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How the state title was won

The Social Circle High School wrestling team won the 2-AA GHSATeam Dual Championship last Saturday at the Macon Centreplex. The Redskins won in exciting fashion over Bremen 35 to 31 to take the state title for the first time in school history. The SCHS team bus was escorted into town after the victory by the Social Circle City Police at around 8:00 p.m. Saturday night with flashing blue lights and sirens where a crowd of 200-300 residents cheered on the team as traffic was blocked by a Social Circle City fire truck.

January 25, 2015 | Staff Report | Social Circle


Believing in public education

The General Assembly did not meet this week, so I thought I would talk about why I believe so much in public education.

January 25, 2015 | Dave Belton | OPINION


The sneaky thief of sight

I have to admit something: I grew up in an era that made fun of kids with glasses. Especially big, thick ones. Now these thick, dark frames are all the rage. So the last time I went to the eye doctor, I had a hard time picking out frames because all I saw were big, thick, dark frames, until I found these lovely red ones (yes red!).

January 24, 2015 | Hosanna Fletcher | Health


YMCA gets new treadmills

As Newton County is growing and developing, so is the local YMCA. Located on 2140 Newton Drive Northeast, the YMCA has received several new treadmills that will replace old ones.

January 24, 2015 | Mikayla Newton | Health


Pancake Day(?)

Most people may see pancakes as a delicious flat cake that we devour with some syrup, but did you know that it has some religious significance to it? Shrove Tuesday, or known as Pancake Day, uses pancakes to celebrate the last day of Carnival, Mardi Gras and preceding Lent. Pancakes are usually associated with Shrove Tuesday because it was a way for people to give up certain foods like eggs, milk, flour and sugar for Lent.

January 24, 2015 | Javon Dickerson | RELIGION


Gold Dome update from Sen. Jeffares

The Gold Dome started buzzing once again on Monday as Senators and Representatives gathered in their chambers to mark the beginning of the 153rd Legislative Session.

January 19, 2015 | Rick Jeffares | STATE


Best of the Best: Twelve Oaks

In less than four years, the antebellum mansion on Monticello Street went from being a faded grand dame to an award-winning Southern belle welcoming visitors from around the world.

January 18, 2015 | Sandra Brands | Business


Melanie's Awesome Alfredo

"I love this rich and creamy alfredo. It's an easy recipe that is so delicious and is sure to impress your family or dinner guests! Why go to a fancy restaurant and spend lots of money for something you can make at home? I promise you will be glad you tried this. My Alfredo sauce is quick, easy, and delicious!"

January 18, 2015 | Melanie Thompson | Cooking with Melanie


Beating the winter blues

The sun will rise at 7:41 a.m. on Monday. And it will set at 5:46 a.m. that same day. That means that we will have 10 hours of daylight on Monday. We have already passed the shortest day of the year – the winter solstice was on December 21. With the recent grey and rainy weather of the past couple weeks, it may seem like these are all short days of daylight, if we even see the sun at all. I recently was asked by a friend if London had relocated to Covington. I then had to ...

January 18, 2015 | Hosanna Fletcher | Health


Belton: Wading through the first week

My first week of legislative "work" is complete, and it has been a whirlwind. It is hard to imagine how any person can meet so many people and deal with so many issues so quickly. Luckily, I have a very good mentor in former Representative Doug Holt who is helping me wade through the distractions.

January 18, 2015 | Dave Belton | Columnists


Social Circle wins state

Social Circle defeated Bremen 35-31 to win the 2014-2015 GHSA class AA team dual wrestling championship. This is the first time in Social Circle wrestling history that they've won the state championship.

January 17, 2015 | Staff Report | Social Circle


Playing for Keeps: New Year’s resolutions that last

Here we are in the New Year, and if you're like most people, you've made resolutions to lose weight, eat better, get more exercise, and generally take better care of yourself.

January 16, 2015 | Christine Myers | Health


Thoughts headed into 2015 legislative session

Representative Doug Holt did a wonderful job keeping you up to date, writing weekly letters during the legislative session.

January 10, 2015 | | LOCAL


Attaining Financial Independence

The easiest question you will have to answer this year is "Do you want to have financial independence at retirement? If your answer is "no," please return to your favorite television show and enjoy your day.

January 10, 2015 | Mike Lassiter | Business


A jump start for employment

It is part of the incentive package the state offered to attract one of the leading healthcare industries to Covington: Georgia Quick Start would build a training facility near the new Baxter campus and offer customized training to its employees.

January 10, 2015 | | Business


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A local view from the Georgia House

During the second week of the legislative session, the House began moving a bit faster as the first few bills came out of the committee system. We voted on three measures on the House floor, the most important of which by far was SB 24, the "Hospital Medicaid Financing Program Act," also known derisively as the "bed tax." This tax, which was first passed three years ago, will reach the end of its authorization in July. It is a levy hospitals must pay as a percentage of revenue. The proceeds are then used, in combination with federal matching funds, to ...

February 02, 2013 | By Doug Holt | News Columnists


The week that was in the state Senate

This week the Georgia General Assembly reconvened after a one-week recess to review Governor Nathan Deal's recommendations for the Amended FY13 Budget and FY14 Budget. We are on Day 9 of the 2013 session, but already my colleagues and I are hard at work filing legislation, meeting with our committees, and listening to the needs of our constituents.

February 02, 2013 | By Rick Jeffares | Columnists


Council still split on city manager

Covington still has no city manager, as the Covington City Council did not vote on anything Tuesday night following an hour-long executive session.

January 29, 2013 | By Gabriel Khouli and Danielle Everson news@covnews.com | Covington


Alert issued for missing 16-year-old girl

Conyers Police have issued a runaway juvenile alert for a mentally challenged 16-year-old Conyers girl missing since Jan. 22.

January 25, 2013 | | LOCAL


Snapping Shoals scholarship deadline Feb. 8

Deadlines for Snapping Shoals EMC scholarships are quickly approaching. Full details and applications can be found at www.ssemc.com. The deadline is February 8. Members may also call 770-385-2888 to have applications mailed to them.

January 25, 2013 | | Education


Letter: Treadwell’s abilities superb

Dear Editor:

January 24, 2013 | J. Virgil Costley Jr. | Letters


Caldwell: Seeking unity

The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., once said, "It is appalling that the most segregated hour of Christian America is 11 o'clock on Sunday morning." Indeed his quote still holds true today. I would argue, however, that it is far worse. Not only are those who profess faith in Christ separated in most churches by the color of their skin, they are separated by much more. We are far quicker to tell you what denomination we are than to tell you of the Christ we follow.

January 24, 2013 | Chad Caldwell Guest Columnist | Columnists


Brake failure ruled out in school bus crash in Newton

Inspections by the Georgia State patrol and state Department of Public Safety concluded that the brakes did not fail in a crash of two Newton County school buses on Tuesday.

January 24, 2013 | | LOCAL


Prayer vigil for family that lost 4 children to fire

UPDATE: Investigators concluded there were no working smoke detectors in the two story, two bedroom duplex that went up in flames and killed four children on Tuesday.

January 10, 2013 | | LOCAL


Four children die in Conyers house fire

UPDATE: (Jan. 9, 7:22 p.m.) The family and the victims killed in Tuesday's fire have been identified.

January 09, 2013 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Road work costs to rise in 2013

The effects of failed transportation sales tax, also known as T-SPLOST, votes across Georgia on July 31 are now being seen on city and county government ledgers.

January 05, 2013 | By Jeff Gill Special to The News | LOCAL


Dangling over the fiscal cliff

Let me get this clear in my mind: we have avoided the fiscal cliff but not avoided the fiscal cliff because what was done prevents a supposed disaster but ultimately did not do enough and the danger is still with us.

January 05, 2013 | By Ric Latarski | Columnists


Burnham: You can never fool God

"You can fool some of the people some of the time, but you can't fool all the people, all of the time."

We have all heard that quote, but here is another: "You can never fool God or yourself." Those two always know the "real" truth. So, let's ask the tough question, "Are you for real?" Or you do look like you have it all together on the outside, but on the inside you're not who others really think you are? May I remind you, God sees and knows all things. His name "El Shaddi" means "One ...

January 03, 2013 | William Burnham Pastor of Point of Grace Church | Columnists


Seminar to help farmers’ exporting decisions

For farmers, the decision to start exporting produce can be daunting or even confusing.

December 29, 2012 | By Michael Wheeler | LOCAL


Tax exemption helps ag producers save money

At more than $3 a gallon, buying 300 gallons of diesel fuel isn't cheap, but it's necessary for Scott Glover to run his dairy and creamery. After Jan. 1, the price tag for all that fuel - along with any other products used in production at Mountain Fresh Creamery and Glo-Crest Dairy in Clermont - will be tax exempt.

December 29, 2012 | By Matt Chambers | LOCAL


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