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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 ...

May 03, 2016 | Hezekiah Rodgers | LOCAL


Simple Directions

In my elementary years, when it is was time for the rambunctious class to put together a notebook with correctly labeled dividers, or to create ...

May 01, 2016 | Isaac Redman | Columnists


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 ...

May 01, 2016 | Andy Offutt Irwin | LIVING


4-H day camp collecting supplies

Toilet paper tubes, AA batteries and hot glue needed.

May 01, 2016 | Terri Kimble-Fullerton | 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


Mill Street Music Festival brings Drivin N Cryin

After missing last week, and writing an article on Drew Parker's new single "Slow Down Small Town", it's good to be back with ...

April 28, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING


Alcovy girls, Eastside boys headed to state playoffs

Two local soccer squads will continue their seasons in the State Playoffs beginning this week.

April 26, 2016 | George Harrison | Alcovy


Living Sacrifice

Romans 12:1-2 says,"I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and ...

April 24, 2016 | Andy Butts | Columnists


Weeds be gone from your garden

Many people are like me in one respect -- they enjoy tilling garden soil and planting vegetables just to see things grow. Fresh tasting vegetables are ...

April 24, 2016 | Ted Wynne | LOCAL


Future taxes on retirement assets

One of my questions when I get involved in a discussion with people about a financial matter, ObamaCare for example, is "Who is going to ...

April 24, 2016 | Mike Lassiter | Business


Have you ever thought …

Our imagination can help us sense the world in a different way. We all need those special places where we can see more than the ...

April 24, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


A sophomore in her final semester at GPC

In 2007, with the support from the community and a 100-acre land donation from a local philanthropic fund, an exemplary attribute to Newton County was ...

April 24, 2016 | Taylor Brown | LOCAL


The Liberal Silent Majority

A few days before Bernie Sanders lost badly in the New York primary, 27,000 souls filled Washington Square Park, many wildly cheering him on ...

April 24, 2016 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Covington Regional Ballet heads down the rabbit hole

The curtains open on the Covington Regional Ballet's interpretation of Alice in Wonderland on April 30 at Newton High School.

April 23, 2016 | Lily Mayfield | LOCAL


Newton baseball team set for playoffs

The regular season has officially ended for Region 2-AAAAA baseball. Newton High School joins Rockdale, Lakeside and Tucker as the four teams from the region ...

April 23, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | Newton


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Lawmakers have tough decisions this session

Legislators will be returning to Atlanta soon to convene the 2016 General Assembly session, but this one may have a slightly different feel to it.

January 10, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Belton: Regarding Ga. education: Time to bridge the gap

Teachers in Georgia should be proud that our high school graduation rate is at an all-time high of 79 percent (Newton was even better at 82 percent). Georgians should be pleased that we've increased our education spending last year (up 7 percent) more than any state in the South. But 95 percent of our schools have had to increase class sizes as families flock to Georgia seeking the plentiful jobs we're creating (fourth best in the nation). Because of this influx, net funding per student in Georgia is actually down 17 percent since the recession, moving us down ...

January 10, 2016 | | LOCAL


Where does the trails efforts stand in our area?

Since 1998 a group of our neighbors have been committed to the dream of building a system of trials throughout our communities. They would be there for both recreational opportunities as well as being a part of a viable transportation system. The vision would have the trails connect neighborhoods, schools, commercial centers and parks.

January 10, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Annuity solutions for long term care funding expenses

The problem with how to fund for the risk of Long Term Care expense continues to increase, and the number of lives covered through insurance and premium volume has dropped significantly in the past 12 years. Industry giants like Prudential, MetLife and Allianz have exited the market.

January 10, 2016 | Mike Lassiter | Business


Thanks for a good year

When it comes to politicians, there was a lot to criticize this year. It would be wrong, however, to end the year without noting some people who deserve commendations for what they accomplished in 2015.

January 03, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Government 101: Courageous leaders needed

American University Professors Jennifer Lawless and Richard L. Fox have co-authored a book entitled "Running from Office: Why Young Americans are turned off to politics." They surveyed thousands of high school and college students and conducted interviews with dozens to conclude that today's young Americans care a great deal about their country but they are not interested in a political role for themselves. They view politicians as dishonest and self-serving.

January 03, 2016 | Jerry Roseberry | LOCAL


What really matters to you and your life?

For most of you reading this column today, you are still in the Happy New Year stage of the year. Oh, I know that 2016 started early Friday morning. But for most of us we have not had time to break any resolutions we made or mess up the year too bad yet. So for the next 12 months what really matters to you and your life?

January 03, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Thanks for a good year

When it comes to politicians, there was a lot to criticize this year. It would be wrong, however, to end the year without noting some people who deserve commendations for what they accomplished in 2015.

January 03, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


The upcoming power bills will shock customers

You would think we learned our lesson the first time around - but we didn't.

December 20, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Have you ever thought …

Why do we seem to limit so much of the goodness of Christmas to a few weeks?

December 20, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Johnston: A bright future ahead for Covington

Dear city of Covington residents,

December 19, 2015 | Ronnie Johnston | LOCAL


Eagles blowout Mt. Zion/Lady Eagles wings cut in lopsided loss

Before the holiday break, Eastside basketball hosted a Region 4-AAAA matchup as they hosted the Mt. Zion Bulldogs. The story for both games was certainly identical as it included two lopsided finishes. With the Lady Bulldogs dominating the Lady Eagles 59-19 and the Eastside boys flying past Mt. Zion 83-49 on Tuesday evening.

December 17, 2015 | Javon Dickerson | Eastside


Communication is vital to governing

Newton County has several matters awaiting a decision by the Board of Commissioners. The board has rightfully sought public input and employed citizen committees to study some of the most important items. Now, the time is approaching for the board to wrap up the studying and public meetings and make decisions that only it can make. Those decisions will impact every resident of Newton County, including residents of the municipalities.

December 14, 2015 | Jerry Roseberry | LOCAL


Georgia has its own Grinch for Christmas

It's the Holiday season, a time when people are supposed to be having fun, going to parties, and bestowing good wishes on friends and family.

December 13, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


What is the Grinch all about?

This coming week sees the last of the special Christmas events brought to us by Main Street Covington under the leadership of Velinda Wheeles and her staff for 2015. Both Thursday and Friday nights have been special. The joy and magic of the Christmas season began to arrive with the lighting of the Square with fireworks and this was all before Thanksgiving. And what a season is has been!

December 12, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


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