April showers bring May flowers. What do May flowers bring? In Atlanta it's called June, and it is the beginning of HOTlanta for us around these parts. We have had a nice spring this year, but summer is officially beginning. For those of us who live in the South, we know what the signs of summer are. The breezes will die down, those pesky mosquitos will come out to party, and we will be looking for any way possible to stay cool. Want to know a few ways you can stay cool this June? You have come to the ...
For the first time in 20 years, the charitable nonprofit organization, Action Ministries, has opened a satellite office. The Newton County Action Ministries office opened its doors on May 4 in the Wesley Building of Covington First United Methodist Church, 2160 Church Street, Covington.
Beginning May 26 - 29, Newton girls basketball will host a camp at Newton from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. for grades fourth through 12. The fee for the camp is $60 and includes a a snack/meal.
EHS senior soccer players Tyrik Francis and Haley Walden have been selected to play in the DiVarsity.com's 2015 Georgia High School Association All-Star Soccer game in Marietta on Sunday, May 17th at Sprayberry High School. Both played in last year's all-star game proudly representing Eastside High School. They will head to Sprayberry High School to compete against the best soccer players from all classifications in the state of Georgia. Haley will play defender on the 22-member white team, and take on the blue team in a 2 p.m. contest. Tyrik will play forward on the boys ...
I know Mother's Day was last Sunday, so I have to ask a few questions: Did you enjoy the day? Were you celebrated? Did you celebrate that special mother in your life?
The students of First Baptist Academy zoomed around the parking lot of the Welcome Center last week to raise money for the parochial school's library and playground as part of the Academy's first bikathon.
In the middle part of the 20th century some of the business and community leaders came together to form the Covington/Newton County Chamber of Commerce. The purpose of the chamber is to bring the business and professional community together to work for the common good of our area. Through the Chamber there is a unified voice to address the concerns of the economic community.
Everyone living in Porterdale is a stakeholder in the promotion of the town's Main Street Program, says Josephine Kelly.
A surreal moment passed for me this week with several press reports about presidential candidates heading to Atlanta in August this year. Six years ago in Atlanta, a group of online political activists got together in person. They had been online collaborators among the Republican grassroots for six years without ever having met face to face.
Teams of four golfers will play Ashton Hills Golf Course in Covington at the Drive4Hope Charity Golf Tournament on Thursday, May 21. The event is sponsored by Covington First Baptist Church and will raise money for the church's Haiti Mission Projects.
Walkers and runners will be raising money for the Damascus Road Recovery, Inc., a nonprofit long-term residential recovery program for men suffering from dependence on drugs and alcohol in Newton County.
Porterdale is looking for sponsors for the holes on the proposed disk golf course at Yellow River Park. The campaign to raise $40,000 to build the course with a web site "GoFundMe".
School in Rockdale County and around the country is beginning to wind down. I have three children attending three different schools, so we are having plenty of fun with end-of-the-year picnics, ice cream parties, awards ceremonies and appreciation gifts for our fabulous teachers. This time of year brings mixed feelings for me. On one hand, I LOVE having my kids home for summer. They are my joy! We swim, eat outside, play in the sandbox, watch a lot of movies and generally just take a good kid break. On the other hand, it is the end of my school-year life ...
The tradition of observing Mother's Day in our land all started in a small Methodist Church. The year was 1907. On the second Sunday in May, a special service was held in the Methodist Episcopal Church in Grafton, West Virginia, organized by Anna Jarvis in honor of her mother who had died on May 9, 1905.
Eastside continues to pour it on, this time racking up 13 hits and stealing eight bases in a 14-4 win over Johnson, Gainesville Wednesday.
I am somewhat dismayed by the efforts of Newton County's leadership to change the mailing address of Baxter International.
Covington, if you thought our limelight was dying down, think again. Not only is Covington known as The Hollywood of the South, and as the filming location of many popular television shows and movies, but we are gaining traction in the music department as well. Local country musician, Gannon Adams, has been on a roll with positive attention. Country music fans will fall in love with his upbeat mix of music. Especially his big hit "Game Face."
Eastside's scoring output gradually increased until Musashi Briem made it a no-doubter with a grand slam in the seventh to seal the Eagles' 13-3 road win over Johnson, Gainesville, Monday.
Last week saw the conclusion of this year's legislative session. In three all-day floor sessions, we considered 22 bills and resolutions, and also worked through more than 40 reviews of amendments and compromise positions between House and Senate versions of bills.
Gizelle Ferguson and Precious Buddington led Newton's girls soccer team to a 3-1 victory over Rockdale on Friday.
Eastside defeated Walnut Grove in the second game of the series, Friday night winning 4-1 to remain unbeaten in Region 8-AAAA.
Local optical business Covington Eyes owner Dr. Andrea Washington is relocating her business to a building behind Newton Medical Center.
Eastside was tested during Wednesday's 9-7 win over Walnut Grove, trailing throughout, except for when it counted at the end.
Gun laws focused on wrong things
Covington is a wonderful place to live, a place where it's easy to forget how many people are in our community because it still maintains a small-town vibe. But it's not exactly the place to go for entertainment on the weekends. Most of our staff live locally and travel out of Covington for entertainment. It seemed only natural to try and help the people of Covington by educating them on what's going on in the world of entertainment, as well as the world of news.
We ran into a local convenience store the other day to get a bag of ice. In front of us was a woman with two children buying milk and other food products; she paid by using her EBT card.
With temperatures starting at 42 degrees and dipping down to 36 with a few snow flurries, Eastside's bats didn't cool off in an 8-4 victory in Monroe Area Monday.
Last week saw the House closing in on the end of this year's legislative session - we only have one week to go. The committees were working through Senate bills, so we had more to consider on the House floor. We voted on 38 bills and resolutions during the week.
During the last county commissioner's retreat, I submitted a proposal regarding the discharge of firearms in high-density areas. After careful research, we asked the county to allow us to return to the guidelines established prior to the 2006 version of the county ordinance governing this matter.