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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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C.H.A.M.P.S.

Graduation day: Social Circle Elementary School graduated its class of C.H.A.M.P.S. on Friday. Members of the Walton County Sheriff's Office presented students with information on drugs, gangs, peer pressure and self-respect, and every fifth grader at the school graduated with honors. An essay contest was held, and one winner was selected from each class. The winners were Cassie Mayfield, Courtney Davis, Elena Sherrill, Will Haynes and Yasmine Bolden. A special award for spirit was awarded to Precious Williams.

February 10, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


One sought in murder

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation along with Newton County Sheriff's Investigators are asking for the public's assistance in locating a suspected murderer by the name of Brandon Hambrick. Hambrick has active arrest warrants for the crime of murder in reference to the death of Alvin Hall. Hall's body was found in his burned vehicle the evening of December 30 on McGiboney Lane in Newton County near the Rockdale County line.

February 08, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Construction co. owner and barbers donate to Washington St.

Doug Vason and some of his friends recently donated more than $600 to the Washington Street Community Center, but Vason hopes to gather 10 times that much in donations next year.

February 07, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Trials of a teen mom

For most girls, their junior year in high school is when they start planning which colleges they want to apply to, figuring out what type of dress they'd like to wear to the prom and hanging out with friends. For Chantrail Moody, it was when she first found out she was pregnant.

February 07, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Eagle Scout honor a family tradition

 Boy Scout Law demands that scouts are loyal and kind, trustworthy and courteous, four words that define the Crowe family perfectly. And for three generations, the family's men have taken part in the time-honored tradition of Scouting.

February 07, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Phantom noise angers resident

Just after midnight officers from the Covington Police Department answered a noise complaint on Bohannon Street but when they arrived, heard only the complaints of the caller.

February 07, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Construction co. owner and barbers donate to Wash St.

Doug Vason and some of his friends recently donated more than $600 to the Washington Street Community Center, but Vason hopes to gather 10 times that much in donations next year.

February 07, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Campout of the Century planned at Bert Adams

 For almost 50 years, Boy Scouts have camped and created cherished memories at Bert Adams Scout Reservation in Newton County. Feb. 8, 2010 also marks 100 years of Boy Scouts of America.

February 07, 2010 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Athletic Club remains vacant

The beloved Covington Athletic Club is in the process of foreclosure and all of the exercise equipment has been sold.

February 07, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Scout Central

On my honor: Boy Scout troops in Newton and Rockdale counties came together on Saturday for a centennial scouting expo. Different troops had booths set up, displaying various scout activities. Bean bag tosses, fire-making classes, a rope course and more were offered. The event was held at the Parker Road Government Center in Rockdale.

February 07, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Bridgestone asks for refund after tax error

Bridgestone Golf is asking Newton County for a tax refund of $108,000, because some of Bridgestone's equipment was incorrectly assessed on its tax filings in 2006 and 2007.

February 07, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Execution order signed for Ford

Newton County Superior Court Judge Horace J. Johnson Jr signed a warrant Friday for the execution of Melbert Ray Ford Jr who was convicted of killing his girlfriend and her niece in 1986.

February 07, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Friday Scrapbook

Through the eyes of the community: Trevor Cargile takes a picture of the ominous sky above his home. A bull throws it's rider off at a rodeo held at the Georgia Horse Park in Conyers. The walking path at the Newton County Recreation Department is peaceful. A frog sits on a rock in Michelle Simpson's pond. A hummingbird gets ready to land on the feeder on Simpson's front porch.

February 05, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Newton Medical Center auxiliary celebrates 50 years of service

The Newton Medical Center Auxiliary's theme for 2010 is "volunteers are golden treasures." During its 50 years in existence, volunteers have logged more than half a million hours of service and have helped raise more than $2 million for hospital equipment.

February 05, 2010 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Shelter finally signs lease with housing authority

The Garden of Gethsemane homeless shelter has been open in Covington since June, but it finally signed a lease last week.

February 05, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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