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


County mulls tax hike or service cut

Newton County officials and residents are in for a tough decision this budget year: Should the county cut services or choose some combination of raising the property tax rate and implementing new fees for the right to own pets, to use parks or to use county recycling centers?

May 16, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Ford vs. Chevy spat leads to stabbing

CALHOUN - Sheriff's officials say a northwest Georgia man was stabbed after an argument with another man over which vehicles are better: Ford or Chevrolet.

May 16, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Man charged in wife's death in Spalding

GRIFFIN - Authorities say they've charged a man with murder after his wife's body was found in the living room of their Spalding County home.

May 16, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Manager wounded at Conyers store

A gun-wielding bandit shot and wounded the manager of the Fred's Department Store in Northside Village Shopping Center today.

May 16, 2011 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Body found Sunday off Crowell Road

A body was found in a wooded area off Crowell Road on Sunday evening.

May 16, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Top state court overturns charter school law

ATLANTA - A Georgia law that cleared the way for a surge in new charter schools was struck down by the state's top court in a high-profile decision that will affect thousands of students and could reshape how the state's public school system is funded.

May 16, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Temporary jobs available

Laid-off workers in Newton County may be able to get a temporary job cleaning and repairing public property damaged by the late April storms.

May 15, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Agriculture Celebration

Down on the farm: The Square in Downtown Covington was covered with antique tractors and other old farm equipment Saturday afternoon when the Agriculture Celebration rolled into town. Dozens of vendors also showed up to show off their wares. The event was presented by the Center for Community Preservation and The Newton County Farm Bureau. Local elected officials also took their annual tour of three local farms.

May 15, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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