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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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Morgan named chair of CFGA Newton Fund advisory board

 Barbara Morgan was named the new advisory board chair of the Newton Fund of The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. For the past 10 years, the Newton Fund has brought together individual donors, nonprofits, government, corporate and civic leaders to strengthen the Newton County community through philanthropy - Morgan has served on the board since 2006.

March 21, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Spring has sprung

 A beautiful day complemented the fun had by all at the 19th Annual Cherry Blossom Charity Croquet Tournament at Legion Field Saturday. The Heartland Woman's Club hosted the event to raise funds for Covington YMCA, Habitat for Humanity of Newton County and Project ReNeWal.

March 21, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Eagle Scout Court of Honor

March 21, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Eagle Scout Court of Honor

March 21, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Spring has sprung

A beautiful day complemented the fun had by all at the 19th Annual Cherry Blossom Charity Croquet Tournament at Legion Field Saturday. The Heartland Woman's Club hosted the event to raise funds for Covington YMCA, Habitat for Humanity of Newton County and Project ReNeWal.

The games began at 10 a.m. Saturday as two-person teams took the field for competition. Each team competed in three round-robin rounds before breaking for lunch and to cool off in the shade of the pavilion. Once the championship bracket was posted, teams returned to the field to compete for the first place trophy.

March 21, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


InVEST in the NCSO campaign - March 19

The parents of Deputy Wesley Atha, injured last summer in the line of duty, have organized a fundraising campaign to purchase these vests for every county deputy. Their fundraising goal is $113,000. Each vest costs between $500-$700, depending on the size. Each Friday The Covington News will publish a list of individuals, businesses and civic groups who have donated to the cause that week as well as the total amount raised. Donations are tax deductible. Checks should be made payable to Newton Co. Sheriff's Office and earmarked for safety vests and equipment. Please mail donations to NCSO ...

March 19, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Standoff ends with suicide

A Covington woman arrived home Tuesday evening and found her ex-husband's car in her driveway and a window in her home broken out. She contacted the Covington Police Department at 5:30 p.m. to report the incident.

March 19, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


BOE, BOC refuse to pay stormwater

The City of Covington may have to sue Newton County and the Newton County School System if it wants to receive the more than $120,000 in stormwater fees it says it's owed.

March 19, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


City focuses housing in Harristown, Walker’s Bend

While blight is a problem in neighborhoods across Covington, city officials have chosen two neighborhoods to be the focus of their rehabilitation efforts: Harristown and Walker's Bend.

March 19, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Scout saplings

Planting partners: (L-R) Billy Stanley, Dwayne Mask, Mike Woods, Jason Johnson, Cheryl Delk, Tommy Hailey (Recreation Director), David Abercrombie (BSA District Executive) planted two pin oaks on behalf of the Yellow River district of the Boy Scouts of America Thursday afternoon at Nelson Heights Community Center.

March 19, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Warmer weather leads to disorderly conduct, underage drinking arrests

Deputies were called to a gas station after several men were confronted by 63-year-old man with a gun.

According to reports, the male victim had attempted to turn his vehicle around and became stuck on the side of the road. He reportedly contacted a friend to help him free his vehicle.

March 19, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man breaks into ex-wife's house, kills self

A Covington woman arrived home yesterday evening and found her ex-husband's car in her driveway and a window in her home broken out. She contacted the Covington Police Department.

March 17, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Council moves to address high utility concerns

The Covington City Council will consider the formation of utility committee that will be composed of residents, city officials and utility experts, in an effort to connect better to a community suffering from high utility prices.

March 17, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


“Dog the Bounty Hunter” comes to Stonecrest

Duane "Dog" Chapman, known as the most famous bounty hunter in the world and star and inspiration to millions of fans on the No. 1 rated show on A&E "Dog the Bounty Hunter," will appear at the Mall at Stonecrest to sign his new book, "Where Mercy Is Given, Mercy Is Shown" on Saturday, March 27, at 5 p.m. Fans are invited to meet Dog and Beth Chapman and access the VIP meet and greet with purchase of his new book, "Where Mercy Is Given, Mercy Is Shown" from Borders Stonecrest. Proof of purchase is required. Each guest ...

March 17, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Great American Cleanup needs volunteers for local projects

The deadline to sign up for the annual Great American Cleanup is fast approaching and those interested will need to sign up by Friday to participate.

March 17, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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