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A dynamic duo returns to the rooftop

There's a lot of returners on the music scene in and around Covington this week, making it a great opportunity to go out and ...

August 25, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING


Cultivating a culture of respect

As the chaplain at Oxford College, I talk a lot about respect. The reasons for this are layered. I was lucky enough to be shown ...

August 21, 2016 | Lyn Pace | RELIGION


The Answer for these Uncertain Times

According to Wikipedia there are roughly 4,200 recognized religions in the world. Out of those 4,200 religions, you have approximately 2.2 billion ...

August 21, 2016 | Andy Butts | RELIGION


Local storyteller recognized with Parents’ Choice Award

Andy Irwin, 53, storyteller, singer, musician, comedian and master whistler recorded his first children's album, "Andy's' Wild Amphibian Show". His album won a ...

August 21, 2016 | Jasmine Floyd | LOCAL


Have you ever thought …

Throughout the last several years, Jack and Lisa Philips have had a very successful business on the Covington Square, the Cork. At the wine, beer ...

August 21, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Commoners' right to hunt under threat

In Olde England, hunting was the privilege of the landed and the rich. The right to hunt depended on the number of acres owned or ...

August 21, 2016 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


There may be some competitive races this fall

If you write about legislative races in Georgia, the last few elections have been downright boring in their predictability.

August 21, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Georgia’s ‘paintingest’ first lady in a class of her own

Class, like beauty, is in the eyes of the beholder. In my long years on this planet, I never met a man with more class ...

August 21, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Hiring at Newton County School System

The Human Resources Department at Newton County School System (NCSS) has a big job. Among other things, the Department, under the direction of Nyree Sanders ...

August 21, 2016 | Duane M. Ford | LOCAL


A great weekend for great shows

We witnessed another great week of music, and by all accounts the benefit show for Dillon Bragg went very well. That's awesome. The great ...

August 18, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING


900 students participated in 21st century after-school programs in 15-16

During the 2015-2016 academic year, 906 Newton County School System students actively participated in the after-school programs offered by the System's 21st Century Community ...

August 17, 2016 | Duane M. Ford | Board of Education


Malone, Thomas bring joy at Listening Room at IBP

A full house heard an Atlanta legend, Michelle Malone, perform at The Listening Room at Irish Bred Pub Friday, Aug. 12, in a memorable evening ...

August 15, 2016 | | LIVING


Have you ever thought …

How we spend our leisure time varies a great deal. There are a variety of ways to spend time with our friends and family. One ...

August 14, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


The Answer for these Uncertain Times

According to Wikipedia there are roughly 4,200 recognized religions in the world. Out of those 4,200 religions, you have approximately 2.2 billion ...

August 14, 2016 | Andy Butts | Religion


Government 101: Leadership and teamwork

This year's presidential election campaign has reached a rarely explored depth of absurdity. One candidate makes claims that few believe and still fewer take ...

August 14, 2016 | Jerry Roseberry | LOCAL


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We are looking for an old tire

Nowadays, my son, Liam, is scrolling the eBay and the Craigslist, and is perusing the Thrifty Nickel in the hopes of finding the perfect, old Chevy small block 350 engine that he plans to drop into his 1986 Jaguar XJ6 that awaits in our driveway.

May 15, 2016 | Andy Offutt Irwin | LIVING


Proffit and Yu named Eastside’s top students

Brantley Proffitt and Lili Yu will be front and center during Eastside High School's graduation as the school's Valedictorian and Salutatorian, respectively.

May 14, 2016 | Joy Bratcher | Education


When did Gov. Deal become a liberal?

The casual political observer might be asking this question after taking in the events of the past few weeks: When did Nathan Deal become a liberal Democrat?

May 14, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Eight hands are better than two

Forty fingers will come together to make a joyful noise at the First Presbyterian Church of Covington Sunday, May 22, courtesy of Alice Walker and Becky Ramsey, of Covington and Sylvia Looney and Dan Ingram of South Carolina. While this keyboard concert, an event featuring pianos as well as an impressive pipe organ, is amazing in its own right, one of the most impressive things is the amount of planning that went into it.

May 14, 2016 | Hezekiah Rodgers | LOCAL


Leighlynn Shine a must-see

Hello, C-town! It's so good to be back with you for another installment of the Minute. And what's with this cold weather?! I'm not a fan, but as I understand it the weather will be back to normal by the time you read this. And I'd like to give a shout-out to all the Mommas out there. Hope you all have a wonderful Mother's Day.

May 12, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LOCAL


NCCA holds fourth student film festival

The Newton College and Career Academy (NCCA) held its fourth student Film Festival in the evening of May 5 on campus. It was a small casual event with friends and family.

May 11, 2016 | Jasmine Floyd | Mailchimp Today's Headlines


Trump drives spike into culture war politics

Days before the Indiana primary, Ted Cruz paraded his two young daughters in matching pink dresses and spoke darkly of "putting little girls alone in a bathroom with grown men."

May 10, 2016 | By Froma Harrop | Columnists


Thank you for supporting our schools

It's hard to believe that the 2015-16 school year is almost over. Throughout the course of the year, the Newton County School System's (NCSS) new teachers have participated in ongoing New Teacher Induction/Professional Development Activities, or the NCSS BEST Program. They are now just a few short days away from completing their first official year as teachers in the NCSS. For many of these teachers, this will also mark the end of their first full-year in the teaching profession. We were very excited to welcome all of these new teachers to our school system last summer, and ...

May 10, 2016 | | Letters


Graduate reflects on 4-H career

The following is a speech presented at the annual 4-H banquet by Eastside high senior Mallori Johnson, reflecting on her 4-H career. Johnson was recognized at Northwest District Project Achievement for competing all 8 years of her 4-H career. She will enter Georgia Southern University in early childhood education in the fall.

May 10, 2016 | By Mallori Johnson | LIVING


Stay safe on the roads

Tragedy struck Newton County last week when a bicyclist died after being hit by a school bus on Hwy. 278.

May 10, 2016 | | Our Thoughts


Home equity loan or reverse mortgage?

Your personal residence is one of your largest, if not the largest, asset you will own in your life. It's a great feeling when you make that final mortgage payment! Should you wish to sell your home and downsize after you retire, the revenue code can be very generous. If you owned and lived in your home two of five years prior to the sale, up to $250,000 of the profit may be tax-free or up to $500,000 for if you are married filing joint.

May 10, 2016 | By Mike Lassiter | LIVING


Fairy Houses show off the designs of the imagination

Spring in Georgia is known for a lot of things - flowers in bloom, deer running through wooded areas, bees flying from blossom to blossom and the occasional spring storm.

May 03, 2016 | Hezekiah Rodgers | LOCAL


The PSC should learn how to say ‘no’

Imagine that you are the loan officer at the local community bank.

May 01, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


4-H day camp collecting supplies

Toilet paper tubes, AA batteries and hot glue needed.

May 01, 2016 | Terri Kimble-Fullerton | LOCAL


I have Tom Thumb’s saber!

When I was about 11-years-old my mother and I were cleaning out a small outbuilding we all called The Pack House. This was a single-car, garage-sized structure on the property next to the house that my mother grew up in. The Pack House may have been a smokehouse, but everyone who would have been able to tell me is no longer on this earthly plane.

May 01, 2016 | Andy Offutt Irwin | LIVING


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