News for Monday, February 15, 2010


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Learning the ropes

Ross Thompson, a third-grader at East Newton Elementary School, is getting a little help making rope from several colors of yarn, from Coley Cooper at Winter Vacation Bible School. First Baptist Church of Covington, located on Floyd Street, is taking a non-traditional approach to VBS by introducing a winter session. This week, while Newton County youngsters are on break from school, 130 volunteers will entertain approximately 100 kids each day. Featured will be Bible lessons, hands-on arts and crafts representative of the way things were done in Jesus' time and lots of music. The group will present a closing program Friday night at 7 p.m. consisting of Jewish songs and dance, as well as a Last Supper drama. The public is invited.

Bomb scare interrupts Wal-Mart shoppers

For the second time in just over three months, the Covington Wal-Mart store was evacuated due to a bomb threat. Sunday afternoon around 3 p.m., shoppers at the store were told to leave their buggies and vacate the premises after a phone threat was received at the store, according to the Covington Police Department.

Registration for Pre-K is next week

Beginning Monday, parents can register their children for a chance to get into one of the Newton County School System's prekindergarten classes next school year. Like last year, each school will hold its own Pre-K registration at a certain time and day.

FaithWorks singing to raise funds

Supporters of FaithWorks are joining together in song to raise money for the nonprofit organization. Sing-A-Song of Love, an event that will include performances by choirs and individuals who are members of the 35 local churches that support FaithWorks, will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 26 at The Church at Covington, located at 11975 Ga. Highway 142 in Oxford.

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DeKalb Tech students give back with makeovers

DeKalb Technical College students bonded together last week to give a little love to local children and women. In the school's first event of its kind, From Our Hearts to Yours, cosmetology students and other school groups provided makeovers to dozens of area children and women who need a little more love in their lives.

ON THE BEAT: Man admits to drinking, driving without a license

On the Beat is an occasional reporting of various crimes and complaints confronted by law enforcement personnel in Newton County in the course of their duties. It is compiled by News Editor Barbara Knowles, who can be reached at