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Don’t be too busy to buckle up

The week after Spring Break is always a hard transition in my household. It is like a taste of summer hours - we stay outside until dark, go to bed late, and get up at 7:30 a.m. (which is late in our house!). So when reality hits and we get back to our school days routine, we inevitably have a few bumpy mornings.

July 26, 2015 | Hosanna Fletcher | Health


Don't be too busy to buckle up

The week after Spring Break is always a hard transition in my household. It is like a taste of summer hours - we stay outside until dark, go to bed late, and get up at 7:30 a.m. (which is late in our house!). So when reality hits and we get back to our school days routine, we inevitably have a few bumpy mornings.

July 26, 2015 | Hosanna Fletcher | Health


Have you ever thought?

There is an old saying, "When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on." The point I think is that if we can hold on, we may find a way to get around the problem that made it seem that we were at the end of our rope. If we don't find a way to hang on, there is no hope. The challenge is to seek new possibilities and to find a way through.

July 26, 2015 | B. Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Keeping K-9 dogs cool in summer

Because dogs can only cool themselves by panting and by sweating through their paw pads, a closed, hot car can be like an oven, allowing little ventilation and suffocating heat.

July 26, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Rockdale provides multiple settings for films

The headless horseman rode into town last week, as the cast and crew of Fox's Sleepy Hollow began shooting season three in Rockdale County. The production team has been filming around the community in several different locations, including at a private residence on Main Street and in Olde Towne Conyers. Next week, they will film at some private residences near Ebeneezer Road and GA State Route 212.

July 25, 2015 | | LOCAL


Vacation stress?

It is hot outside. There is no denying that. It is H.O.T. Of course it is - it's July. We are smack dab in the middle of the hottest month of the summer. We are reaching the 90s every day. We are getting heat lightning at night. And we are talking about back to school… wait, what?!?!

July 19, 2015 | Hosanna Fletcher | Health


What in the world is going on with Legion Field?

On Mill Street between Floyd Street and Newton Drive is Legion Field. In a world of development it is a precious piece of green space. It holds memories of fairs dating back to the thirties. Baseball, football, soccer, and yes, cricket have been played in this space. And the exciting news is it is getting a major "redo".

July 19, 2015 | | LIVING


Obama roots for the Terrorists

I struggle to be less provocative than to suggest the president of the United States is rooting for terrorists who would harm us, but consider the evidence. Four Americans, including a Christian pastor and a reporter, have been left behind in Iran. The president specifically said they were not part of negotiations that not only lift an arms embargo against Iran, but also let it continue to grow its nuclear capabilities.

July 19, 2015 | Erick Erickson | Columnists


Alleged Ghost Face gangsters go to trial

Requesting a speedy trial, Patty Wanda Green will return to court in September to defend against charges of racketeering and conspiracy to commit murder.

July 19, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Thinking of chickens in your back yard?

On one hand, proponents believe there are lots of advantages to hosting chickens in the backyard. In fact, the only disadvantage, most people have said, is the amount of work that goes into taking care of them.

July 19, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Porterdale won’t raise mill rate this year

Despite not having the city mill rate change for 2016, some residents of Porterdale will likely see an increase in their property taxes this year.

July 15, 2015 | Sandra Brands | Porterdale


Weekend guide

Atlanta, at once representative of the old South-anything fried is yummy-while being unabashedly open to any and all cuisines from around the world is considered one of the country's top foodie scenes. So, when Downtown Atlanta Restaurant Week comes around, it's a chance to graze a smorgasbord of offerings from 35-plus restaurants, beginning Saturday, July 18, and ending Sunday, July 26. Restaurants offer $15, $25 or $35 brunch, lunch and dinner menus. Participating sponsors Trianon Tequila, BMW and Celebrity Cruises hosts different events. To find out more about the participating restaurants and to make reservations for ...

July 15, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Skin’s go to Disney

Most kids like to go to Disney World for the rides at the Magic Kingdom during the summer holiday, but the Social Circle High School Wrestling team went for a different ride. The ride the Redskins were on led them to the Championship of the AAU Scholastic Duals at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Center in Orlando. The event better known as the Disney Duals, hosts over 120 teams from all over the country. There are 4 (32) team divisions and SCHS dominated their division going undefeated.

July 13, 2015 | Staff Report | Social Circle


Post 32's Mid-season update

The American Legion baseball season has been underway since the beginning of June and the Covington Post #32 A's team has continued their tradition of winning by amassing a record of 11-2 at the mid-season point. The team is once again led by veteran Coach Bill Dallas and his assistant Coach Eddie Bagwell.

July 13, 2015 | Staff Report | Recreation


The Greek crisis and your planning

Today, let's take a break from Bruce Jenner, the Confederate flag, Kim Kardashian's swim suit pictures and other related matters vital to our national security. Instead, let me address something that could be of great relevance to you in your retirement planning, which is the Greek financial crisis and could it work its way across the Atlantic to us.

July 12, 2015 | Mike Lassiter | Business


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Retaliation shooting near Salem Road Sunday night

A shooting in the Country Walk subdivision off Salem Road Sunday evening that sent one man to the hospital and another man to jail appears to be in retaliation for another shooting involving the same two people six years ago in the same neighborhood.

April 22, 2013 | | LOCAL


A cheery Challenge

The weather took a turn to the cold early Saturday morning, but that didn't stop the Covington Y from having another successful Cheerios Challenge.

April 20, 2013 | Xavier McKnight | YMCA


Newton track tops Region 2-AAAAAA

The Newton boys' track team won Region 2-AAAAAA and the girls' finished second in a continuation of strong performances by both Rams teams.

April 20, 2013 | By Xavier McKnight | Newton


Little Dawg: A band of artists

On a night when the news calls for storms and meteorologists issue area-wide tornado watches, I found David Clemens and the rest of the DC3 sitting on the upstairs patio at Jimbo's in Porterdale. The band was having a round of Pabst Blue Ribbon - the standard beer of choice in the music industry from what I've been told. Clemens hovered over a basket of fresh onion rings and he was quick to introduce the rest of the band, Andrew Carroll on drums and Clayton Ferguson on bass, as well as his wife Tamra. Clemens stood up and greeted ...

April 18, 2013 | Shane Wilson news@covnews.com | LOCAL


Lelia Ruth Hebert

Mrs. Lelia Ruth Hebert, of Porterdale, died April 16 at Newton Medical Center. The daughter of George and Lucille Smith, she was born in 1930 in Conyers.

April 18, 2013 | | OBITS


Little Dawg: A Band of Artists

On a night when the news calls for storms and meteorologists issue area-wide tornado watches, I find David Clemens and the rest of the DC3 sitting on the upstairs patio at Jimbo's in Porterdale. The band is having a round of Pabst Blue Ribbon – the standard beer of choice in the music industry from what I've been told. David hovers over a basket of fresh onion rings, and he is quick to introduce the rest of the band, Andrew Carroll on drums and Clayton Ferguson on bass, as well as his wife, Tamra. David stands up and greets ...

April 18, 2013 | By Shane Wilson | ENTERTAINMENT


No-hitter helps Alcovy stay in first

Alcovy's Jake Jones threw a no-hitter to lead Alcovy to a region win over crosstown rival Newton Tuesday, pushing the Tigers into first place in Region 2-AAAAAA.

April 17, 2013 | | Alcovy


To the editor: The CRCT problem

To the editor:

April 16, 2013 | | Letters


‘Les Miserables’ opening

With a cast of more than 100 strong, the Oxford Youth Singers are mounting the epic musical "Les Miserables." The show runs Thursday and Friday, April 18 and 19, at 7 p.m., with a Sunday matinée performance April 21 at 3 p.m. at Porter Auditorium on Newton County High School's campus.

April 16, 2013 | Jessica Smith | LOCAL


The mortgage complaint window is open

Got a beef with your mortgage company or loan servicer? Lots of people do, and thousands of them have been turning to a federal complaint hotline for action - or at least a quick response from the lender.

April 13, 2013 | Ken Harney | Columnists


Eagles miss playoffs

The Eastside boys' soccer team scored 12 goals in its previous four games - all wins - but couldn't find the back of the net when it needed to Friday.

April 13, 2013 | Xavier McKnight | Eastside


Eastside suffers first region loss

Eastside suffered its first Region 8AAAA defeat of the season Friday night when it traveled to Sugar Hill for an 8-2 loss to the Lanier Longhorns.

April 13, 2013 | Miles Steele | Eastside


A season of new beginnings

This is my favorite time of year, a season of new beginnings.

April 13, 2013 | Curtis Singleton | Recreation


Area All-Star game coming

To area high school basketball fans, the annual Newton County vs. Rockdale County Senior All-Star Basketball games, 3-point shootout and slam dunk contest are great ways to see the top talent they have rooted for over the last four years.

April 13, 2013 | Zavier McKnight | SPORTS


'Bike Fest on the Square' coming

Anyone interested in checking out bikes and wheels around the downtown square will have the opportunity to do so at a Bike Fest Sunday.

April 11, 2013 | Xavier McKnight | LOCAL


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