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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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Katherine Briscoe

Katherine Briscoe, 62, Fulton County native and 27-year resident of Covington, died Jan. 25. The daughter of the late Forrest William and Edna Grace Tanner Roden, she was employed by A & G Sports Lettering in Clayton County for 15 years and attended Emmanuel Baptist Church in McDonough. Mrs. Briscoe was a Civil War buff and was actively involved in Civil War reenactments. She was a loving wife, mother and Maw Maw.

January 27, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives


Paul and Alicia Senn of Oxford announce the engagement of their daughter Samantha Elyse Senn of Griffin to Christopher Myles Lunsford of Griffin, son of Pam Duffey of Smyrna and State Representative John and Tina Lunsford of McDonough.

January 27, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives

Stanley Henderson

Mr. Stanley Henderson, 65, of Mansfield, died Jan. 24. The son of the late Troy L. and Ludie Thomason Henderson, he was born in Jasper County in 1942. He was a lifelong resident of the Mansfield area, a member of the Newborn United Methodist Church, a member of the Tree Board in Newborn and served in the National Guard during the Vietnam War. Mr. Henderson also served as County Commissioner in Jasper County and worked as a loader operator for many years. He built most of the lakes and ponds that are located on what is now the Charlie Elliot ...

January 27, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives

Pride in the past

Volunteers from a multitude of backgrounds descended upon the Graves Chapel Cemetery on Monday to give the historic landmark a much needed facelift.

January 27, 2008 | Tyler Smith | Archives

William Pancratins Ray II

William Pancratins Ray II, 71, died on Jan. 25 after a battle with cancer. He was born in New Haven, Ky. and moved to Conyers in 1944, when his father, James Leslie Ray, came here to supervise the construction of The Monastery of the Holy Ghost. Mr. Ray attended Conyers High School and graduated in 1954.

January 27, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives

New clues emerge in double murder

The Newton County Sheriff's Office continues to investigate the double murder of a young couple as new information concerning the case continues to emerge.

January 27, 2008 | Tyler Smith | Archives

Unpaid debts raise doubts about Maddox

While Porterdale's elections superintendent has confirmed city council candidate Wayne Maddox's eligibility to run for office, questions remain on whether Maddox would be able to take the city's Oath of Office if elected.

January 27, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Varner aims to keep county chairman title

Seeking a third term as county chairman, Aaron Varner cited the success of the county's new impact fee ordinance and the county's relatively well-off water supply as reasons voters should re-elect him.

January 27, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Local senior bound for West Point

A couple of weeks ago, Alcovy High School senior Jeffrey Hexom went to his mailbox and found a letter from the United States Military Academy at West Point inside.

January 27, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives

Hoops: Union Grove at Newton

The Newton High boys waltzed to their fifth consecutive win with a convincing 58-39 victory over Union Grove on Friday night at home.

January 27, 2008 | Bill Dolan | Archives

Hoops: Eastside at Heritage

CONYERS - Based solely on effort, the Eastside High boys basketball team stood toe-to-toe Friday night with Heritage.

January 27, 2008 | Bud L. Ellis | Archives

Size means nothing to the Newton High boys

Oh, if only they had some size.

January 27, 2008 | Bud L. Ellis | Archives

Oxford remembers MLK

January 25, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives

Every Life For Christ

Psalm 34 says, "Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart." There are plenty more passages like that one. But here's the thing. Has it ever felt like you aren't getting the desires of your heart?

January 25, 2008 | Pastor Jonathan Scharf | Archives

Rethinking liquor laws

The city of Covington has responded to complaints from members of the community that its existing alcohol ordinance is too cumbersome and confusing by beginning the process of re-writing the entire ordinance.

January 25, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

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