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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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Long live The King

In everyone's life, there are bound to be several "where were you" moments. I'm talking about the remembering time and place when you first heard news that would eventually be etched into history.

August 10, 2007 | Harris Blackwood | Archives


EHS holds town hall meeting

The administrators of Eastside High School hosted the school's first informal, "town hall" style meeting for parents and members of the community Wednesday night.

August 10, 2007 | Jennifer Long | Archives


Crossing denominational lines

When volunteers come to the Community Food Pantry in Covington to sort, buy or deliver emergency food relief to families in need, they don't come just as Baptists or Methodists or Presbyterians or Catholics or Pentecostals. They come because they're concerned about families who don't have enough to eat.

August 10, 2007 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Falcons, Red Cross kick off with blood drive

The Atlanta Falcons are throwing their support behind the American Red Cross and the tremendous need for blood donations this month.

August 10, 2007 | Staff Reports | Archives


Human weapon

There are many reasons why people join a martial arts group.

August 10, 2007 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Hot enough for you?

The dog days of summer have arrived with a vengeance as a heat wave continues to roast citizens of Newton County.

August 10, 2007 | Tyler Smith | Archives


Newton eliminated from World Series

The season came to an abrupt end for the Newton American All Stars (Team Georgia) Wednesday night during the 2007 Dixie Youth Majors World Series in Madison Heights, Va.

August 10, 2007 | Jason Murdock | Archives


Arrest made in Pure Food Mart murder

A suspect has been arrested in the murder of Pure Food Mart owner Aslam Muhammad after five days of tireless investigation by the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

August 08, 2007 | Tyler Smith | Archives


Injection of funds

The Newton County Public Health Department, which has seen its state funding drastically decreased in recent years, is expected to get a much-needed injection of funds later this summer as a result of a $5.7 million allocation to the state Division of Public Health which was included in the 2008 fiscal year state budget.

August 08, 2007 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Lifestyles of the rich and stupid

We are allowed to dream, aren't we?

August 08, 2007 | Len Robbins | Archives


Deadbeat parents

Dear Editor: As a spectator in the Newton County Courthouse on Aug. 2, I watched a deadbeat parent walk free again. Why does Newton County support dead-beat parents? Why does our justice system allow a father of two lovely children to walk out of a courtroom without as much as a slap on the wrist after not paying court-ordered child support for the last six months?

August 08, 2007 | Gregg Whitley | Archives


A legacy of good eats

For over 50 years the Henderson family has been serving up catfish to the residents of Newton County.

August 08, 2007 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Damon, Greengrass back for more Bourne

In "The Bourne Ultimatum," director Paul Greengrass has crafted an intense thriller and fitting conclusion to the Bourne trilogy. Easily the best in the genre since 2006's "Casino Royale," "Ultimatum" pushes the action to the limits of conventional filmmaking.

August 08, 2007 | Tyler Smith | Archives


Leading the way

Wendy Hughes, new principal at Livingston Elementary, entered her first job as a principal with confidence because even though she has never held a school's head position, she has worked in education for more than 20 years.

August 08, 2007 | Jennifer Long | Archives


Award-winning storyteller visits local elementary school

 Award-winning national storyteller, author and educator Mary Jo Huff brought her own flavor of oral literature to the students of Palmer-Stone Elementary School Friday - she also introduced students to the "crazy chicken" song.

August 08, 2007 | Jennifer Long | Archives


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