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Naked Burglar Found in Middle School Ceiling

Naked Burglar Found in Middle School Ceiling

COVINGTON — Early Saturday, Covington Police searched Cousins Middle School for more than two hours looking for a burglar who set off the school’s security system. After the search they located Ronald Stephens, 21, of Conyers, naked in the ceiling.

According to a Covington Police Department incident report, officers, the department’s K-9 Unit, deputies from the Newton County Sheriff’s Office and even firefighters with the Covington Fire Department were dispatched to help locate the perpetrator.

According to officials, the reason Stephens was wearing no clothes was because the vent where he entered the building was extremely small.

Stephens was arrested, on the scene, and charged with criminal trespass, burglary and a probation violation warrant out of Rockdale County.



Covington Student DC Bound To Participate in National Program

Covington Student DC Bound To Participate in National Program

COVINGTON -- (www.covnews.com) Alexander Quinlan, a student at the Montessori School of Covington, has been accepted into the People to People World Leadership Forum.

Alexander will join a select group of students in Washington, D.C., next week to study leadership and explore the city's monuments and institutions. Stops will include Capitol Hill, the Smithsonian Institution, Mount Vernon and the National Museum of American History, according to a release.

Alexander will examine characteristics of American leadership during times of national challenge and prosperity. Forum delegates will also participate in discussions and exercises to experience firsthand how successful leaders develop strategies, make decisions, build consensus, and foster change.

Delegates will meet Mary Jean Eisenhower, granddaughter of Dwight D.

Newton County Students Show Improvement on Georgia High School Writing Test

COVINGTON — More Newton County students are passing the Georgia High School Writing Test, which must be passed in order for them to graduate.

The Newton County School System announced Friday that 95 percent of all of its 11th-grade students taking the test for the first time passed the test they took earlier this school year. Last year, 90 percent of first-time test-takers passed the writing test in NCSS.

“This is good news we can build on, as writing is so essential to a truly educated student,” said Gary Mathews, superintendent of Newton County Schools, in a press release. “Given the significant improvements needed now in our college-readiness indicators of ACT and SAT, these GHSGT writing scores are most encouraging, and I trust a precursor to improved results in the future.

Teaching Tolerance's Mix It Up at Lunch Program, Novemebr 9th

Tomorrow, November 9th, at select schools across the Atlanta area, students will participate in Teaching Tolerance's Mix It Up program. This program is a national campaign that helps K-12 teachers develop inclusive school communities. 

According to the Mix It Up program, students thrive, both socially and academically, in schools that are inclusive. Yet, for far too many students, schools are hotbeds of exclusion. Social scientists have long maintained that contact between diverse groups helps alleviate tensions and reduce prejudice.