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Cooking with Melanie: Bacon and Beans

"Who doesn't love bacon? This is a great way to get your teens to eat their greens. These green beans wrapped in bacon will be a nice addition to your family feast. Thanksgiving guests will be pleasantly surprised when you serve these fancy looking green beans instead of plain old boring green beans. I hope you enjoy this simple and delicious recipe. It is one of my family's favorites and hopefully your family will love it too!"

November 17, 2014 | Melanie Thompson | LIFE


Our dreams may come true in ways we never expected

I was born and grew up in Athens, Georgia.

November 17, 2014 | Wiley Stephens | LIFE


Cooking with Melanie: S'mores Cake Bars

"I love smores! This is my creative twist on an old favorite snack. This recipe is so simple and delicious. For this recipe you can use white chocolate or milk chocolate chips, although I prefer the white chocolate for this one. No sticky sticks, just ooey-gooey goodness! I hope you enjoy my S'mores Cake Bars."

November 17, 2014 | Melanie Thompson | LIFE


The Great American Smokeout

Last week, a friend of mine ended up in the hospital. He is a healthy looking 20-something and he was suffering from atrial fibrillation. With a pulse of 192, his heart was racing and he had passed out twice earlier in the morning. His body was sending him some SERIOUS signals. The first thing his doctor said was that he needed to quit smoking.

November 15, 2014 | Hosanna Fletcher | Health


A church of the community

Today, Good Hope Baptist Church is honoring Pastor E.J. Tomlinson and his dedication to the ministry for over 32 years. Coming into the ministry at the tender age of 25, Tomlinson says he was a young boy who has grown with this ministry. His long time wife of 28 years, Stephanie, and their dear son, Cornelius, have stood by Pastor Tomlinson as he has watched the face of his congregation transform over the years. Tomlinson has been noted as the 3rd longest person to pastor over a single congregation in Newton County.

November 15, 2014 | Rasheera Dopson-Robinson | RELIGION


The audacity of arrogance

In the week following the shellacking of his party in the midterm elections, one might think that President Barack Obama would be conciliatory and humble. Instead, he has continued to be audacious - but with arrogance rather than hope.

November 15, 2014 | Jackie Gingrich-Cushman | Columnists


Bear Creek Reservoir: What should we do now?

Dear editor,

November 15, 2014 | Wesley Dowly, Barbara Morgan, Larry McSwain, David Waller | Letters


Wild at heart

The finishing touches are being put in place and local artists are arriving to set up displays of their art.

November 15, 2014 | Sandra Brands | Business


Dear Newton citizens: Thank you

Dear Newton citizens,

November 15, 2014 | Dave Belton | Letters


GPC shows slight enrollment increase

Georgia Perimeter College's fall 2014 student enrollment showed a 1.2 percent increase over fall 2013, with 21,371 students signing up for classes. The increase reverses a two-year trend that also has been experienced by other institutions of higher education.

November 15, 2014 | | Education


Cooking with Melanie: hash brown casserole

"I am trying out for cheerleading this week. This is the coach's favorite recipe that I make. So I figured this would be a good week to share this recipe. By the time this makes the paper I will know if I made the squad or not. If I do, I might need to make the coach her favorite. If I don't, then she will have the recipe and can make it for herself. Either way I wanted to share it with you! I hope you enjoy my Hash brown casserole."

November 13, 2014 | | LIFE


Newborn celebrates its big history

Honoring the town's historic roots, citizens of Newborn gathered at the town's old school house for their first inaugural community fall festival.

November 11, 2014 | Rasheera Dopson-Robinson | LOCAL


Make some positive changes this month

I recently ate out with a friend of mine. After I had ordered my sandwich and side, I listened to her carefully place her order. She took great pains to not stress out the server and be labeled a difficult customer, but she had some very particular food choices. Sauces and dressings on the side, no salt added during cooking, substitute broccoli for fries, grilled with no extra butter. When it was all said and done, I was much more interested in her creative meal than my boring old sandwich combo.

November 08, 2014 | Hosanna Fletcher | Health


Miller, Bears clip Eagles for Region Title

Perennial state power Griffin rolled into Homer Sharp Stadium Friday night. And though Eastside gave them all they could handle, in the end it was too much Malik Miller and too much Bears defense as they defeated the Eagles 48-28 on the first really chilly night of the football season.

November 08, 2014 | Phil Manson | Eastside


Win or go home

Win or go home. That's what the playoffs are all about. That's what the Eastside Eagles and Newton Rams are facing next Friday, as both teams scratched and crawled their way into the Georgia State Playoffs. The first round kicks off November 14th for both teams.

November 08, 2014 | Javon Dickerson | Newton


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Columns, editorials and letters all different

Dear Editor: Today I acquired a copy of the July 1 edition and perused its pages to discover any interesting tidbits waiting for one to espy. There were, of course, many interesting foci, from which must could be extracted. When I read the letters to the editor, I observed something I found most perplexing: a letter entitled "Election coverage," written by Mr. Heaton. The author of the letter does not understand the purpose of an editorial.

Let me give you and him a vocabulary lesson. An opinion is a personal view, attitude or appraisal. A columnist is a writer or ...

July 05, 2012 | James R. Hays | Letters


Finding faces of freedom

With an extensive military background - her great grandfather, grandfather, father, uncle and sister all served in the U.S. Army, Mary Anne Hinkle is an avid supporter for U.S. soldiers.

July 05, 2012 | By Elizabeth Park | LOCAL


Getting a driver's license more complex

Dozens of people filed into the Department of Driver Services in Covington on Thursday hoping to receive, renew or replace their driver's license.

July 05, 2012 | By Lee Johnson news@covnews.com | LOCAL


Piranhas defend swim championship

This past Saturday, hundreds of kids took to the water for the Rockdale County Swim League annual county meet championship. Competing summer league teams were the Covington Y Piranhas, Brentwood Barracudas, Deer Run Dolphins, Honeycreek Splash, Meadowbrook Marlins and Westchester Lakes Wahoos.

All teams met at Johnson Park on June 30. There were 88 events through out the day, with children under 10 competing in the morning, and the older children competing separately late into the afternoon.

July 03, 2012 | Kaitlyn Spotts | SPORTS


It's too bad

Dear Editor: June 28, 2012 will go down as a fateful day. It is a sad day because we won't be paying for emergency room care for those bums who don't have health insurance. It means that a big hole in a hospital's budget won't be spread out across every other charge, like $20 band aids. It's all Obama's fault, forcing us to adopt Romney care that was dreamed up by the socialist Heritage Foundation. I want my freedom to have to pay for the uninsured in higher health care costs!

This country is ...

June 30, 2012 | J.J. Hayden | Letters


Early Voting

After registering, early voting for the primary will take place from July 9 through July 27 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the board of elections, located at the Newton County Administration Building, 1113 Usher St., Covington.

June 30, 2012 | | Voting Information


Revolution defeat defending champs

With only a few seconds having ticked off the clock, the Southeast Conference leading Georgia Revolution wasted no time in taking it to the returning National Champion Jacksonville United Football Club in a 7-3 victory on Saturday.

Dead even through the first 12 minutes, the Revolution finally struck thanks to Kwadwo Poku, just a few games off the team's first hat trick, to make the score 1-0. Not to be outdone by his teammate Riley Sempter, drove the score up 2-0 in the 15th minute, in favor of the Revolution.

June 26, 2012 | Jared Williams | SPORTS


Conyers The Y to anchor development

Local leaders got a peek Monday at the renewed effort by developers 4A International, which owns 600-plus acres of Conyers land south of Interstate 20, to design a community centered around healthy living anchored by a potential new Metro Atlanta the Y facility.

June 25, 2012 | | LOCAL


Spin City: The art of cycling

Now is as good a time as any to rescue the bicycles from the basement and get out to enjoy the growing number of opportunities for cycling throughout Rockdale County.

Combine the completion of several trails in recent years with numerous ongoing local cycling events, people of all ages are sure to find their stride. And with benefits ranging from exercising, reducing the carbon footprint, raising money for charity and making new friends, hundreds of people are peddling throughout the county every week.

June 23, 2012 | Kathy Hooks | SPORTS


Celebrating the success of our schools

As we enter summer time, it's important to look back at 2011-12 with an eye towards celebrating the success of our students, teachers, principals and other staff. And, while I am the first to suggest areas wherein improvement is needed such as the four-year cohort graduation rate, we should make sure we take time out to celebrate as well.

June 23, 2012 | By Gary Mathews | News Columnists


Beef - it’s what’s for dinner

Spring has sprung and summer is quick to come upon us. And no summer is complete without a few essential dishes: hamburgers and steaks. These are so essential that Gov. Nathan Deal has declared June is once again Georgia Beef Month. While most of us are celebrating by breaking out the charcoal, we reflect too on the industry that brings us these products to throw on the grill.

June 23, 2012 | By Glenn Hayes | News Columnists


Porterdale police to combat copper theft

Porterdale residents can hope to see a decline in air conditioner thefts as the town's police department launched its copper theft program, Operation Copperhead, Thursday.

The Porterdale Police Department initiated the program by marking Mayor Arline Hayes Chapman's air conditioning (AC) unit Thursday. The police department will start the operation on the homes listed to participate.

June 21, 2012 | Elizabeth Park | Porterdale


Political forum to be held Tuesday

Newton County citizens will have an opportunity to learn more about the candidates for Board of Commissioners District 1 and sheriff from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday at the Mansfield Community Center.

June 21, 2012 | Elizabeth Park news@covnews.com | LOCAL


Latarski: Vote for the American Bison

Just in case you missed this, there is a move afoot - there is actually legislation being introduced in Congress - to make the American Bison the official national mammal of the United States.

The main problem about naming the bison as the official mammal is that the next thing would probably be someone wanting an official reptile. I don't know what creature that may be but you figure Charlie Sheen would be in the running for the honor but he has no chance as long as John Edwards is still around.

June 16, 2012 | Ric Latarski | Columnists


Maximizing our returns

This year as we prepare the budget, the district Commissioners requested the county manager prepare a budget not to exceed the tax dollars generated by the current 10.91 millage rate. In other words, no tax increase. This is an admirable goal and I agree with them; no one wants to raise taxes.

June 09, 2012 | By Kathy Morgan | Columnists


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