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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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Newton County remains under flood warning

The National Weather Service has extended a Yellow River flood warning for Newton County until Thursday evening.

November 11, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Director of free clinic wins Pat Patrick Big Heart Award

The second annual Pat Patrick Big Heart Award was given to Ed Jenkins Tuesday at The Center for his work as director of the free Willing Helpers Medical Clinic.

November 11, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Volunteers, donations needed for Community Thanksgiving Dinner

The Newton County Minister's Union is in need of monetary and food donations and volunteers for its annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner.

November 11, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Santa Claus is coming to town

The Covington Lion's Club and Main Street Covington is calling all groups who want to participate in the 2009 Covington/Newton Hometown Christmas Parade.

November 11, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Pine Valley Mission

Helping those who need it: Children from the Pine Valley Mission enjoyed hot dogs, refreshments, a hayride and other fun activities on Nov. 1 at Knox Farms. This annual event was made possible by the farm and volunteer helpers from Eastridge Community Church. The Pine Valley Mission has assisted needy children for 20 years. Winter coats, wind breakers, hoodies and sweatshirts were given to the children recently. School supplies, uniforms and shoes are furnished year round. The mission is run solely by volunteers and is located a 12185 Ga. Highway 36.

November 11, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Red ribbon friends

Fighting against drugs with puppet power: A second grade class at Rocky Plains Elementary School got treated to a puppet show sponsored by the Elks Club during Red Ribbon Week. They watched the puppeteers put on the drug awareness puppet show and wore their red ribbons in support of being drug free. The Elks present (L-R) were State Elks President Larry Capes, Ann Graham, Jack Wheeler, Penny Blakeney, Linda Chadwick, Mary Frances Royster. and T.A. and Eleanor Haney, and they helped to set up the show and played the part of the various puppets.

November 11, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Once a Marine...

Gerald "Bud" Hipps joined the Marines at age 17. The year was 1942.

"When they bombed Pearl Harbor, all my buddies was going into the war and I wanted to go too," Hipps said.

November 11, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


2 shot, 1 killed Sunday night in Porterdale

Ricky Lewis Smith, age 44, has been arrested and charged with the shooting death of a woman in Porterdale Sunday evening.

According to Newton County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer 1st Lt. Mark Mitchell, deputies were called to a home on Bell Street off Ga. Highway 162 in south Porterdale at 7:49 p.m. When they arrived they found 36-year-old Tajuana Lashawn Stroud dead from an apparent gunshot wound. They also located 42-year-old Steven Cadet Smith - the brother of the alleged shooter - who had been seriously wounded by a gunshot as well. He was transported to an Atlanta ...

November 11, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


2 Gubernatorial candidates speak at local Dem. event

Speeches by gubernatorial candidates Dubose Porter and David Poythress highlighted the Newton County Democratic Party's first ever banquet on Saturday.

November 11, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Armed robbery closes Wal-Mart

A man who reportedly robbed a United Bank inside of Wal-Mart remains at large as of press time, but according to Covington Police Captain Craig Treadwell, authorities are confident the thief's freedom will be short-lived.

Law enforcement officials responded to the popular discount store at around 2:04 p.m. Monday afternoon after receiving calls of an armed robbery at the bank. When they arrived, the suspect had already fled the area but had left behind a black, plastic box that he had reportedly told tellers at the bank was filled with explosives.

November 10, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Flash flood watch issued until Wednesday

The National Weather Service out of Peachtree City issued a flash flood watch for portions of north and central Georgia, including Rockdale and Newton counties, in effect until Wednesday morning.

November 09, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Victims and suspect named in deadly Porterdale shooting

Ricky Lewis Smith, age 44, has been arrested and charged with the shooting death of a woman in Porterdale Sunday evening.

November 08, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Grove Pointe buys land to build new, permanent home

For many Christians church is defined as a gathering of a people, but most will agree it's still nice to have a building of their own.

November 08, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Friends of the Library

Book sales and classic cars:

November 08, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Deputies pull over vehicle, find stolen gun

Deputies from the Newton County Sheriff's Office initially noticed a vehicle traveling erratically and ended up arresting the occupants on various charges, including theft by receiving stolen property for reportedly having a stolen weapon in the vehicle.

November 08, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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