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If it seems like we have been celebrating Independence Day for more than a week, that's because we have. This is the time we celebrate our birth as a nation and the freedoms that we cherish. It seems that we can't get it all into just one day.

July 05, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Mass Hysteria in America

In the 1400s, a nun in a French convent started making sounds like a cat. Other nuns began to do the same. Eventually, they started biting one another. As word of the bitings spread, so, too, did the bitings. They swept through other convents all the way to Rome.

July 05, 2015 | Erick Erickson | Columnists


Hollywood of the South news

In the wake of Nina Dobrev's departure from "The Vampire Diaries," last season, producers are bringing Lily Salvatore (Annie Wersching), mother of Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Stefan (Paul Wesley), back in all her mischief making glory for Season 7. Details are vague, but it's anticipated that Mama Salvatore will shake things up in Mystic Falls.

July 05, 2015 | | LOCAL


Filling the gap for hungry children

Bad enough to be cooped up in the house during the summer because parents are at work and child care is cost prohibitive. But imagine being stuck inside and not having anything to eat.

July 05, 2015 | | LOCAL


Authorities investigating possible anti-gay hate crime in northwestern Forsyth County

NORTHWEST FORSYTH - Authorities say they are treating the burning of a rainbow flag on a vehicle at a northwestern Forsyth County home as an anti-gay hate crime.

June 30, 2015 | Kayla Robins krobins@forsythnews.com | LOCAL


Cripps had no choice after officer tests positive

In early May, Porterdale Police Officer Trevor Jones reported to his chief he was under investigation by the GBI and U. S. Post Office. When the results of a urine test came back positive, Police Chief Jason Cripps said he had no choice.

June 28, 2015 | Sandra Brands | Porterdale


4th of July events sparkle across Newton

COVINGTON- One of the joys of small town Georgia is the town square. It's not just an area where people can shop and eat, but it's a place where they can come together to celebrate holidays, hear seasonal concerts, and take a breather under the trees during a hectic work day.

June 27, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Council re-imagines amenities for Yellow River Park

There have been changes in Porterdale since the plans for Yellow River Park were drawn up in 2011-12.

June 27, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Why we see dogs as man’s best friend?

For centuries dogs have been called man's best friend. Many of us either have dogs as pets or remember with fondness the years that we did. Perhaps it is because in most cases the dogs seem to think a lot more of us than we are really worth. A dog can be a great example of unconditional love. The other day I found a whole new reason to give this title of "best friend" to a dog.

June 27, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Communities gather for Emmanuel 9

Approximately 150 people from churches around Newton County came together Wednesday night at St. Paul's African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Covington to hold vigil for the nine people slain while at prayer services in Charleston last week.

June 25, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


EHS soccer holds 4th annual alumni match

Eighteen current and former Eastside Eagles gathered together Saturday evening at Cousins Middle School to play in the fourth annual Eastside High School Alumni soccer match.

June 24, 2015 | Staff Report | Eastside


Stephens: Why Father's Day

Today is the day that tradition has set aside in our nation as the day we honor our fathers. Though there is no clear history on the day. When we look at the time line, the day came into existence after Mother's Day was first observed.

June 21, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


A Lack of Trust

Neither Donald Trump nor Ben Carson will be president of the United States. Having observed political campaigns actively since 1988, neither campaign has the connections, opinion leader support or organizational abilities to win the nomination. But they are candidates who can throw a wrench in the process.

June 21, 2015 | Erick Erickson | Columnists


Gardening for and as a community

Nothing tastes like a still-warm from the sun, freshly picked beefsteak tomato. It's juicy, red and taste like, well, a tomato.

June 21, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Jimmy Johns to open in Covington by end of summer

As a child, he waited tables in his mother's restaurant. Since then, John Nissan, 25, has worked every station in food service, most recently as a server at Cheddar's Casual Café in Columbus; Locos Grill and Pub in Athens; and Buffalo Wild Wings in Kennesaw.

June 20, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


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Indian Creek Open at Ashton Hills

The Indian Creek Open is back. After a one-year hiatus, the tournament returns to Ashton Hills for the 10th time. Traditionally, the Nema-sponsored Indian Creek Open has been the largest and most successful golf tournament to be held each year in Newton County. The tournament is scheduled to be held on June 8-9.

May 09, 2013 | Bryan Raines Special to The Covington News | Recreation


Alcovy swept out of playoffs

VALDOSTA - Cory Pope gave the Lowndes Vikings everything they needed in game one of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Alcovy Tigers.

May 09, 2013 | Ed Hooper The Valdosta Daily Times | Alcovy


Alcovy swept out of playoffs

VALDOSTA - Cory Pope gave the Lowndes Vikings everything they needed in game one of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Alcovy Tigers. Then in game two, Lowndes' offense came alive and provided plenty of support as the Vikings swept Alcovy 2-0 and 8-1 in the second round of the Class AAAAAA state playoffs at Noel George Field.

May 09, 2013 | Ed Hooper The Valdosta Daily Times | Alcovy


Top seed falls in first round

The No. 1-seed Eastside Eagles were upset by fourth-seed Troup County in the first round of the Class AAAA playoffs Friday.

May 04, 2013 | Xavier McKnight | Eastside


Accident on I-20 west in Conyers blocks lanes, backs up traffic

IN BRIEF: A crash on Interstate 20 westbound, just after the West Avenue exit, or exit 80, in Rockdale County has at least three lanes blocked off. Traffic is backed up at least to Ga. Highway 138. Deputies and first responders are on the scene; no fatalities reported. Drivers are advised to use alternate routes.

May 01, 2013 | | LOCAL


Newton Cowell represented in playoffs

All three Newton County high school baseball teams have earned a berth into the 2013 state playoffs, beginning Friday.

April 30, 2013 | Xavier McKnight | SPORTS


Lady Tigers fall in penalty kicks

The Alcovy girls soccer team lost a heartbreaker in the opening round of the state playoffs, falling 1-1 (3-2) in penalty kicks to Douglas County Tuesday night.

April 30, 2013 | | Alcovy


Eastside, Region 8-AAAA champs

The Eastside baseball team is Region 8-AAAA champions, thanks to a combination of events that took place Thursday and Friday.

April 27, 2013 | Miles Steele | Eastside


NFL Draft experts analyze McCray

Newton High School Class of 2009 graduate Demetrius McCray has his sights set on the National Football League and that path starts Thursday, Friday and Saturday in the 2013 NFL Draft.

April 25, 2013 | | Newton


Rams headed to playoffs

Newton clinched a spot in the Class AAAAAA playoffs Tuesday, knocking off Morrow 12-2 on senior night.

April 25, 2013 | Xavier McKnight | Newton


Jean Paige Danner &Eddy E. Pugh

Jean Paige Danner, 56, and Eddy E. Pugh, 57, of Covington, died from injuries received in a tragic automobile accident on April 21.

April 25, 2013 | | OBITS


James Stanley Moore Sr.

Mr. James Stanley Moore Sr., 59, of Covington, passed away April 24. Moore was a dedicated employee, for 40 years, at SRG Global. He loved his family, and enjoyed running, playing drums, fishing, going to the beach, woodworking and being outdoors. He was preceded in death by his parents Sam and Inez (Harcrow) Moore, sister Audrey Barela and brother Dwight Rutledge.

April 25, 2013 | | OBITS


Dr. Betty June Cottrell Hull

Dr. Betty June Cottrell Hull, 83, of Covington passed away on April 6.

April 25, 2013 | | OBITS


Barry Lynn Dunn

With great sorrow, the family of Barry Lynn Dunn, announces his passing on April 23. He was the son of Samuel Smith and Lessie (Yelverton) Dunn, born Oct. 15, 1927, in Jackson, Tenn., and moved to Atlanta soon after his birth. He grew up in West End, attended Tech High School, and was baptized and spent his youth at Gordon Street Baptist Church. He was a member of what is now called the "Greatest Generation," and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. In 1947, he married his loving sweetheart Helen Sewell of Grove Park, and together ...

April 25, 2013 | | OBITS


Eagles let region title slip away

A 9-6 loss is disappointing enough, but for the Eastside baseball team that feeling was multiplied in its defeat at Lumpkin County Wednesday.

April 25, 2013 | | Eastside


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