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Celebrating Black History

During its 5th Annual Black History Program Covington held a celebration, themed "A Century of Black Life, Culture & History" in the Newton County Historic Courthouse.

February 28, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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


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Blindfolded in a bumper car

"Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength, they will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint" (Is 40:21 NIV).

May 16, 2008 | Lisa Hetzel | Archives


Meet the Pat Patrick Big Heart Award winner

Lee Aldridge, known around Newton County for her tireless devotion to a number of worthy causes, was the first volunteer to be honored with the annual "Pat Patrick Big Heart Award" on Tuesday.

May 16, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Oxford reviewing proposals for new city hall, police station

The Oxford Planning Commission, working under a crunched schedule, began reviewing the proposals submitted for the new Oxford City Hall/police station at their May 13 meeting in hopes of presenting a short list to the City Council by within the next week.

May 16, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


BOE reviewing possibility of career academy

Newton County may soon get a career academy, at least that's what Kathy Garber is hoping for after she presented the Board of Education a general outline of what a career academy is.

May 16, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives


Gresham withdraws from BOE race

The saga revolving around Horace Don Gresham's political career is over, for the time being at least.

May 16, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives


Gunshots ring out at house party

Party crashers left a Newton County neighborhood riddled with bullet holes after getting into an alleged argument over a girl, but no one was injured, according to a Newton County Sheriff's Office report.

May 16, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Higher fuel costs could affect school field trips

Fuel prices continue to rise, causing county fuel costs to soar. According to the administrative services report, Newton County spent $194,462 in April on fuel for the systems buses. Buses traveled a combined 564,642 miles in the month while averaging 10.3 miles per gallon.

May 16, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Anyone out there?

Looking up into all the stars in a dark sky will make you ponder that age-old question, "Are we alone in the universe?"

May 16, 2008 | Jim Honeycutt | Archives


Burglaries occur on Washington Street

A Covington man was arrested Tuesday for a burglary among a string of weekend incidents along Washington Street, according to the Covington Police Department.

May 16, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


ONLINE EXCLUSIVE Gresham withdraws

Horace Don Gresham, a candidate for the District 2 Board of Education seat, has withdrawn from the race.

May 14, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives


Change is a good thing - I promise

The ancient philosopher Heraclitus once said, "Nothing endures but change."

May 14, 2008 | Robby Byrd | Archives


Newton Rec Baseball: Braves scalp Reds, 10-4

COVINGTON - It was a beautiful day at City Pond Park for Little Leaguers to show off their talents on the diamond Saturday.

May 14, 2008 | Eric R. Wallace | Archives


Georgia: Xanadu for the peanut zealot

If heaven ain't a lot like Georgia, I bet George Washington Carver is really sulking right now.

May 14, 2008 | Len Robbins | Archives


Force of nature

By Jerry Towns

May 14, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Residents feeling economic woes

The downturn in the local economy is beginning more and more to surface in the lives of our neighbors in Newton County. With no relief in sight, what is being done or can be done for those in our community feeling the greatest effects?

May 14, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


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