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NCSS named a REACH school system

Realizing Educational Achievement Can Happen (REACH) Georgia has announced that the Newton County School System (NCSS) is one of 19 additional Georgia school systems that will be participating in the program in the 2015-2016 school year. Georgia school systems had the opportunity to apply to participate in REACH Georgia during the application process that was open from December 1 through February 25.

March 29, 2015 | | Education


Covington to start extensive water line improvement project

The City of Covington will continue another section of the City's major water line improvement project this month, resulting in the temporary closure of a sidewalk along Jackson Highway from Town Branch Court north to Pennington Street.

March 29, 2015 | | LOCAL


Get control of your allergies

Spring is officially here. The flowers, trees, and weather say so. I can remember making all my friends and relatives jealous when I first moved down to Georgia because of the early spring weather. You can gloat a little when you are sitting on your front porch enjoying the sunshine and breeze and everyone in New Jersey is still wearing their long underwear and down coats.

March 29, 2015 | Hosanna Fletcher | Health


Newspaper polls contradict voting message

Dear Editor,

March 29, 2015 | Maurice Carter | Letters


Have you ever thought...

Where did the tradition of using the first day of April as a time for practical jokes come from? Where did we get the idea of using this day to poke fun at others? April Fools' Day is one of those unofficial holidays that is very much a part of our culture.

March 29, 2015 | B. Wiley Stephens | LIVING


County employees deserve our full attention

Dear Editor,

March 29, 2015 | Phil Johnson | Letters


Growing jobs, investing in the community and trading squirrel pelts

Dear Editor,

March 29, 2015 | Ronnie Johnston | Columnists


Farm Bureau hosted inaugural gala

Georgia Farm Bureau (GFB) members and members of Georgia's ag community enjoyed a festive evening March 7 as the organization held its inaugural gala for the GFB Foundation for Agriculture at the Evergreen Marriott Resort in Stone Mountain Park.

March 29, 2015 | | LOCAL


Welcome to your Weekend (week of March 27)

Today I noticed my daughter reading one of Charles Schultz' Peanuts stories. You remember Peanuts right? Charlie Brown ran to kick the football, only to have Lucy jerk it out from under him. Snoopy, the World War I Flying Ace, relentlessly pursued the Red Baron. Linus, sweet and wise, couldn't seem to let go of his blue blanket. Schroeder wowed us with his Mozart-like talent on his kiddie piano. And Sally, full of love and a bit naive, followed Linus into the Pumpkin Patch for yet another disappointment. We all know the characters and the stories so well. They ...

March 26, 2015 | Jenni Mauran | DIGITAL NEWSPAPER


‘A great week for the children’

It was a great week for the children of Georgia. Not only did my bill to protect teenage girls from having their phone number put on a pornographic website ("Kelsey's Law") pass unanimously, but a Cyber Bullying measure by my fellow Newton delegate Rep. Pam Dickerson also passed. Overall, there were many bills to protect children including the "Hidden Predator Act" which lengthens the amount of time a victim may bring a sexual abuse perpetrator to civil court. This bill moves Georgia from the fourth worst in the nation to where most states are now. There was also a ...

March 22, 2015 | Dave Belton | Columnists


How the community can help solve the issue of parent accountability?

There is an ancient legend that has given us the expression "cutting the Gordian knot". This means to find a bold solution to a complex problem. The legend is that Gordius, an ancient king of Phrygia, (that was located in what is now Turkey) tied a knot that said whoever undid the knot would rule Asia. The legend says that Alexander the Great when he was confronted with the knot did not try to untie it but rather cut it. Thus he found a bold answer to what seemed to others an impossible problem.

March 22, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


A common sense education

You can obtain a degree in just about anything you want, here in America. And if you don't want to spend a lot of money and time in college, you can get a certificate in your area of interest. And if that's too hard, you can go after continuing education credits. Medicine, electronics, law, horticulture, advertising, accounting - you name it; someone will hand you a piece of paper with your name in fancy ink surrounded by Latin phrases. We are living in a land of education, but answer me this: Why can't you find any training in ...

March 22, 2015 | | LIVING


The Oaks is offering special packages during The Masters

The Masters tournament is the first week of April. The tournament, along with warm, spring weather, likely has you very excited for the 2015 golf season. The professional golfers should not be the only ones who get to have fun during the famous tournament; The Oaks is offering special golf packages for the entire week (April 4th, 2015 through April 12th, 2015) that The Masters tournament takes place.

March 22, 2015 | Staff Report | Recreation


Newton soccer falls to Tucker

The past week has been an emotional tragedy for Newton High School and their soccer program. With the loss of fellow mate, Carlvon Betts, soccer may have been the last thing on the mind of the players and coaches. But as time progresses, the season keeps going for the Newton High Soccer program.

March 22, 2015 | Javon Dickerson | Newton


Letter from the Mayor

Dear City of Covington Residents,

March 21, 2015 | | Columnists


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Barge: A stronger educational foundation

With the holiday season upon us, most Georgians are thinking about celebrations with family and friends, holiday break and, of course, gifts. This holiday season, I am encouraging Georgia parents and grandparents to give the most important gift you can to your children - the gift of education.

In the early years of a child's life, this gift involves reading with your children, playing with them and encouraging a love of learning. As they go through school, Georgia's teachers will work hand-in-hand with you to build upon the foundation you have established to prepare your children for success.

December 08, 2012 | John Barge State Superintendent | Columnists


Photos from the Covington Christmas parade

Around 130 nonprofits, businesses, churches, governments and school groups turned out for Saturday's annual Covington Christmas parade, which started at Sharp Stadium on Newton Drive and snaked its way down Anderson Avenue, Floyd Street and then around the square.

December 02, 2012 | | Covington


Shattuck: Giving students a voice with technology support

In my last article, I spoke about students assuming ownership of their learning. Research literature calls this "student agency." Even though this is a simple concept, it is difficult for most teachers to implement because it involves giving students a voice over what happens in their class. Traditional classroom practices usually involve the teacher making all the decisions for the student. Whereas, with a student-centered classroom, students are allowed to make some decisions as to what and how they learn. When a teacher puts the student at the center of the learning experience, then the students begin to take ownership ...

December 01, 2012 | Gary Shattuck | Education


Mansfield man stabs ex’s boyfriend

A Mansfield man was arrested Saturday for allegedly stabbing his ex-girlfriend's current boyfriend, a crime for which he himself called authorities to report Saturday morning.

November 27, 2012 | Kathy Hooks | LOCAL


Local movie makers bring WSCC story to film

When the Washington Street Community Center Board of Directors launched its fall fundraising campaign with the aggressive goal to raise $50,000 for the center's annual operating budget, board members knew the campaign needed something special.

November 25, 2012 | Devin Griggs | LOCAL


Volunteer Spotlight: Erogbogbo focuses on diversity

Each month, we shine a spotlight on one of the many volunteers who are keys to the success of the Washington Street Community Center. Last month, we interviewed Mrs. Louise B. Adams, a retired primary school principal who founded and continues to tutor students in the After School Homework Tutorial Program.

November 25, 2012 | Emily Dong | LOCAL


Thin mints and altruism

Few things in life are better than a Girl Scout cookie. While words fail to describe just how delicious their cookies are, the 25 remarkable Girl Scouts of troop #25536 are so much more than cookie sellers.

November 25, 2012 | Nivi Kumaran | LOCAL


Record-breaking food drive

Fighting hunger becomes more difficult each year as our county pulls together to help the unemployed and others living from paycheck to paycheck.

November 24, 2012 | By Colleen Jackson | LOCAL


Williams: Democracy and majority rule

President Barack Obama narrowly defeated Gov. Mitt Romney in the popular vote 51 percent to 48 percent. In the all-important Electoral College, the difference was larger, with Obama winning 303 electoral votes and Romney 206. Let's not think so much about the election's outcome but instead ask: What's so good about democracy and majority rule?

November 24, 2012 | By Walter Williams | Columnists


Hines: Counting siblings as well as blessings

One of the things I'm most thankful for is growing up in a family that gave thanks. Three times a day, at every meal, my father said this "blessing": Heavenly Father, pardon our sins, and give us hearts to be thankful for this and all our blessings. Amen.

November 21, 2012 | By Roger Hines | Columnists


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


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