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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


Starbound Dance Studio owner arrested

The former owner of Starbound Dance Studio in Porterdale was arrested on Wednesday by the Newton County Sheriff's Office on 13 counts of theft by conversion.

July 17, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Newton Newsflash: More construction this weekend

If you're out and about this weekend, avoid sections of I-20 in Newton County as construction continues. Lane closures and long delays can be expected in the following areas and times:

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Social Circle home moving to new location

It took about five years to get funds and to complete the process to move the 186-year-old home, said Mike Owens, owner of Magnolia Manor, the new location of the home. The Historic Preservation Society of Social Circle (HPSSC) had pledged $10,000 for anyone who promised to move and restore the home, which was a significant chunk of the fundraising efforts needed to make the move official. The money was officially presented to Owens Monday by HPSSC President Dena Johnston and Treasurer Charles Thompson. Owens, utility workers and others who are invested in the preservation of the building worked ...

July 17, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


County tightens Salem/Crowell zoning overlay

There will be no pawn shops or check-cashing businesses in the Salem/Almon/Crowell roads overlay district, according to changes adopted Tuesday night by the Newton County Board of Commissioners.

July 17, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Golfing for Laurie

More than six months of fundraising efforts by donors, including Covington residents, will come to a head this Saturday at the Golfing for Laurie golf tournament at Ashton Hills.

July 17, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | LOCAL


Get the beat

Students attending Arts Association in Newton County's Musical Theater Camp rehearse for their final performance of the summer.

July 17, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Crowell, Ga. 81 to get stoplights

County Commission chairman Keith Ellis describes the intersection of Georgia Highway 81 and Crowell Road as the worst in the county. But not for much longer.

July 17, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Riley announces candidacy for Mansfield mayor

Although the full ballot has not yet been revealed for the upcoming special election for Mansfield's mayor, one candidate is known.

July 17, 2014 | Kayla Robins | 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 16, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Starbound Dance Studio owner arrested

The former owner of Starbound Dance Studio in Porterdale was arrested on Wednesday by the Newton County Sheriff's Office on 13 counts of theft by conversion.

July 16, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Firearms, stolen diesel and thrown ice cream

The reluctant felon

July 15, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | LOCAL


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BOC opposes by-the-drink alcohol sales

There will not be an alcohol by the drink referendum on this year's Nov. 2 General Election ballot in Newton County, as the Board of Commissioners voted down a resolution Tuesday night that would have put the issue to a public vote.

District 3 Commissioner Nancy Schulz made a motion to approve the resolution and was supported by District 5 Commissioner Tim Fleming, but commissioners Mort Ewing, J.C. Henderson and Earnest Simmons voted against the resolution.

August 04, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Dixie Boys World Series to return in 2012

The Dixie Boys World Series is coming back to Newton County in 2012 and will bring several hundred teen baseball players with it.

August 04, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Dirty dancing leads to dirty fighting

Alleged unwanted advances on the dance floor led to a brawl early Sunday morning at The Depot, according to reports from the Covington Police Department.

August 04, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Local author to address aspiring writers

Former teacher and now local author and publisher Brian L. Thompson will be back at his old teaching grounds today at Newton High School to promote the upcoming release of his first novel "The Lost Testament." The book signing and reception will be held in the school's media center from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

August 04, 2010 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


World traveler

Away in Australia: Thanks to the community support, Natalyn Crockett is now a certified People to People Ambassador Program world traveler. Natalyn and the other ambassadors met students and exchanged their souvenirs that represented each of their countries. Natalyn and her family want to thank publicly every citizen in the Covington and Conyers area who selflessly contributed money and prayed that she would be able to go Down Under. "I appreciate everyone's help to make it possible for me to go," Natalyn said.

August 04, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


City approves first reading of bow hunting ordinance

Bow hunting is one step closer to being allowed in unoccupied areas within the Covington city limits after the Covington City Council approved the first reading Monday night.

August 04, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Public Service Commission runoff forum tonight

The local conservative advocate group, Patriots Table, is hosting a Public Service Commission District 2 Republican runoff forum from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. tonight at the Little Red School House, next to the Covington Y on Newton Drive.

Local State Senator John Douglas (R-Social Circle) and Tim Echols of Athens were the top two finishers in the July 20 Primary and will face off in the Aug. 10 runoff. Echols garnered the highest percentage of the vote at 35.1 percent, while Douglas captured 27.6 percent of the statewide vote, but received a 56.2 percent ...

August 02, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newton wins bid for 2012 Dixie Boys World Series

The Dixie Boys World Series is coming back to Newton County in 2012. Dixie Baseball selected the Newton County Recreation Commission to host the regional tournament, marking the fifth time the county has entered a winning host bid.

The recreation commission previously hosted the Dixie Boys World Series in 1993, 1997 and 2008 and hosted a Junior Boys World Series in 2002.

August 02, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Adams overcomes

Adams Garrett is like any other 7 year-old - precocious, curious and full of spirit. Even as he faces several physical and genetic ailments, his energy is simply inspiring to his parents and three siblings.

August 01, 2010 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


Naked man found walking down Highway 81

Phones at the Newton County Sheriff's Office were ringing off the hook around 6 p.m. Monday, when several people driving down Ga. Highway 81 noticed a man with no clothes on walking down the street.

August 01, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Local Astronomers snap pictures of ISS

The telescope tells all: Theo Ramakers (Social Circle) and Frank Garner (Covington), both members of the Charlie Elliott Chapter of the Atlanta Astronomy Club, imaged the International space Station as it transited the Sun on Friday, July 30.

August 01, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Savior Summer

Bright and early Saturday morning, Summer Stevens, her family and a group of volunteers pulled on their boots and gathered at the Georgia Equine Impound in the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center to begin a project of pure compassion. The goal of the day was to construct three small shelters to shade the abused and neglected horses from the scorching summer heat while they are nurtured back to good health and spirits.

August 01, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Newton woman killed in automobile crash Tuesday

A Newton County woman was killed Tuesday afternoon following a head-on collision with a Freightliner truck.

July 31, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Patriots’ Table conservative group hosts State Senate 17 GOP forum

State Senate 17 Republican runoff candidates Todd Hilton and Rick Jeffares are pretty similar philosophically. They're both staunch conservatives who see eye-to-eye on most issues.

July 30, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Unsung heroes: mentors help children in need

As part of their 50th anniversary celebration and legacy event, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta has launched 'Atlanta's Biggest Role Model' to honor community-nominated individuals who have dedicated their time and efforts to inspire the youth in their community.

July 30, 2010 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


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