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King's daughter: Fight 'no matter who is in White House'

ATLANTA (AP) - As civil rights leaders and activists gather at sites across the country to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., the slain ...

January 16, 2017 | Bill Barrow Associated Press | STATE


Yarbrough: Hide the silverware! The legislature is coming!

To Arms! To Arms! The Legislature is coming, the Legislature is coming!

January 15, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Pace: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Beloved Community

I try to write these monthly articles with a good thought in mind or something that helps us engage meaning-making. This month is certainly no ...

January 15, 2017 | Lyn Pace | Religion


Redman: Never give up

It was 12 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2017 when I received the well-predicted "Happy New Year's!" texts that people were eagerly waiting to ...

January 15, 2017 | Isaac Redman | Religion


Belton: Another 'Forty Days' at the Capitol

As a new year arrives and we begin our proverbial "Forty Days" under the Golden Dome, I'd like to once again begin my weekly ...

January 15, 2017 | Dave Belton | Legislative Updates


Jeffares: Week 1: Update from the Capitol

The Capitol has come alive again this week as we convened for the first session of the 154th Georgia General Assembly. This year promises ...

January 15, 2017 | Rick Jeffares | Legislative Updates


Man on the Street: What would you like to see in the Covington Town Center?

The Covington News took to the street to find out what you, the people of Covington, want to see in the upcoming Covington Town Center ...

January 14, 2017 | Jarred Todd | OPINION


Jeffares: Looking forward: 2017 Legislative Session

For your state lawmakers, a new year brings motivation and a fresh perspective on the needs of Georgians. Monday, Jan. 9 marks the beginning of ...

January 07, 2017 | Rick Jeffares | Legislative Updates


Belton: Weak diplomacy

Not in their actions - but in their inaction - are most men judged. Such will be the fate of our departing President

January 07, 2017 | Dave Belton | Legislative Updates


Yarbrough: Resolutely determined to manage 2017 expectations

The only thing more useless than socks on a pig are New Year's resolutions. Our intentions are applaudable but our follow-through usually leaves a ...

January 02, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Yarbrough: Dedicated to the believers this Christmas

This column has become a Christmas tradition and I share with you once again this year. It is dedicated to all who believe.

December 23, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Belton: Bidding adieu to a good year for Georgia

As we say goodbye to another year and think about our many blessings, I'd like to write a positive article about where we stand ...

December 23, 2016 | Dave Belton | Legislative Updates


Irwin: Secret Santa

When I was around 12 years old, it occurred to me that the season we call Christmas has, within it, several glitter-coated mini-seasons. Because of ...

December 23, 2016 | Andy Irwin | Columnists


Have you ever thought … As a community what do we do for the homeless?

The only shelter in Newton, or adjoining counties, the Garden of Gethsemane Shelter can be part of the solution for dealing with homelessness in our ...

December 19, 2016 | B. Wiley Stephens | Columnists


Redman: What can forgiveness do for us

This article is written to give a perspective of what forgiveness can do for us, and hopefully encourage us to forgive others in our life ...

December 19, 2016 | Isaac Redman | Religion


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Alcovy Tigers football drops third straight with loss to Lakeside-Evans

The Alcovy Tigers dropped their third straight contest Saturday, losing 37-6 to Lakeside-Evans in a penalty-filled Region 3-AAAAAA battle at Homer Sharp Stadium.

October 17, 2016 | Kris Wright | Alcovy


Have you ever thought …

Most agree that throughout the last few years, new life has come to the Square at the heart of Covington. We have seen a variety of shops, restaurants and eateries open. And others are set to join them soon. What's even more amazing is the number of people you see walking through the Square and sitting on the benches, visiting all throughout the day and evening.

October 16, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Rolling with the punches

This is just a great time of year. Really, there is little to complain about. The weather is perfect and I love spending time outdoors in the cooler temperatures.

October 16, 2016 | Beth Rowe | LIVING


‘O When the Saints’

In a couple of weeks we'll celebrate All Saints Day in the Christian tradition. Every year on Nov. 1 we honor and remember the people in the life of the church who have died since the last All Saints Day. It's a moment where we get to remember the people in our life who we consider saints. It's also a day in the life of the church where we remember those people who have been formally canonized as Saints. People like St. Francis of Assisi, St. Patrick, St. Hildegard of Bingen, and many, many more.

October 16, 2016 | Lyn Pace | RELIGION


Flapjacks for 4-H on coming this month

Members of the Newton County 4-H group are flipping flapjacks on Oct. 29 to earn money for 4-H camps and service projects.

October 16, 2016 | Terri Fullerton | LOCAL


Yarbrough: Bank’s ethical lapses could be costly for all business

There is nothing more important than your good name. I inherited mine from one of the most honest and ethical men I ever knew: My father. A man without a lot of education or sophistication, his was a world of right and wrong, good and bad, legal or illegal. It either was or it wasn't. Rationalization didn't count much with him if you were trying to defend bad decisions. It was just simpler to do the right thing.

October 16, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Dozens attend underage drinking at town hall

A group of concerned community members, parents and students came together at Newton High School on Saturday, Sept. 17 to listen, learn and discuss about the need for change during a Town Hall meeting on underage drinking. Around 55 people were in attendance, and each person brought their individual experience and knowledge to the discussion table. Information was shared with the participants regarding the effects of underage drinking on the adolescent brain, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, statistics on alcohol-impaired collisions in Newton County and student-reported statistics on current underage drinking trends in Newton County (from the Georgia DOE's "Georgia Student ...

October 16, 2016 | Hearts for families | LOCAL


Newton Campus Dean Johnny Jones and GPTC part ways

Johnny D. Jones started as Campus Dean for Georgia Piedmont Technical College's (GPTC) Newton Campus in January 2016. He said of that beginning, "I felt instantaneously at home." He reached out, was welcomed, and supported by community leaders and people throughout the Newton Campus service region, which includes Newton, Rockdale, and Morgan counties. However, nine months later GPTC and Jones have parted ways. Jones indicated that although the service region and he were a great fit for one another; the GPTC administrative structure and he were not. His last day as campus dean was Sept. 21, 2016.

October 16, 2016 | Duane M. Ford | LOCAL


To change, or not to change

The good news is that the presidential election is less than a month away. The bad news is that the onslaught of negative campaigning will continue until then. This past week, in conversations with friends and family, the one item that Democrats, Republicans and Independents can agree on is that we can't wait for this election to be over and done. The daily coverage of personality and problems of both major presidential candidates is unrelenting, making the election feel as though it is never-ending.

October 16, 2016 | Jackie Gingrich-Cushman | Columnists


Christmas may come early this year

Christmas traditionally is celebrated on Dec. 25 for most Georgians.

October 16, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Woodward Academy snaps Eastside’s win streak

Woodward Academy defeated Eastside 44-6 at Sharp Stadium Friday night.

October 15, 2016 | Kris Wright | Eastside


Eastside softball holds on to advance in playoffs

The Eastside High School Eagles softball team advanced to the second round of the Class AAAA playoffs with a 10-6 win against the visiting Perry High School Panthers Thursday.

October 13, 2016 | Kevin Nixon | Eastside


Autumn brings more good music to Covington

Autumn has finally reached our region, and that makes me very happy. Cool temperatures are now here to match all of this cool music. It's good stuff.

October 13, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING


Jason Smith named Teacher of the Year

Jason Smith wept and hugged his wife and sons when he was announced as the Newton County School System's top teacher.

October 09, 2016 | Duane M. Ford | LOCAL


Have you ever thought …

We are in the last few weeks of another election cycle. Have you ever thought what the impact of winning can have on the winner's life? Sure, running for office takes a large amount of effort. But what then?

October 09, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


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