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Fuhrey’s superintendent contract extended

Students and parents can expect to see a now-familiar face behind the scenes and on the front line of public education in the Newton County School System for at least the near future.

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BOE adopts millage rate

The Newton County Board of Education officially adopted a millage rate for maintenance and operations at 20 after the third public hearing and July combined meeting Tuesday night, giving even more than originally planned back to teachers and school employees.

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Posted: jul. 22, 2014 10:39 p.m.

City to add code officer, clean up properties

Minutes after passing the city’s budget Monday night, the Covington City Council voted 4-3 to add a new code-enforcement officer to the planning and zoning department to ensure dilapidated homes and lots where homes were demolished avoid being overgrown.

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Posted: jul. 22, 2014 10:38 p.m.

City rejects cell tower on Monticello Road

Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnston cast the tie-breaking vote to deny a controversial cell phone tower on Monticello Road Thursday night.

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Posted: jul. 22, 2014 10:38 p.m.

Live: 2014 Primary runoff results

Today's primary election runoff races will determine several local, state and federal races.

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Posted: jul. 22, 2014 6:48 p.m. | Updated: jul. 22, 2014 10:34 p.m.

Belton defeats Brooks in runoff

Dave Belton will face Democrat B.P. “Patsy” Harrys in the general election for Georgia House District 112.

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Posted: jul. 22, 2014 10:03 p.m.

Home is where the film shoots

From the locations to the cast, almost everything in the new movie “Operator” might be recognizable by Newton County residents — and that is because the film’s team utilized mostly local resources for the action-thriller.

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Posted: jul. 22, 2014 8:37 p.m. | Updated: jul. 22, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Memories of Sherman’s visit

This is the second in a series of columns in partnership with Georgia Perimeter College professors concerning the Civil War and its local ties to Newton County some 150 years after the war that divided America.

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Posted: jul. 22, 2014 6:18 p.m. | Updated: jul. 22, 2014 10:00 p.m.

No dead chickens, dolls with pins in them

“I was dispatched to a duplex in reference to an elderly woman requesting a deputy go to the adjoining apartment and tell the occupant to stop sending voodoo through the wall into her apartment. The complainant stated nobody ever did anything when she called and she wanted a report and for it to stop,” wrote Deputy Mark Lovell in an incident report taken Sunday, July 20, 2014 at 7:05 p.m.

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Posted: jul. 22, 2014 8:38 p.m. | Updated: jul. 22, 2014 10:00 p.m.
New bridge to reconnect residents to county

New bridge to reconnect residents to county

Last summer’s rains put the nail in an old coffin of a bridge separating a handful of Newton County residents from the remainder of the county.

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Posted: jul. 22, 2014 8:34 p.m. | Updated: jul. 22, 2014 10:00 p.m.
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City puts off bus service idea

A bus service may someday be available for elderly residents of Covington, but not now, not yet.

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Posted: jul. 22, 2014 8:33 p.m. | Updated: jul. 22, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Henderson retains BOC seat

Low turnout marred Tuesday’s local runoff elections, but the end result was Board of Commissioners Democratic incumbent J.C Henderson will continue to serve, and David Belton will be the Republican candidate for Georgia District 112.

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Posted: jul. 22, 2014 10:02 p.m.

City denies cell tower on Monticello

Mayor Ronnie Johnston had to vote Monday to break a 3-3 tie to ultimately deny a request for a new cell phone tower at 6163 Monticello Road in Covington.

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Posted: jul. 21, 2014 8:57 p.m.

Public comment disclaimer

It is the policy of the Covington News to allow people, with some form of identification, to voice their opinions, thoughts and concerns about our community. However, it is our policy to have comments free from personal attacks and inflammatory remarks toward people. This does not promote reasonable discussions and, we feel is detrimental, to furthering discussion on an issue or topic.

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Posted: jul. 21, 2014 4:03 p.m.

Official: TDRs could preserve eastern Newton

One of the integral and most controversial parts of the 200-page 2050 Plan to zone the county to keep up with the growth officials expect is its section on “transferrable development rights.” It’s designed to help residents of the eastern side of Newton County financially benefit from the possible down-zoning of their rural properties.

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Posted: jul. 19, 2014 8:29 p.m. | Updated: jul. 19, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Belton, Brooks face off for District 122

Aaron Brooks and Dave Belton will settle things Tuesday in the Republican runoff for Georgia House District 112, which includes the eastern half of both Covington and Newton County.

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Posted: jul. 19, 2014 8:45 p.m. | Updated: jul. 19, 2014 10:00 p.m.

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.

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Posted: jul. 19, 2014 8:39 p.m. | Updated: jul. 19, 2014 10:00 p.m.

State releases district-level EOCT scores

District-level scores were released by the Georgia Department of Education (GADOE) for 2014 End-of-Course Tests (EOCT), showing Newton County School System (NCSS) students outpaced the state pass rate on six out of eight tests and improved pass rates on five of six tests from last year.

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Posted: jul. 19, 2014 8:36 p.m. | Updated: jul. 19, 2014 10:00 p.m.

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.

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Posted: jul. 19, 2014 6:30 p.m.

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.

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Posted: jul. 19, 2014 6:28 p.m.

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 ...

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Posted: jul. 19, 2014 6:26 p.m.

Clarification and correction

Clarification:

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Posted: jul. 19, 2014 6:25 p.m.

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.

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Posted: jul. 19, 2014 6:24 p.m.

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.

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Posted: jul. 19, 2014 6:23 p.m.

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.

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Posted: jul. 19, 2014 6:22 p.m.

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