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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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House 113 headed for Aug 21 runoff

The House District 113 race will be determined in the August 21 run-off election after incumbent Pamela Dickerson received 42 percent of the Democratic votes (1,959 votes) and Sharon Sawyer received 32.47 percent (1,512 votes).

August 01, 2012 | | Election


Pastor faces incumbent Congressman for Fourth Congressional District

Three-term District Four Congressman Hank Johnson will face Republican Chris Vaughn in November after defeating two local candidates in the Democratic Primary. Johnson earned nearly 77% of the votes with 52,903 votes versus Courtney Dillard's 13,118 votes and 2,724 for Lincoln Nunnally.

August 01, 2012 | | Election


Ketchem: Obsessed about the middle class

Dear Editor: "Most prominently, we have a president who talks incessantly about class, particularly the middle class." This is what Jon Kyl, R-Arizona, said about President Obama recently. House Republicans could give 98 percent of Americans a tax cut right now, but instead they're holding the middle-class tax cut hostage unless they can give an extra cut to the to 2 percent.

July 28, 2012 | Dustin Ketchem | Letters


Willis: Dowdy campaign

Dear Editor: The letter from Tyler Collum that was published in Wednesday's Covington News is confusing. I don't know Mr. Collum or his connection to the Dowdy campaign, but I do know Dan Walden and know him to be a man who loves his community. I met Mr. Walden through his work at First Presbyterian Church and worked with him on the Board of Directors of the Main Street organization.

July 28, 2012 | Scott Willis | Letters


Shattuck: Who are our students?

In conversations with administrators and teachers, often the topic is about the nature of today's students. A conclusion is that today's students are different in several ways from students of previous generations. The big difference is that today's students were born into the Digital Age. Today's students are Digital Natives.

Digital Natives use digital technology. Dr. Mathews, the Superintendent of Newton County Schools, reminds teachers and administrators that technology is the way our students produce and consume knowledge. As a result, the school system needs to provide technology resources and opportunities through technology-connected lessons. This will ...

July 28, 2012 | Gary Shattuck NCSS Technology director | Education


Dorward: If these walls could talk

For many years, I had a recurring dream about a house. The dream would always begin with me walking through the woods, trying to find my way home. Branches veiled the moonlight, and as I came to a clearing, there it was, looming large and safe. I knew every closet, every corner, every keyhole. Then, years ago, the dreams tapered away and the image became faded and forgotten, tucked away like an old photo album.

I was house hunting on the Internet the first time I saw Orna Villa, the historic Greek Revival home built in 1820 by Dr. Alexander ...

July 28, 2012 | Lisa Dorward | LOCAL


Challengers lose SSEMC board bid

All three challengers who petitioned to get their names on the ballot for the Snapping Shoals EMC Board of Directors lost their bids in a landslide but brought higher than average turnout.

July 26, 2012 | | LOCAL


Social Circle woman celebrates 112 birthday

The memories and tales were told with laughter and smiles as I listened to Mattie's friends and family as they shared the stories of years past. This July marks the 112th year Mattie Crutchfield Bates has been blessed to make her life's memories.

Mattie was born July 28, 1900, just three years after the world's current oldest living person Besse Cooper.

July 24, 2012 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


Principals from the private sector?

By next school year, school-level leadership could come from the private sector.

July 24, 2012 | By Lee Johnson | LOCAL


County moves forward with museum

The Newton County Board of Commissioners moved forward with the restoration of the historic Brick Store building and approved several grants at Tuesday's meeting.

The board unanimously approved spending $189,000 of a previous $250,000 state grant for the restoration Brick Store, located on U.S. Highway 278 about half a mile east of the intersection of Ga. Highway 11. The low bid came in from John W. Spratlin & Son.

July 19, 2012 | Jared Williams | LOCAL


Snapping vote

Dear Editor: I recall an old story about a wolf in sheep's clothing. The folks attacking Snapping Shoals EMC put on a smiling face and act like they care about us, but the more I look into the radical environmental organizations that are behind the anti-coal efforts, the more fishy things smell.

Snapping Shoals has a long history of good management. As proof I'll offer the fact that our electrical rates are some of the lowest in Georgia. It makes me angry when folks tell lies about my co-op. They say they want to save me money, but ...

July 14, 2012 | Aubrey Harvey | Letters


Wasteful spending

Dear Editor: Today, one out of every two people in this country is living in poverty. Forty-six million are living on food stamps. Two out every five are living below the poverty line. As a matter of fact, worldwide 1.4 billion of us live on less than $1.25 a day; 25,000 children die daily because of poverty.

July 14, 2012 | Hosea Jackson | Letters


Celebrate freedom

Dear Editor: In the midst of gatherings of family and friends, fireworks, cookouts and other 4th of July celebrations, it was good to read The Covington News' emphasis on Independence Day. Years of struggle and wars to preserve our freedom were in several features. Of special interest were stories of our own Lt. Col. George Stamps and the pilot who flew 22 fallen Seals home.

Margie G. Cline

July 14, 2012 | Margie G. Cline | Letters


Thank you

Dear Editor: We want to thank Hobby Lobby for getting all the information together in the article, "In God we trust," and The Covington News for featuring it in the July 4 paper. That information was just what we needed in these times when so many of our leaders seem to be moving away from our heritage. You and Hobby Lobby have done Newton County and our country a great service, and we are indeed grateful.

July 14, 2012 | Billy V. and Nancy S. Morris | Letters


Judge and coroner candidates speak

Two of the lesser publicized local races are Alcovy Judicial Circuit Superior Court judge and county coroner. Candidates for both seats spoke at a Democratic party forum this week.

July 14, 2012 | Danielle Everson Special to The News | LOCAL


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