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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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Board of Education

Dear Editor: I am troubled by the actions of the BOE regarding efforts for teaching Christian principles. Statements by the petitioners and some members of the board indicated that nothing would be required except permission. If there is no involvement of the education system then why appear before the board? By simply doing it after school hours and off campus, then all potential issues are avoided.

June 02, 2012 | Jim Windham | Letters


Billing

Dear Editor: The new website for the NCWSA billing section is being operated now by OFFICIAL PAYMENTS.com.

June 02, 2012 | Charles Luke Knight | Letters


I-20 WB reopened after crash at Sigman Road

UPDATED (June 1, 12:04 p.m): The single-car crash that shut down I-20 westbound sent four children and one adult to the hospital.

June 01, 2012 | | LOCAL


Team “Pinkalicious” to hold family fun day

On a bright Saturday, the ladies of Team Pinkalicious brought food, games and prizes to Covington.

May 31, 2012 | Meghan de St. Aubin | LOCAL


The beauty of our square

One recent Saturday, I was making my way down Floyd Street, headed to pick up produce from the Porterdale Farmers Market. As I approached the square, traffic was backed up more than usual at Elm Street and I wondered what could cause such a delay on a Saturday morning.

May 26, 2012 | By Maurice Carter | Columnists


The NAACP’s relevance step

With its support for gay marriage, the NAACP has done more than strike a blow for fairness and equality. The nation's most venerable civil rights organization has made itself relevant again.

May 26, 2012 | By Eugene Robinson | Columnists


“Austerity” talk is just a political cover

President Obama, new French President Francois Hollande and other political leaders have called for less "austerity" as a way to help the troubled economies on both sides of the Atlantic. That's the polite way of saying they want more government spending and larger deficits.

May 26, 2012 | By Scott Rasmussen | Columnists


Perugino: LOST – Our sovereignty of the seas

In 1982, President Ronald Reagan decided not to sign a treaty known as "Law of the Sea," a United Nations convention that would raid America's treasury for billions of dollars, then redistribute that wealth to the rest of the world by an international bureaucracy headquartered in Kingston, Jamaica. The Obama Administration has revived that treaty, and the Senate will hold hearings designed to illustrate its supposed benefits and generate support for its ratification. Without a doubt, Reagan's decision should stand, and LOST should remain relegated to the trash bin of history.

The rationale for LOST is that it ...

May 24, 2012 | William Perugino | Columnists


Lassiter: 4 stars for Alice in Wonderland

The Arts Association-Newton County presented Covington Regional Ballet's "Alice in Wonderland" at the Olive Swann Porter Hall Auditorium the first weekend in May. The dancers converged on stage from Mainstream Dance and the Gwinnett Ballet Theatre thus creating the Covington Regional Ballet.

May 22, 2012 | Christy A. Lassiter | LOCAL


Waffle House standoff backs up I-20

A standoff at the Waffle House on Evan's Mill Road in Lithonia had Interstate 20 backed up and area streets closed Tuesday around 3 p.m. Out of at least two suspects holed up in the Waffle House, one was apprehended and one fled to a nearby parking lot where he held a gun to his head, according to the Atlanta-Journal Constitution.

May 22, 2012 | | LOCAL


Rasmussen: Election Day Economics

Mitt Romney has pulled a point or two ahead of President Obama in polls of likely voters. In polls of registered voters, Obama has the advantage. The president's job approval ratings are hovering in the upper 40 percent range, which suggests a close race.

Looking at this information, partisan activists come to wildly different conclusions about what to expect on Election Day. Democrats tend to believe Obama will be re-elected, while Republicans are more likely to think he will be a one-term president.

May 19, 2012 | Scott Rasmussen Columnist | Columnists


Blakeslee: Using the census to find relatives

During this past Mother's Day Sunday, did you record some fascinating stories told by your relatives at your gathering this weekend? Do you have any questions about one of my top 13 free sites? Were you able to talk about the site, werelate.org, with relatives?

Let's talk this week about the next three free websites on my list:

May 19, 2012 | Ellen Blakeslee Columnist | LOCAL


Robinson: Romney is short on specifics

Republicans say they're eager for the presidential campaign to turn away from "distractions" and focus instead on the economy. Someone should warn them that if they're not careful, they might get their wish.

It is true that voters' unhappiness with high unemployment and slow growth poses a challenge for President Obama as he seeks re-election. But for Mitt Romney and the GOP to take advantage of this potential opening, they'll have to do more than chant the word "economy" like a mantra. They have to make the case that their policies will work better than Obama's.

May 19, 2012 | Eugene Robinson Columnist | Columnists


Carter: Make a difference with Washington St

I watch "The Blind Side" anytime I come across it flipping channels. It's a movie that still brings a tear to my eyes, no matter how many times I see it.

I don't usually cry over football films - unless it's a replay of Reggie Ball throwing away the ball (and Tech's chances) on the fourth down in Sanford Stadium in 2004. But, anyone who's seen "The Blind Side" knows it's more than a football story. It's the true life tale of Michael Oher, a 17-year-old, homeless black boy from a broken home who ...

May 19, 2012 | Maurice Carter Columnist | Columnists


Perugino: T-SPLOST: A tax trapdoor

There is no "free lunch" and as I have often stated in previous columns, "It's the Spending, Stupid!" The control of spending must begin at home, here in Newton County, in order to regain control of government spending. The economies of project costs are best managed through local control. Our country and in turn our county are in fiscal crisis and we must not layer on more taxes. It is our responsibility as citizens to demand that all spending is painful and absolutely necessary.

Home rule is just local self-government. The State Constitution of Georgia advocates Home rule. The ...

May 17, 2012 | William Perugino | Columnists


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