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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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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


Sorry seems to be the hardest word

Being in the right place at the right time is sometimes less about luck than it is heeding a call. And, rather than fame or fortune, the result can be something far more precious.

June 09, 2012 | By Maurice Carter | Columnists


Crime Briefs: A recap of local crimes

Request for divorce leads to fight

June 09, 2012 | By Meghan de St. Aubin | LOCAL


Jimmy Buffet cover band performs

As expected the square in Covington was packed with Parrot Heads Friday night. They adorned Jimmy Buffet labeled apparel, typical of this sort of easygoing crowd.

June 09, 2012 | By Meghan de St. Aubin | LOCAL


Dees: What do you believe?

There has been a lot of conversation recently on the question of "What do Christians believe?" This question has intensified over the past several months due to the Republican and Democratic candidates for the presidency of the U.S. coming from unorthodox religious backgrounds. President Barak Obama, the Democratic nominee, spent 20 years at the Trinity United Church of Christ under the teaching of Jeremiah Wright. Trinity is denominationally associated with the United Church of Christ and has embraced "Black Liberation Theology," many theologians would argue that this perspective has led the church away from a pure Biblical Theology.

June 07, 2012 | By Jason Dees | Columnists


BOE member named in AHS lawsuit

The lawsuit filed by Alcovy High School Principal LaQuanda Carpenter against several anonymous bloggers was amended late Friday afternoon to add one person: Newton County School Board District 1 representative Jeff Meadors.

June 04, 2012 | By Amber Pittman and Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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