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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

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


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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Gas costs up for Thanksgiving

Expect plenty of company on the roads this Thanksgiving holiday, and expect to pay more for gas, too.

November 22, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


SPLOST list pared to $57.6 million

Despite the split among the Board of Commissioners, it did reach an informal consensus on a final SPLOST list Thursday night, totaling $57.6 million in projects.

November 21, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County divided over SPLOST

A divided Board of Commissioners continued to disagree Friday about whether Thursday night's 3-2 consensus decision in favor of Commissioner Mort Ewing's SPLOST proposal was the result of backroom politics or a show of leadership.

November 21, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Garden Club gathering

Leading ladies: The Satsuki Garden Club of Covington recently held their first membership meeting of the year. Club officers from left to right: Elaine Luginbill and Ellen Drossman, Co-Secretaries; Beverly Copeland, 1st Vice President; Christy Lassiter, President; Mary Mansker, 2nd Vice President; Cora Tilley, Treasurer; Bettye Robertson, Chaplain; Susie Jefferson, Parliamentarian.

November 21, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Something to cheer about

Winning ladies: Five Newton County girls were on cheer team that recently won second-place at a United Youth Football Conference Cheer Competition and was awarded the "Atlanta Falcon's Cheer Squad of the Week" in early November. The ladies are Mikenzie Armstead, fifth grade at Fairview Theme Elementary, N'kia Johnson, fifth grade at Ficquett Elementary, Kiara Cannon, fifth grade at Live Oak Elementary, Jamiah Giles, sixth grade at Cousins Middle School and Amayyah Smith-Browning, seventh grade at Indian Creek Middle School.

November 21, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Governor's tree has Newton roots

In 1980, JoAnn Sims dug up a 1-foot pine tree from the forest and moved it to a pot. Thirty years later, the tree is nearly twice as tall as her house and will soon find itself in front of the Governor's Mansion, where it will play a part in the annual state tree lighting ceremony.

November 21, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Got a few minutes to help the hungry?

Families in need in Newton County can get a free Thanksgiving feast on Thursday, with some help from you.

November 21, 2010 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL


Holiday Helpers

The holidays are all about giving. Here are some agencies that provide help to the needy. Is your group doing something special for others during the holidays? Send an e-mail to tiddens@covnews.com, post on our Facebook page or comment below.

November 19, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Police search for suspect in Tuesday armed robbery

Covington Police are looking for a gun-wielding bandit who tried to rob the Dollar General on U.S. Highway 278 on Tuesday.

November 19, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Great shot!

November 19, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Program offers help paying for heat

Help is available for paying your heating bills this winter through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

November 19, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


BOC reaches SPLOST consensus amid contentious debate

The Board of Commissioners came to an informal consensus, 3-2, on a final $57.6 million SPLOST list Thursday night, but not before a contentious discussion broke out about which projects should be included and whether or not the three commissioners in favor had met illegally prior to the meeting.

November 18, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Covington's Guiding Lights

The three women chosen to flip the switch on the holiday decorations at the Historic Courthouse, Carrie Freeman, Lula V. Smith-Rachels and Betty Bellairs, are Shining Lights in their own rights.

November 18, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Architects share renderings of new Newton High

Newton County Board of Education members got a look at what the new Newton High may look like when system architects on Tuesday unveiled initial renderings.

November 18, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Father of infant attacked by raccoons charged

The father of a Newton County child who was attacked by raccoons earlier this month has been charged with keeping the animals that attacked his infant daughter as pets.

November 18, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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