Newton County, Georgia

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Newton County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. As of 2000, the population was 62,001. The 2010 Census Estimate showed a population of 100,000 to 110,000.[1] The county seat is Covington.[2]

This county is a part of the Atlanta Metropolitan Area (Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, Georgia Metropolitan Statistical Area).

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History

Newton county is named after Sgt. John Newton, who served under Gen. Francis Marion, the "Swamp Fox", in the American Revolutionary War. It was created on December 24, 1821. During the American Civil War, the county provided the Lamar Infantry, which was a part of Cobb's Legion. Georgia is one of many states which have a Newton County and a Jasper County that border each other.

In late 1978, the first five episodes of The Dukes of Hazzard were filmed in and around Covington, Georgia. The TV series In The Heat of the Night was filmed in Covington from 1988 to 1995. Also, in Remember the Titans, there were many scenes shot on "The Square" and the final football scene in was shot at Homer Sharp Stadium, which is located right off "The Square" in downtown Covington. Currently part of the new series The Vampire Diaries is being fiimed on the Square.

Newton county is the place where Georgia 4-H was founded as the Girls Canning and Boys Corn Clubs in 1904 by G.C. Adams.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 279 square miles (723 km²), of which 276 square miles (716 km²) is land and 3 square miles (7 km²) (0.99%) is water.

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