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"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


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


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Wynne named Superior Court Judge

Newton County District Attorney W. Kendall Wynne Jr. has been selected by Gov. Sonny Perdue to fill the position of the fifth Superior Court Judge for the Alcovy Judicial Circuit.

December 31, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Person of the Year: Samuel Ozburn

Superior Court Judge Samuel D. Ozburn was disappointed when the governor's office called to tell him he would not be the next Georgia Supreme Court Justice. However, as a man who values family and community service, Ozburn considers it an honor and a blessing to continue to be able to interpret the law locally.

December 30, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Year in Review: Newton County

Monetary concerns facing the nation and state were no less pressing for local governments.

December 30, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Story of the Year: Rising waters

Compared to 2008, 2009 was wet - really wet. This year marked the end of the three-year-long, earth-scorching level IV drought much of the state was in as well as posted record-breaking rainfall amounts in Newton County.

December 30, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Year in Review: Crime & Courts

The past year has seen numbers fluctuate where law enforcement is concerned. The number of murder victims is down from 2008's eight to only five in 2009, but the number of people charged with the crime has increased in the county. But while violent crimes may be down, robberies have gone up. The year also saw several murder cases put to rest when their murderers were officially tried and punished for their crimes. And one notorious convicted murderer was laid to rest, but not without protest. What follows is a brief look into crime and courts in Newton County ...

December 30, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Year in Review: Economics and Housing

To find the most important stories of 2009, one simply has to follow the money.

December 30, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Oxendine urges fireworks safety for new year’s night celebration

Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John W. Oxendine and the National Association of State Fire Marshals urges parents to protect their children - and themselves - from the dangers of fireworks during the New Year's holiday.

The sale and individual use of any type of firework, except certain kinds of sparklers, is illegal in Georgia. The penalties are a maximum fine of up to $1,000 and/or a sentence of up to one year in jail. Professional fireworks displays are permitted provided they are licensed through the local judge of probate court.

December 29, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Speeding fines increase

Beginning the first of the year speeding will cost Georgians more than ever when the Super Speeder Law goes into effect.

December 27, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Dropping winter temperatures bring rising need to prepare

As winter weather begins to move across the South, Georgians are being asked to take the time to prepare for what could be colder temperatures this season.

December 27, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


2010 Girl Scout Cookie Program has kicked off

Place your order for Girl Scout Cookies a little earlier this year as girls now have their order cards in hand. Beginning Feb. 20 Girl Scout Cookie Booths will be at local grocery and retail stores.

December 27, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local judge named chairman of Leadership Georgia

Horace J. Johnson Jr., a superior court judge of the Alcovy Judicial Circuit, has been elected as the chairman of the 2010 Board of Trustees for Leadership Georgia.

December 27, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Woman beats man with a stick

Officers from the Covington Police Departmentwere called to Pineneedle Drive Wednesday afternoon regarding a fight in progress. When they arrived, they reportedly found a woman beating a man in the middle of the road

December 27, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


National Guard and Reserve members give the gift of thanks this holiday season

Across the nation, members of the National Guard and Reserve and their families have the opportunity to give the gift of thanks to supportive employers this holiday season by nominating them for the 2010 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award.

December 27, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Holiday safety tip of the week - Dec. 25

The holidays are a time when thieves and con artists are frequently on the prowl. Here are some tips from the Newton County Sheriff's Office to help keep your home, your car, your possessions, and your family safe.

December 25, 2009 | Cpl. Justin Hipps NCSO Uniform Patrol Division | LOCAL


Visions of Sugar Plums

Building houses: Ms. Braselton's and Ms. Green's pre-K classes at South Salem Elementary celebrated the holidays by decorating gingerbread houses with icing, candy, cereal and pretzels.

December 25, 2009 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


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