News for Thursday, February 18, 2010

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Newton Blotter - 02/19/2010

* Robert Anthony Abraham, 39, 737 Willow Tree Road, Darlington, SC, court sentenced 15 years serve 2.* Carl Alexander Abrams, 21, 1635 Pirkle Road, Norcross, probation violation.* Ramiro Rodriguez Aguirre, 40, 54 Lillian Circle, Stockbridge, DUI, vehicles to drive on right side of roadways, improper lane usage, driving while license suspended or revoked second offense.

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A star comes out for STARs

Grammy award-winning country artist Jennifer Nettles, right, stopped by the Kiwanis Club of Covington's meeting Thursday when the group recognized her mom, Eastside High School English teacher Carla Temple, for being one of the county's STAR teachers.

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Kiwanis honor STARs

COVINGTON -- Winter break didn't stop Newton County schools and the Kiwanis Club of Covington from honoring the county's new group of stars.

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Retired professor faces sex charges

COVINGTON -- Newton County Sheriff's Office investigators have arrested a retired college professor on sexual exploitation of a child charges.

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90-day stay granted for murderer

COVINGTON -- A stay of execution has been ordered for Melbert Ray Ford Jr., the man convicted in the 1986 slaying of his former girlfriend and her 11-year-old niece at a Newton County grocery store. Ford was set to die by lethal injection at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Jackson Diagnostic Prison.

Covington altering sign ordinance

COVINGTON -- An ordinance amendment under consideration by the City Council would decrease the size of commercial signs by nearly half.

High school attendance lines may be redrawn next year

COVINGTON -- Some high schoolers in Newton County may not continue attending their current high schools next school year.

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