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Man convicted of 2001 Newton County murder scheduled for execution

Brian Keith Terrell, the man convicted of killing 70-year-old John Watson in his Covington home in 1992 is scheduled to be executed March 10 at 7 p.m., Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens announced Friday.

February 27, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Ida Arbeau

Ida M. Arbeau, 83 of Oxford passed away Thursday, February 26, 2015 at Riverside Healthcare. She was born on December 11, 1931 in Clayton. to the late Cecil and Clara Mae Thompson. Ms. Arbeau loved the Lord and was a loving Mother, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother. She sewed for the church, the school system and even made costumes for the show "In the Heat of The Night". Ms. Arbeau also lovingly cared for many children in her home. She was a member and Sunday school teacher at Canaan Baptist Church for over 35 years. Everyone knew her by "Aunt Ida" or ...

February 27, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Pasta Salad Makes Weeknight Dinner Quick and Healthy

(Family Features) Now is the time for diners to transition palates to lighter and healthier meals, especially those packed with fresh, satisfying ingredients.

February 26, 2015 | Staff Report | LIVING


What's in store for the Georgia Milestones

The word "assessment" might make students, parents and even some teachers nervous.

February 26, 2015 | Staff Report | Education


Sara Tucker

Sara Frances "Sally" Tucker, 90, of Athens, formerly of Commerce, passed away peacefully on Monday, February 23, 2015.

February 26, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Newton basketball travels to Wheeler tonight

Newton High School's elite eight matchup against Wheeler in the state basketball playoff tips off tonight at 7 p.m.

February 26, 2015 | Staff Report | Newton


Schools will be open Thursday

Newton County Schools are open Thursday after being closed for predicted inclement weather Wednesday.

February 25, 2015 | Staff Report | Covington


John Middleton

Mr. John Raymond Middleton, 62, of Winston-Salem passed away Monday, February 16, 2015 at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. He was born November 15, 1952 in Fairfax County, Virginia to George and Jimmie Weisner Middleton. John received his undergraduate degree from VCU and his Master's Degree from Wake Forest University. Formerly from Davidson County, he moved to Georgia where he worked with Service Master Corporation for 22 years. He then worked for Newton County from March 2000 as the Finance Director until his retirement in September 2014 as the County Manager. While working for Newton County, John touched ...

February 25, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Newton County Schools closed Wednesday

Newton County Schools will be closed for both students and staff Wednesday due to predicted inclement weather.

February 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington Police Explorers enjoy national success

The Covington Police Explorers recently participated in a national competition designed to showcase their law enforcement skills and placed third in one category.

February 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO to host Citizen's Firearm Safety Course

The Newton County Sheriff's Office will hold its Citizen's Firearm Safety Course March 28, teaching the public on laws governing use of deadly force, firearm safety, at and away from the firing range, nomenclature of the basic revolver and semiautomatic pistols and giving citizens a chance to complete a course of fire at the Newton County Sheriffs Office Firing Range.

February 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Winter Storm Watch for Wednesday

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch in effect for Newton, Rockdale and surrounding counties from Wednesday through Thursday.

February 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Don't give up for Lent, just give

The official start of the Lenten season began this past week and we have heard many of our friends and colleagues talking about what they were going to give up for the 40 days leading up to the celebration of Christ's resurrection.

February 22, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Social Circle officer involved in shooting

A Social Circle police officer shot and wounded a man on Hwy. 11 near the Marathon gas station Friday afternoon.

February 20, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log; Feb. 20

Harold Glenn Aikens, 52, Covington, Feb 12, Probation Violation

February 20, 2015 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log


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Taming the Tigers

"Keep it up ladies!"

June 30, 2008 | Jason Murdock | Archives


Driving differently

With gasoline close to $4 a gallon, many commuters are now more open to exploring alternative modes of transportation, which raises the question 'Is Newton County finally ready for public transportation?'

June 29, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Former coach found dead in Blairsville

The Newton County coaching fraternity and Union County community received sad news Thursday as former Newton County High School teacher and Lady Ram basketball coach Mike West was found dead at the age of 42.

June 29, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives


Every dance a prayer

Blue skies and balmy temperatures welcomed the 200-plus dancers and attendees of the fourth annual Eastern Native American Charity Powwow at Whippoorwill Hollow Organic Farm.

June 29, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Bennie Pickett

Bennie Puckett, 70, of Locust Grove, died June 25 at Henry Medical Center. The son of the late Benjamin F. and Minnie Bell Smith Puckett, he was born in Thomaston. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1954 to 1958 and later retired from ABF Freight Systems in 2001. Mr. Puckett was a member of The Potters House in Covington, serving God faithfully as a true man of God. He enjoyed working on small engines and working in the yard, loved the Georgia Bulldogs and was a history buff, especially interested in war eras.

June 29, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Drug house on Lower River Road busted

Special Investigations Unit agents struck a known drug haven Thursday, which was also the site of an unsolved 2003 homicide, arresting five men and the home owner in connection with selling cocaine and Ecstasy, according to the unit leader.

June 29, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Feeding the multitude

For more than 24 years, the Bethlehem Baptist Church doors have been open in the summers, welcoming all children ages 4 to 12.

June 29, 2008 | Brian Harper | Archives


Bessie Sue (Ray) Wesson

Mrs. Bessie Sue (Ray) Wesson, 95, of Covington died June 27. Formerly of Macon, Mrs. Wesson moved to the Covington area in 1994. Her hobbies included gardening, quilting and cooking. Mrs. Wesson was a member of the First Congregational Holiness Church, Macon. The daughter of the late Otis Hamilton Ray and Sara Annie (Dobbs) Ray, she was born in Rockdale County in 1913. She was preceded in death by parents, husband Mr. Marion "Bill" Wesson and brothers Howard Ray from Macon and William Ray from Porterdale.

June 29, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Evelyn Sudduth Wiley

Mrs. Evelyn Sudduth Wiley, 84, of Covington, widow of C.T. Wiley Sr., to whom she was married for 58 years, died June 26 at Embracing Hospice in Cumming. Mrs. Wiley retired from CDC in 1995 after more than 30 years of service. She enjoyed traveling and spending time in the mountains and was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

June 29, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Irene Agnes Almand

Irene Agnes Almand, 75, of Covington died June 26. A loving grandmother, she enjoyed cooking and crocheting and was an avid reader. She was predeceased by her parents, George and Lucile Mays Bynerd and her husband, William Joseph Almand.

June 29, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Emily Stearns

Emily Stearns, 62, of Covington, died peacefully at her home June 26. The daughter of the late Marcus H. and Mary Hodges, Poppell, she was born in England. She worked as an LPN at Covington Manor Nursing Home for 18 years and worked for Riverside Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and Star Crest Nursing Home in Conyers. Mrs. Stearns was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Perry. She enjoyed reading and traveling. She is preceded in death by daughter Millie Carrier.

June 29, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Social Circle administrative offices moving this fall

By the end of 2008, Social Circle's administrative offices will move into an antebellum home in the heart of the city on North Cherokee Road.

June 29, 2008 | J.T. Long | Archives


Sophisticated burglars break into cars parked in driveways

Newton County was hit by a string of car break-ins early Wednesday morning marked by an unusual level of sophistication, according to victims' accounts.

June 29, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Raft kids

 The power of many outweighs the strength of the few. For proof, look no further than the teenagers at Project Adventure.

June 29, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives


Every dance a prayer

 Blue skies and balmy temperatures welcomed the 200-plus dancers and attendees of the fourth annual Eastern Native American Charity Powwow at Whippoorwill Hollow Organic Farm.

June 29, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


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