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Black Cat store owner wanted for felony probation violation

The co-owner of the Black Cat Curio Co., a New Orleans style voodoo store in Olde Town Conyers, is wanted for felony probation violation out of Floyd County, Georgia.

November 01, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Fall Festival, car show at CrossRoads

CrossRoads Baptist Church , in Social Circle, is holding its 10th Annual Community Fall Festival tonight from 6-8 p.m.

October 31, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

NCSS graduation rates top rest of Ga.

Graduation rates, released Thursday, show the Newton County School System is four percentage points higher than the rest of the state's average.

October 30, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Brief standoff ends with kidnapping suspect in custody

A standoff with a kidnapping suspect barricaded in a Conyers motel ended peacefully after the suspect gave himself up Wednesday around 5 p.m.

October 29, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Newton County Jail Log

Stephanie Marie Abercrombie, 36, Covington, Oct 16, Parole Violation

October 29, 2014 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

High Museum director to step down

The High Museum of Art announced Wednesday that Michael E. Shapiro, the Museum's Nancy and Holcombe T. Green, Jr. Director since 2000, will leave the position next year, after 15 years as director.

October 29, 2014 | Staff Report | STATE

Local teen competes for Miss Georgia

Shaunice Baker, 15, of Covington will compete for the title of Miss Georgia USA 2015 on Nov. 20-2 at the Henry County Performing Arts Theatre in McDonough.

October 29, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Statewide trafficking prosecutor named

Attorney General Sam Olens announced today that he has appointed a new prosecutor, Camila Wright, who will be dedicated to the prosecution of human trafficking. As a prosecutor for the Attorney General's Office, she will have the authority to prosecute human trafficking throughout the entire state and will assist jurisdictions as they work these complex cases. In addition to handling prosecutions, Ms. Wright will conduct trainings around the state for law enforcement and oversee the Attorney General's policy agenda on human trafficking.

October 29, 2014 | Staff Report | STATE

Newton County drug court graduates

Newton County's Adult Felony Drug Court held its graduation ceremony Friday at 2 p.m. in the jury assembly room of the Newton County Judicial Center.

October 28, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Infinity Solutions acquires CompuNet

Infinity Network Solutions, Inc., a leading Information Technology services company for small to mid-sized businesses and public sector agencies, announced today the acquisition of CompuNet, Inc., a full service Networking and Internet solutions provider located in Macon, Georgia.

October 27, 2014 | Staff Report | Business

United Bank names advisory directors

United Bank President Thomas Kephart announced the addition of two local business leaders to its Covington Advisory Board. Anne Laster and Steven Kapp joined the board in their first meeting earlier in October.

October 27, 2014 | Staff Report | Business

Family court graduates three

Three citizens graduated from Parent Accountability court recently.

October 27, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Our thoughts: Dirty Politics

Throughout the generations, whenever there has been an election, there has been some form of dirty politics used to sway the voters mind.

October 25, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Letter: A misstep on Bear Creek could mean higher taxes and utility costs

Dear editor

October 25, 2014 | Staff Report | Letters

Letter: A misstep on Bear Creek could mean higher taxes and utility costs

Dear editor

October 25, 2014 | Staff Report | Letters

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South Salem to receive top technology

 The Newton County Board of Education approved several technology expenditures at Tuesday's regular monthly meeting including 229 computers and 52 Promethian ACTIVboards for South Salem Elementary School, which opens in fall 2008.

April 25, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives

School adopts new ways to review for CRCTs

 As the Criterion Referenced Competency Test wraps up this week, teachers and administrators throughout the Newton County School System can debrief and reflect on their efforts throughout the year.

April 25, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives

Woman falls through ceiling before her arrest

 A stand-off between law enforcement officials and a 27-year-old wanted woman who barricaded herself in an attic Wednesday ended when she fell through the ceiling after being stunned with a Taser.

April 25, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

Comedy club approved by city council

 The Covington City Council has approved a special use petition to open a comedy club on Washington Street, with the condition that the owner, Jimmy Clark, a candidate for District 3 Commissioner, reapply for his permit again in two years.

April 25, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Horse of a different color

Campus security officials going about their early morning routine of readying Oxford College for morning classes received a bit of a shock Wednesday when they came upon a zebra roaming the third floor of Seney Hall.

April 25, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Blimpie owner acquitted of child molestation charges

 A sandwich shop owner charged with child molestation was acquitted of his charges in Newton County Superior Court on Thursday.

April 25, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

Man arrested for wandering drunk in nursing home

 A reportedly drunk man wandering the halls of a Covington nursing home early in the morning Wednesday was arrested after a pursuit, according to a Covington Police Department report.

April 25, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Jeanine Scott Bruce

Jeanine Scott Bruce, 77, of Covington, entered into her heavenly home, April 23, after a brief stay at Abbey Hospice. She and her husband lived in their early married years in Avondale Estates and later moved to Americus where Mrs. Bruce enjoyed being a member of the DAR and UDC. After leaving Americus, they moved to Covington. Mrs. Bruce enjoyed studying genealogy, working on the computer, reading and antiques.

April 25, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

FiberVisions set to make $18 million expansion

 FiberVisions Inc. announced earlier this week that it has approved an $18 million expansion for its Covington plant that is expected to bring 40 new jobs to the city.

April 25, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

James H. Dodson

James H. Dodson, 85, of Covington, died April 23. Mr. Dodson loved working in the yard and was a loving and devoted husband, father and friend to many. He is preceded in death by son Steven Dodson and brothers Travis Morrison and Lewis Morrison.

April 25, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Ella Jane Turner

Ella Jane Turner, 60, of Porterdale, died April 22. The daughter of the late Aquilla E. and Ella Ruth Wheeler Hailey, she was born in Newton County. Mrs. Turner was a member of Prospect United Methodist Church and House of Grace in Covington. Mrs. Turner enjoyed cards, board games and Wheel of Fortune and loved spending time with her family. She is preceded in death by husband Marvin Turner and brothers Perry and Charles Hailey.

April 25, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Teen tantrum

 Teens are known to have occasional tantrums, but one juvenile's back seat meltdown earned him a trip to the hospital for a mental health evaluation.

April 25, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

Local pastor an expert on 'clergy killers'

The Rev. Randolph Kanipe was recently added to the distinguished list of alumni of the Oxford Round Table which is made up of government officials, business leaders, presidents and chancellors of universities and colleges, professors, school leaders, religious leaders and attorneys from all over the world.

April 25, 2008 | Colleen Capes Jackson | Archives

Crystal clear statment

"Jesus answered, 'I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the father except through me'" (John 14:6, NIV). That is a pretty clear and clearly exclusive statement.

April 25, 2008 | John Pearrell | Archives

A civics lesson

I'm sure more than once you've heard the expression, "If you don't vote, you have nothing to complain about." Yes it's trite and overused - but it's true.

April 23, 2008 | Robby Byrd | Archives

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