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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


Their last meal

More than one in five children in Newton County do not know where their next meal will come from, according to the most recent study by food bank umbrella group Feeding America.

February 26, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


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


Deputies arrest armed robbery suspect

Sheriff's deputies arrested 17-year-old Ladarius Lockhart and charged him in connection with an armed robbery at the Oak Hill BP station that occurred Saturday morning.

February 24, 2015 | Meris Lutz | 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


Problem lies in water management, not supply: Water Authority

On November 5, 2014, County Attorney Tommy Craig posted an alarming series of photographs at a work session for the proposed Bear Creek Reservoir.

February 23, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Alcovy names Val and Sal, Top 10

With the Class of 2015's graduation approaching Alcovy High School announced its top 10 graduates, and Valedictorian and Salutatorian Friday.

February 21, 2015 | Associated Press | LOCAL


NCSO deputies honored as heroes

After a year when law enforcement was often in the news in a negative light nationally, Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies were resuscitating children back to life, jumping on guns to save themselves, victims and bystanders and performing other feats of heroism in 2014.

February 20, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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


BOC retreat cancelled due to weather

Newton County released the following statement Friday:

February 20, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


The Covington Digital News, February 20th, 2015

February 20, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Freezing rain, snow Friday to Saturday

Newton may be seeing some snow, sleet and freezing rain as most of metro Atlanta is under a Winter Weather Advisory Friday afternoon to Saturday afternoon.

February 19, 2015 | | LOCAL


All 3 high schools named AP Honor Schools

Newton County School System (NCSS) is pleased to announce that Alcovy, Eastside and Newton high schools have all been named 2015 Advanced Placement Honor Schools by Georgia School Superintendent Richard Woods. The 2015 Honor Schools are named in six categories, based on the results of the 2014 AP classes and exams. Those five categories are:

February 19, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Man arrested after accidental shooting

A night out with friends turned ugly after a fight between two women turned into a fight between their boyfriends as well and ended in one man getting shot in the head.

January 13, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Holt introduces bill in Mansfield power line fight

Mansfield residents continue to fight efforts by Georgia Transmission Corporation to place new power lines through the small city's limits, including exploring legal redress and a state law change.

January 12, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newborn to change charter

After no one ran for Newborn's Post 2 council seat in the November election, the Town Council is working to change the charter so they can appoint someone to the seat.

January 11, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


AC theft steady, copper prices decline

Le Anne Long has a problem, one that's fairly common nationwide. She's had to shell out thousands of dollars to replace a stolen air conditioning unit in a vacant home that she's in charge of. The problem is widespread, and it doesn't seem to be decreasing with the stabilization of the local housing market. Police are trying, but they're stumped as well, as to how to fix a problem that has become an epidemic.

January 11, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Spend free time with your family

Nowadays, frugality isn't a life choice for most of us. It's a necessity born out of hard times and too little money. The first thing to go for most families is a recreational budget - money you used to have for movies, sports and hobbies is suddenly needed in more important areas like food and shelter. Although, you might be accustomed to thinking you have to spend money to spend time together and/or to be entertained, you'd be amazed by the bevy of free family activities available right in our own community. Let's start with these ...

January 11, 2012 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


Man, juvenile fire 9mm inside

A 25-year-old man and a juvenile female were arrested early Sunday when officers reported to a home on Morris Drive after neighbors complained of gunshots fired inside the home.

January 11, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log

Darryl Joseph Woodberry, 26, Decatur, Dec. 16. Theft by taking.

January 11, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


"Mission 4" delivers

"Mission Impossible- Ghost Protocol" starring Tom Cruise as spy Ethan Hunt is the fourth installment to the movie series based on the television series that ran from 1966 to 1977. Directed by Brad Bird, who also directed "The Incredibles" and "Ratatouille," the movie was released Dec. 16 and was number one at the box office for four weeks, just recently losing to "The Devil Inside."

January 11, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Newborn happy with Dollar General

Dollar stores and the opening of ever more dollar stores are becoming ubiquitous, but residents in Newborn are quite happy with their new Dollar General, which is the town's only pure retail store.

January 08, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Rep. Holt to seek fifth term

State Rep. Doug Holt (R-Social Circle) announced Thursday that he will seek reelection for a fifth time.

January 08, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


New mayor gives vision for Covington

Mayor Ronnie Johnston laid out his first initiatives for the city of Covington at Thursday's Kiwanis meeting and focused on ending the divisiveness that exists in the city and helping residents improve their lives.

January 08, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Arts Association to host Clovers & Company

The nationally acclaimed Georgia 4-H Performing Arts Group Clovers & Co. will entertain at Porter Hall at Newton High School at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21. Clovers & Co. is composed of 42 talented singers, dancers, instrumentalists and stagehands from across the state of Georgia, ranging in age from 11 to 18. Clovers & Co. performs on behalf of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Cooperative Extension's youth program 4-H.

January 08, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO offering free driver’s education course

The Newton County Sheriff's Office will be hosting P.R.I.D.E. (Parents Reducing Injuries and Driver Error) courses from 6-8 p.m. on Jan. 31; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Feb. 11; and 6-8 p.m. Feb. 23. All P.R.I.D.E. courses will be held at the NCSO Training Room, located at 15151 Alcovy-Jersey Road.

January 08, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Tip of the Week - Jan. 8

Just like with my homemade laundry detergent, this recipe for dishwasher detergent was born out of necessity 15 years ago. We moved to Biloxi and had a dishwasher for the first time. I was already making my own laundry detergent, so it didn't seem like a very big jump to making this. I've refined it over the years depending on where we live and how hard or soft the water is and the age and quality of the dishwasher we have.

January 08, 2012 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


Man who looks like TI arrested for DUI

A man asleep at the gas pumps at QuickTrip was arrested early Saturday morning. And while authorities accused him of drinking, he insisted he'd merely been listening to "church music."

January 08, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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