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The Basic Annuity – Fixed Interest

If you want a guaranteed rate of return and don't need your income until a later date, a fixed interest annuity might be for you. Interest rates are at the level they were in the 1950's and this also has negatively affected certificates of deposit.

April 26, 2015 | Mike Lassiter | Business


About the FFA-FCCLA Center?

When you pass by the entrance to the FFA-FCCLA Center, have you ever thought what in the world happens there?

April 26, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LOCAL


First graduate of resource court program recognized

It seemed appropriate that Daniel Pittman wore a T-shirt with the word "Hope" emblazoned on it.

April 26, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Porterdale to install restrooms in park

Kayakers, hikers and picnickers will be relieved to learn that the City of Porterdale will move forward with installing portable toilets in Yellow River Park this summer.

April 25, 2015 | Sandra Brands | Porterdale


Armed robbery at CVS, suspect escapes

Conyers Police were investigating an armed robbery that occured Thursday morning at the CVS Pharmacy located at 1541 Ga. Highway 20, Conyers.

April 23, 2015 | | LOCAL


Mills enters the record books

A full throated roar of victory and more than a few tears erupted as adaptive athlete Michael Mills successfully pulled a 4,000 pound Honda Pilot SUV across more than 330 feet in a wheelchair for a Guinness world record attempt on Saturday. The event, a fundraiser for the Bert's Big Adventure charity for children with terminal illnesses, was held at the Etowah Crossfit's Festivus Games in Woodstock, Ga. Mills team of family, friends, fellow adaptive athletes and supporters, identified as Team "Dirtbags," also carried the flag for non-profits such as More Heart than Scars, for adaptive athletes ...

April 23, 2015 | | DIGITAL NEWSPAPER


Teenager, Interrupted

What your growing child needs from you, right now.

April 19, 2015 | Kaitlynn Mockett | Education


Why our YMCA is so special?

I was very pleasantly surprised to find such a strong and vibrant YMCA program as offered by our local Family YMCA. It is very unusual to find such a strong program in our size town. It was founded by some far-sighted citizens in 1986. It had its beginning with an after school program and some exercise classes for adults. The Y began in the small building beside the main facility that is now used for afterschool care. It is located at 2140 Newton Drive.

April 19, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Not too busy to buckle

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 7:30am (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.

April 19, 2015 | Hosanna Fletcher | Health


Tom Garrett leaves for Barrow County

Newton County Manager Tom Garrett will be stepping down from his position next month to become the public works director for Barrow County.

April 15, 2015 | Stanley Dunlap Meris Lutz | LOCAL


How does our community respond to Child Abuse?

Did you know that one out of six boys and one out of four girls will be abused before their 18th birthday? This is a threat to their future and all the lives they touch. One of our area's response to this challenge is "A Child's Voice". This is the children advocacy center located in Social Circle. It serves Newton, Walton and surrounding counties.

April 12, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Strike the right balance in your diet

"Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you…" That is a song we all like to sing because it means birthday cake is coming! Today is my daughter's birthday and Saturday is my son's birthday so we get to have birthday cake TWICE this week!

April 12, 2015 | Hosanna Fletcher | Health


Ellis’s removal of Neuhierl

Dear editor,

April 12, 2015 | | Letters


First session finishes with a flourish

The last day of my first session was thrilling and exhausting. I worked from 7 in the morning to midnight to get "Kelsey's Law" over the finish line. Only 13 minutes remained before the official "Sine Die" when all work must cease until next year. But I am incredibly grateful that my work, and the work of Newton Representatives Pam Dickerson and Doug Holt before me, finally came to fruition after four long years. More importantly, I am humbled to be just a small part of courageous Kelsey's fight to protect fellow teenage girls.

April 12, 2015 | Dave Belton | Columnists


Gay rights movement is totalitarian

The gay rights movement has tended to be a well-choreographed stage production over the last number of decades. Over time, behind the scenes, they pushed hard for gay characters in film and television. They pushed gay actors out of the closet and encouraged celebrations of diversity.

April 12, 2015 | Erick Erickson | Columnists


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32 years of memories up in flames, but faith in God remains

In February 1980, more than 33 years ago, my husband and I purchased a home in the Settlers Grove neighborhood. Our daughter Katrina Elizabeth was just a toddler.

March 02, 2013 | Elizabeth Partridge-Godfrey Special to the News | LOCAL


Holt: Ga. House tackles lobbyist and ethics bills

The House considered 40 bills and resolutions last week, as we closed in on what is known as "crossover day." Crossover day is legislative day 30, and is the last day a bill or resolution can pass from its home chamber to the other chamber of the General Assembly. With hundreds of pieces of legislation now in the system, the competition to get bills across before the deadline makes for a frenzied atmosphere.

March 02, 2013 | Doug Holt Guest Columnist | Columnists


Should you send that text?

Did you know that the number one killer of teenagers is car accidents? While there are a multitude of reasons that contribute to the leading cause of death among teens, one of the most prevalent reasons is texting while driving.

February 28, 2013 | Alexis Duffey | LOCAL


Helping nonprofits thrive

Food and fellowship kicked off the fifth annual Newton Fund's grantee reception Tuesday night at Twelve Oaks Bed and Breakfast in Covington.

February 28, 2013 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


Freeze warning overnight

There is a freeze warning in effect from midnight to about 9 a.m. Friday morning for most of north and central Georgia, including Rockdale and Newton counties. Temperatures may dip to the lower 30s. Gardeners and farmers are warned to take precautions for sensitive or newly budded plants.

February 28, 2013 | | LOCAL


Covington through the camera: Ann Wildmon

Editor's note: We're kicking off a new photo series today, courtesy of our photographer about town, Darrell Everidge. He'll be taking photos of local people wherever he finds them, at the park, in shops or strolling through their neighborhoods. His goal is to capture all the slices of life that make up Covington. So if you see him around, wave and chat him up for a minute.

February 26, 2013 | By Darrell Everidge news@covnews.com | LOCAL


Holt: A view from the House

Last week, we crossed the halfway mark for the legislative session. The pace is really picking up, with the second half promising to be very intense. The House voted on 22 bills and resolutions during the week. Most were fairly minor issues or housekeeping measures, though we did pass two bills to restructure MARTA, which were obviously significant for folks inside the perimeter.

February 23, 2013 | Doug Holt Guest Columnist | Columnists


A view from the Georgia House

The House again saw only a handful of bills during our third week, but that situation won't last long, since the committees have begun to pump out a steady stream of new legislation. Our main work was getting out the "little budget," as the bill to adjust the current, fiscal year 2013 budget is called. This bill makes adjustments to reflect the actual rate at which revenue is coming in, and is also used to alter priorities on some programs. Revenue is off very slightly from projections (by less than 1 percent), so that part of the adjustment was ...

February 14, 2013 | Doug Holt | Columnists


Training calves is a lot of work

Eastside High School FFA is proud of our Livestock Show Team members. We are fortunate to have some of the top livestock competitors in the state of Georgia. Livestock showing is what most people think about when they think FFA. While it is true there are many students who show livestock, there is more to it than what you see on the surface.

February 14, 2013 | Shannon Lawrence | Education


Meet Eastside's equine competitors

Eastside is fortunate to have several equestrians who are very competitive on the state and national level of horse showing. We have a wide variety of equine enthusiasts from Western Pleasure and English Equitation to Barrel Racing competitors.

February 14, 2013 | Shannon Lawrence | Education


Local FFA chapter set to grow

GROW is the 2013 theme for the National FFA Organization. At Eastside High School, we take this theme seriously and hope to GROW our FFA chapter and the students' involvement at the school, county, region, state and national level.

February 14, 2013 | Shannon Lawrence | Education


Single vehicle crash kills one on Saturday

IN BRIEF: A single-vehicle crash reportedly killed one person and sent another to the hospital on Saturday early morning. The crash reportedly occured on Costley Mill Road near Ga. Highway 138 in Rockdale County around 4:30 a.m. The passenger of the vehicle was killed and the driver was reportedly taken to an Atlanta area hospital. Check back for more information later.

February 11, 2013 | | LOCAL


Flash flood watch downgraded to flood watch

UPDATED: The Flash Flood watch issued by the National Weather Service has been replaced with a flood watch for the following counties until Wedneday:

February 11, 2013 | | NATION/WORLD


Welcome to the circus!

The Walker International Events circus came to Covington Tuesday and put on a show for locals, including acrobats, jugglers, lion tamers and elephant riders.

February 06, 2013 | By Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


Chung inspired by Obama

Last month, President Barack Obama addressed the nation in his second inaugural speech and said, "America's possibilities are limitless." It was not just American citizens who were listening to him; but his words resonated with the rest of the world as well. People of different backgrounds, cultures, and countries all tuned in to see what President Obama had to say about the next four years. One of those spectators that day was Oxford College sophomore Won Chung.

February 05, 2013 | Nicole Goetz | Education


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