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General Manager’s letter

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Newton County

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Big business brings big economy to Newton.

Discover how Newton County is growing.

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Local attractions

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Historical Cemeteries

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Restaurant Guide

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Recovering housing market

One tank trips Location is everything and, luckily for Newton County residents, fun is just a car ride away.

Tourism boom Local filming brings more than celebrities to town.

Baxter International

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Contact information Everything you need to know about local churches, schools, polling places and more.

on the cover Photos by Photographer Darrell Everidge Tiffany Ludwig (right) and her husband Paul Ludwig enjoy a picnic on the square with their dog Trixi. The historic clock tower of Covington's courthouse looks down as they lunch in the warm, summer weather.

A community that cares: (Top) Two natives grab their poles to enjoy an afternoon by the water. (Middle) Kaleb Bazina enjoys an ice cream cone in the warm sun outside of Scoops. (Bottom) Major Phillips is helped out of his car to salute fallen soldiers at Covington’s Memorial Day celebration.

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GUIDE A special supplement to The Covington News and The News

CHARLES HILL MORRIS JR. Publisher T. PAT CAVANUAGH General Manager Publisher, The News DEBBIE THOMPSON Controller JAN PHILLIPS MICHELLE KIM Editors CRYSTAL COLE News Editor AMANDA ELLINGTON Circulation Supervisor CARIN DEBOER Graphics Manager EDITORIAL STAFF Brian Fazio, sports editor; Gabriel Khouli, reporter; Danielle Everson, reporter; Paula Travis, proofreader; Darrell Everidge, photographer ADVERTISING Cynthia Blackshear-Warren, Covington advertising supervisor; Annette Godwin, Rockdale sales director; Susan Grajko, sales representative; Jana Crowe, sales representative GRAPHIC DESIGN Mark Garner, designer CIRCULATION Tonya Brownlee, circulation clerk SOLUTIONS GROUP Amber Pittman, webmaster Jason Cosby, account executive Russ Youngblood, account executive

Letter from the general manager

A warm welcome Newton County embraces tradition, looks to the future Greetings. If you are new to our county, you have picked a place of natural beauty and special historical heritage. If you have lived here all of your life, this guide will remind you of the good things that exist here and why you or your family chose to call Newton County home. Our staff here at The Covington News spends about four months preparing this magazine each year. We are proud that we, too, are part of Newton County’s history. The Covington News traces its heritage back 148 years. You will discover that Newton County has five cities: Covington, which is the county seat, along with Porterdale, Oxford, Newborn and Mansfield. Each has it own unique personality. Newton County itself is named for Sgt. John Newton, who served under the famous Gen. Francis Marion, “The Swamp Fox,” during the Revolutionary War. The county is rich in Southern history and still contains many antebellum homes, one being Twelve Oaks, said to be the model for Ashley Wilkes’ home in the book and movie “Gone With the Wind.” Newton County and Covington, with their wealth of historic architecture, have been the scene of major movie and television series such as “The Dukes of Hazzard,” “Remember the Titans,” “My Cousin Vinny,” “In the Heat of the Night,” and the current smash hit “The Vampire Diaries.” No wonder Covington bills

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itself as the “Hollywood of the South.” Newton County also is the birthplace of Georgia 4-H and has a rich agricultural heritage. It is rich in land and water resources. A drive through the countryside reveals rolling farmland, scenic rivers and a deep respect for tradition. With pharmaceutical giant

Baxter International building a 162-acre complex where 1,500 people ultimately will be employed, Newton County and surrounding communities are poised to build a strong economic base in biotechnology, a key goal of the state of Georgia as well. We are represented by four colleges, and our county schools have made tremendous progress over the past few years. Yes, you have chosen a great county in which to live. We urge you to use this guide to navigate around it. And to keep up-to-date on happenings in your new home, read The Covington News or follow us at CovNews.com. You can also read The News or visit rockdalenews.com Welcome.

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Newton County is the gateway between urban metro Atlanta and rural north-central Georgia, a large county that contains two worlds and all of that diversity that entails. As one of the fastest growing counties in the nation during the booming 2000s, Newton County has a western half that is the epitome of suburban residential growth, as large housing developments, small commercial strip centers, schools, churches, parks and libraries all sprang up in place of dairy farms and hay fields. The eastern half tells a different story and remains the home of farmers and old families who have lived on their large lots for generations. There are undeveloped forests, scenic dirt roads and historic communities that aren’t much larger than they were 151

years ago. As the housing market collapsed in 2008, so did Newton’s growth, which has hurt the construction-driven economy, but has given Newton County leaders a chance to plan for a future of controlled growth and guided progress. Newton’s county seat of Covington is the dividing line between urban and rural living, and the county’s leaders hope the county can promote further development while protecting the area’s heritage. With the future arrival of mega medical manufacturer Baxter International (see page 14), Newton County’s prospects are on the rise and residents are optimistic that their beloved community is in line for the high life.

Agriculture Newton County’s robust agricultural base generates more than $14.5 million in products a year, and farms across the county produce beef cattle, hay and poultry. Recently, organic farms have also begun to crop up around the county, while some city residents also have caught the urban agriculture bug and are reinventing the idea of the backyard garden. The county is home to three major agriculture learning facilities. Established in 1937, the Georgia FFA-FCCLA Center is the state’s premier camp facility and conference center. For almost 50 years, Boy Scouts have camped and created cherished memories at Bert Adams Scout Reservation. The Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center offers youths the opportunity to experience the great outdoors through enjoyable educational programs. In addition, plans are in the works to build a million-dollar facility that would be used for agricultural education and livestock shows.

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People Newton County’s population is 47.6 percent male and 52.4 percent female, according to the 2010 U.S. Census, while the racial makeup is 55.4 percent white, 41.3 percent black, 4.8 percent Hispanic or Latino, and 1 percent Asian. The median age of a county resident is 34.7 years, and the average household size is 2.85 people.

Land, water and air Newton County is one of Georgia’s largest counties, at 276.4 square miles. The Alcovy, Yellow, and South rivers are primary waterways. Jackson Lake is used for recreation, while Lake Varner (also known as Cornish Creek Reservoir) is a water source, so gas engines are not permitted when boating there. The Covington Municipal Airport is

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Income Newton County’s 2011 median income was $51,691, according to an estimate by the Census Bureau, while 14 percent of eligible residents fell below the poverty line. Of residents 25 years of age or older, 83.6 percent had at least a high school degree, and 19.4 percent had at least a bachelor’s degree.

Education Newton County is home to four higher education institutions, including historic Oxford College, a leading two-year liberal arts school, Georgia Piedmont Technical College, Georgia Perimeter College and Troy University.

Employment As of May 2013, Newton had a civilian labor force (over the age of 16) of 48,280 and an unemployment rate of 8.6 percent, according to the Georgia Department of Labor. The average Newton County resident drives 31.5 minutes to work, according to a previous study, as many residents commute into Atlanta and surrounding counties.

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Atlanta, Newton County witnessed an unprecedented explosion of growth during the 1990s and 2000s. The county’s population grew from 62,000 in 2000 to 101,505 in 2012. Such growth made Newton the 11th-fastest growing county of the decade in the United States, according to the Census Bureau.

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Newton County is the gateway between urban metro Atlanta and rural north-central Georgia, a large county that contains two worlds and all of that diversity that entails. As one of the fastest growing counties in the nation during the booming 2000s, Newton County has a western half that is the epitome of suburban residential growth, as large housing developments, small commercial strip centers, schools, churches, parks and libraries all sprang up in place of dairy farms and hay fields. The eastern half tells a different story and remains the home of farmers and old families who have lived on their large lots for generations. There are undeveloped forests, scenic dirt roads and historic communities that aren’t much larger than they were 151

years ago. As the housing market collapsed in 2008, so did Newton’s growth, which has hurt the construction-driven economy, but has given Newton County leaders a chance to plan for a future of controlled growth and guided progress. Newton’s county seat of Covington is the dividing line between urban and rural living, and the county’s leaders hope the county can promote further development while protecting the area’s heritage. With the future arrival of mega medical manufacturer Baxter International (see page 14), Newton County’s prospects are on the rise and residents are optimistic that their beloved community is in line for the high life.

Agriculture Newton County’s robust agricultural base generates more than $14.5 million in products a year, and farms across the county produce beef cattle, hay and poultry. Recently, organic farms have also begun to crop up around the county, while some city residents also have caught the urban agriculture bug and are reinventing the idea of the backyard garden. The county is home to three major agriculture learning facilities. Established in 1937, the Georgia FFA-FCCLA Center is the state’s premier camp facility and conference center. For almost 50 years, Boy Scouts have camped and created cherished memories at Bert Adams Scout Reservation. The Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center offers youths the opportunity to experience the great outdoors through enjoyable educational programs. In addition, plans are in the works to build a million-dollar facility that would be used for agricultural education and livestock shows.

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Land, water and air Newton County is one of Georgia’s largest counties, at 276.4 square miles. The Alcovy, Yellow, and South rivers are primary waterways. Jackson Lake is used for recreation, while Lake Varner (also known as Cornish Creek Reservoir) is a water source, so gas engines are not permitted when boating there. The Covington Municipal Airport is

north of the city and home to small aircraft and corporate jets.

Income Newton County’s 2011 median income was $51,691, according to an estimate by the Census Bureau, while 14 percent of eligible residents fell below the poverty line. Of residents 25 years of age or older, 83.6 percent had at least a high school degree, and 19.4 percent had at least a bachelor’s degree.

Education Newton County is home to four higher education institutions, including historic Oxford College, a leading two-year liberal arts school, Georgia Piedmont Technical College, Georgia Perimeter College and Troy University.

Employment As of May 2013, Newton had a civilian labor force (over the age of 16) of 48,280 and an unemployment rate of 8.6 percent, according to the Georgia Department of Labor. The average Newton County resident drives 31.5 minutes to work, according to a previous study, as many residents commute into Atlanta and surrounding counties.

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Burge Plantation is a historic 1,000-acre farm that is a private hunting, shooting and family club. The plantation also serves as a venue for weddings, banquets and retreats. 44 Jeff Cook Road Mansfield, GA 30055 770-787-5152 www.burgeplantation.com Elliott The Charlie Wildlife Center is a 6,400-

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Gaithers Plantation is a 1850s plantation home which hosts weddings, receptions, meetings, festivals and other public gatherings. The property, which was featured on the “Ghost Hunters” TV show, also has a barn, log cabin and the Harris Springs Primitive Baptist Church on site. Available by appointment only. 270 Davis Ford Road Covington, GA 30014 678-283-1675 www.gaitherplantation.com

Old Church on the Oxford College campus was built in 1841 as the first Chapel of Emory University. During the Civil War, it served as an infirmary. The university has held its baccalaureate services at the Old Church since the late 1840s. Behind the Old Church sits Kitty’s Cottage, which is the former home of a slave of Bishop O. Andrews. 100 Hamill Street Oxford, GA 30054 770-784-8888

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Oxford Historical Cemetery is off of Emory Street in Oxford and was established in 1837. Both whites and blacks are buried in the cemetery, but are segregated in the old part of the cemetery. Many of the oldest families of the county are buried here. The Soldier’s Cemetery c. 1864 is located just beyond the Williams Gymnasium at Oxford College. Only the Confederate dead are buried in the cemetery.

Lake Jackson, one of the oldest reservoirs in the state, is shared by Newton, Jasper and Butts counties. South River, Yellow River and Alcovy River feed into the lake and the Ocmulgee River flows out of it. The lake features Lloyd Shoals Dam which was built in 1910 to generate electricity for Macon. Today, it still generates electricity and is owned by Georgia Power. The lake offers a venue for water sports, boating, wakeboarding and fishing. There are also several marinas around the lake that allow boaters to launch, fill up and dock at the lake. Lake Varner is an 850-acre reservoir that provides water to the county and is managed by the Newton County Parks and Recreation Department. Free for Newton and Walton County residents, $5 per boat or vehicle for out-of-county residents. No gasoline powered motor boats are allowed on this prime fishing location. It offers areas for fishing or picnicking. The reservoir has large-mouth bass, white bass, hybrid bass, bream, redear sunfish, crappie, catfish and chain pickerel in its waters. The statewide lake record for a large mouth bass was 15 pounds and 13 ounces and was caught at the reservoir in 1993. 11905 Alcovy Road Covington, GA 30014 770-784-2049 co.newton.ga.us/content/view/80/31/ Factory Shoals Recreation Park is one of the county's most scenic

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what the doctor ordered for Newton County, as well, and local officials and residents are using the global company’s decision to locate here as Exhibit A of a brighter tomorrow. Housing developers are returning, more than five years after their brethren lost everything in this county and others like it — the front lines of the reckless and unsustainable building that swept the nation. Fast-casual restaurant chains are opening new stores, a welcome sight for a populace that’s

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been clamoring for more food choices for years and officials who have watched millions of dollars in spending leave the county. Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnston wants to reshape the city he’s been elected to lead. He envisions Covington as a destination for tourists, retail, industries and high-quality citizens looking for new homes that maintain the historic charm he and his wife fell in love with. Local filmmakers are planning a $100-million film studio to capture Georgia’s burgeoning share of the big industry and build off the town that’s trademarked “Hollywood of the South.” Chamber President Hunter Hall is helping craft the message, hiring marketing experts to take advantage of the spotlight on Newton County while rolling out the red carpet for Baxter executives.

So, this Baxter is a big deal, huh?

One-billion dollar business investments don’t come along every day, and Baxter’s announcement was the biggest in Georgia since Kia decided to build a $1.2 billion plant near the Alabama border. Of equal importance to local leaders is the 1,500 jobs the company plans

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But what does Baxter do?

Baxter specializes in making treatments for blood disorders. The company takes the plasma from healthy blood donors and uses it to help people who can’t naturally produce what they need to stay healthy or heal. The Covington plant will produce two specific products:

• Gammagard uses healthy antibodies from blood to replace missing antibodies in those with immune deficiency disorders (people who lack antibodies have trouble fighting off infections from bacteria and viruses). • Albumin is an essential protein found in plasma that is used to treat burns and blood deficiencies. In addition to its Covington plant, the company also will open several blood collection centers around the state; the centers could employ up to 300 more people. The blood will be delivered to the Covington plant and stored in a giant freezer facility kept at minus 20 degrees Celsius. The blood will be transported to the plant’s fractionation building, where it will be separated into the specific components needed to make each treatment; specifically, the process will separate “proteins out of source plasma, including albumin, immunoglobulins and clotting proteins.” Finally, those components will either go to the Gammagard or Albumin production facilities.

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Jeff Meadors began his first term on the board in January 2011. He is an administrator at Georgia Perimeter College and holds a bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, from Mercer University and MAT and DAST degrees from Emory University. He completed leadership certification at the University of Georgia. A former assistant principal and teacher in middle, high and alternative school settings, Meadors has served as an adjunct faculty member in the graduate program at Emory University in the Division of Education Studies and a supervisor of student teachers at Emory University.

Eddie Johnson began serving his first term on the Board of Education in January 2009. He is a graduate of Albany Technical College in Albany and has a certificate in electricity. Johnson completed a three-year tour in the United States Army and earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Albany State University. He has held several managerial positions with AT&T. Johnson and his family moved from Boston, Mass., to Newton County in 1991.

Shakila Henderson-Baker began her first term on the Board of Education in January 2011. She attended Fort Valley State University on local community scholarships and a partial academic scholarship before earning a full scholarship by her junior year at Fort Valley. She graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in political science from Fort Valley State University and holds a master’s degree in psychology and counseling from Troy University. She is currently taking courses at Piedmont College, Athens, to obtain certification in early childhood education.

Turner Almond Turner is a 1968 graduate of the historic R.L. Cousins High School and attended Fort Valley State College, where he majored in music. He also attended DeKalb Community College where he earned an associate’s degree in criminal justice. He

received a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Troy University. He is a 1982 graduate of the FBI National Academy (Quantico, Va.). He is a member of the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

Coggin Abigail Coggin was selected in November 2010 to serve as District 5 representative of the Newton County School Board. She is a lifelong resident of Newton County and graduated from Newton County High School in 1992. She attended Oxford College and

received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Emory University. Throughout her college career, Coggin was employed as a staffer on many successful statewide political campaigns and also served in the Georgia State Senate’s Public Information Office.

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Jake’s Day lHosted by the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center; visit georgiawildlife.com/ node/692

Special Olympics lHosted by the Newton County School System; visit newtoncountyschools.org/ about/special-ed.asp

05 May

Cheerios Challenge lHosted by The Covington Y; visit ymcapass.com/cvy. shtml

Taste of Covington lHosted by the City of Covington and Main Street Covington; visit downtowncovington.org

Arts Association Spring Play lHosted by The Arts Association in Newton County; visit newtoncountyarts.org

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True Colors Visual Art Exhibit lHosted by the Arts Association in Newton County; visit newtoncountyarts.org

Great American Cleanup lHosted by the Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful Office; visit kcnb.biz

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NAACP Black History Event lHosted by the Covington NAACP; call Norma Johnson at 770-787-5452

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Martin Luther King Celebration lHosted by Main Street Covington; visit downtowncovington.org

Prayer Breakfast lHosted by the Covington Rotary and Kiwanis Club; visit covingtonkiwanis.org or www.clubrunner.ca/Portal/Home.aspx?cid=3135.

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Christmas Parade lHosted by the City of Covington and Main Street Covington; visit downtowncovington.org

12 December

Nutcracker ballet lHosted by The Arts Association in Newton County; visit newtoncountyarts.org

11 November

Halloween celebrations lHosted by the cities of Covington, Oxford and Porterdale; visit downtowncovington.org, oxfordgeorgia.org or cityofporterdale.com

10 October

Fuzz Run lHosted by the City of Covington Police Department; visit covingtonpolice. com

09 September

Summer Concert series lHosted by The Arts Association in Newton County and Main Street Covington; visit newtoncountyarts.org or downtowncovington.org

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Fourth of July celebrations lHosted by the cities of Covington, Oxford, and Porterdale; visit downtowncovington. org, oxfordgeorgia.org or cityofporterdale.com

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Summer Concert series lHosted by The Arts Association in Newton County and Main Street Covington; visit newtoncountyarts.org or downtowncovington.org

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Newton County, Georgia

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Arts Association Spring Play lHosted by The Arts Association in Newton County; visit newtoncountyarts.org

04 April

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03 March

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02 February

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01 January

Christmas Parade lHosted by the City of Covington and Main Street Covington; visit downtowncovington.org

12 December

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11 November

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10 October

Fuzz Run lHosted by the City of Covington Police Department; visit covingtonpolice. com

09 September

Summer Concert series lHosted by The Arts Association in Newton County and Main Street Covington; visit newtoncountyarts.org or downtowncovington.org

08 August

Fourth of July celebrations lHosted by the cities of Covington, Oxford, and Porterdale; visit downtowncovington. org, oxfordgeorgia.org or cityofporterdale.com

07 July

Summer Concert series lHosted by The Arts Association in Newton County and Main Street Covington; visit newtoncountyarts.org or downtowncovington.org

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Growth, community support make for great school system Welcome to the Newton County School System and to the 2013-2014 school year! I trust that you have had an excellent summer. It is my honor and privilege to serve as your school system superintendent. I look forward to working together to ensure our students experience continued improvement in their achievement. The staff of the Newton County School System believes it is our responsibility to provide students with a quality education in a safe and orderly environment that fosters innovation, creativity and high expectations. Over the last several years, we have experienced exceptional growth in student achievement such that all schools have demonstrated outstanding rates of improvement when referencing the last three years of test data. While we are pleased with our rate of improvement, we are not satisfied. We continue to focus our work so all students are college and/or career ready — guaranteeing they have choices beyond high school. We have improved graduation rates and will continue to work diligently to make academic content relevant so that students will remain in school at even higher rates. Our partnerships with parents serve as a foundation for improvement. My request of our parents is to be supportive of our schools and make certain students read and attend school regularly. When children are not in school, they are very likely to miss important information that could have long-term effects on their achievement. Take time to get involved in the education of your children. Research clearly reflects that the more parents take an active role in their children’s education, the better

the children perform. In addition to their regular studies, research also supports the notion that the more children read, the more likely they are to succeed in school. If your children are entering school for the first time, reading with them regularly and discussing what you have read will prove beneficial, Fuhrey even as they enter high school. An international study conducted by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development confirms that children whose parents frequently read with them in their first years of school still reflect the benefit when they enter high school. All students should read challenging texts of interest to them for 2030 minutes every day. Continued support from the community will prove beneficial as we prepare students to be our future leaders. Our local partnerships with businesses and community agencies reflect a commitment to continued economic development, future growth and support for our students, teachers, leaders and staff. We look forward to enhancing our strong relationships with local businesses and community agencies and invite others to participate. Plans are underway to host a series of interactive, informational meetings throughout the school year. Please stay tuned for the dates and times of your school’s event. I look forward to an excellent school year, and I thank you, in advance, for your support of our school system; I encourage every student and parent to make this school year the best year ever! Samantha Fuhrey Newton County School Superintendent

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13 Early Release Day for Parent Conferences October 4 End of 1st Nine Weeks 7 Fall Break (Oct. 7-11) 17 Report Cards Issued 18 Early Release Day for Professional Learning

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December 20 End of 2nd Nine Weeks 23 Holiday Break (Dec.23-Jan. 6)

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Newton County has long been an agricultural hub. Farms dot its landscape and its history, which includes a precursor to the 4-H Club in the Girls Canning and Boys Corn Clubs back in 1904. Nowadays, that farming culture is still prevalent, and you don’t have to be an agricultural wholesaler to enjoy the fruits of Newton County’s labors. While farmers markets and farm stands are abundant throughout Covington, Mansfield, Newborn, Oxford, Porterdale, Social Circle and metro Atlanta, area residents have the luxury of being able to go directly to the farms themselves. For vegetables, Burge Organic Farm spans 16 acres at 2659 Ga Highway 142 in Mansfield. The farm has produce such as tomatoes, summer squash and okra, but also grows items including the heirloom garlic found growing on the property before being propagated into farmable seeds, wild plums, asparagus, kiwis and Asian specialty vegetables. For a variety of its produce, Burge Organic Farm also offers community-supported agriculture for a direct farm-to-table relationship. For the entree course of an area dinner, one just needs to venture slightly east of Newton County to Rutledge and Verner Farm at 4990 Davis Academy Road. Verner Farms of Rutledge has been a part of east metro Atlanta for five generations, producing hay, breeding cattle and natural grassfed beef. Verner Farms offers noseto-tail items from a steer, such as ground beef, ribeye, filet and even a quarter of the steer for $600, available at the farm or online at vernerfarms.com. Area farms have been producing for generations, including Newborn's Johnston’s Dairy Farm,

which has been around since 1940. But for its owner, Russell Johnston, the 90-100 hours a week running the production side of his milk farm — producing, bottling, marketing, selling and driving the milk — around the region prompted him make a change. He started bottling the milk in August, but it became too much with the delivery of bottles to area markets and restaurants. “We had enough bottling; it was killing me,” Johnston said. “It was 100 hours a week, and a massive headache all the time. Johnston made the change, stopping the wholesale milk business and producing Italian cheeses. “It was more for stability than anything else,” Johnston said. “When we were sending the milk out on the big truck, you never knew what you were going to be paid; it fluctuates. When I’m processing and retailing my own product, I know what I’m going to be paid. Milk was a little more money, but a whole lot more work.” The switch benefits Newton County residents, as they can still get locally-raised milk, but also farm-fresh local cheeses. All of the farm’s produce is now retail, available at farmer’s markets in the area and metro Atlanta and available at the farm itself. Purchasing Johnston’s milk and cheese is simple enough. It is available in a refrigerator next to a table with a cash box, where customers pay in an honor system. The cheese and the ease of purchase has kept plenty of local customers buying products such as mozzarella, burrata, bocconcini, scamorza, feta and manchego cheese. “We have a lot of people come here and get it,” Johnston said. “People seem to be real happy.” Johnston Farms also sells to

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Newton County has long been an agricultural hub. Farms dot its landscape and its history, which includes a precursor to the 4-H Club in the Girls Canning and Boys Corn Clubs back in 1904. Nowadays, that farming culture is still prevalent, and you don’t have to be an agricultural wholesaler to enjoy the fruits of Newton County’s labors. While farmers markets and farm stands are abundant throughout Covington, Mansfield, Newborn, Oxford, Porterdale, Social Circle and metro Atlanta, area residents have the luxury of being able to go directly to the farms themselves. For vegetables, Burge Organic Farm spans 16 acres at 2659 Ga Highway 142 in Mansfield. The farm has produce such as tomatoes, summer squash and okra, but also grows items including the heirloom garlic found growing on the property before being propagated into farmable seeds, wild plums, asparagus, kiwis and Asian specialty vegetables. For a variety of its produce, Burge Organic Farm also offers community-supported agriculture for a direct farm-to-table relationship. For the entree course of an area dinner, one just needs to venture slightly east of Newton County to Rutledge and Verner Farm at 4990 Davis Academy Road. Verner Farms of Rutledge has been a part of east metro Atlanta for five generations, producing hay, breeding cattle and natural grassfed beef. Verner Farms offers noseto-tail items from a steer, such as ground beef, ribeye, filet and even a quarter of the steer for $600, available at the farm or online at vernerfarms.com. Area farms have been producing for generations, including Newborn's Johnston’s Dairy Farm,

which has been around since 1940. But for its owner, Russell Johnston, the 90-100 hours a week running the production side of his milk farm — producing, bottling, marketing, selling and driving the milk — around the region prompted him make a change. He started bottling the milk in August, but it became too much with the delivery of bottles to area markets and restaurants. “We had enough bottling; it was killing me,” Johnston said. “It was 100 hours a week, and a massive headache all the time. Johnston made the change, stopping the wholesale milk business and producing Italian cheeses. “It was more for stability than anything else,” Johnston said. “When we were sending the milk out on the big truck, you never knew what you were going to be paid; it fluctuates. When I’m processing and retailing my own product, I know what I’m going to be paid. Milk was a little more money, but a whole lot more work.” The switch benefits Newton County residents, as they can still get locally-raised milk, but also farm-fresh local cheeses. All of the farm’s produce is now retail, available at farmer’s markets in the area and metro Atlanta and available at the farm itself. Purchasing Johnston’s milk and cheese is simple enough. It is available in a refrigerator next to a table with a cash box, where customers pay in an honor system. The cheese and the ease of purchase has kept plenty of local customers buying products such as mozzarella, burrata, bocconcini, scamorza, feta and manchego cheese. “We have a lot of people come here and get it,” Johnston said. “People seem to be real happy.” Johnston Farms also sells to

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restaurants such as S&J Woodfire Pizza in Decatur and Restaurant Eugene in Buckhead, but keeps its cheese affordable to local customers. Prices range from $5 for its burrata at Johnston Farms and $6 at the Monroe Farmer’s Market or Peachtree Road Farmer’s Market. Local products such as Johnston Farm’s cheeses are not only beneficial to the local economy and continuing its agricultural tradition, but also are fresher, and many say tastier options for your table. Newton’s agriculture production can keep your family satisfied and your community supported from vegetables to meat and cheeses and local fruits. “It’s fresh and tastes better than the grocery store,” Johnston said. “If they start local, the quality of the product is higher.” Newton County is also home to several farmers’ markets, where a variety of fruits and vegetables are available for purchase. At Ramsey’s Produce in downtown Covington, you can find the expected fruits and vegetables such as peaches, squash and okra, along with locally farmed items such as tomatoes from Robert Dalton and other

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area farmers. Ramsey’s is open from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. throughout the week. 770403-3815. In Oxford, Mitcham Farms offers not only peaches and pumpkins for picking, but you can also visit its market for summer vegetables such as sweet corn, tomatoes and squash. The market has flexible hours and availability and can be contacted at 770-855-1530. Noring Farms on Floyd opened a year ago on the corner of Floyd and Adams streets in Convingnton and is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. The market has fresh vegetables available from Burge Organic Farm and other sources, along with Verner Farms Natural Beef, Holeman and Finch breads from Atlanta and ready-made meals for dinner. Noring Farms can be reached at 678-712-6577. Porterdale residents also have a local farmers’ market to shop at in the Porterdale Farmer’s Market. The market is available for consumer supported agriculture at porterdale. locallygrown.net.

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restaurants such as S&J Woodfire Pizza in Decatur and Restaurant Eugene in Buckhead, but keeps its cheese affordable to local customers. Prices range from $5 for its burrata at Johnston Farms and $6 at the Monroe Farmer’s Market or Peachtree Road Farmer’s Market. Local products such as Johnston Farm’s cheeses are not only beneficial to the local economy and continuing its agricultural tradition, but also are fresher, and many say tastier options for your table. Newton’s agriculture production can keep your family satisfied and your community supported from vegetables to meat and cheeses and local fruits. “It’s fresh and tastes better than the grocery store,” Johnston said. “If they start local, the quality of the product is higher.” Newton County is also home to several farmers’ markets, where a variety of fruits and vegetables are available for purchase. At Ramsey’s Produce in downtown Covington, you can find the expected fruits and vegetables such as peaches, squash and okra, along with locally farmed items such as tomatoes from Robert Dalton and other

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area farmers. Ramsey’s is open from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. throughout the week. 770403-3815. In Oxford, Mitcham Farms offers not only peaches and pumpkins for picking, but you can also visit its market for summer vegetables such as sweet corn, tomatoes and squash. The market has flexible hours and availability and can be contacted at 770-855-1530. Noring Farms on Floyd opened a year ago on the corner of Floyd and Adams streets in Convingnton and is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. The market has fresh vegetables available from Burge Organic Farm and other sources, along with Verner Farms Natural Beef, Holeman and Finch breads from Atlanta and ready-made meals for dinner. Noring Farms can be reached at 678-712-6577. Porterdale residents also have a local farmers’ market to shop at in the Porterdale Farmer’s Market. The market is available for consumer supported agriculture at porterdale. locallygrown.net.

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2013-2014 School Calendar Social Circle City Schools July 31 First Day Of School

November 25 – 29 Thanksgiving Holidays

August 30 Early Release Day at noon: Professional Learning

September 2 Labor Day - Holiday Students

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October 4 End of First Quarter (47 Days) 7 – 11 Fall Break - Students and Staff (Monday – Friday)

14 -18 Parent/ Teacher

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18 Report Cards 21-25 Parent/ Teacher

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24 Early Release Day 12:00 / Parent Conferences

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December 19 Early Release Day 12:00/

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20 Professional Learning Day 23 – Jan. 2 Christmas Holidays Students and Staff

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Covington/Newton Christmas Parade December 1st at 10:30am Hosted by Covington Lion’s Club.

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July 4th Independence in the Park

Call us or

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Lighting of Newton County’s Historic Courthouse November 21st at 6pm

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Covington/Newton Christmas Parade December 1st at 10:30am Hosted by Covington Lion’s Club.

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Hazzard” and “In the Heat of the Night.” Fans of those shows still come to Newton County to visit some of the original filming sites. Mix in a handful of mainstream movies, “Cannonball Run” (1980), “My Cousin Vinny” (1991), and “Remember the Titans” (2000), and Newton County’s reputation as a filming hotspot has only grown over time. The decision by the wildly-popular TV series “The Vampire Diaries” to choose Covington to replicate its main town of Mystic Falls, Va., has ensured Covington remains in the spotlight. Every year since the show began filming, tens of thousands of tourists from dozens of countries have come to see the real place behind their favorite show.

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Newton County officials have fully embraced their link to the movie industry this year and spread the word that the county is open for business. The Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce announced its plans in early April, unveiling a tourism website — gocovington.com — catered to film location scouts and announcing a major development — a plan for a $100-million, state-of-the-art filming studio campus to be run by local company Triple Horse Productions. At the time, Chamber President Hunter Hall said the website completed the first phase of plans to position Covington as a filming mecca, building off prior work, including trademarking the title “Hollywood of the South” and beginning the Covington Walk of Stars downtown. (Famous movie and TV projects get their own engraved paving stones to commemorate their ties to Covington. The stones are placed around the square). With an iconic Historic Courthouse and a classic Southern downtown with its fair share of antebellum-style homes, Covington’s been in the movies since the 1954 flick “A Man Called Peter.” However, its original claims to fame came from hosting two popular TV series, “The Dukes of

Oh, and Newton County was oh-so-close to capturing a good chunk of filming for AMC’s hit “The Walking Dead.” Yes, officials have noticed it’s the paranormal folks who are attracted to Covington. The town has some pretty good ghost stories if you ask the right people. However, no production actually sets up shop in Newton County. There are no facilities to accommodate large film crews, so productions headquarter in Atlanta and travel to the locations they need. That means there’s a lot of opportunity, a lot of sales tax dollars and potentially a few jobs lost, which is where the plans for a major studio project come into play. Triple Horse, a longtime local company with a history of making major commercials and low- to medium-budget films, is working on its plans to build five film soundstages and several other facilities, in hopes of capturing the biggest projects. As California hemorrhages filming projects, other states are battling for those dollars and jobs, and Georgia has created one of the most aggressive incentive packages in the country. Several major studio projects have been announced all across Georgia, and the hope is the Georgia will generate enough business for everyone. Public officials are still in talks with Triple Horse over incentives and details of the first $38-million phase of the project. As of late June, no final deal

had been announced.

Come, see the sights. Stay if you want. Film sites aren’t the only things to see in Newton County, which has a large number of historic sites and outdoor treasures. A 279-square-mile county located on the outskirts of metro Atlanta, Newton still has plenty of rural sites, including hay, cattle and very organic vegetable farms; pick-your-own fruit spots; a winery; numerous parks; parts of two lakes and four scenic rivers. Take a drive, buy some local produce, have a picnic and go kayaking. Then come home and have a glass of wine. The county also is home to historic homes and cemeteries, including several with graves of Confederate soldiers. Be sure to drive through the quiet little town of Oxford, which was founded by the Methodist Church in 1839, and stop by Porterdale’s former textile mill, which has been remodeled into high-quality apartments with their shopping right next door.

Build the brand While officials want more film projects and tourists, they really want everything, including new residents and new businesses. Right now, Covington lacks some of the basics that visitors and new residents expect, including a movie theater complex, and has too few casual and fine dining establishments and major retailers to satisfy locals. The chamber’s new tourism director Jenny McDonald, is working to build a master brand strategy to market every aspect of the county, while the city and chamber are jointly working on plans to beef up the downtown district and specifically recruit retail. The city also recently passed incentives for new homeowners and small business owners, and Porterdale is working on a homeowner incentive package. Newton County is open for business.

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Hazzard” and “In the Heat of the Night.” Fans of those shows still come to Newton County to visit some of the original filming sites. Mix in a handful of mainstream movies, “Cannonball Run” (1980), “My Cousin Vinny” (1991), and “Remember the Titans” (2000), and Newton County’s reputation as a filming hotspot has only grown over time. The decision by the wildly-popular TV series “The Vampire Diaries” to choose Covington to replicate its main town of Mystic Falls, Va., has ensured Covington remains in the spotlight. Every year since the show began filming, tens of thousands of tourists from dozens of countries have come to see the real place behind their favorite show.

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Newton County officials have fully embraced their link to the movie industry this year and spread the word that the county is open for business. The Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce announced its plans in early April, unveiling a tourism website — gocovington.com — catered to film location scouts and announcing a major development — a plan for a $100-million, state-of-the-art filming studio campus to be run by local company Triple Horse Productions. At the time, Chamber President Hunter Hall said the website completed the first phase of plans to position Covington as a filming mecca, building off prior work, including trademarking the title “Hollywood of the South” and beginning the Covington Walk of Stars downtown. (Famous movie and TV projects get their own engraved paving stones to commemorate their ties to Covington. The stones are placed around the square). With an iconic Historic Courthouse and a classic Southern downtown with its fair share of antebellum-style homes, Covington’s been in the movies since the 1954 flick “A Man Called Peter.” However, its original claims to fame came from hosting two popular TV series, “The Dukes of

Oh, and Newton County was oh-so-close to capturing a good chunk of filming for AMC’s hit “The Walking Dead.” Yes, officials have noticed it’s the paranormal folks who are attracted to Covington. The town has some pretty good ghost stories if you ask the right people. However, no production actually sets up shop in Newton County. There are no facilities to accommodate large film crews, so productions headquarter in Atlanta and travel to the locations they need. That means there’s a lot of opportunity, a lot of sales tax dollars and potentially a few jobs lost, which is where the plans for a major studio project come into play. Triple Horse, a longtime local company with a history of making major commercials and low- to medium-budget films, is working on its plans to build five film soundstages and several other facilities, in hopes of capturing the biggest projects. As California hemorrhages filming projects, other states are battling for those dollars and jobs, and Georgia has created one of the most aggressive incentive packages in the country. Several major studio projects have been announced all across Georgia, and the hope is the Georgia will generate enough business for everyone. Public officials are still in talks with Triple Horse over incentives and details of the first $38-million phase of the project. As of late June, no final deal

had been announced.

Come, see the sights. Stay if you want. Film sites aren’t the only things to see in Newton County, which has a large number of historic sites and outdoor treasures. A 279-square-mile county located on the outskirts of metro Atlanta, Newton still has plenty of rural sites, including hay, cattle and very organic vegetable farms; pick-your-own fruit spots; a winery; numerous parks; parts of two lakes and four scenic rivers. Take a drive, buy some local produce, have a picnic and go kayaking. Then come home and have a glass of wine. The county also is home to historic homes and cemeteries, including several with graves of Confederate soldiers. Be sure to drive through the quiet little town of Oxford, which was founded by the Methodist Church in 1839, and stop by Porterdale’s former textile mill, which has been remodeled into high-quality apartments with their shopping right next door.

Build the brand While officials want more film projects and tourists, they really want everything, including new residents and new businesses. Right now, Covington lacks some of the basics that visitors and new residents expect, including a movie theater complex, and has too few casual and fine dining establishments and major retailers to satisfy locals. The chamber’s new tourism director Jenny McDonald, is working to build a master brand strategy to market every aspect of the county, while the city and chamber are jointly working on plans to beef up the downtown district and specifically recruit retail. The city also recently passed incentives for new homeowners and small business owners, and Porterdale is working on a homeowner incentive package. Newton County is open for business.

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No More Pain! Quality ~ Excellence ~ Commitment

• Carpal Tunnel • Spine and Pain Procedures • Spinal Disc Replacement Harvinder Bhatti, MD Ph:678-413-7900

1301 Sigman Road NE, Suite 125 Conyers OffiCE HOuRS: M-f 8:30 - 5:00pm

www.rockdaleorthopedics.com

Andrew Smith, MD and Randy Riner, PA

Caring for Pediatric Patients 2 years and older. Conyers Medical Park 1301 Sigman Rd. NE Suite 230 • Conyers, GA 30012

Open On Saturday’s Dr. Smith, and R. Riner have been serving the Rockdale community for several years. Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The Right Care. Rockdale physicians are committed to excellence and provide the highest quality of care for their patients. We care about our patients and are

Right Here.

Erin Mayfield, DO

Holly Imlach, MD

Gynecology

5154 Cook Street NE Covington, GA 30014 Phone: 770.788.1778

Conyers Medical Clinic Ages 2 and up

Gynecology & Gynecologic Surgery

www.advgynassoc.com

1380 Milstead Ave. NE Suite E Conyers, GA 30012 Phone: 678.609.4913

• Diabestes • Fever, Flu • Bronchitis • Asthma • Hypertension • Ear Ache We Cover All Your Families Needs Ganesh Kini, MD

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committed to making your visit to our offices convenient and comfortable. We provide quality care in a warm and welcoming environment.

Sophisticated and innovative healthcare for women

Offering a full range of gynecology, surgical and preventative health care services for women of all ages.

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Wound care &

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1412 Milstead Ave. NE, Conyers, GA 30012 Phone: 678-413-7738 Fax: 678-413-7739

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1301 Sigman Road, NE Suite 130 Conyers, GA 30013 Phone: 678-609-4927 Fax: 678-609-4928

• Office-based varicose and spider vein treatment • Endovascular abdominal aortic aneurysm repair • Pacemaker placement • Carotoid artery intervention for stroke prevention • Dialysis access • In-office, non-invasion vascular lab/diagnosis • Close cooperation with Rockdale’s Wound Care Center

1301 Sigman Road NE Suite 125 Conyers, GA 30012

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Timothy J. Henderson, MD Vineet P. Shah, DO, MPH Orthopedic Surgeon Orthopedic Surgeon Fellowship Trained Fellowship Trained in Sports in Total Joints

Harvinder Bhatti, MD Suite 125 Orthopedic Surgeon Fellowship Trained Conyers, GA 30012 Spine Surgeon

• Disease Prevention • Pediatrics p: 678-413-7900 p: 678-413-7900 Experience excellence with our commitment • Geriatrics to the highest quality of treatment for: f: 678-413-7901 f: 678-413-7901 • Sports Medicine and Arthroscopic Surgery www.rockdaleorthopedics.com www.rockdaleorthopedics.com • Obstetrics-GYN • Total Joint Replacement Medicine We participate We participate in most insurance plans, • Sports • Knee & Shoulder Surgery • Carpal Tunnel in most insurance plans, HMOs and PPOs. HMOs and PPOs. • Diabetes • Spine and Pain Procedures • High Blood Pressure • Allergies

Timothy J. Henderson, MD Vineet P. Shah, DO, MPH Orthopedic Surgeon Orthopedic Surgeon Fellowship Trained Fellowship Trained in Sports in Total Joints

1039 E. Freeway healthcare for Drive, women Conyers,Ga

• Routine gynecological care • Treatment for abnormal Pap Smears & HPV • In-office uro-dynamic testing • Medical & surgical treatment for pelvic prolapse,urinary & fecal incontinence • In-office hysteroscopy, endometrial ablation & sterilization • Minimally invasive & single-incision surgery • daVinci-assisted (robotic) pelvic surgery

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Ph: 678-609-4927 • Fax: 6 www.rockdalevascu

Introducing

Family Practice of Conyers

Office Hours: M-F 8:30am-4:00pm

Professional Medical Care in Rockdale County.

• Specializing in vascula and endovascular surg • Minimally invasive tec for peripheral vascula • Office-based varicose and spider vein treatm • Endovascular abdomi aortic aneurysm repa • Pacemaker placement • Carotid artery interve for stroke prevention • Dialysis access • In-office, non-invasiv vascular lab/diagnosi • Close cooperation wit Rockdale’s Wound Ca

770-922-0076

Holly Imlach, MD Gynecology

• Routine gynecological care • Treatment for abnormal Pap Smears & HPV • In-office uro-dynamic testing • Medical & surgical treatment for pelvic prolapse,urinary & fecal incontinence 1380 Milstead Ave NE, Suite E • In-office hysteroscopy, endometrial Conyers, GA 30012 ablation & sterilization 678.609.4913 • Minimally invasive & single-incision surgery www.advgynassoc. • daVinci-assisted (robotic) pelvic surgery NOW ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS

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Sophisticated and i healthcare for w

Holly Imlach, MD Gynecology

1380 Milstead Ave N Conyers, GA 30

678.609.49 www.advgynass

If you suffer from the following: Migraines/Headaches • Memory Loss/Dementia • Balance and Gait Disorders, Numbness, Weakness, or Neuropathy • Multiple Sclerosis • Parkinson’s Disease • Seizures • Spasticity from Stroke

Call Dr. Riggeal’s office at 770.278.0154 for an appointment Conyers Medical Park - 1301 Sigman Road NE, Suite 225 • Conyers, Georgia 30012 Hours: Monday - Friday 8am-5pm • All major insurances accepted.

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No More Pain! Quality ~ Excellence ~ Commitment

• Carpal Tunnel • Spine and Pain Procedures • Spinal Disc Replacement Harvinder Bhatti, MD Ph:678-413-7900

1301 Sigman Road NE, Suite 125 Conyers OffiCE HOuRS: M-f 8:30 - 5:00pm

www.rockdaleorthopedics.com

Andrew Smith, MD and Randy Riner, PA

Caring for Pediatric Patients 2 years and older. Conyers Medical Park 1301 Sigman Rd. NE Suite 230 • Conyers, GA 30012

Open On Saturday’s Dr. Smith, and R. Riner have been serving the Rockdale community for several years. Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The Right Care. Rockdale physicians are committed to excellence and provide the highest quality of care for their patients. We care about our patients and are

Right Here.

Erin Mayfield, DO

Holly Imlach, MD

Gynecology

5154 Cook Street NE Covington, GA 30014 Phone: 770.788.1778

Conyers Medical Clinic Ages 2 and up

Gynecology & Gynecologic Surgery

www.advgynassoc.com

1380 Milstead Ave. NE Suite E Conyers, GA 30012 Phone: 678.609.4913

• Diabestes • Fever, Flu • Bronchitis • Asthma • Hypertension • Ear Ache We Cover All Your Families Needs Ganesh Kini, MD

2601 Salem Rd. SE, Conyers, Ga • 770-922-1880 Newcomers_2013.indd 46-47

1775 Parker Road, Suite C240 Conyers, GA Corner Market Corner 1775 Parker Road, Suite C240Market30094 Parker Road, Suite C240 Conyers, GA 1775 30094 Conyers, GA 30094

Corner Market 678-609-6282 678-609-6282

SherylSheryl L. Canady, MD L. Canady, MD

678-609-6282 1775 Parker Road, Suite C240 Sports Conyers, Physicals.Wellness Exams. Same Day Appointments Welcome. GASports 30094Physicals.Wellness Exams. Same Day Appointments Welcome.

committed to making your visit to our offices convenient and comfortable. We provide quality care in a warm and welcoming environment.

Sophisticated and innovative healthcare for women

Offering a full range of gynecology, surgical and preventative health care services for women of all ages.

Corner Market

678-609-6282

Board Certified

Board Certified

Sheryl L. Canady, MD

• Specializing in vascular and endovascular surgery Board Certified • Minimally invasive techniques for peripheral vascular disease • Office-based varicose and spider vein treatment • Endovascular abdominal 1301 Sigman Road, NE • Ste. Sigman Road, NE • Ste. 130 aortic aneurysm repair Conyers, GA 30012 Conyers, GA 30012 • Pacemaker placement • Carotid artery intervention for stroke prevention Both procedures can access be done in office • Dialysis and take less than twoce,hours to complete • In-offi non-invasive vascular lab/diagnosis and most are• covered by insurance. Close cooperation with Rockdale’s Wound Care Center www.rockdalevascular.com

No need toSame driveDay downtown!! Sports Physicals.Wellness Exams. Appointments Welcome. 1301

Rockdale Vascular offers treatments for varicose and spider veins. *Venous closure * Sclerotherapy

FACS, FAPWCA

Here to Serve You!

rockdale

Wound care &

Hyperbaric

medicine associates

1412 Milstead Ave. NE, Conyers, GA 30012 Phone: 678-413-7738 Fax: 678-413-7739

Sid M. Shah, MD, FACEP, ABEM/UHM, CWS Board Certified in Hyperbaric Medicine • Physician Specialist in Wound Care • Medical Director

130

Erikaa Mann, PA-C

Robert C. Davies, MD

FACS, Robert C. FAPW-CA Davies, MD Erikaa Mann, PA-C

C. Davies, MD Erikaa Mann, PA-C Ph: 678-609-4927 • Fax:Robert 678-609-4928 • Specializing in vasular and endovascular surgery FACS,invasive FAPWCA • Minimally techniques for peripheral vascular disease www.rockdalevascular.com

1301 Sigman Road, NE Suite 130 Conyers, GA 30013 Phone: 678-609-4927 Fax: 678-609-4928

• Office-based varicose and spider vein treatment • Endovascular abdominal aortic aneurysm repair • Pacemaker placement • Carotoid artery intervention for stroke prevention • Dialysis access • In-office, non-invasion vascular lab/diagnosis • Close cooperation with Rockdale’s Wound Care Center

1301 Sigman Road NE Suite 125 Conyers, GA 30012

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Office Hours: M-F 8:30am-4:00pm

1301 Sigman Road NE

Timothy J. Henderson, MD Vineet P. Shah, DO, MPH Orthopedic Surgeon Orthopedic Surgeon Fellowship Trained Fellowship Trained in Sports in Total Joints

Harvinder Bhatti, MD Suite 125 Orthopedic Surgeon Fellowship Trained Conyers, GA 30012 Spine Surgeon

• Disease Prevention • Pediatrics p: 678-413-7900 p: 678-413-7900 Experience excellence with our commitment • Geriatrics to the highest quality of treatment for: f: 678-413-7901 f: 678-413-7901 • Sports Medicine and Arthroscopic Surgery www.rockdaleorthopedics.com www.rockdaleorthopedics.com • Obstetrics-GYN • Total Joint Replacement Medicine We participate We participate in most insurance plans, • Sports • Knee & Shoulder Surgery • Carpal Tunnel in most insurance plans, HMOs and PPOs. HMOs and PPOs. • Diabetes • Spine and Pain Procedures • High Blood Pressure • Allergies

Timothy J. Henderson, MD Vineet P. Shah, DO, MPH Orthopedic Surgeon Orthopedic Surgeon Fellowship Trained Fellowship Trained in Sports in Total Joints

1039 E. Freeway healthcare for Drive, women Conyers,Ga

• Routine gynecological care • Treatment for abnormal Pap Smears & HPV • In-office uro-dynamic testing • Medical & surgical treatment for pelvic prolapse,urinary & fecal incontinence • In-office hysteroscopy, endometrial ablation & sterilization • Minimally invasive & single-incision surgery • daVinci-assisted (robotic) pelvic surgery

H O

Experience excellence with our co to the highest quality of treatm • Sports Medicine and Arthrosco • Total Joint Replaceme • Knee & Shoulder Surgery • Car • Spine and Pain Procedu

Sophisticated and innovative

Dr. Alvin V. Griffin

Ph: 678-609-4927 • Fax: 6 www.rockdalevascu

Introducing

Family Practice of Conyers

Office Hours: M-F 8:30am-4:00pm

Professional Medical Care in Rockdale County.

• Specializing in vascula and endovascular surg • Minimally invasive tec for peripheral vascula • Office-based varicose and spider vein treatm • Endovascular abdomi aortic aneurysm repa • Pacemaker placement • Carotid artery interve for stroke prevention • Dialysis access • In-office, non-invasiv vascular lab/diagnosi • Close cooperation wit Rockdale’s Wound Ca

770-922-0076

Holly Imlach, MD Gynecology

• Routine gynecological care • Treatment for abnormal Pap Smears & HPV • In-office uro-dynamic testing • Medical & surgical treatment for pelvic prolapse,urinary & fecal incontinence 1380 Milstead Ave NE, Suite E • In-office hysteroscopy, endometrial Conyers, GA 30012 ablation & sterilization 678.609.4913 • Minimally invasive & single-incision surgery www.advgynassoc. • daVinci-assisted (robotic) pelvic surgery NOW ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS

com Dr. Bryan Riggeal is committed to providing accurate assessments and effective treatment for even the most challenging neurologic and neuro-ophthalmic conditions.

Sophisticated and i healthcare for w

Holly Imlach, MD Gynecology

1380 Milstead Ave N Conyers, GA 30

678.609.49 www.advgynass

If you suffer from the following: Migraines/Headaches • Memory Loss/Dementia • Balance and Gait Disorders, Numbness, Weakness, or Neuropathy • Multiple Sclerosis • Parkinson’s Disease • Seizures • Spasticity from Stroke

Call Dr. Riggeal’s office at 770.278.0154 for an appointment Conyers Medical Park - 1301 Sigman Road NE, Suite 225 • Conyers, Georgia 30012 Hours: Monday - Friday 8am-5pm • All major insurances accepted.

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features

cemeteries

Historical Cemeteries Covington The Covington City Cemetery, also known by some as Southview, has been the site of movies and TV shows, which showcase the scenic cemetery's thousands of graves, from the recently deceased to those from the 1800s. Located just off Conyers Street, more than 75 Confederate dead and hospital staff from the Civil War have their own section. In recent years, the graves of more than 300 slaves were located using ground-penetrating radar. The unmarked graves were

found along the portion next to East Street, and more than 75 graves were found in Westview Cemetery at the end of West Street where it meets Hendrix Circle. The historic cemetery is also a who’s who of former Covington residents. Graves from families who have lived here for generations mark the rolling green, which is guarded by wrought iron gates and flanked by historic homes. The historic graves are adorned with everything from angels and urns to American flags and even a statue of a dog.

Town of Newborn “A Town with P.O. Box 247, Newborn, GA 30056 770-787-1660 www.newbornga.com

Characters” Mayor: Roger Sheridan

Mayor Pro Tem: Mark Vandervoet Council Members: Gene Downs, Tom Krieger & Martha Ellwanger Clerk: Elisa Rowe Assistant Clerk: Heather Jackson Public Works Department: Keith Hunt & Donald Clement

“Home of the Horneyhead Fishing Tournament”

largest pawn broker in this area • TV’s • Laptops • Notenooks • Game Systems • Guitars • Music Instruments • Cameras and More!

Turn Your Car Title Into Cash Lowest Rates In Town! Some restrictions apply

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Oxford The first graves in this historic cemetery date back to 1839, and it is the final resting place for many of the leading figures of Emory College in the 19th century. The cemetery was part of the original 1837 plan for the town of Oxford. Eight Emory College presidents and several professors and Methodist ministers are buried here. Both Confederate and Federal soldiers, as well as two Confederate generals, are buried in the cemetery. Many African-American families and slaves, including Miss Kitty, a slave belonging to Methodist Bishop James Andrew, are buried in the cemetery in a recently renovated portion.

Oxford Cemetery Both Confederate and Federal soldiers are buried in the cemetery.

of Newton County, GA

Miracle League Complex coming soon to City Pond Park to serve the special needs children of our community.

To learn more or to make a contribution, call 770.786.4373 ext. 14 or visit www.newtonrecreation.com

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1264 GreenStreet Street••(770) 770-483-8818 1264 Green 483-8818 7:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Mon. thru Fri. 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Sat. 9:00 a.m. - 5:00• (770) p.m. Sun. 1264 Green Street 483-8818 7:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Mon. thru Fri. 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Sat. 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Sun.

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Classic cultural cuisine of Covington From Creole to catfish, Sicilian to Southern-fried, Covington caters to a variety of appetites. Here’s a sampling of restaurants. By

D anielle E verson

Brodetto: Shrimp, scallops, clams, calamari and cod in a white wine sauce with tomatoes, fennel and roasted garlic with a side of toast and one of the many red wiines served at the restaurant.

Milazzo’s Ristorante

Milazzo's Ristorante owner Andrew Norman with chef Kate Gamble.

Milazzo’s Ristorante on Raphael Street in the Clark’s Grove community looks to bring good food, wine and friends together with its Northern Italian food. The owners, husband and wife Andrew and Christina Norman, opened the restaurant in April 2013, moving from Midtown Atlanta, where they operated a restaurant for more than 20 years. Andrew said he and his wife saw the need for a contemporary fine dining establishment in Covington. Andrew, also a chef at the establishment, said menu items are made using fresh, local ingredients from Noring Farms and his family’s farm. In addition to Italian dishes, the restaurant serves French and Sicilian-inspired dishes. The restaurant also has an enormous selection of fine wines, Andrew said. Milazzo’s Ristorante is open for lunch and dinner Tuesdays through Thursdays.

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www.harwellfuneralhome.com

 Since 1893 

J.C.Harwell & Son FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CHAPEL 2157 East Street SE • Covington, GA 30014

770-786-2524 A Traditional Funeral Home Offering: Traditional Funeral Services, Cremation and Pre-Need Arrangements Henderson's Restaurant owners Frances Henderson and her oldest daughter Clarice.

Henderson’s Restaurant For a taste of family history and Southern fried catfish, you can visit Henderson’s Restaurant, which has been family-owned and operated since 1956. The Henderson family’s first restaurant opened on Emory Street across from Covington City Hall in 1948 as The Annex, where Frances Henderson served three meals a day, from 5 a.m. to midnight. The restaurant is now located on Ga. Highway 36 just 5 miles south of Covington. Clarice Henderson Dozier, the eldest daughter of Frances Henderson and the late Clarence Sr., said the restaurant is known for its fried catfish, but also serves other types of seafood and southern fried favorites. Henderson’s is open for dinner beginning at 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays; and on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“Dependable friends in time of need.”

Welcome to the NEIGHBORHOOD! Walk-ins s are alway ! welcome

6157 Highway 278 NW, Suite 14 • Covington • 770-788-7000 • pcafterdark.com

Celebrating 120 Years of Service

160 Highway 142 • Covington, GA 30014 • 770-787-3710

Services: Sunday School 10am • Sunday Morning Worship 11am Sunday Evening Worship 6pm • Wednesday Night Bible Study 7:00pm

Our staff welcomes the opportunity to serve you!

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Catfish Plate: Two pieces of farm raised catfish, a baked potato, side of coleslaw and hush puppies with a side salad and sweet tea.

Stop in and browse our large selection of name brand, quality hardware and software!

We specialize in upgrades, computer & printer repair, service & networking! We sell new & used computers, laptops & printers.

Mark 16:15-16 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. Revelation 2:10 Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.

Visit our website: www.centralchurchofchristcovington.org Directions: From Covington, Highway 278 East to Right on Highway 142, approx 1/4 mile on right.

Preacher: Jim Gentry

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www.harwellfuneralhome.com

 Since 1893 

J.C.Harwell & Son FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CHAPEL 2157 East Street SE • Covington, GA 30014

770-786-2524 A Traditional Funeral Home Offering: Traditional Funeral Services, Cremation and Pre-Need Arrangements Henderson's Restaurant owners Frances Henderson and her oldest daughter Clarice.

Henderson’s Restaurant For a taste of family history and Southern fried catfish, you can visit Henderson’s Restaurant, which has been family-owned and operated since 1956. The Henderson family’s first restaurant opened on Emory Street across from Covington City Hall in 1948 as The Annex, where Frances Henderson served three meals a day, from 5 a.m. to midnight. The restaurant is now located on Ga. Highway 36 just 5 miles south of Covington. Clarice Henderson Dozier, the eldest daughter of Frances Henderson and the late Clarence Sr., said the restaurant is known for its fried catfish, but also serves other types of seafood and southern fried favorites. Henderson’s is open for dinner beginning at 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays; and on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Da Culture Restaurant Jamaican cuisine isn’t too far away, as Da Culture on Ga. Highway 36 offers a list of Jamaican dishes rich in flavor and spice, influenced by the islands. Husband and wife owners Llewlyn and Adina Malcom opened their restaurant in 2006, moving from New Jersey, they said, because they enjoy the “family-oriented” town of Covington. The eatery, tucked away just a few miles south of the Covington square, serves up colorful dishes of curry and jerk chicken and goat, oxtails, and a list of other Jamaican classics. Adina said they also prepare orders of Ackee Saltfish upon request, as well as American favorites such as tilapia, whiting and hot wings. Caribbean products such as Jamaican sodas, coconut water and sorrel are also served. Da Culture is open Tuesdays through Saturdays. Jerk Chicken: Grilled chicken with jerk seasoning and sauce served with a side of rice and peas, steamed cabbage with carrots and plantain shown with a Jamaican ginger beer soda.

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Bangkok Grill Bangkok Grill on U.S. Highway 278 looks to give people a Thai fusion experience. The restaurant, owned and operated by husband and wife Sam and Jee Poonpoolpoke, has been serving Thai cuisine in Covington since March 2009. Patrons can dine on traditional Thai dishes such as Pad Khing, Pad Thai and Pad Kee-Mao, or enjoy some of Sam’s specialties, including crab cakes, grouper with basil (the main attraction), spicy shellfish and a list of others. The restaurant also sells beer and wine, including Thai beers, and non-alcoholic beverages such as Thai iced tea, which Jee said is a favorite with customers. Bangkok Grill is open daily for lunch and dinner, except on Mondays. Pad Thai: Thai stir-fried noodles with shrimp, egg, chopped tofu, bean sprouts, green onion, crushed peanuts and a touch of sweet and pungent sauce shown with a side of shrimp chips and Thai iced tea.

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Brad and Martha Stewart, owners of Bradley’s Bar-B-Que have been responsible for barbecue-sauce stains and high dry-cleaning bills for more than 10 years, but opened their Covington establishment in 2009. The aromas of history-smoked ’cue, pork ribs and Brunswick stew greet your nose at the door as you walk into the Church Street eatery just off the downtown square. Bradley’s home-cooked barbecue is smoked over real hickory wood, and its side items are prepared in-house. Customers can dine in or take out orders. Bradley’s also offers full-service catering for pick-up or delivery. Bradley’s is open Mondays through Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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There’ a buzz in the Newton County housing market that hasn’t been heard since the last days of the housing-crazed boom in 2007. Homes are selling quickly, prices are inching up, foreclosures are down significantly and builders are returning — or plan to return soon. Real-estate agents and local officials agree things are far from perfect, but they’re clearly getting better.

Small steps

Newton County remains a buyer’s market, but sellers are beginning to see their leverage increase. Properties are frequently getting multiple offers from buyers, often driving the final price above the original listing price, a phenomenon that’s been rare outside of competing investors. The average sales price for May 2013 was $103,060, according to data from the Georgia Multiple Listing Service, up 48.4 percent from May 2012’s average price of $69,459. Prices have increased every month so far in 2013, starting with January’s average of $89,271. Further proof of a market on the mend is how close sales prices are to original listing prices. So far in 2013, homes are selling for 99.4 percent of their listing prices. In the first six months of 2010, that number was 93.7 percent. Homes also are being sold more quickly. The average number of days a house has stayed on the market for the first six months of 2013 was 116 days, compared with 132 days for the same time frame in 2010.

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Real-estate agent Bill Blair’s busy these days, but most of the business is still on the lower end of the market. The number of homes sold in 2013 as of June 28 was 592, according to MLS. Of those, 405, or 68 percent, sold for less than $100,000. So, while the data shows improvement and inventory is moving, Blair, who is also the president of the East Metro Board of Realtors, believes it will take time for prices to rise high enough to spur any significant home building. Other areas around metro Atlanta are booming; Blair said a fellow

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Newton is still a buyer’s market, but prices are rising

By

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There’ a buzz in the Newton County housing market that hasn’t been heard since the last days of the housing-crazed boom in 2007. Homes are selling quickly, prices are inching up, foreclosures are down significantly and builders are returning — or plan to return soon. Real-estate agents and local officials agree things are far from perfect, but they’re clearly getting better.

Small steps

Newton County remains a buyer’s market, but sellers are beginning to see their leverage increase. Properties are frequently getting multiple offers from buyers, often driving the final price above the original listing price, a phenomenon that’s been rare outside of competing investors. The average sales price for May 2013 was $103,060, according to data from the Georgia Multiple Listing Service, up 48.4 percent from May 2012’s average price of $69,459. Prices have increased every month so far in 2013, starting with January’s average of $89,271. Further proof of a market on the mend is how close sales prices are to original listing prices. So far in 2013, homes are selling for 99.4 percent of their listing prices. In the first six months of 2010, that number was 93.7 percent. Homes also are being sold more quickly. The average number of days a house has stayed on the market for the first six months of 2013 was 116 days, compared with 132 days for the same time frame in 2010.

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Real-estate agent Bill Blair’s busy these days, but most of the business is still on the lower end of the market. The number of homes sold in 2013 as of June 28 was 592, according to MLS. Of those, 405, or 68 percent, sold for less than $100,000. So, while the data shows improvement and inventory is moving, Blair, who is also the president of the East Metro Board of Realtors, believes it will take time for prices to rise high enough to spur any significant home building. Other areas around metro Atlanta are booming; Blair said a fellow

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agent in Woodstock told him developers are building like crazy to meet demand. And those homes are priced in the mid-$300,000s. Newton County isn’t quite there, as two recent business deals show. One of the Atlanta area’s largest developers, Crown Communities, which is based in next-door Rockdale County, submitted the first subdivision-building plan the county has seen since the housing market collapse. The proposed 211-house subdivision, which is expected to be built in multiple phases, will have homes starting in the $170,000s. A smaller Atlanta builder, Kerley Family Homes, wanted to build on 32 vacant lots in an established Covington neighborhood. Kerley wanted to sell the homes for $225,000, but the pre-construction appraisal came in at $205,000, according to owner Joe Kerley. He said other metro counties were booming, and he would check back in six months.

Close, but not quite there

The market under $100,000, and even up to around $150,000, is the most robust, because that’s where most buyers fit in, including investors looking for deals or fixer-uppers, first-time homebuyers and even those homebuyers who had to sell their previous homes for a loss or walk away from an underwater mortgage in past years. “They’re coming back to buy now,” Blair said. “Although they say it takes seven years after a foreclosure to buy another house, we’re getting real close to that.” Blair isn’t talking about people who couldn’t pay their mortgages previously; he’s talking about the ones who walked away. The people who looked at the financial bottom-line and realized it made no sense to pay. They took a hit on their credit to save money. And on that front, money is loosening a little bit from what Blair can see. When it all fell apart, bankers were routinely looking for people with credit scores above 700, while now they’re probably comfortable with people in the mid-600s, he said. At the same time, plenty of short sales — those sales where the bank agrees to let an owner sell his house for less than is owed on their mortgage — are becoming easier because

banks now have a process for dealing with them. “They know that most of the short sales they’re doing, they know if they don’t do them, they are going to get a house that goes into foreclosure, and it costs much less to do a short sale,” Blair said. A short sale used to take from six months up to a year, but now it’s closer to four to six months. On the lowest end, Blair is also still seeing a competitive investor market. There are foreclosed houses the banks want to sell for $35,000 that will end up going for close to $60,000 in the bidding process, because companies can still make a good profit by fixing them up and either renting or re-selling. However, the foreclosures are slowing down. According to the Newton County Clerk of Courts, which records deed transactions, foreclosures have been trending steadily down since 2010 — when they reached a high of 1,463 — and could be much lower in 2013. As of the end of June, there have been 395 foreclosures recorded in 2013 at the Newton County Superior Court. MLS data shows a drastic reduction in the number of new foreclosures coming on the market. There were 8 in May 2013, compared with 44 in May 2012; other months show the same decline.

What to do

trying to overvalue their homes in the current market, but Blair said the majority of homes are priced where they need to be in order to match up with an appraisal. Sellers need to be realistic about what they can get, Blair said. If they’re not willing to sell at market price, they might need to wait for further recovery. “We’ve gotten the market now to the point where almost everything listed is fair market value and will appraise at that,” he said. As far as new homes, they’ll come eventually — especially given the thousands of vacant lots in Newton County — but it’s going to be another year or two, according to builders and agents. In unincorporated Newton County, there have been 11 new residential building permits issued so far in 2013 (the planned subdivision is not yet included), while the city of Covington has had 13 such permits. Newton County has 4.2 months

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Government NEWTON COUNTY Local Government The Newton County Board of Commissioners is responsible for setting the budget and priorities for the 100,000 Newton residents. The city is divided into five districts, each represented by a parttime commissioner. The county chairman is a full-time position, but does not vote. Recently, Newton County switched to a county manager system, and County Manager John Middleton now has ultimate authority over most dayto-day operations. Elected officials are Chairman Keith Ellis and commissioners John Douglas, Lanier Sims, Nancy Schulz, J.C. Henderson and Levie Maddox. County seats are partisan, whereas city seats are not.

The county clerk is Jackie Smith and the county attorney is Tommy Craig. Meeting Place Board of commissioners meetings are at 7 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of the month in the Historic Courthouse, 1124 Clark St., Covington. Call 678-625-1200 for customer service queries and other information or visit co.newton. ga.us.

COVINGTON Local Government The Covington City Council is responsible for setting policy for the 13,000-person city, and all elected officials are part-time employees of the city. The city is divided into an east

and west ward, while the mayor is elected city wide. The officials are Mayor Ronnie Johnston, Post 1 East Council member Chris Smith, Post 2 East Council member Mike Whatley, Post 3 East Council member Keith Dalton, Post 1 West Council member Janet Goodman, Post 2 West Council member Hawnethia Williams and

Post 3 West Council member Ocie Franklin. The day-to-day operations of the city are handled by the fulltime city manager Leigh Anne Knight. The city clerk is Audra Gutierrez and the city attorney is Ed Crudup. Covington sells its own utilities, including electricity and

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MANSFIELD Local Government The present mayor and council members of Mansfield are: Mayor Estona Middlebrooks, Councilman Marty Smallwood, Councilwoman Helen Robertson, Councilwoman Lyra Cocchi, Councilwoman Lisa Dunn and Councilman Larry Cummins. Jamie Ruark and Diane Pringle are Mansfield’s city clerks and Lee Carmon is the city attorney. Meeting Place City hall is located at 3146 Ga.

Highway 11, the old First Newton Bank building. Residents can go there to pay their electric, water and sewer bills and taxes. Mansfield sells its own electricity and water. The Mansfield City Council meets at 7 p.m. on second Mondays at the Mansfield Community Building, 3158 Ga. Highway 11 (South Main Street). Call 770786-7235 or visit mansfieldga. com for more information

NEWBORN Local Government Mayor Roger W. Sheridan heads a city council of four: Post 1 Councilman Gene Downs, Post 2 Councilman Mark Vandervoet, Post 3 Councilman Thomas Krieger and Post 4 Councilwoman Martha Ellwanger. The city clerk is Elisa Rowe and the city attorney is Joe Reitman.   Meeting Place Council meetings are held at 7

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OXFORD Local Government The city is governed by a mayor and a six-member council. The mayor is Jerry Roseberry, and council members are James Windham, Frank Davis, Terry Smith, Lyn Pace, David Eady and George Holt. Oxford moved to a city manager-style of government in 2010. The city manager is Bob Schwartz. The city clerk is Lauran Willis, and David Strickland serves as the city attorney. The city runs its own electrical, sewer, water and sanitation departments and has a separate police department. City hall is located at 110 West Clark Street Call 770-786-7004 or visit oxfordgeorgia.org for more information.

Meeting Place The Oxford City Council meets at 7:30 p.m. on first Mondays in city hall.

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Meets the last Wednesday at 8:30 a.m., visit newtonchamber.com

Covington City Council

Meets the first and third Monday at 6 p.m. for the work session and 6:30 p.m. for the regular council meeting, visit cityofcovington.com

Covington Municipal Airport Authority

Meets the first Thursday at 6:30 p.m., visit covingtonmunicipalairport.com

Covington Planning Commission

Meets the second Tuesday at 6 p.m., visit cityofcovington.com

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Newborn City Council

Meets the first Monday at 7 p.m., visit newbornga.com

Newton County Board of Commissioners

Meets the first and third Tuesday at 7 p.m., visit co.newton.ga.us

Newton Medical Center Hospital Board

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Oxford City Council

Meets the first Monday at 7 p.m., visit oxfordgeorgia.org

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County Line Baptist Church

119 5th Avenue, Mansfield 770-787-0358

Covington Bible Baptist Church

Mount Zion AME Church

Pleasant Hill AME Zion Church 1578 Alcovy Station Road, Covington 770-464-2999

St. Paul AME Church

3134 Stone Mountain Street N.W., Covington 770-786-7785

Poplar Hill AME Church

623 Poplar Hill Road, Covington 770-787-4954

Graves Chapel AME Church 1575 Alcovy Trestle Road, Social Circle 770-787-2510

Baptist

Bald Rock Baptist Church 2284 Old Covington Road N.E., Covington 770-929-3421

Berean Baptist Church

6166 Washington Street Covington, GA 30014

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Bethel Bara Baptist Church 11392 Jackson Highway, Covington 770-787-0370

3325 Ga. Highway 162 S., Covington 770-786-2637 75 Marble Drive, Oxford 770- 784-6622

Crossroads Baptist Church 227 County Road 229, Social Circle 770-786-2563

Early Hope Baptist Church 3162 Ga. Highway 162, Covington 770-786-8318

East Newton Baptist Church 1129 Rocky Plains Road, Covington 770-786-6627

Fellowship Baptist Church 4297 Ga. Highway 81, Oxford 678-342-9040

First Baptist Church of Covington 1139 Usher Street, Covington 770-786-9031

1st Baptist Church of Social Circle 195 N. Cherokee Road, Social Circle 770-464-3474

Gateway Community Church 11677 Brown Bridge Road, Covington 770-787-1015

Bethel Grove Baptist

10728 Flat Shoals Road, Covington 770-786-6630

Bethel Grove Baptist in Mansfield 520 Sewell Road, Mansfield 770-786-3359

Bethlehem Baptist Church 2177 Usher Street, Covington 770-786-8229

Calvary Baptist Church 4228 Mill Street N.E., Covington 770-786-3216

Canaan Baptist Church 5581 Salem Road, Covington 770-786-8885

Corinth Missionary Baptist Church

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Lutheran

160 Ga. Highway 142, Covington 770-787-3710

5510 Ga. Highway 212, Covington 770-385-7691

Central Church of Christ Covington Church of Christ 9441 Covington Bypass Road, Covington 770-787-1119

Charismatic

St. Andrews Charismatic Episcopal Church 375 Old Oxford Road, Covington 770-784-5100

Grace Baptist Church

Porterdale Baptist Church

474 Crowell Road, Covington 770-786-5692

N. Broad Street @ Palmetto Street, Porterdale 770-786-2650

Greater Love Baptist

1780 Pickett Bridge Road, Covington 770-788-1832

Harvest Baptist Church

2075 Ga. Highway 212, Covington 770-787-7275

High Point Baptist Church 12025 Ga. Highway 36, Covington 770-786-5985

Knox Chapel Baptist Church 679 Knox Chapel Road S.E., Social Circle 770-464-2361

Mansfield Baptist Church 101 Woodlawn Road, Mansfield 770-787-0723

Mars Hill Baptist Church 387 W. Hightower Trail, Social Circle 770-464-0000

Mt. Olive Baptist Church 355 Moores Road, Covington 770-786-1617

Mt. Zion Baptist Church 657 Mt. Zion Road, Covington 770-787-2421

New Hope Baptist Church 2207 Brown Street S.W., Covington 770-786-1709

Newton Baptist Church

720 Jack Neely Road, Covington 770-788-7868

Oxford Baptist Church 305 Emory Street, Oxford 770-786-8132

Church of God Triumph COGIC

Abiding Grace Lutheran Church

Methodist Alcovy UMC

12521 Alcovy Road, Covington 770-786-0610

Allen Memorial UMC 803 Whatcoat Street, Oxford 770-786-7414

First United Methodist Church of Covington 1113 Conyers Street, Covington 770-786-7305

Gaithers UMC

Sims Chapel Baptist Church

115 Bell Street, Covington 770-786-4683

61 Sims Chapel Road, Covington 770-787-6865

Episcopal

8111 Brown Bridge Road, Covington 770-784-0982

4140 Clark Street S.W., Covington 770-786-3278

3145 Washington Street, Covington 770-787-0517

Full Gospel

Jersey UMC

755 Almon Road, Covington 770-787-6507

Lovejoy UMC

Solid Rock Baptist Church Springfield Baptist Church 1877 Iris Drive, Conyers 770-929-1111

Stewart Baptist Church 158 Stewart Church Road, Covington 770-788-7177

The Baptist Tabernacle

10119 Access Road NW, Covington 770-786-7775

West End Baptist Church 455 S. Cherokee Road, Social Circle 770-464-3965

Zion Baptist Church

7037 Ga. Highway 212 N., Covington 770-786-6767

Church of Good Shepherd

Gospel Mission Church

Jersey Holiness Church 3439 Monroe-Jersey Road, Jersey 770-464-2301

Jehovah’s Witness Jehovah’s Witness

1375 Newton Factory Bridge Road, Covington 770-786-6001

Grace UMC

115 Jersey-Social Circle Road, Jersey 770-464-1247

12835 Ga. Highway 36, Covington 770-786-7907

Livingston Chapel CME 95 Bethany Road, Covington 678-342-2115

Mansfield UMC

13075 Ga. Highway 36, Covington 770-786-7632

3031 Main St., Mansfield 770-385-9800

2914 Fairview Road, Covington 770-787-5087

55 County Hwy 229, Social Circle 770-786-6376

East Conyers Jehovah's Witness

Mt. Pleasant UMC

Catholic

St. Augustine Catholic Church 11524 U.S. Highway 278 E., Covington 770-787-1064

Christian Methodist Episcopal

Murray Memorial CME Church 4100 West Street N.W., Covington 770-786-5474

Pleasantview Baptist 302 Fincher Road, Covington 770-786-3394

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Red Oak UMC

118 Church Street, Newborn 770-786-3574

15105 Ga. Highway 36, Covington 770-787-0404

North Covington UMC

Richards Chapel UMC

5138 Emory Street N.W., Covington 770-787-3386

426 Richards Chapel Road, Covington 770-787-1834

3 Cotton Avenue, Porterdale 770-786-6149

3962 Salem Road, Covington 770-786-6027

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6752 Ga. Highway 212, Covington 770-786-6303

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Social Circle UMC

Jersey Community Church

261 S. Cherokee Road, Social Circle 770-464-3854

110 Lower Jersey Road, Jersey 770-464-2638

Springhill UMC

3145 Washington Street S.W., Covington 770-786-2170

Starrsville UMC

2786 Dixie Road, Covington 770-786-4293

Trinity UMC

6154 Collins Street, Covington 770-787-8780

Union Grove UMC 757 Dixie Road, Covington 770-786-0555

Mormon

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 10235 Eagle Drive, Covington 678-342-0414

Nazarene

LifePointe Nazarene Church 5133 Highway 36, Covington 770-787-2220

Non-Denominational

Brown Bridge Christian Church 13108 Brown Bridge Road, Covington 770-788-0755

Central Community Church 11157 City Pond Road, Covington 770-385-3452

Church in the Now

13183 Harland Drive NE, Covington 770-922-5334

Christian Life Center

10242 Flat Shoals Road, Covington 770-784-8189

Covington Christian Church 141 E. Highway 142, Covington 770-786-1021

Eastridge Community Church 863 Ga. Highway 142, Covington 770-786-2048

Faith of Jesus Ministries 100 Usher Road, Covington 770-787-1748

Gateway Community Church 11677 Brown Bridge Road, Covington 770-787-1015

Journey Church 1150 Monticello Street, Covington 770-783-2220

Life Church 3130 Salem Road SE, Covington 770-787-0486

New Beginning Full Gospel Ministries

Presbyterian

Bethany Presbyterian Church 1002 Bethany Road, Covington 770-786-1629

First Presbyterian Church 1169 Clark Street S.W., Covington 770-786-7321

Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church 2900 Salem Road, Covington 770-786-0111

453 Oxford Road, Covington 770-787-6376

Gum Creek Presbyterian Church

Oak Hill Church

Luther Hays Presbyterian Church

195 Snapping Shoals Drive, Covington 770-272-4429

Rainbow Covenant Ministries

2700 Gum Creek Road, Oxford 770-786-8301

Porterdale Presbyterian Church P.O. Box 669, Porterdale 770-786-7507

Providence Reformed Presbyterian Church 6752 Hwy. 212 N, Covington 678-210-0272

Trinity Presbyterian Church 11171 U.S. Highway 278 E., Covington 770-787-7493

Seventh-Day Adventist First Seventh Day Adventist Church of Covington 7161 Monticello Street S.E., Covington 770-787-6855

90 Hayston Road, Mansfield 770-744-5475

9 Hemlock Street, Porterdale 770-787-8519

Tabernacle of Praise 3024 Highway 11, Mansfield 770-851-6817

The Avenue Church

1317 N. Cherokee Road, Social Circle 770-464-2622

The Church at Covington 11975 Ga. Highway 142, Oxford 770-786-7293

The Pointe/Crosspointe Church 252 Byrd Road, Oxford 770-385-4968

United Praise Christian Center 12949 Highway 36, Covington 770-385-0473

Word of Life Tabernacle 99 Ellis Trail, Covington 770-385-9882

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Atlanta Deliverance Tabernacle 3163 Corley Street, Covington 678-342-2360

The Potter's House

1120 Crowell Road, Covington 678-212-0319

Voice of Pentecost

4648 Salem Road, Covington 678-625-1700

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15151 Alcovy Road, Covington 678-625 1400 www.newtonsheriffga.org

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directory SCHOOLS Elementary East Newton Elementary School 2286 Dixie Road, Covington (770) 784-2973

Fairview Elementary School 3325 Fairview Road , Covington (770) 786-2636

South Salem Elementary School 5335 Salem Road, Covington (678) 342-5907

13387 Brown Bridge Road, Covington (770) 385-6472

Middle

Flint Hill Elementary School

Clements Middle School

1300 Airport Road, Oxford, (770) 784-2969

66 Jack Neely Road, Covington (770) 784-2934

Heard-Mixon Elementary School

Cousins Middle School

14110 Highway 36, Covington (770) 784-2980

8187 Carlton Trail N.W., Covington, (770) 786-7311

Live Oak Elementary School

Indian Creek Middle School

500 Kirkland Road, Covington (678) 625-6654

11051 Covington By-Pass Road, Covington (770) 385-6453

Livingston Elementary School

Liberty Middle School

3657 Highway 81 South, Covington (770) 784-2930

5225 Salem Road, Covington (678) 625-6617

Main Stay Academy

Social Circle Middle School

1110 North Emory Street, Oxford (770) 385-6878

154 Alcova Drive, Social Circle (770) 464-1932

Mansfield Elementary School

Veterans Memorial Middle School

45 East Third Avenue, Mansfield (770) 784-2948

Middle Ridge Elementary School 11649 Covington By-Pass Road, Covington (770) 385-6463

Oak Hill Elementary School 6243 Hwy 212, Covington (770) 385-6906

Porterdale Elementary School 45 Ram Drive, Covington (770) 784-2928

Rocky Plains Elementary School 5300 Highway 162 South, Covington (770)784-4987

Social Circle Elementary School 240-A West Hightower Trail, Social Circle (770) 464-2664

Social Circle Primary School 439 Annie P. Henderson Drive, Social Circle (770) 464-1411

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West Newton Elementary School

13357 Brown Bridge Road, Covington (770) 385-6893

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This program allows any individual, veteran, organization or business to choose their level of annual support. Several levels of membership are available beginning at $50. You will receive a decorative decal to show your support of the Walk of Heroes Veterans War Memorial. Membership renewals available each year. Call 770-786-2302 or go online!

Honor any veteran with a paver to preserve his/her service and sacrifice, including individuals currently serving (including Active Duty, Reserve or National Guard) or anyone who has ever served the United States Military, peace-time or war-time, from 1900-present time. Go to our website and use PayPal or call 770-786-2302 to request an order form.

High Alcovy High School 14567 Highway 36, Covington (770) 784-4995

Eastside High School 10245 Eagle Drive, Covington (770) 784-2920

Newton High School 1 Ram Way, Covington (770) 787-2250

Social Circle High School 154 Alcova Drive, Social Circle (770) 464-2611

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Theme Newton County Theme School at Ficquett 2207 Williams Street, Covington 770-784-2959

Private Covington Academy 2177 Elm Street, Covington 678-625-9025

George Walton Academy 1 Bulldog Drive, Monroe 770-267-7578

Loganville Christian Academy

Montessori School of Covington 4108 Summers Street, Covington 770-788-7779

Piedmont Academy 126 Highway 212 West, Monticello 706-468-8818

Providence Christian School 252 Byrd Road, Oxford 770-788-6618

Other Newton College & Career Academy 144 Ram Drive, Covington 678-625-6769

2575 Highway 81, Loganville 770-554-9888

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We are a full service Sheriff’s Office dedicated and

committed to enforcing the laws enacted for the Protection of the Lives’, Person’s, Property, Health, and Morals of all citizens in Newton County.

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directory HIGHER EDUCATION Oxford College of Emory University 100 Hamill Street, Oxford 770-784-8888 www.oxford.emory.edu

Troy University 1160 Monticello Street, Covington 770-385-8315 www.troy.edu

Georgia Perimeter College

Georgia Piedmont Technical College

239 Cedar Lane, Covington 770-278-1200 www.gpc.edu

16200 Alcovy Road, Covington 770-786-9522 www.gptc.edu

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directory RECREATION Academy Springs Park is located on Conyers Street in downtown Covington. It is the headquarters of the Covington Lions Club. Its pavilion, the Lions Club meeting venue, is also available for rent.

Beaver Park is located on Ga. Highway 213 in Mansfield. Beaver Park is used as a youth baseball and softball practice field. A walking track circles the park’s open field and leads to the pavilion, tennis court and a playground.

Chimney Park is located behind the Covington Branch of the Newton County Library, the park hosts annual Fairy House parties and annual Christmas lights. The quirky park is known for its odd decor and lively atmosphere. City Pond is off Interstate 20 on Old City Pond Road. City Pond offers a variety of activities, including six lighted baseball fields, batting cages, a football field, a small playground and four lighted tennis courts. The park’s namesake pond is available for picnicking, as is a pavilion

that’s available for rent. When not reserved, the pavilion is available on a first-come, first-served basis. There’s also a trail around the pond and an open area at the lower end of the park.

Conyers Street Gym is in downtown Covington beside Baker Field. The gym offers a full-size basketball court that doubles as a volleyball court.

Denny Dobbs Regional Park is located on Highway 212 offers a baseball field, covered pavilions, basketball courts, playgrounds and a life trail. Factory Shoals Recreational Park, 450 Newton Factory Bridge Road, is a popular nature park along the Alcovy River in southern Newton County. The park attracts picnickers, campers, swimmers, hikers, rafters and kayakers.

Jackson Lake is one of the oldest reservoirs in Georgia and is part of three counties: Newton, Jasper and Butts. Formed by the confluence of

the Yellow, Alcovy and South rivers, it features 150 miles of shoreline and is open year-round for fishing, boating, skiing and swimming.

Lake Varner located at 11905 Alcovy Road, Covington, is an 850-acre reservoir owned by Newton County. A popular destination of fishermen and picnickers, the lake allows only boats with electric motors (no gasoline motors allowed). It also prohibits wading, swimming and bathing. It is open 7 a.m.-9 p.m. AprilOctober and 7 a.m.-6 p.m. November-March. Mary Louise Fowler Park is a 2-acre county facility off Flat Shoals Road in the central part of the county. It consists of a walking trail, tennis court and basketball court.

for safety. It consists of swings, a slide, merrygo-round, monkey bars and is landscaped with cypress mulch and shade trees. Perfect for an afternoon with the family.

Trailblazer Park is located on Clark Street in Covington. The park includes a playground for small children, a covered basketball court and a picnic pavilion. Turner Lake is located at 6185 Turner Lake Road in Covington. The park has 158 acres, including a 26-acre lake. Its amenities include a gymnasium, a walking track, a fishing pier that’s handicap-accessible, senior center activities, and four state-of-the-art softball fields and three batting cages. It’s open daylight to dusk daily.

South Street Park is located on South Street is one of Newton County’s traditional neighborhood parks. The park is designed for children under the age of 12 and is fenced in

directory LIBRARIES Newton County Library System

Uncle Remus Regional Library System

Covington Branch Library

W.H. Stanton Memorial Library

7116 Floyd Street, Covington 770-787-3231 Tuesday & Thursday 10am - 8pm Wednesday & Friday 10am - 6pm Saturday 10am - 2pm

407 West Hightower Trail Social Circle, GA 30025 770-464-2444 Monday, Wednesday & Friday 10am - 6pm Tuesday & Thursday 10am - 8pm Saturday 10am - 4pm Sunday 2pm - 6pm

Newborn Library Service Outlet 4224 Ga. Highway 142, Newborn 770-787-1126 Wednesday 11am - 2pm

Porter Memorial Branch Library 6191 Ga. Highway 212, Covington 678-729-1388 Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday 11am - 8pm Saturday & Sunday 1pm - 5pm

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directory POLLING LOCATIONS Voting in Newton County

Once you’ve moved to Newton County, you may feel the urge to jump right into local politics. If so, or even if you have to drag yourself to the polls every year, make sure you get registered to vote as soon as possible. If you don’t want to make a separate trip to the Newton County Board of Elections, you can register to vote while getting a library card, getting a new driver’s license or while getting your utilities set up at city hall. You can also pick up an application at any of those places, download one online or ask the board of elections to mail one to you, and mail it in to P.O. Box 1274, Covington, GA 30015 at your convenience; though board of elections’ officials ask that you call the office at (770) 784-2055 to confirm they received it. In addition, anyone registering to vote for the first time in Georgia by mail must include proper identification with the application, including a copy of a current and valid photo ID, current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows your name and address.

Once the board of elections processes your application, a voter registration card will be sent to you generally within three to four weeks. The card will list your polling precinct, but you can also use our list below to help you remember where to go to vote. Also, remember that Georgia has early voting. Early voting for county, state and federal races can be done at the board of elections, while early voting for cities can generally be done at city halls. During even years in Newton County, you will be able to vote for county, state and federal seats, while odd years will see local city elections. Residents must register to vote 30 or more days before an election to be able to vote in that election.

Board of Elections 1113 Usher Street, Suite 103 Covington, GA 30014 Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm Phone: (770) 784-2055

County Precincts & Polling Locations

BEAVERDAM Gateway Community Church 11677 Brown Bridge Road, Covington

ALCOVY Newton County Public Library 7116 Floyd Street, Covington

BREWERS Red Oak United Methodist Church 15105 Hwy. 36, Covington

ALMON Almon Community House 65 Mt. Tabor Road, Covington

BRICK STORE St. Augustine Catholic Church 11524 Hwy 278, Covington

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BUCK CREEK Zion Baptist Church 7037 Hwy. 212, Covington

LEGUINN High Point Baptist Church 12025 Hwy. 36, Covington

Municipal Polling Locations

CEDAR SHOALS Porterdale Baptist Church North Broad Street, Porterdale

LIVINGSTON County Line Baptist Church 3325 Hwy. 162 South, Covington

CITY OF COVINGTON Covington City Hall 2194 Emory Street NW, Covington

MANSFIELD Mansfield Community House 3158 Hwy. 11, Mansfield

CITY OF OXFORD Oxford City Hall 110 West Clark Street, Oxford

NEWBORN Newborn United Methodist Church 118 Church Street, Newborn

CITY OF MANSFIELD Mansfield City Hall 3146 Highway 11, Mansfield

CITY POND Central Community Church 11157 City Pond Road, Covington COVINGTON MILLS American Legion Post #32 3132 Legion Drive, Covington CROWELL The Potter's House 1120 Crowell Road, Covington DOWNS Prospect United Methodist Church 6752 Hwy. 212, Covington FAIRVIEW Belmont Baptist Church 3275 Iris Drive, SE, Conyers GUM CREEK Gum Creek Precinct Building Dial Mill Road, Oxford

CITY OF NEWBORN Newborn City Hall 4224 Highway 142, Newborn CITY OF PORTERDALE Porterdale Fire Station 2 Main Street, Porterdale

OXFORD Oxford City Hall 110 West Clark Street, Oxford ROCKY PLAINS Harvest Baptist Church 2075 Hwy. 212, Covington STANSELLS Voice of Pentecost 4648 Salem Road, Covington TOWN Washington Street Community Center 4138 School Street, Covington

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directory CLUBS Covington Lions Club

Satsuki Garden Club

7:30 p.m. second and fourth Thursdays, 3120 Conyers St., Covington

10:30 a.m. second Tuesdays, Newton County Public Library. Those interested should contact the library for the current program chairman’s information.

Covington Woman’s Club 9:30 a.m. second Tuesdays, Historic Woman’s Club building on College Street

Golden Fleece Masonic Lodge No. 6 American Legion Post 32 Second Thursdays, 3132 Legion Drive, Covington. You can contact Commander Tarry Moore through mail at P.O. Box No. 310, Covington, GA 30015. You can also get more information about the organization at http:// covingtonpost32.orf. If you are a war veteran living in Newton County and you need some assistance, please contact American Legion Post 32.

Benevolent Protective Order of Elks Lodge 1806 7:30 p.m. first and third Tuesdays, 135 Crowell Road Covington

Covington Garden Club 10 a.m. on first Wednesdays, meet at various homes of members

Covington Kiwanis Club 12:30 p.m. Thursday for lunch, Covington First United Methodist Church

Dinner 6:30 p.m., meeting 7:30 p.m. second and fourth Tuesdays, except second Tuesday only in December, 1104 Clark Street SW, Covington

Southern Heartland Woman’s Club 4 p.m. on first Sundays, Southern Heartland Art Gallery on the Covington square

Oxford Lions Club 12 p.m. on first Thursdays, 7 p.m. on third Thursdays, Allen Memorial United Methodist Church, Oxford

Pilot Club of Covington 7 p.m. on most first Thursdays, sometimes third Thursday, First Presbyterian Church of Covington

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directory OF ADVERTISERS 2 Guys & A Grill Catering..................................................................65 AAMCO Transmissions.........................................................................9 Advanced Gynecology Associates....................................................46 Alcovy Fitness & Wellness.................................................................26 Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates............................................... 73 Beasley Drug Company.....................................................................65 Berry's Tree Farm.............................................................................. 66 Bizzy Bee Exterimators......................................................................21 Blue Willow Inn..................................................................................23 Bulldog Tire & Automotive................................................................ 16 Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home...................................................... 44 Cameron Hall.....................................................................................65 Candlelight Bridals by Gigi...............................................................38 Central Church of Christ...................................................................53 Charmed Salon, Spa & Boutique.......................................................36 Cherokee Run Golf Club.................................................................... 57 Church in the Now............................................................................ 90 City of Oxford.................................................................................... 10 Coldwell Banker................................................................................63 Coldwell Banker/Gerri Murphy Realty, Inc.......................................84 Conyers Medical Clinic......................................................................46 Corinth Missionary Baptist Church...................................................32 Covington Academy...........................................................................15 Covington Family YMCA.................................................................... 81 Covington Women's Health Specialists, LLC.....................................2 Cowan Ace Hardware.........................................................................50 Cowboy's BBQ....................................................................................84 Creamberry's Ice Cream....................................................................64 Dermatology Consultants................................................................... 7 East Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates....................................... 16 Elite Pawn..........................................................................................48 Emory Newton Medical Associates.................................................. 80 ENT Specialists.................................................................................. 73 Escentually Yours..............................................................................64 Essential Family Care.........................................................................47 Essex Bank......................................................................................... 75 Family Practice of Conyers................................................................47 Fieldcrest Walk Apartments...............................................................41 First Presbyterian Church of Covington............................................77 Fletcher's Jewelers............................................................................39 Floyd Street Sugar Shack..................................................................33 George Walton Academy...................................................................59 Georgia International Horse Park..................................................... 79 Georgia Perimeter College.................................................................13 Georgia Primary & Urgent Care........................................................46 Geri Murphy Realty/Coldwell Banker/Kuhn/Dobbs.........................32 Ginn.....................................................................................................31 Hardy's Floor Covering....................................................................... 71 Hayes Furniture Company..................................................................74 Honda of Conyers............................................................................. 68 J.C. 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Loganville Christian Academy.......................................................... 44 Lord & Associates Insurance Agency................................................ 67 Main Street Covington......................................................................35 Main Street Covington...................................................................... 37 Marshall Ginn/Remax Agents Realty............................................... 27 McKibben Music................................................................................36 Milazzo's Ristorante.......................................................................... 72 Montessori School of Covington....................................................... 61 Mountain Motorsports Conyers, Ga................................................. 60 Museum Replicas Limited..................................................................77 New 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Market...............................................................................85 The Women's Center, P.C...................................................................43 Walk of Heroes..................................................................................82 Westmoreland's.................................................................................65 Your Sister's Closet...........................................................................34

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