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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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Arts Association presents 'Nutcracker'

The Arts Association in Newton County will host the sixth annual performance of the classic ballet "The Nutcracker" featuring Covington Regional Ballet Company this Saturday and Sunday.

November 28, 2007 | Tyler Smith | Archives

Experience 'A Porterdale Christmas'

Porterdale Better Hometown Director Patti Battle recently announced the city's lighting of the tree ceremony will take place at approximately 8 p.m. Dec. 6.

November 28, 2007 | Jennifer Long | Archives

Newton County Cheeseheads

Newton County Recreation Department's Division I (8 and under) All Stars have completed their play of two tournaments after being picked for the All-Star team at the end of the regular season.

November 28, 2007 | Alan Howard | Archives


The old Disney magic is back with "Enchanted," a truly delightful spin on the traditional Disney princess-in-distress tale.

November 28, 2007 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Eastside basketball wins Pope Tourney

The Eastside boys basketball team has started off 3-0 thus far this season, something the Eagles have failed to do over the past several years.

November 28, 2007 | Staff Reports | Archives

Redskins safety dies a day after being shot

By Matt Sedensky

November 28, 2007 | Associated Press | Archives

Brice Allen

Brice Allen, 84, of Covington, died Nov. 27 at Newton Medical Center. The son of the late Charlie Reagan and Addie Mae Lunsford Allen, he was born in Newton County. He was a former deacon and Sunday school teacher at Porterdale Baptist Church and currently attended Julia A. Porter United Methodist Church. Mr. Allen loved studying the Bible and watching ESPN, especially Braves baseball. He enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and was an avid fan of Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune and The Price is Right. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Mr. Allen was preceded in death by ...

November 28, 2007 | Staff Report | Archives

James L. Hogan

James L. Hogan, 79, of Oxford, died Nov. 26 at Atlanta Medical Center. The son of the late H. Grady Sr. and Mary Clair Hawk Hogan, he was born in Morgan County. A veteran of the United States Navy, Mr. Hogan retired from Kroger as produce manager after 30 years of service. He was a member of Covington First Baptist Church, Newton Hayriders Square Dance Club, Newton Medical Center Auxiliary and Lawrenceville Masonic Lodge where he was presented a 50-year-membership certificate.

November 28, 2007 | Staff Report | Archives

Aaron Hunt

Aaron Hunt died Nov. 15. The son of Mr. John Weidman and Ms. Debra Hunt Watts, he was born in 1978 in Lauderdale County, Miss. He joined New Mt. Calvary M.B. Church at an early age and graduated from Lake High School, Lake Miss. He was preceded in death by grandmother Nora Lee Hunt, uncles Roy Weidman and Willie Weidman and Aunt Roselene and Uncle Sonny.

November 28, 2007 | Staff Report | Archives

Christopher Lee Parker

Mr. Christopher Lee Parker, 30, of Blairsville, formerly of Covington, died Nov. 24 at St. Joseph's Hospital following an extended illness. The son of Ed Parker and Mary Moody Parker, he was born in 1977 in Covington. Mr. Parker loved computers, fishing and his pet dog Ticky. He was loving and caring to his family, especially his nieces and nephews. Mr. Parker will be greatly missed by his family and those who knew him. He was of the Christian faith.

November 28, 2007 | Staff Report | Archives

Teen charged in 16-year-old's death pleads not guilty

The teenager charged in the accidental death of a 16-year-old Monticello girl was arraigned with three others Tuesday morning at the Newton County Judicial Center.

November 28, 2007 | Tyler Smith | Archives

Drought taking toll on county's tree population

Yet another unfortunate result of the Southeast's historic drought has been its harmful effect on the county's tree population.

November 28, 2007 | Tyler Smith | Archives

Local police experience busy holiday weekend

Local law enforcement agencies had a busy holiday weekend with a deluge of calls including a robbery, a traffic fatality and several other thefts.

November 28, 2007 | Tyler Smith | Archives

Man on a 10,000-mile mission

Clothed in two heavy sweatshirts and a bright yellow vest, his legs bare, Andy Mandell, set out from Covington early Tuesday morning as part of his one-man Wake up and Walk Tour across the perimeter of the U.S. to raise awareness about diabetes.

November 28, 2007 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Preparing students for life outside of school

Before Martha Bouts' sons were born, she worked as a paraprofessional in DeKalb County.

November 28, 2007 | Jennifer Long | Archives

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