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Shopping small businesses Saturday

At this year's Lighting of the Tree event on the Covington Square, visitors could stop at a table displaying promotions for "Shop small, shop local."

November 24, 2014 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Why Thanksgiving?

Is our national observance of Thanksgiving a religious holiday? Where is it mostly celebrated? When did it start? What are some of the ways we observe Thanksgiving?

November 22, 2014 | B. Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Get to know your family history this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is next week. Christmas arrived in Covington on Thursday (with the lighting of the Square) but still… let's not forget about Thanksgiving! This is one of my favorite holidays.

November 22, 2014 | Hosanna Fletcher | Health


Questions of character

Beverly Gage, a Yale historian, was researching a biography of J. Edgar Hoover in the National Archives when she came across the infamous letter the FBI had written to Martin Luther King Jr., outlining in the crudest form his extramarital escapades and suggesting, King concluded, that he kill himself: "There is only one thing left for you to do. You know what it is." King did nothing, but the FBI acted. It leaked its dirt to the press.

November 22, 2014 | Richard Cohen | Columnists


A bigger, better place to care for pets

It's just around the corner, less than half a mile away, but when the building is finished in January it will almost double Well Spring Animal Hospital's existing space. That means, veterinarian Dr. Laura Thomas and her staff will be able to care for more dog and cat patients.

November 22, 2014 | Sandra Brands | Business


Cooking with Melanie: Bacon and Beans

"Who doesn't love bacon? This is a great way to get your teens to eat their greens. These green beans wrapped in bacon will be a nice addition to your family feast. Thanksgiving guests will be pleasantly surprised when you serve these fancy looking green beans instead of plain old boring green beans. I hope you enjoy this simple and delicious recipe. It is one of my family's favorites and hopefully your family will love it too!"

November 17, 2014 | Melanie Thompson | Cooking with Melanie


Our dreams may come true in ways we never expected

I was born and grew up in Athens, Georgia.

November 17, 2014 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Cooking with Melanie: S'mores Cake Bars

"I love smores! This is my creative twist on an old favorite snack. This recipe is so simple and delicious. For this recipe you can use white chocolate or milk chocolate chips, although I prefer the white chocolate for this one. No sticky sticks, just ooey-gooey goodness! I hope you enjoy my S'mores Cake Bars."

November 17, 2014 | Melanie Thompson | Cooking with Melanie


The Great American Smokeout

Last week, a friend of mine ended up in the hospital. He is a healthy looking 20-something and he was suffering from atrial fibrillation. With a pulse of 192, his heart was racing and he had passed out twice earlier in the morning. His body was sending him some SERIOUS signals. The first thing his doctor said was that he needed to quit smoking.

November 15, 2014 | Hosanna Fletcher | Health


A church of the community

Today, Good Hope Baptist Church is honoring Pastor E.J. Tomlinson and his dedication to the ministry for over 32 years. Coming into the ministry at the tender age of 25, Tomlinson says he was a young boy who has grown with this ministry. His long time wife of 28 years, Stephanie, and their dear son, Cornelius, have stood by Pastor Tomlinson as he has watched the face of his congregation transform over the years. Tomlinson has been noted as the 3rd longest person to pastor over a single congregation in Newton County.

November 15, 2014 | Rasheera Dopson-Robinson | RELIGION


The audacity of arrogance

In the week following the shellacking of his party in the midterm elections, one might think that President Barack Obama would be conciliatory and humble. Instead, he has continued to be audacious - but with arrogance rather than hope.

November 15, 2014 | Jackie Gingrich-Cushman | Columnists


Bear Creek Reservoir: What should we do now?

Dear editor,

November 15, 2014 | Wesley Dowly, Barbara Morgan, Larry McSwain, David Waller | Letters


Wild at heart

The finishing touches are being put in place and local artists are arriving to set up displays of their art.

November 15, 2014 | Sandra Brands | Business


Dear Newton citizens: Thank you

Dear Newton citizens,

November 15, 2014 | Dave Belton | Letters


GPC shows slight enrollment increase

Georgia Perimeter College's fall 2014 student enrollment showed a 1.2 percent increase over fall 2013, with 21,371 students signing up for classes. The increase reverses a two-year trend that also has been experienced by other institutions of higher education.

November 15, 2014 | | Education


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Burnham: Losing your worship

Have you ever lost something under the sofa? You know that feeling you get when you drop something and it rolls (almost as if in slow motion) right up under there? Down we go scrambling on our hands and knees (with a flashlight or broom handle) in search of that lost item. Oh, I wish God's people would go in search of their worship that way.

You may say, "My worship isn't lost, I go to church." But that's the point. So many have lost their worship and don't even realize it. We go to church ...

August 30, 2012 | William Burnham | RELIGION


Akin’s proclamation on rape pregnancy

Dear Editor: Three things are disturbing to me about the Akin proclamation on pregnancy from rape. One is that it implies that rape victims who become pregnant are really liars and willing participants. That is a myth frequently suggested by rapists in court. Two is that what Akin and Dr. Willkie, his source, assert is true was scientifically disproven by a Medical University of South Carolina study published in 1996 (see http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8765248). Three, that asserting populist hypotheses as fact even when contradicted by data collection and analysis appears to be a Republican tendency.

August 28, 2012 | Chris Roesel | Letters


Empire State shooter had Ga. ties

The man who killed a former co-worker at the Empire State Building in New York kept busy at Gainesville High School before graduating in 1971.

August 27, 2012 | By Jeff Gill jgill@gainesvilletimes.com | STATE


Ga. superintendent seeks student advisors

State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge is accepting applications for the 2012-2013 Student Advisory Council.

August 27, 2012 | | Education


Newton County Reads names new chair

Newton County Reads, a nonprofit, community service organization, has taught adults in Newton County to read since 2000. Their free classes in basic reading skills and GED preparation are conducted through small group instruction and one-on-one tutoring at six locations throughout the county, providing program access to Newton County residents in their own neighborhoods.

August 25, 2012 | Lisa Dorward Special to The News | LOCAL


Directing Discouragement

Many begin their Christian walk with great confidence and a boldness that believes we can do anything through Christ. But then it happens.

August 23, 2012 | William Burnham | Columnists


‘Quilters’ preserves our history

The aroma of buttery popcorn, accompanied by smiles and warm hellos from Social Circle Theater staff, welcomed guests from Walton, Clarke, Newton, Rockdale and surrounding counties as they poured in to see the Aug. 12, Saturday afternoon performance of "Quilters," a historical musical written by Molly Newman and Barbara Damashek.

August 16, 2012 | Colleen Jackson | Social Circle


Retraction of Walker’s Bend letter

This letter is a retraction of the comments noted in a letter published in The Covington News last week. I first must offer my apologies to the parties named in my letter regarding the project at Walker's Bend.

August 14, 2012 | Samuel M. Hay, III | Letters


Update: I-20 reopened after two crashes

UPDATE: Interstate 20 westbound was reopened around 7:30 p.m.

August 11, 2012 | | LOCAL


Newton Library

Dear Editor: How in the world did the library get this bad? Just a few years back, Newton County had the number one library in the state of Georgia. Where are we now? Closing the doors? The blame lies with the Board of Trustees. The person they hired from Waycross is not doing her job nor are you. You had people already on your staff, darn good people. Now most are gone. Thanks from an angry person who uses the library a lot.

August 11, 2012 | Edmund G. Cowan | Letters


Local musician draws a big crowd

The rain held off as the crowd gathered for the second friday concert on the square. People of all ages carrying lounge chairs, blankets and coolers staked out a spot on the grassy lawn. Children played with balloons and frisbees, as parents visited with neighbors and friends.

August 11, 2012 | Darrell Everidge | Covington


Drought could take toll on Ga. poultry

Georgia, struggling with a drought of its own, also has to worry about earth-parched conditions in other states, particularly the Corn Belt states of the Midwest.

August 06, 2012 | By Jeff Gill jgill@gainesvilletimes.com | STATE


Unveil Yellow River’s hidden gems

Residents interested in experiencing wildlife can participate in the event "Unveiling the Hidden Gems of Metro Atlanta" from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept.15.

August 04, 2012 | By Elizabeth Park | LOCAL


What Happened?

The last several weeks have been a time to reflect on all the calls and emails I have received concerning our ever degrading conditions at the Newton County Libraries. I cannot imagine walking into a library as a child or even as an adult and not be stunned at the disgrace some would refer to as a "Library."

August 04, 2012 | By Sam Hay | Letters


Library Funding

We all know our elected officials and Newton County Library Board of Trustees and its staff have struggled with the issues of agency funding and specifically the library for months now. We know the monies are precious and lean and I respect your difficult decisions. When I attended the board meeting on Thursday with about 30 others, I saw that these are people who have long been dedicated to this cause, but need the help of citizens to go further. I, like many, often don't see these struggles because I don't attend the meetings and follow the issues ...

August 04, 2012 | By Tamela Mills | Letters


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