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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 teh Newotn 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

Holiday light contest coming

The Covington News, Square Perk and Mainstreet Covington are teaming up to shine a little light on the 2014 Holiday season.

October 25, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Mrs. Cheryl Davis Daniel

Mrs. Cheryl Davis Daniel, age 91, of McDonough passed away October 22, 2014. Cheryl was born in Griffin, the daughter of the late Benjamin Franklin Davis and Ethel Florence Crumbley Davis. She was preceded in death by several siblings, Bennie Carmichael, Stan Davis, Don Davis and Darryl Davis.

October 25, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

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Social Circle toddler bitten by Rottweiler

 A 2-year-old Social Circle girl was mauled by a Rottweiler and life-flighted for her injuries Tuesday night, according to the Social Circle Department of Public Safety.

April 11, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

Delia Long Lanners

Mrs. Delia Long Lanners, 84, of Morganton, N.C., passed away April 4 at her residence. Born in 1923 in Salem Fork, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Alexander Long and Ester Haymore Long. Mrs. Lanners had a zest for life and, along with her husband Tom, was a world traveler and an active member of an Airstream Camping Club that took them on many adventures across the country and beyond. She will be remembered by family and friends for her fun-loving sense of humor and her optimistic outlook on life which spilled like sunshine onto all ...

April 09, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives

Samuel W. Lee

Mr. Samuel W. Lee, 63, of Conyers, died April 5. The son of the late Samuel Willard Lee Sr. and Helen Irene Merck Lee, he was born in Fulton County. Mr. Lee was a fifth-generation son of Georgia with roots in Laurens County. A truly self-educated man, he loved literature and read widely, pursuing a life-long quest for knowledge. Until his retirement in 2000 from Beers/Skanska Contractors, he had a successful career in the construction industry as a project manager. A mentor to many, Mr. Lee proved unforgettable to many professional associates. He had the opportunity to travel throughout ...

April 09, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives

Rewarded by students' learning

 Sometimes it takes years for many people to figure out what they want out of their professional life.

April 09, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives

Merchant of media

Recording the special moments in life, crafting unique company slogans and designing Web sites, Current Events Productions has become quite a presence around town.

April 09, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

New Slang

Here at the News we pride ourselves in being in the know when it comes to popular culture. Personally, I have never considered myself too old to be out of the loop when it comes to language and colloquialisms - but I could be wrong.

April 09, 2008 | Robby Byrd | Archives

Issues with News story

Dear Editor: After reading a recent article by reporter Michelle Kim about the charges filed against Alcovy High teacher Derrick Roberts, I have a few comments. I must first state that Derrick Roberts is a personal friend of mine. With that said, I will try and remain unbiased as much as possible.

April 09, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives

Skeeter on my heater

It landed on my arm as light as a feather boa as worn by William "Refrigerator" Perry.

April 09, 2008 | Len Robbins | Archives

Kate Barnes

Mrs. Kate Barnes, of Covington, died April 5. The daughter of the late Robert Henry and Nina Walton Barker, she was born in 1912 in Jasper County. She was the widow of Leonard Franklin Barnes and a longtime member of Calvary Baptist Church.

April 09, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives

Hither Rose Grier

Mother Hither Rose Grier died March 27. The daughter of the late Eddie and Rebecca Baker, she was born in 1915 in Conyers. She joined Shady Grove Baptist Church at an early age and was a member of the Usher's Ministry and faithfully served as president of the Mothers' Board. She was recently recognized as the oldest member of the church. Mrs. Grier was preceded in death by husband Mr. Bennie L. Grier and children Mr. Bobbie Grier, Mrs. Ruby Reynolds and Mr. Lonnie Grier.

April 09, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives

Monroe Harris

Deacon Monroe Harris (Uncle Woo) died April 3. The son of Mr. and Mrs. Will (Cindy) Harris, he was born in 1914 in Morgan County. His mother passed away when he was 4 years old, and he was raised by his stepmother, the late Mrs. Octavia Harris. Mr. Harris was preceded in death by siblings Dolly, Vera, Laura, Mary, Charlie and Willie. He accepted Christ at the age of 16 and served faithfully at Macedonia Baptist Church, Rutledge, as chairman of the Deacon Board. He served in World War II in the Western Pacific. He received a World War II ...

April 09, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives

John Wayne Hardnet

Mr. John Wayne Hardnett died March 26. The son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Oliver (Katie Ruth) Morris, he was born in 1949 in LaGrange. He was preceded in death by siblings Annie L., Willie, Oliver Morris, Robert Morris, Ernest Morris and Katie Ruth Talley.

April 09, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives

Peruse the park

The proposed community park adjacent to the Newton County Library was recently officially named Chimney Park because of the planned garden featuring the remnants of an old home on the property.

April 09, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives

Life on the spectrum

 Many parents have experienced the heart-stopping moment of losing a child in a crowd, but for Glenda Gaither, the anxiety is always compounded by the fact her son, CJ has autism spectrum disorder. This makes it difficult for him to communicate to others, and it also makes him less aware of dangerous situations.

April 09, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

Baseball: Eastside at Alcovy

COVINGTON - Entering Monday, the Eastside and Alcovy High baseball squads were both tied for ninth in Region 8-AAAA play.

April 09, 2008 | Eric R. Wallace | Archives

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