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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

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

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Courage under Fire

On Aug. 19, 2003, a bomb exploded at the Canal Hotel in Baghdad killing the United Nations Secretary-General's Special Representative in Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello, and 22 others in the first terrorist attack aimed directly at the United Nations.

February 24, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives

Not your typical garden

February 24, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives

Event aims to clean up Newton County

Motorists on the roads this Saturday are advised to be on the lookout for a rare site which only appears once a year - orange-shirted volunteers participating in the annual On the Roads with Jesus trash cleanup.

February 24, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Burglar sets up explosive situation

A modular home in Newborn was filled with potentially explosive natural gas after an apparent attempted burglary, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

February 24, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

Two arrested for alleged sexual offenses

A 47-year-old man was arrested and charged with molesting a 4-year-old boy on Feb. 14.

February 24, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

Minoa Petree Brown

Mrs. Miona Petree Brown, 65, lifelong resident of Covington, died Feb. 22. The daughter of the late Frank Dalton and Maudie Bell Robinson Dalton, she was born in Jackson County in 1943. Mrs. Brown enjoyed riding horses, dancing and going to the VFW. She loved spending time with her family and cooking for them. She had worked for the Waffle House as a manager. Mrs. Brown is preceded in death by her father.

February 24, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Doin' the mess around

The music of Ray Charles, a favorite son of Georgia, reached a younger generation with the 2004 film release of "Ray" starring Jaime Foxx.

February 24, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives

Beautiful feet

A celebration of culture and heritage was the goal of the first-ever Newton African-American History Festival held on Saturday.

February 24, 2008 | Robby Byrd | Archives

Young guns


February 24, 2008 | Jason Murdock | Archives

Newton Chamber of Commerce hosting golf tourney

The Covington/Newton County Chamber of Commerce 14th Annual Golf Tournament will be held April 17 at the Oaks Golf Course.

February 24, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives

Hightower throws hat in sheriff's race

Gwen Hightower, a Lieutenant in the Criminal Investigation Division of the Newton County Sheriff's Office, officially announced her bid to run as a Democratic candidate for sheriff on Friday.

February 24, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

Newton County murderer denied parole

ATLANTA - The State Board of Pardons and Paroles recently denied parole for Raymond Lamar Graham, 43. In 1994, Graham was convicted of murdering Bertha Ware, 78. He received a life sentence. This was the second time the Parole Board denied Graham parole, who was last reviewed in 2000.

February 22, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives

Thirty years of service

Celebrating 30 years of service, the Rev. Hezekiah Benton Jr. is the 12th pastor of the Bethlehem Baptist Church. Established in 1849, the church building is known as the oldest edifice in the Newton County African-American Community and is located in the heart of the historical district in the city of Covington. Under Benton's leadership, the church has expanded its call to serve the community. A banner in the sanctuary states their motto and emphasis, "A Praying Praising People Serving a Powerful God."

February 22, 2008 | Colleen Capes-Jackson | Archives

For the love of the dogs

Tom and Nate - my two younger boys - went over to Mrs. Ruth's yesterday to wash her four dogs. She has beagles, the kind of dog that just won the Westminster Dog Show. The boys enjoyed the work. When I picked them up, they wouldn't leave until they had petted all the dogs again. They must get this from their mother.

February 22, 2008 | John Donaldson | Archives

The changing belief system of the church

A recent Barna poll explored the shifting views that those Americans who still remain in the church have toward the church. While this poll explored the alternatives to the conventional church, other research shows a far more alarming trend. I am not so much concerned over the changing structure of the visible church as much as I am concerned over the changing belief system of the church.

February 22, 2008 | John Pearrell | Archives

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