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Newton County: A Community of Leaders

Leadership and high aspirations are part of what makes Newton County such a special place. We are a community of leaders, innovators, and many “firsts.” 

Established on December 24th, 1821, Newton County has been at the fore-front of innovations since its inception. The first revolution came about within the Newton County School System. During the early 1900’s, school children either walked to school or weren't able to attend at all. This inspired the Newton County School Board to come up with a brilliant solution: mule-drawn wagons, predecessors to the first ever school bus! 

And, the educational innovations didn’t stop there. Newton County schools were also the first in Georgia to change over from using the dipper in the communal water bucket to having each child use his own cup from which to drink. The photo shown here is of Dixie Community School circa 1912, with the entire class outside displaying their individual cups.

community of leadersNewton County Schools also started the Corn Club which they claim to be a precursor to the 4-H Club. Mr. Adams from the Brick Store community started the program in Newton County. Formally known as George Claud Adams, he dedicated his entire life to agriculture and the local community. He was born the 12th of 16 children and spent most of his early life on the family farm. Even though Adams had less than one year of formal education, never attending high school or college, he dedicated much of his career to improving the education of boys and girls both in the classroom and on the farm. Adams organized the Boys' Corn Club in Newton County in 1904. These corn clubs are widely known as the forerunners of Georgia 4-H, making Adams the “Father of 4-H” in Georgia.

Our county is also home to popular country music singer Leon Ashley. Born in Covington in 1936, Ashley performed as early as age nine on a local radio show, and was already touring the state by the time he was eleven. His biggest claim to fame is the hit Laura (What’s He Got That I Ain’t Got)– released on Ashley’s very own record label. In fact, Leon Ashley was the first country music artist to write, record, release, distribute and publish all his own material. What a milestone!

community of leadersAdditionally, Newton County was also one of the first “Camera Ready” communites to be established in the state of Georgia. Starting in 2010, Gov. Nathan Deal, in conjunction with the Georgia Film Office, launched a new initiative to ensure that Georgia counties had a film liaison to assist with the production of films. Newton County was the first to join the initiative, having already established relationships with Hollywood film crews from previous productions like The Dukes of Hazzard and In the Heat of the Night.

 

Visit Newton County and Covington, Georgia today, and see why we are so proud to be part of a small town with big dreams!

 

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