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How the state title was won

The Social Circle High School wrestling team won the 2-AA GHSATeam Dual Championship last Saturday at the Macon Centreplex. The Redskins won in exciting fashion over Bremen 35 to 31 to take the state title for the first time in school history. The SCHS team bus was escorted into town after the victory by the Social Circle City Police at around 8:00 p.m. Saturday night with flashing blue lights and sirens where a crowd of 200-300 residents cheered on the team as traffic was blocked by a Social Circle City fire truck.

January 25, 2015 | Staff Report | Social Circle


Believing in public education

The General Assembly did not meet this week, so I thought I would talk about why I believe so much in public education.

January 25, 2015 | Dave Belton | OPINION


The sneaky thief of sight

I have to admit something: I grew up in an era that made fun of kids with glasses. Especially big, thick ones. Now these thick, dark frames are all the rage. So the last time I went to the eye doctor, I had a hard time picking out frames because all I saw were big, thick, dark frames, until I found these lovely red ones (yes red!).

January 24, 2015 | Hosanna Fletcher | Health


YMCA gets new treadmills

As Newton County is growing and developing, so is the local YMCA. Located on 2140 Newton Drive Northeast, the YMCA has received several new treadmills that will replace old ones.

January 24, 2015 | Mikayla Newton | Health


Pancake Day(?)

Most people may see pancakes as a delicious flat cake that we devour with some syrup, but did you know that it has some religious significance to it? Shrove Tuesday, or known as Pancake Day, uses pancakes to celebrate the last day of Carnival, Mardi Gras and preceding Lent. Pancakes are usually associated with Shrove Tuesday because it was a way for people to give up certain foods like eggs, milk, flour and sugar for Lent.

January 24, 2015 | Javon Dickerson | RELIGION


Gold Dome update from Sen. Jeffares

The Gold Dome started buzzing once again on Monday as Senators and Representatives gathered in their chambers to mark the beginning of the 153rd Legislative Session.

January 19, 2015 | Rick Jeffares | STATE


Best of the Best: Twelve Oaks

In less than four years, the antebellum mansion on Monticello Street went from being a faded grand dame to an award-winning Southern belle welcoming visitors from around the world.

January 18, 2015 | Sandra Brands | Business


Melanie's Awesome Alfredo

"I love this rich and creamy alfredo. It's an easy recipe that is so delicious and is sure to impress your family or dinner guests! Why go to a fancy restaurant and spend lots of money for something you can make at home? I promise you will be glad you tried this. My Alfredo sauce is quick, easy, and delicious!"

January 18, 2015 | Melanie Thompson | Cooking with Melanie


Beating the winter blues

The sun will rise at 7:41 a.m. on Monday. And it will set at 5:46 a.m. that same day. That means that we will have 10 hours of daylight on Monday. We have already passed the shortest day of the year – the winter solstice was on December 21. With the recent grey and rainy weather of the past couple weeks, it may seem like these are all short days of daylight, if we even see the sun at all. I recently was asked by a friend if London had relocated to Covington. I then had to ...

January 18, 2015 | Hosanna Fletcher | Health


Belton: Wading through the first week

My first week of legislative "work" is complete, and it has been a whirlwind. It is hard to imagine how any person can meet so many people and deal with so many issues so quickly. Luckily, I have a very good mentor in former Representative Doug Holt who is helping me wade through the distractions.

January 18, 2015 | Dave Belton | Columnists


Social Circle wins state

Social Circle defeated Bremen 35-31 to win the 2014-2015 GHSA class AA team dual wrestling championship. This is the first time in Social Circle wrestling history that they've won the state championship.

January 17, 2015 | Staff Report | Social Circle


Playing for Keeps: New Year’s resolutions that last

Here we are in the New Year, and if you're like most people, you've made resolutions to lose weight, eat better, get more exercise, and generally take better care of yourself.

January 16, 2015 | Christine Myers | Health


Thoughts headed into 2015 legislative session

Representative Doug Holt did a wonderful job keeping you up to date, writing weekly letters during the legislative session.

January 10, 2015 | | LOCAL


Attaining Financial Independence

The easiest question you will have to answer this year is "Do you want to have financial independence at retirement? If your answer is "no," please return to your favorite television show and enjoy your day.

January 10, 2015 | Mike Lassiter | Business


A jump start for employment

It is part of the incentive package the state offered to attract one of the leading healthcare industries to Covington: Georgia Quick Start would build a training facility near the new Baxter campus and offer customized training to its employees.

January 10, 2015 | | Business


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Giving Thanks

Anyone who knows Andy Copeland's story would know how thankful he is for his daughter's health, but Wednesday morning, Copeland came to Conyers to share a Thanksgiving message of hope that would touch any heart.

November 21, 2012 | Kathy Hooks | LOCAL


Area gas prices rise 3.2 cents in past week

Average retail gasoline prices in the area have risen 3.2 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.25/gal yesterday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 3.2 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.43/gal, according to gasoline price website AtlantaGasPrices.com.

November 20, 2012 | | Business


Annual Christmas parade Dec. 1

The North Pole is coming to downtown Covington Saturday, Dec. 1 at 11 a.m. for the city's annual Christmas parade.

November 20, 2012 | | LOCAL


Thanksgiving tips from CFD

The kitchen is the center of every home during the holidays, especially at Thanksgiving. Safety in the kitchen is of the utmost importance on Thanksgiving Day when there is a lot of activity and people at the home. According to NFPA, Thanksgiving is the leading day of the year for home fires involving cooking equipment. The Covington Fire Department would like to give a few tips to keep you and your family safe on Thanksgiving.

November 20, 2012 | | LOCAL


My Day as the President

Editor's Note: The following article is written by Gunner Jackson, an 11-year-old student at Flint Hill Elementary School.

November 20, 2012 | By Gunner Jackson | Education


Letter: Courthouse lighting

Dear Editor: It is with sincere thanks and appreciation for everyone's efforts in making the 2012 Lighting of Newton County's Courthouse such a resounding success. There is quite a honor roll to thank!

The Street and Utility Departments literally worked down to the wire to get the district prepared for the lighting. It is always a large task,- add all the new lighting elements- and they had even larger task.

November 17, 2012 | Josephine Kelly Main Street Covington Director | Letters


Veterans honored on the square

From every state represented by the 50 stars embedded in the American flag, current and retired members of the armed forces are honored for selflessly putting their lives at stake on the battlefield.

November 12, 2012 | By Anastasia Graves | LOCAL


Eastside downgrades Purple Hurricanes

The Eastside Eagles turned what had been characterized as a category (state ranked) four Purple Hurricane into a less-imposing storm blowing out Region 8-AAAA Monroe Area 35-0 Friday night at Homer Sharp Stadium.

November 10, 2012 | By Michael Stone | Eastside


Burnham: what’s your focus

What do you focus most on when you feel like you have been mistreated, wronged or bad things happen? What if you had the attitude, "God even in this, you are in it?" Oh, I know that would be hard to do. It would require us to look to and trust God completely. And don't think for a second there would not be times of hurting, disappointment. But God calls us not to pleasantry or success, but to his purpose.

This will include good and bad, fair and unfair times. I think of Joseph: a victim of his brother ...

November 08, 2012 | William Burnham | Columnists


Putting your heart on paper

The East Metro Atlanta Christian Writers invite residents to attend their event on Nov. 10 from 10 a.m. to noon, at the Georgia Piedmont College Building D, located on Alcovy Road in Covington. Fiction and nonfiction writers above the age of 16 are encouraged to attend. Julie Garon, multi-published writer will host her theme, "Putting Your Heart on Paper" alongside her daughter Marion Bond West as she host her theme," Writing with Emotion."

"We're all about educating. That's our mission," said Jackie Rodriguez, the director for the East Metro Atlanta Christian Critique group.

November 08, 2012 | Anastasia Graves | RELIGION


American Legion to hand out poppies Sat.

After World War I, Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae wrote a poem, "In Flanders Fields," and spoke of red poppies that grew around the white crosses which were planted into fields of only dirt and mud where soldiers were buried. It wasn't long before the poppies became a symbol of the blood shed by those soldiers, and by 1920, the American Legion named the poppy the official flower for veterans.

November 08, 2012 | Hayley Williams | LOCAL


Experiencing the Southern life

For Oxford College sophomore Yugenderan, or "Yugen" Balamohan, his arrival to Oxford, last year was a complete culture shock. Before leaving his home in Malaysia, he was expecting to attend college in a big Manhattan-type city; what he got was the complete opposite.

November 06, 2012 | Nicole Goetz | Oxford


Grocery store goes out of business

The Save A Lot grocery store located at the corner of Alcovy Road and U.S. Highway 278 in Covington closed its doors recently after a nearly two-year in business.

Given widespread competition, the store location was not able to perform as anticipated, according to a company spokeswoman. The closing once again leaves the 18,500 square-foot location in the Covington Corners shopping center closed.

November 06, 2012 | Anastasia Graves | Business


Another four years?

Dear Editor: By the time this letter will have been printed, our country will have decided whether to commit to socialism and bankruptcy, or whether we begin the long climb back to where we came from. With President Obama's record of ineptness on the economy and reckless forays into foreign affairs, we as a nation are mired in hopelessness.

November 06, 2012 | Felton Hudson | Letters


Rain on election day

Election Day is off to a rainy start, but for those planning to vote later in the day, rain is expected to largely clear up by around 1 p.m., according to The Weather Channel, while The National Weather service said occasional rain could continue until 3 p.m.

November 06, 2012 | | LOCAL


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