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Snapping Shoals named Education Partner of the Year
The Snapping Shoals, EMC team led by Frank Askew (with plaque), chief operating officer, accepts the 2017 Cornerstones Partners in Education Partner of the Year Award. Also pictured: Ralph Staffins, president Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce (second row, right); Samantha Fuhrey, Newton County School System superintendent (front row, right); Takila Curry, Veterans Memorial Middle School principal (left of Fuhrey); and Chad Walker, Newton College and Career Academy principal (left of Askew). (Submitted Photo | The Covington News)

COVINGTON, Ga. - Snapping Shoals Electric Membership Corporation is the 2017 Cornerstones Partners in Education Partner of the Year.

The announcement was made by Ralph Staffins, president of the Newton County Chamber of Commerce, at a May 3reception honoring all 160 organizations and individuals who donate time, talent, money or materials to support one or more of the Newton County School System’s (NCSS’s) schools.

Snapping Shoals, EMC has been supporting Newton County schools since 1986 when the Chamber of Commerce and the NCSS jointed founded an adopt-a-school program which evolved into the current Cornerstones Partners in Education Program. The principals for Newton College and Career Academy (NCCA) and Veterans Memorial Middle School independently nominated Snapping Shoals for this year’s partner of the year award.

In making the award, Staffins listed Snapping Shoals many recent contributions. General support to all NCSS schools has included numerous door prizes for the new teacher induction and orientation program, funds to support the book bus and thousands of dollars in grant money to support important projects and activities for which no funds would otherwise be available.

Additionally, Snapping Shoals has provided specific support to NCCA as well as Veterans Memorial Middle, Live Oak Elementary and Newton High schools. These contributions have included financial assistance for students and teachers; countless volunteer hours to teach and advise  students as well as judge competitions and projects; job shadowing opportunities for students; tools and materials to support student projects; a pickup truck; truckloads of wood shavings for use as bedding in the NCCA’s livestock barns; and more.

We are honored to accept this award,” Frank Askew, chief operating officer for Snapping Shoals, EMC, said. “Service to others is a key tenant of our cooperative. We can think of no better way to serve others than to partner in the educational process within the territory we serve.”

He added, “I want to say thank you to the educators in the room. What you do is vital; it’s the cornerstone to make sure our young people succeed and in turn our communities succeed.”

 “We are grateful to Snapping Shoals and all our partners in education,” said Samantha Fuhrey, NCSS superintendent. “Their dedication and commitment in support of youth so that they can succeed, live, work, and contribute in our community is much appreciated.” 


NCSS Partners in Education 2016-2017

East Newton Elementary School

East Newton Baptist Church

Kaci’s Kreations

Piedmont Newton Volunteer Services

Starrsville United Methodist Church

United Bank

Fairview Elementary School

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 32

Alcovy Shrine Club/Alcovyettes

Brunson Family

Frank’s Restaurant


New Life Praise Center

Flint Hill Elementary School

Bank of North Georgia




Covington Pilot Club


Golden Fleece Lodge #6

Macedonia Baptist Church

Oxford College at Emory

Oxford Lion’s Club

The Church at Covington

Heard-Mixon Elementary School

ABC Daycare
Church 213

High Point Baptist Church

Red Oak United Methodist Church

Live Oak Elementary School

Gateway Community Church

Snapping Shoals EMC


Covington Pilot Club

Mansfield Elementary School

Bank of North Georgia

Beaver Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Blackwell Grocery

Burge Plantation

Covington Service Guild

Mansfield Baptist Church

Middle Ridge Elementary School

El Charro

Kroger #214

Mega Force Sports

Newton County Farm Bureau

Newton Federal Bank

Stevi B’s Pizza


Newton County Theme School at Ficquett



Covington Rental

Dry Clean City Cleaners


Georgia Opthalmologists

Jersey Mike’s Subs

Piedmont Newton Hospital

PUSH by Alcovy Fitness

Ribbity-Ribbitz Embroidery

Satsuki Garden Club

The Fly Trap

Tractor Supply

UMAS Karate

Your Pie

Oak Hill Elementary School

Dr. Bradley G. Jacoby

Newton County High School Class of 1950

Oak Hill Church of Christ

Rockdale Physician Practices

Zion Baptist Church

Porterdale Elementary School

Bank of North Georgia

Communication Workers of America

Gateway Community Church

Grace Baptist Church

Longhorn Steakhouse

Newton Federal Bank

Stevi B’s Pizza


Rocky Plains Elementary School

Ayers Electric, Inc.

Brent Meredith

South Salem Elementary School


Berry’s Tree Farm

GA Far Bureau-Newton County-Jackie Lindsey

Newton County Farm Bureau-Anna Glover

ServPro of Conyers/Covington

West Newton Elementary School


Marco’s Pizza


Salem Baptist Church

Clements Middle School


Oxford College of Emory University

Cousins Middle School

Legend Realty Group

Newton Federal Bank

ProTec Powder Coating

RAI Home Inspections

Royal Landscaping

Statewide Wrecker Service South, Inc.

Indian Creek Middle School


Johnny’s Pizza

Krispy Kreme

Marco’s Pizza

Liberty Middle School

Newton Federal Bank

Veterans Memorial Middle School

Snapping Shoals EMC

Alcovy High School


Community First Agency, LLC

Ezell’s Photography

Horace Mann


Stevi B’s Pizza

Eastside High School


Cady Studios


Covington Air Systems
Elite Collision

Ingles Market


Newton Federal Bank

Piedmont Orthopedic and Sports Medicine

State Farm Insurance-Scott Hubbard Agency



Newton High School

All Start Quick Lube

American Family Insurance

Amici Italian Café

Cabana Wings & More



Covington Family Dentistry

Georgia National Guard

Georgia Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

Ginn Motor Company

Longhorn Steakhouse

Newton County Recreation Department

Newton Federal Bank

Pinnacle Bank

Plain Nuts Catering & Deli

Reid Ramirez Law Firm

Snapping Shoals, EMC

State Farm Insurance-Mr. Scott Hubbard

Stevi B’s Pizza

The Lindsey Firm

The Oaks Course

United Bank


Newton College & Career Academy

Arts Association in Newton County

Benton Welding Supply

Berry’s Christmas Tree Farm

Covington/Newton County Chamber of Commerce

Georgia Piedmont Technical College

Georgia Power

Ginn Motor Company

Michelin North America, Inc.

Newton County Farm Bureau

Piedmont Cattlemen’s Association

SKC, Inc.

Snapping Shoals EMC

Social Circle Ace Hardware

Standridge Color Corporation

Sundowner Trailers

NCSS School Nurse Program

Walgreens #13760

NCSS Partners At Large

Arts Association in Newton County


Covington Ford

Covington Pro Lube, LLC

Game Time

Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful

Kwik Change Lube & Service, LLC

Stevi B’s Pizza