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RYSA looking for help with trip to Haiti

On Saturday, Oct. 4, 10 of Rockdale Youth Soccer Association's (RYSA) finest will be leaving the U.S. and traveling to Haiti for a seven-day mission trip. The group will be providing soccer day camps for children, school supplies, feeding a village and many other things. RYSA needs help to collect items they will need to make this trip a success for the children of Haiti.

September 13, 2014 | Staff Reports | Recreation


'American Ninja Warrior' to speak to students

Hoan Do will be speaking at the Georgia FFA-FCCLA Center on Sept. 18 and 19.

September 13, 2014 | Staff Reports | Recreation


SEC Banter:

It's Georgia-Sakerlina week and the contest customarily comes equipped with enormous implications.

September 11, 2014 | Ben Prevost | Sports Columnists


Bill to track, reduce military gear to police

U.S. Congressman Hank Johnson of Georgia, District-4, will introduce a bill to House members that's taking aim at the Pentagon's 1033 Program, which gives military-grade weapons and equipment to state and local law enforcement departments for free.

September 11, 2014 | Martin Rand III | LOCAL


Blacks should be angry with themselves

What is it that makes so many blacks so angry? What is it that makes so many of them blame the realities of life that beset everyone, e.g., debt, disappointment, etc., a result of their being black?

September 11, 2014 | Mychal Massie | Columnists


A beacon of hope

First Baptist Church of Covington - this 190-year-old establishment has been in existence since 1823. Located on the Square in downtown Covington, this church is a beacon of hope to the local community.

September 11, 2014 | Rasheera Dopson-Robinson | RELIGION


Blind to the world’s broken windows

"All politics is local," the late Speaker of the House Tip O' Neill famously said. How right he was. The world today is suffering from the failure of President Obama to apply a school of law enforcement that happened to originate in O'Neill's hometown, Boston, and goes by the moniker "broken windows." The problem, simply stated, is that Obama was deaf to the sound of tinkling glass.

September 10, 2014 | Richard Cohen | Columnists


March to sea: Silent witness to Sherman

"The paths of glory lead but to the grave" wrote the poet Thomas Gray. He was talking about the common folk residing forever in an 18th century English churchyard. A century later and an ocean away are the graves of local soldiers who fought in the Civil War. They are found behind the homes of long-time residents in Starrsville and Mansfield, for example, or in the Confederate Cemetery at Conyers and Davis Streets in Covington.

September 06, 2014 | | LOCAL


Tigers fall to 0-2

It was all déjà vu for the Alcovy Tigers (0-2) on Friday night as they took on the Baldwin Braves from Milledgeville, Georgia. In back-to-back weeks, they gave up 30 points on defense, but this time they weren't able to get on the scoreboard, as the Braves torched Alcovy 30-0.

September 06, 2014 | Javon Dickerson | Alcovy


A blessed sanctuary

Allen Memorial Methodist Church sits on the scenic campus of Oxford College. Founded in 1841 by renowned missionary John Allen, Allen Memorial's main sanctuary has been a part of the Oxford community for more than 100 years. The education building, nursery and fellowship hall, often referred to as Lovern Hall, were built alongside the main sanctuary in the late 1960s.

September 04, 2014 | Rasheera Dopson-Robinson | RELIGION


Cheryl Easterlin-Slate

Mrs. Cheryl Easterlin Slate, 47, of Covington passed away Wednesday, September 03, 2014. She was born in Waltersboro, South Carolina on August 5, 1967. Cheryl was a talented, artistic person who loved to draw and paint. She was a natural merchandiser who had a great passion for design. Cheryl worked for and was part of the family of Brendale's Salon and Stuff just off the square in Covington. During her high school years she lived in Lithonia was a 1985 graduate of Lithonia High School. Cheryl was a loving and caring person who was loved by everyone that knew ...

September 03, 2014 | | OBITS


Try realism in the Middle East

America rarely does time capsules anymore, but the ones it does should include videos from February 2011 of American TV reporters exulting in the triumph of the Arab Spring. "This is the sound of a people rising," ABC's Terry Moran told us from Cairo. For Egyptians, it was a day "when a people rose and made themselves a new country, a new world, a new life."

September 02, 2014 | Richard Cohen | Columnists


Time to call a spade a spade

As the character Cecily said to Miss Fairfax in a play written by Oscar Wilde entitled "The Importance of being Earnest": "When I see a spade I call it a spade."

August 30, 2014 | Mychal massie | Columnists


Letter: Keith Ellis on Henderson's pay advance

(Unedited letter from Newton County Commission Chairman Keith Ellis sent to The News and to Newton commissioners regarding the Aug. 27 article, "County cuts Henderson pay advance")

August 28, 2014 | | Letters


The new face of evil

As Hannah Arendt foresaw, we are once again up against the question of evil. An American photojournalist, James Foley, was presented to the camera and methodically decapitated. The instrument was not the ax reserved for royalty or the whooshing blade prompted by that reformer Joseph-Ignace Guillotin, but an ordinary looking knife. Death would be neither swift nor painless. This, somewhere in the bleached desert, was pure evil.

August 26, 2014 | Richard Cohen | Columnists


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U.S. House rejects GOP deficit-cutting plan

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House rejected a budget pushed by its most conservative members on Thursday and moved toward approval of a $3.5 trillion plan backed by Republican leaders that would revamp Medicare, slice everything from food stamps to transportation and reject President Barack Obama's call to raise taxes on the rich.

March 29, 2012 | ALAN FRAM Associated Press | STATE


Cameron plans 3-D film about ocean dive

LOS ANGELES (AP) - James Cameron will be one of the stars of his next big-screen adventure, a chronicle of the expedition on which he has made record-setting ocean dives.

March 28, 2012 | DAVID GERMAIN AP Movie Writer | STATE


Porterdale looks at sidewalk alcohol sales

Restaurants in Porterdale could soon serve beer and wine on sidewalks cafe style if a proposal to allow open containers outside becomes law.

March 28, 2012 | By Jay Jones | Porterdale


Ga. 'Chicken Man' attorney fought eviction

ATLANTA (AP) - An attorney for the local activist known as the "Chicken Man" said Tuesday that he filed an emergency motion to fight the man's eviction minutes before a deadly explosion tore through his house.

March 27, 2012 | By Greg Bluestein Associated Press | STATE


Porterdale mulls water deposit overhaul

Porterdale city officials described a proposed tier system for water deposits as a significant change for new customers that would have those with risky credit pay more up front.

March 24, 2012 | By Jay Jones Special to The News | Porterdale


Fees cut for builders in Social Circle

The Social Circle City Council approved to temporary cut water and sewer fees in half to spur home construction.

March 23, 2012 | By Jay Jones | Social Circle


The fundamental gaps in America

One of the fundamental gaps between the American people and their elected politicians can be found in perceptions of the relationship between economic growth, job creation and government spending.

March 18, 2012 | By Scott Rasmussen | Columnists


Sentencings - March 18

Marchellus Dennis, violation of probation, balance revoked to Newton County Jail.

March 18, 2012 | | LOCAL


Gingrich comes up short in South

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Newt Gingrich saw his presidential hopes all but dashed Tuesday in the Deep South, where he was rejected by voters in the very region that launched his storied political career more than three decades ago.

March 14, 2012 | BETH FOUHY, Associated Press | STATE


Celebrate our home event invites residents to honor Newton County

This spring, the Newton County Leadership Collaborative and The Center for Community Preservation invite the community to celebrate their land, culture and people.

March 14, 2012 | By Nicole Goetz | News Columnists


Ala., Miss. votes could clarify GOP race

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Mitt Romney hoped to seal his status as the Republican presidential front-runner with a thus-far-elusive victory in the Deep South, a region that has been slow to embrace the former Massachusetts governor.

March 13, 2012 | BETH FOUHY, Associated Press | STATE


Lobbyists spend in charter school debate

ATLANTA (AP) - Lobbyists on both sides of the charter school debate have spent thousands trying to woo Republican and Democratic lawmakers alike, shelling out for a documentary film screening, coffee and pricey meals, some topping $100 a person.

March 10, 2012 | DORIE TURNER, AP Education Writer | STATE


Defensive woes plague Rams

In a key early region match-up, the Newton Rams lost to the Stephenson Jaguars 5-4 at Newton High School on Monday night.

March 09, 2012 | By Beau McCranie | Newton


Oxford College to celebrate women's rights with annual play

An annual tradition returns to Oxford College this March as the theater department prepares their women-empowering play "The Vagina Monologues."

March 07, 2012 | By Nicole Goetz | Education


AP Analysis of Tuesday's results

WASHINGTON (AP) - Mitt Romney's lackluster showing in Super Tuesday's primaries nonetheless moves him closer to the Republican presidential nomination. But a string of events and voter data underscore his challenge in winning independent voters turned off by the long, divisive primary.

March 06, 2012 | CHARLES BABINGTON, Associated Press | STATE


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