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Don’t be too busy to buckle up

The week after Spring Break is always a hard transition in my household. It is like a taste of summer hours - we stay outside until dark, go to bed late, and get up at 7:30 a.m. (which is late in our house!). So when reality hits and we get back to our school days routine, we inevitably have a few bumpy mornings.

July 26, 2015 | Hosanna Fletcher | Health


Don't be too busy to buckle up

The week after Spring Break is always a hard transition in my household. It is like a taste of summer hours - we stay outside until dark, go to bed late, and get up at 7:30 a.m. (which is late in our house!). So when reality hits and we get back to our school days routine, we inevitably have a few bumpy mornings.

July 26, 2015 | Hosanna Fletcher | Health


Have you ever thought?

There is an old saying, "When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on." The point I think is that if we can hold on, we may find a way to get around the problem that made it seem that we were at the end of our rope. If we don't find a way to hang on, there is no hope. The challenge is to seek new possibilities and to find a way through.

July 26, 2015 | B. Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Keeping K-9 dogs cool in summer

Because dogs can only cool themselves by panting and by sweating through their paw pads, a closed, hot car can be like an oven, allowing little ventilation and suffocating heat.

July 26, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Rockdale provides multiple settings for films

The headless horseman rode into town last week, as the cast and crew of Fox's Sleepy Hollow began shooting season three in Rockdale County. The production team has been filming around the community in several different locations, including at a private residence on Main Street and in Olde Towne Conyers. Next week, they will film at some private residences near Ebeneezer Road and GA State Route 212.

July 25, 2015 | | LOCAL


Vacation stress?

It is hot outside. There is no denying that. It is H.O.T. Of course it is - it's July. We are smack dab in the middle of the hottest month of the summer. We are reaching the 90s every day. We are getting heat lightning at night. And we are talking about back to school… wait, what?!?!

July 19, 2015 | Hosanna Fletcher | Health


What in the world is going on with Legion Field?

On Mill Street between Floyd Street and Newton Drive is Legion Field. In a world of development it is a precious piece of green space. It holds memories of fairs dating back to the thirties. Baseball, football, soccer, and yes, cricket have been played in this space. And the exciting news is it is getting a major "redo".

July 19, 2015 | | LIVING


Obama roots for the Terrorists

I struggle to be less provocative than to suggest the president of the United States is rooting for terrorists who would harm us, but consider the evidence. Four Americans, including a Christian pastor and a reporter, have been left behind in Iran. The president specifically said they were not part of negotiations that not only lift an arms embargo against Iran, but also let it continue to grow its nuclear capabilities.

July 19, 2015 | Erick Erickson | Columnists


Alleged Ghost Face gangsters go to trial

Requesting a speedy trial, Patty Wanda Green will return to court in September to defend against charges of racketeering and conspiracy to commit murder.

July 19, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Thinking of chickens in your back yard?

On one hand, proponents believe there are lots of advantages to hosting chickens in the backyard. In fact, the only disadvantage, most people have said, is the amount of work that goes into taking care of them.

July 19, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Porterdale won’t raise mill rate this year

Despite not having the city mill rate change for 2016, some residents of Porterdale will likely see an increase in their property taxes this year.

July 15, 2015 | Sandra Brands | Porterdale


Weekend guide

Atlanta, at once representative of the old South-anything fried is yummy-while being unabashedly open to any and all cuisines from around the world is considered one of the country's top foodie scenes. So, when Downtown Atlanta Restaurant Week comes around, it's a chance to graze a smorgasbord of offerings from 35-plus restaurants, beginning Saturday, July 18, and ending Sunday, July 26. Restaurants offer $15, $25 or $35 brunch, lunch and dinner menus. Participating sponsors Trianon Tequila, BMW and Celebrity Cruises hosts different events. To find out more about the participating restaurants and to make reservations for ...

July 15, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Skin’s go to Disney

Most kids like to go to Disney World for the rides at the Magic Kingdom during the summer holiday, but the Social Circle High School Wrestling team went for a different ride. The ride the Redskins were on led them to the Championship of the AAU Scholastic Duals at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Center in Orlando. The event better known as the Disney Duals, hosts over 120 teams from all over the country. There are 4 (32) team divisions and SCHS dominated their division going undefeated.

July 13, 2015 | Staff Report | Social Circle


Post 32's Mid-season update

The American Legion baseball season has been underway since the beginning of June and the Covington Post #32 A's team has continued their tradition of winning by amassing a record of 11-2 at the mid-season point. The team is once again led by veteran Coach Bill Dallas and his assistant Coach Eddie Bagwell.

July 13, 2015 | Staff Report | Recreation


The Greek crisis and your planning

Today, let's take a break from Bruce Jenner, the Confederate flag, Kim Kardashian's swim suit pictures and other related matters vital to our national security. Instead, let me address something that could be of great relevance to you in your retirement planning, which is the Greek financial crisis and could it work its way across the Atlantic to us.

July 12, 2015 | Mike Lassiter | Business


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McClure Aiken: Closing shoals not the answer

My husband and I live right beside Factory Shoals Park. I have been here for more than 30 years. My husband was born and raised right beside the park; his family has lived and worked the land on and beside Factory Shoals Park for more than 100 years.

June 25, 2013 | | LOCAL


DNR takes aim at rule change Tuesday

More than 2,800 people have spoken publicly on the polarizing issue, with voices ranging from wildlife advocates and park supporters to prosecutors and former state officials.

June 22, 2013 | Jeff Gill The Gainesville Times | SPORTS


Women's Wellness health fair June 22

The public is invited to the second annual Women's Wellness Community Service Event, hosted by State Representative Pam Dickerson (D-Conyers), on Saturday, June 22, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Salem High School, 3551 Underwood Road, Conyers.

June 21, 2013 | | LOCAL


Covington native awarded Army medal

In a recent ceremony in Warner Robins, U.S. Rep. Austin Scott, Eighth District of Georgia, presented the Meritorious Service Medal to retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. William Ike Robertson of Covington.

June 20, 2013 | | LOCAL


Vacation in Covington

For at least one resident of Orlando, Fla., and his family, there is someplace even more magical than Magic Kingdom itself: Covington, Georgia. Move over, Disney World. Covington has a lot to offer as well…at least if one is a fan of any of the TV shows and movies that have filmed in this area.

June 20, 2013 | By Carrie Huenke | LOCAL


NCSS wins public relations awards

The Newton County School System Office of Public Relations has received national recognition for publications produced during the 2012-2013 school year.

June 18, 2013 | | LOCAL


Fishing reports

According to havefunfishing.com, Lake Oconee is full, 80-82 degrees, stained up the rivers and clear on the main lake.

June 15, 2013 | | SPORTS


Clements Middle HonorRoll

The following students were named to the All-Year Honor Roll at Clements Middle School:

June 15, 2013 | | LOCAL


Thanks, Dad

"My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard.

June 15, 2013 | | Our Thoughts


Road work projects this week

The following road maintenance and mowing projects are scheduled from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 17-20, weather permitting:

June 15, 2013 | | LOCAL


Program aids recycling in Covington

The city of Covington and Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful encourage city residents to recycle. The "Streamline" program, which accepts a wide variety of materials and does not require separating, makes curbside recycling easier for city residents.

June 15, 2013 | | LOCAL


Social Circle native makes music run

Taylor Marie steps out of her makeshift performance space in the corner of The Village Grille's main dining room, where she has just finished her second set, alongside lead guitarist Ryan Shafer.

June 13, 2013 | Shane Wilson | LOCAL


Severe thunderstorm warning until 1 a.m.

Update, 9:44 p.m.: Newton County Fire Chief Kevin O'Brien said he has not heard of any significant damage in Newton County but did hear about a small fire resulting from lightning striking a shed off Benton Road.

June 13, 2013 | | LOCAL


Flag Day

"The flag of the United States has not been created by rhetorical sentences in declarations of independence and in bills of rights. It has been created by the experience of a great people, and nothing is written upon it that has not been written by their life. It is the embodiment, not of a sentiment, but of a history."

June 13, 2013 | | Our Thoughts


Meeting tonight

Even though not much notice was given, Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnston has set up a town hall meeting this afternoon to discuss recent happenings in the downtown district, primarily involving the Main Street program, the resignation of its director and the involvement of the Chamber of Commerce.

June 13, 2013 | | Our Thoughts


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