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Kwanzaa: Honoring community

It was during the peak of the civil rights movement that the cultural holiday of Kwanza was born. Unlike other similar holidays such as Hanukah and Christmas, Kwanzaa is not based upon religious association. This holiday was created to celebrate the life and the heritage of African culture seen in African and Pan African communities around the world.

December 20, 2014 | Rasheera Dopson-Robinson | RELIGION


Hope for Christmas

When Rebecca Bates shared the news she had stage two breast cancer in the spring of 2013, her family was worried. For the next year, her husband, Kevin Bates, and children, Gavin and Grace, now 11 and 9 respectively, struggled with their fears as they supported her through chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

December 20, 2014 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Roots that run deep

Oxford is the only city of its kind.

December 20, 2014 | Randy Schafer | LOCAL


Don't forget food safety this holiday

Let the celebrating begin! During this time of year, our social calendars fill with meals with friends and family at favorite restaurants and at our own homes. We know that restaurants get a health inspection every year, but what about our own kitchen? Or the Christmas party at the boss's house?

December 20, 2014 | Hosanna Fletcher | Health


Have you ever thought

As Christmas fast approaches, you will see in some yards and on the back of some cars a sign or decal exhorting passerby to "Keep Christ in Christmas."

December 19, 2014 | B. Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Keeping the faith

Making a fundamental change in your lifestyle – one that's going to stick – is not always easy. Even when you are strongly motivated and committed to the challenge, you may experience periods of doubt. I have found that the key to handling those down moments is what I have made my new mantra: Keep the Faith.

December 19, 2014 | Reginald Franklin | Health


Springfield Baptist food giveaway Dec. 16-19

UPDATE: Springfield Baptist's 100,000 pounds of food was fully distributed by Wednesday, Dec. 17. SBC holds a free food distribution once every three months.

December 15, 2014 | | LOCAL


Redskins runner- up in Panther Invitational

Last year Social Circle High School Varsity Wrestling team won the Panther Invitational with Jefferson as runner-up. This year Jefferson won the two day event, at Jackson County High School with the Redskins finishing in second place. The Panther Invitational is a traditional tournament loaded with talented wrestling programs from all over the state including South Carolina (25 teams).

December 13, 2014 | Staff Report | Social Circle


Japan looks back

Japan is working hard at forgetting. Its prime minister, Shinzo Abe, suggests in code-talk that Japan was the victim of World War II - no war criminals at all, thank you - and its influential conservative press, with a wink from the government, is determined to whitewash the country's use of sex slaves during the war. This sort of thing can be catching. Maybe others will forget why they consider Japan a friend.

December 13, 2014 | Richard Cohen | Columnists


Lassiter: Receiving additional social security benefits

This article was drafted during the Thanksgiving holidays and on returning home, I noticed that many of these suggestions are in the January 2015 issue of Kiplinger's Personal Finance. Although all of this information is readily available in my profession, I feel that it's proper to cite this publication.

December 13, 2014 | Mike Lassiter | Business


Covington wine boutique expands shop

The jugs are dark brown glass and inscribed with the name of the store. Called "growlers," the jugs come in half-gallon and gallon sizes and hold a customer's chosen craft beer from the selection offered at The Cork Boutique.

December 13, 2014 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


What do those Red Kettles you see at Christmastime mean?

Starting in November, all across our nation, Red Kettles from the Salvation Army began to appear as they do each year. It has grown from the start in San Francisco in 1891.

December 13, 2014 | B. Wiley Stephens | LIVING


It's not too late to vaccinate

The holiday season brings celebrations with lots of food, fun, friends and family. If you are lucky, you might get to bring home leftovers. If you are not so lucky, you might bring home a cold, or worse, the flu.

December 13, 2014 | Hosanna Fletcher | LOCAL


Cooking with Melanie: Grape Salad

Ingredients:

December 09, 2014 | Melanie Thompson | Cooking with Melanie


Social Circle dominates at Parkview

The Social Circle High School Wrestling team started its season off by winning the Parkview Thanksgiving Duals tournament last Wednesday with a perfect 5-0 record. The tourney hosted by Parkview High School had 12 schools participating in the highly touted event (Alexander, Brookwood, Duluth, East Coweta, Habersham Central, Hiram, Luella, Parkview, Peachtree Ridge, Social Circle, Union Grove and West Oak, S.C.).

December 07, 2014 | Staff Report | Social Circle


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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


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


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