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Kwanzaa: Honoring community

It was during the peak of the civil rights movement that the cultural holiday of Kwanza was born. Unlike other similar holidays such as Hanukah and Christmas, Kwanzaa is not based upon religious association. This holiday was created to celebrate the life and the heritage of African culture seen in African and Pan African communities around the world.

December 20, 2014 | Rasheera Dopson-Robinson | RELIGION


Hope for Christmas

When Rebecca Bates shared the news she had stage two breast cancer in the spring of 2013, her family was worried. For the next year, her husband, Kevin Bates, and children, Gavin and Grace, now 11 and 9 respectively, struggled with their fears as they supported her through chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

December 20, 2014 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Roots that run deep

Oxford is the only city of its kind.

December 20, 2014 | Randy Schafer | LOCAL


Don't forget food safety this holiday

Let the celebrating begin! During this time of year, our social calendars fill with meals with friends and family at favorite restaurants and at our own homes. We know that restaurants get a health inspection every year, but what about our own kitchen? Or the Christmas party at the boss's house?

December 20, 2014 | Hosanna Fletcher | Health


Have you ever thought

As Christmas fast approaches, you will see in some yards and on the back of some cars a sign or decal exhorting passerby to "Keep Christ in Christmas."

December 19, 2014 | B. Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Keeping the faith

Making a fundamental change in your lifestyle – one that's going to stick – is not always easy. Even when you are strongly motivated and committed to the challenge, you may experience periods of doubt. I have found that the key to handling those down moments is what I have made my new mantra: Keep the Faith.

December 19, 2014 | Reginald Franklin | Health


Springfield Baptist food giveaway Dec. 16-19

UPDATE: Springfield Baptist's 100,000 pounds of food was fully distributed by Wednesday, Dec. 17. SBC holds a free food distribution once every three months.

December 15, 2014 | | LOCAL


Redskins runner- up in Panther Invitational

Last year Social Circle High School Varsity Wrestling team won the Panther Invitational with Jefferson as runner-up. This year Jefferson won the two day event, at Jackson County High School with the Redskins finishing in second place. The Panther Invitational is a traditional tournament loaded with talented wrestling programs from all over the state including South Carolina (25 teams).

December 13, 2014 | Staff Report | Social Circle


Japan looks back

Japan is working hard at forgetting. Its prime minister, Shinzo Abe, suggests in code-talk that Japan was the victim of World War II - no war criminals at all, thank you - and its influential conservative press, with a wink from the government, is determined to whitewash the country's use of sex slaves during the war. This sort of thing can be catching. Maybe others will forget why they consider Japan a friend.

December 13, 2014 | Richard Cohen | Columnists


Lassiter: Receiving additional social security benefits

This article was drafted during the Thanksgiving holidays and on returning home, I noticed that many of these suggestions are in the January 2015 issue of Kiplinger's Personal Finance. Although all of this information is readily available in my profession, I feel that it's proper to cite this publication.

December 13, 2014 | Mike Lassiter | Business


Covington wine boutique expands shop

The jugs are dark brown glass and inscribed with the name of the store. Called "growlers," the jugs come in half-gallon and gallon sizes and hold a customer's chosen craft beer from the selection offered at The Cork Boutique.

December 13, 2014 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


What do those Red Kettles you see at Christmastime mean?

Starting in November, all across our nation, Red Kettles from the Salvation Army began to appear as they do each year. It has grown from the start in San Francisco in 1891.

December 13, 2014 | B. Wiley Stephens | LIVING


It's not too late to vaccinate

The holiday season brings celebrations with lots of food, fun, friends and family. If you are lucky, you might get to bring home leftovers. If you are not so lucky, you might bring home a cold, or worse, the flu.

December 13, 2014 | Hosanna Fletcher | LOCAL


Cooking with Melanie: Grape Salad

Ingredients:

December 09, 2014 | Melanie Thompson | Cooking with Melanie


Social Circle dominates at Parkview

The Social Circle High School Wrestling team started its season off by winning the Parkview Thanksgiving Duals tournament last Wednesday with a perfect 5-0 record. The tourney hosted by Parkview High School had 12 schools participating in the highly touted event (Alexander, Brookwood, Duluth, East Coweta, Habersham Central, Hiram, Luella, Parkview, Peachtree Ridge, Social Circle, Union Grove and West Oak, S.C.).

December 07, 2014 | Staff Report | Social Circle


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County moves forward with museum

The Newton County Board of Commissioners moved forward with the restoration of the historic Brick Store building and approved several grants at Tuesday's meeting.

The board unanimously approved spending $189,000 of a previous $250,000 state grant for the restoration Brick Store, located on U.S. Highway 278 about half a mile east of the intersection of Ga. Highway 11. The low bid came in from John W. Spratlin & Son.

July 19, 2012 | Jared Williams | LOCAL


Snapping vote

Dear Editor: I recall an old story about a wolf in sheep's clothing. The folks attacking Snapping Shoals EMC put on a smiling face and act like they care about us, but the more I look into the radical environmental organizations that are behind the anti-coal efforts, the more fishy things smell.

Snapping Shoals has a long history of good management. As proof I'll offer the fact that our electrical rates are some of the lowest in Georgia. It makes me angry when folks tell lies about my co-op. They say they want to save me money, but ...

July 14, 2012 | Aubrey Harvey | Letters


Wasteful spending

Dear Editor: Today, one out of every two people in this country is living in poverty. Forty-six million are living on food stamps. Two out every five are living below the poverty line. As a matter of fact, worldwide 1.4 billion of us live on less than $1.25 a day; 25,000 children die daily because of poverty.

July 14, 2012 | Hosea Jackson | Letters


Celebrate freedom

Dear Editor: In the midst of gatherings of family and friends, fireworks, cookouts and other 4th of July celebrations, it was good to read The Covington News' emphasis on Independence Day. Years of struggle and wars to preserve our freedom were in several features. Of special interest were stories of our own Lt. Col. George Stamps and the pilot who flew 22 fallen Seals home.

Margie G. Cline

July 14, 2012 | Margie G. Cline | Letters


Thank you

Dear Editor: We want to thank Hobby Lobby for getting all the information together in the article, "In God we trust," and The Covington News for featuring it in the July 4 paper. That information was just what we needed in these times when so many of our leaders seem to be moving away from our heritage. You and Hobby Lobby have done Newton County and our country a great service, and we are indeed grateful.

July 14, 2012 | Billy V. and Nancy S. Morris | Letters


Judge and coroner candidates speak

Two of the lesser publicized local races are Alcovy Judicial Circuit Superior Court judge and county coroner. Candidates for both seats spoke at a Democratic party forum this week.

July 14, 2012 | Danielle Everson Special to The News | LOCAL


Georgia Revolution lose 1-0 in playoffs

The 45-minute time delay wasn't worth the wait for the Georgia Revolution Friday night.

July 14, 2012 | By Jamie Walker Special to The News | SPORTS


Democratic candidates speak at forum

Job growth and recovering from a troubled economy echoed as some of the needs for Newton County from candidates discussing their platforms at a two-hour political forum held Tuesday night.

July 12, 2012 | Danielle Everson Special to The News | LOCAL


Project ReNeWal closed after flooding from sprinkler

Project ReNeWal, the local domestic violence shelter, is in dire need after a sprinkler malfunction dumped 18,000 gallons of water on the facility, ruining a two-story building and all the facility's donated supplies.

July 06, 2012 | | LOCAL


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


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