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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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Archive By Author - Staff Report


Gross national happiness

Happiness is in the data. That doesn't bode well for folks on the political left.

May 04, 2008 | Tom Purcell | Archives


Zoning ordinance good for growth

May 04, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


YMCA growing in our community

The YMCA was founded in England in 1844 by George Williams as result of unhealthy social conditions arising in the big cities at the end of the Industrial Revolution. It was for young men who lived far from their country homes.

May 04, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Marijuana deal mess up

 Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested one man and discovered marijuana and a firearm when they responded to a call of shots being fired during an argument regarding an alleged drug deal-gone-bad, according to the NCSO.

May 04, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Spring Fling

 In 1191, Richard the Lionheart deployed the first two trebuchets at the Siege of Acre during the first confrontation of the Third Crusade.

May 04, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives


Pants-less perpetrator

 A Covington woman arrested for driving under the influence was reportedly driving pants-less as well, according to a Covington Police Department report.

May 04, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Known drug dealers targeted for arrest

The Covington-Newton County Special Investigations Unit dealt area drug dealers a significant blow as they rounded up at least 39 people with a total of 55 counts in connection with selling cocaine as part of a wide-ranging, four-month investigation involving secret videotaping and undercover work.

May 04, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Beyond the Trail of Tears

 The story of the Cherokee Indians is one of tragedy and triumph: a tragedy of sorrow and a triumph of the human spirit.

May 02, 2008 | Clifford Brewton | Archives


4-H members earn top honors

 Seventeen local teens competed at 4-H District Project Achievement in March and earned top honors.

May 02, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives


Ministry reaches out to destitute

 Third Disciple Street Rescue is a gutter-level intervention outreach to homeless women and Vietnam Veterans. According to founder and Covington resident, Jim Smith, there are more homeless Vietnam vets than servicemen who died in that conflict.

May 02, 2008 | Colleen Capes Jackson | Archives


The cross is the way

 In my last article I wrote about the exclusivity of Jesus' statement in John 14:6, "Jesus answered, 'I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me'" (John 14:6, NIV).

May 02, 2008 | John Pearrell | Archives


Ministry reaches out to destitute

 Third Disciple Street Rescue is a gutter-level intervention outreach to homeless women and Vietnam Veterans. According to founder and Covington resident, Jim Smith, there are more homeless Vietnam vets than servicemen who died in that conflict.

May 02, 2008 | Colleen Capes Jackson | Archives


The cross is the way

 In my last article I wrote about the exclusivity of Jesus' statement in John 14:6, "Jesus answered, 'I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me'" (John 14:6, NIV).

May 02, 2008 | John Pearrell | Archives


Evelyne King Lester

Evylene King Lester, 91, of Conyers, died May 1 at Heartland Hospice. The daughter of the late Grover and Dessa Maloy King, she was the oldest member of Honey Creek Baptist Church, was retired from Bibb Manufacturing and was a loving mother and grandmother. Mrs. Lester is preceded in death by husband Walker Lockhart Lester, grandsons Rodney Moon and Dale Lester, brother Melvin King and sisters Byrdice Barker and Carroll George.

May 02, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


New zoning ordinance contains urban design elements

The new form-based zoning ordinance the Covington City Council will consider adopting in June collapses several of the city's more unwieldy zoning districts into districts that allow a greater degree of flexibility for developers.

May 02, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


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