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Arts Association presents two different versions of "Grease"

The Newton County Arts Association is proud to present "Grease." A musical that will feature performance groups Oxford Youth Singers and Oxford Singing Children. Two different versions of the show will be performed by each group.

The Oxford Singing Children will perform the school version of "Grease" on April 13 at 7 p.m. and April 14 at 4 p.m. Tickets for adults are $10, $8 for senior citizens and $5 for children and students.

April 03, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Three local officers honored for service

An academic achievement award is given to the top graduate of the police academy each year based on their grade point average and performance during their time at the academy. The Covington Police Department has had three graduates receive this honor for three years in a row which is rare for any police department, but what is even rarer is the fact that they are all women.

The Sheriff Franklin Thornton Award, named after the long-time Walton County Sheriff, is a prestigious award for any upcoming law enforcement officer.

April 03, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Palm Sunday kicks off full week of Easter events

Easter will be celebrated this year on April 8. Local churches have gathered together to present a week full of fun events that the whole family can enjoy during this holiday.

On April 1, the First Baptist Church of Covington will present a musical called "God with Us." It will be performed in the sanctuary of the church at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. During the week after the musical, there will be

March 31, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Covington YMCA gears up for 11th annual Cheerios Challenge

On Saturday, April 21 the Covington family YMCA will be hosting the 11th annual Cheerios Challenge on the square. The event will begin at 7:30 a.m. with the 10K run. The one mile fun run will begin at 9 a.m. followed by the 5K run beginning at 9:30 a.m. All races will start and finish at the Covington Family YMCA located at 2140 Newton Drive.

"The great thing about the race is the fact it is USATF certified," event coordinator Kacie Brown said. "Anyone who plans of running in the Atlanta Journal Constitution's Peachtree ...

March 31, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Dancing the night away

This year, Eastside High School's junior/senior prom was held at The State Botanical Gardens in Athens. A section of the garden was blocked off for the students who attended the prom. For mostly everyone, it was a night to remember.

March 28, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Mann lives out dream at Eastside

Eastside High School language arts teacher Amber Mann knew she wanted to be a teacher ever since she was a little girl. During her senior year of high school, she decided to be an English teacher.

March 27, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | Education


The excitement of prom

Prom is a big deal for every teenager. Senior prom is an even bigger deal. When it's your senior prom, things are different.

This year will be my senior prom, and I couldn't be more excited. I have a date this year, which is pretty awesome. I wouldn't want to be going with anyone else either. He's been in my life for a long time now, and I can't think of any way to end our senior year together except celebrating with our friends at prom. Although getting through these past few months have been ...

March 24, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Y keeps kids healthy

Spring break camp registration is going on at the Covington Family YMCA for children ages 5-12. The cost is $95 a week per child or $25 a day. The camp will run April 2-6. There is a $35 program membership fee if applicable. Financial assistance is available based on need.

March 23, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Fashion show to raise money for local cancer patient

Two years ago, Cheryl East received news that would change her life and the lives of all who knew her. That's when she found out she had breast cancer. She's been fighting for her life ever since - a fight which hasn't been easy because of her rare blood type.

March 23, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


CMS sends eight to All-State Band

Every year, top performing middle and high school instrumentalists in Georgia have the chance to perform in front of two to four judges in a blind audition for a chance to play in the Georgia All State Band.

March 20, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | Education


Off to Hollywood

Every now and then someone comes along with an amazing voice that keeps his or her audience on the edge of their seat. A voice that is able to completely captivate their audience. Local star Sera Hill is that person.

March 18, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


An inside look at the Covington Family YMCA

The Covington Family YMCA has served local families for more than 30 years, providing health and fitness to the community. Over the years, the Y has added The Coach Approach, FitLinxx program and group exercise classes to their workout programs along with youth sports, summer day camps and swim lessons for kids. Throughout the Y's history, helping out within the community has always been close to its heart.

March 18, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | News Columnists


High temps lead to spring behavior early

Spring is just around the corner and with it comes warm temperatures and beautiful weather. This past week temperatures reached the 80s setting record highs for this time of the year. The flowers are beginning to open up from the long winter, and local families are going to parks and nature trails around Covington to enjoy the beautiful scenery happening around them.

March 16, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Sci-fi trilogy causing a commotion

Every so often, a story comes along to capture a greater audience than it was intended to. The trials and tribulations of Harry Potter immediately comes to mind.

March 14, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Teacher feature: Elizabeth Proffitt

Eight grade physical science teacher Elizabeth Proffitt has taught for 19 years.

March 10, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | Education


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