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Tales of a Haunted House (VIDEO)

Tales of a Haunted House

October 30, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | 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


Ebola concerns keeps 200 out of NHS

A day after Newton County School System released information that a Newton High School teacher was in contact with someone traveling form Sierra Leone, the school's absentee rate doubled Wednesday.

October 29, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Man Tazed by CPD at America's Best

Covington Police Tazed a man who had been standing on the balcony of America's Best Value taking off his clothes to urinate Tuesday.

October 29, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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


Man commands CPD, runs, is punched

After a man yelled at Covington Police Department officers on how to do their job, he took off running before being tackled and arrested near Thomas Buffet Saturday around 4:30 p.m.

October 28, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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


Newton officials meet at Ebola talks

Nearly 200 officials from Newton, Rockdale and Gwinnett counties gathered Friday morning to have a conversation about proper protocols and procedures to initiate when dealing with someone who has contracted the Ebola virus.

October 27, 2014 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


Family court graduates three

Three citizens graduated from Parent Accountability court recently.

October 27, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Trunk or Treat (slideshow)

Trunk or Treat at Salem United Methodist Church

October 26, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


Revolutionary road

Marching toward the Newton County School Board in 1970, local black students knew they needed to be treated fairly.

October 25, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Town hall looks for safety in Fairview area

Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown assured a crowd of dozens of concerned citizens that crime is down in their neighborhoods, and they urged community leaders that they want that trend to continue because they still feel threatened.

October 25, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Our debt to those who came before us

Have you ever thought how much tradition plays in one's faith? Sir Isaac Newton once said following a short period of time when he made some amazing discoveries, "If I see further than others it is because I stand on the shoulders of the giants that came before me." As the Sims Chapel Baptist Church celebrates today its One Hundred and Twenty Ninth Anniversary it adds to the day recognition of the one known at the "Mother of the Church" Mrs. Emma Allen. Truly she is a matriarch of that congregation on whose shoulders that congregation stands.

October 25, 2014 | Wiley Stephens | LOCAL


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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Tom Fox hired as new Director of Public Safety

Tom Fox, former City Manager for Porterdale, has taken the position of public safety director for the City of Social Circle.

January 22, 2010 | Lee Sandow | LOCAL


Haiti: Of great magnitude

Frank Penley spent all day trying to put his week's worth of experiences in Haiti down on paper. He wrote and rewrote. Finally he threw it all away.

January 22, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Oxford Lions sponsor peace poster contest

Posters for peace: The Oxford Lions Club recently sponsored Peace Poster Contests at Cousins Middle School and Indian Creek Middle School. The contest is designed to encourage youth to express artistically their visions of peace, promote the arts and spread peace and international understanding. Each year's contest consists of an original theme incorporating peace. Twenty-four international finalists are selected each year, representing the work of more than 350,000 young participants worldwide. Grand prize winners have come from all around the world. To view posters visit www.lionsclubs.org. (Above) Indian Creek art teacher, Jack Meacham, holds first place ...

January 22, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Sheriff, dentist awarded at MLK celebration

At the 25th annual Newton County Celebration of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Sunday afternoon, two prestigious local awards were presented to community icons.

Dr. Melvin O. Baker, DMD was honored with the I Have A Dream Award. The I Have a Dream Award was first presented in 1987 is given to individuals who "exemplify the philosophy of Dr. Martin Luther King," according to celebration committee secretary Josephine Brown.

January 21, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Pridgett case is ready for spring trial

Attorneys for the prosecution and defense announced Tuesday morning that they are ready to go to trial on the state's case against 19-year-old Jamal Marquez Pridgett, who is charged with shooting several men and killing one during a dice game on the evening of Oct. 7, 2008.

January 20, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Vehicle chase from DeKalb comes to end in Newton Co.

Deputies from the Newton County Sheriff's Department were involved with a vehicle chase and brief foot chase Monday afternoon when a man drove a carjacked vehicle into Newton County.

According to 1st Lt. Mark Mitchell, deputies were dispatched with an armed robbery that had already occurred. A distraught woman, who was at Delaney Parkway off Crowell Road had called 911 and told dispatchers that she had been kidnapped from the front of her subdivision in DeKalb County by two black males.

January 19, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Flood warning issued for Newton County

January 17, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO launches Explorer program

The Newton County Sheriff's Office has began the launch of an Explorer Program for students in the Newton County School system.

January 17, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Locals home safe from quake-stricken Haiti

The church was newly built, and the group of American missionaries and Haitians were standing in it and thanking God through prayer. Suddenly, a deafening roar filled the church, as if Niagara Falls had been transplanted to the Haitian mountains.

January 17, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


No place like home

The following is the second in a three-part series looking at domestic violence in Newton County. Names have been changed to protect the victims and their families.

January 17, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


5th judge may not be sworn in until July

District Attorney Ken Wynne will most likely not be sworn in as the fifth Superior Court Judge of the Alcovy Judicial Circuit until at least July 1.

Alcovy Chief Justice John Ott recently received a call from the governor's office telling him to prepare to remain at the status quo - no permanent fifth judge.

January 17, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


2010 Arnold Award winners announced

When friends of Lee and Jerry Aldridge speak about the couple, listeners can hear the passion in their voices.

And when long-time friend Nonie Needham introduced the couple as co-recipients of the 2010 R.O. Arnold Award to an assembled crowd of friends, the response was a standing ovation.

January 16, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Oak Hill Animal Hospital charity drive a success

Even with the current economic downturn, Oak Hill community members proved that the Christmas Spirit still exists. In spite of high unemployment rates, furloughs and other financial strains, the Christmas Charity Drive at Oak Hill Animal Hospital has raised much-needed funds and supplies to benefit the Newton County chapter of the Humane Society.

The drive, conducted during the entire month of December, collected food, paper towels, pet carriers, cat litter and other necessary pet items, and raised a total of $150 in cash donations. Oak Hill Animal Hospital matched the contributions, making a $300 donation for needy animals in Newton ...

January 16, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


YMCA Boot Camp: be careful what you ask for

The Covington YMCA is getting ready for a new session of Boot Camp under the direction of Instructor Crystal Hounschell. This program is available to members and non-members of the YMCA. Boot Camp is a 12-week program which meets Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 5:45 p.m. Boot Camp will begin its 12-week session on Friday, Jan. 25, and will conclude with participating as a group in the YMCA's Annual Cheerios Challenge on April 17.

January 15, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


InVEST in the NCSO campaign - Jan. 15

The parents of recently injured Deputy Wesley Atha have organized a fundraising campaign to purchase these vests for every county deputy. Their fundraising goal is $113,000. Each vest costs between $500-$700, depending on the size. Each Friday The Covington News will publish a list of individuals, businesses and civic groups who have donated to the cause that week as well as the total amount raised. Donations are tax deductible. Checks should be made payable to Newton Co. Sheriff's Office and earmarked for safety vests and equipment. Please mail donations to NCSO c/o April Jones, 15151 Alcovy ...

January 15, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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