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Zion Baptist Church to hosts event series Saturday

Zion Baptist Church in Covington aims to impact the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

July 24, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | RELIGION


Student concert returns to the Square

A group of diverse musicians will perform at McKibben Music's open-air recital in the Square. The event is free and open to the community.

July 24, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | LIFE


This year’s pageant a rocking sock hop

Hosts Crissy Alter and Stephanie Hollis partnered with The Varsity to make this year's Fifth Anniversary Miss Covington Pageant event extra special.

July 24, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | LIFE


Letter from C.M. Brandenburg

Dear editor,

July 24, 2014 | C.M. Brandenburg | Letters


Cohen: A fight for Israel’s existence

Israel fought its first war, in 1948, against five Arab nations - Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan - as well as the Palestinians. In the prediction of the fairly new CIA, the outcome was never in doubt: "Without substantial outside aid in terms of manpower and material, they [the Jews] will be able to hold out no longer than two years." It has now been 66 years, but I fear that sooner or later, the CIA's conclusion could turn out to be right.

July 24, 2014 | | Columnists


Home is where the film shoots

From the locations to the cast, almost everything in the new movie "Operator" might be recognizable by Newton County residents - and that is because the film's team utilized mostly local resources for the action-thriller.

July 22, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | LOCAL


Ellwanger: Let's come up with a plan that fits our community

Dear Editor,

July 22, 2014 | Gregg Ellwanger | Letters


Ramsey: Power of the press to do good

Dear editor,

July 22, 2014 | | Letters


Davis-Viniard: Thanks to Partners in Education

Dear editor,

July 22, 2014 | Sherri Davis-Viniard | Letters


Memories of Sherman’s visit

This is the second in a series of columns in partnership with Georgia Perimeter College professors concerning the Civil War and its local ties to Newton County some 150 years after the war that divided America.

July 22, 2014 | Kathleen DeMarco | LOCAL


No dead chickens, dolls with pins in them

"I was dispatched to a duplex in reference to an elderly woman requesting a deputy go to the adjoining apartment and tell the occupant to stop sending voodoo through the wall into her apartment. The complainant stated nobody ever did anything when she called and she wanted a report and for it to stop," wrote Deputy Mark Lovell in an incident report taken Sunday, July 20, 2014 at 7:05 p.m.

July 22, 2014 | | LOCAL


Johnson: Getting on the same page of the 2050 Plan

Last week I attended two informal meetings of citizens and two Chamber of Commerce moderated meetings on the 2050 Plan and a meeting on the Highway 278 Community Improvement District. I came away with an appreciation of just how similar is the end result most of us want for Newton County and yet how distant are the means that we would employ to accomplish that end.

July 22, 2014 | Philip Johnson | Columnists


Letter to the Editor: The Mansfield 2050 meeting: Confusion, conflict

Yes, I am a rocket scientist specializing in deep space propulsion. However that is no asset when it comes to understanding the reason for the extreme "Plan." I would like to point out that the sessions are unlike anything I have ever experienced due to the fact there are no objective points made by the presenters. It is like, "Hey, it's all good!" And we know better than that.

July 19, 2014 | Samuel Martin Hay III | Letters


Letter to the Editor: What I Like About The 2050 Plan…..So far

The 2050 Plan gives us, the citizens of Newton County, a chance to control our own destiny, rather than leaving future growth and development up to those whose primary interest is lining their own pockets. It gives us a chance, as a community, to unite behind a shared vision of what our county should be in the future. Over the past decade, our local governments, school system and water and sewage department have struggled to deal with the adverse effects of accelerated growth and poor development practices. Our residents have been subjected to the undue stress resulting from overburdened services ...

July 19, 2014 | John M. Callaway | Letters


Mrs. Jayne Satterfield

Wheeler Funeral Home

July 19, 2014 | | OBITS


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Long time gone — It can’t be 45 years

This spring and summer have found me doing a lot of walking as I break in a new knee and hip joint from Peachtree Orthopedics in Atlanta. My long time pharmacist, Bob Richardson, correctly advised me to stick with walking since I couldn't run a lick in high school. Newton Drive is a favorite route and I made 50 miles in July, not bad for a gimpy, 62-year-old pudgy guy.

August 21, 2011 | Mike Lassiter | Columnists


Meadors: Where do we go from here?

Dismal news on the school front. Budget cuts fall like rain. Well-intended House Bills hold some promise, but high school seniors looking at the future likely wonder "Where do we go from here?" Students seek understanding and advisement as they forge through and navigate the labyrinth of college applications. Visions of dream colleges, second choices, and backup colleges dance in their minds. Yet the prospect of scouring online college websites with fancy Real Players, jazzy YouTube orientations, and perky PDF programs of study often leaves high school seniors exhausted. The recent changes to Hope under House Bill 326 have left ...

August 21, 2011 | Jeff Meadors | News Columnists


Wynne: Armadillos digging could pose problems

A small hard shelled creature visited my yard and many others this summer. Armadillos have been a nuisance in Newton County and other North Georgia Counties for a few years now. Only a few years ago, it was believed that these creatures could only tolerate the cool weather - not cold. In Extreme South Georgia, there was thought to be an imaginary line that existed one or two counties north of the Florida/Georgia line that held these Armadillos within warmer climates. This is not the case. In 1989, I was a County Agent in Fitzgerald where Armadillo complaints were common ...

August 21, 2011 | Ted Wynne | News Columnists


Wynne: Chiggers have plenty of itch time

On a per size basis, chiggers make you itch more than any other insect that I have ever experienced. Chiggers are so small, 1/20th of an inch, you can't see them without a magnifying lens yet they deliver a bite you won't forget. Well, the bite itself goes undetected most of the time, but the itch will last for days.

August 14, 2011 | Ted Wynne Newton County Extension | News Columnists


Life-saving cancer care must be protected

As a radiation oncologist at Covington's Radiotherapy Centers of Georgia - Newton County, every day I am able to witness the positive impact that innovations in cancer care have on patients' lives, particularly in the field of radiation oncology. Recent advancements in technology have extended and greatly enhanced the quality of life for many people right here in our community who have been diagnosed with potentially deadly cancers.

August 14, 2011 | Frederick Schnell, M.D. Guest Columnist | Columnists


Do the math

Dear Editor: Thank you for including the current national debt in your newspaper and its burden upon individuals. This should be a reminder that our government has demonstrated, without a shadow of a doubt, that it is not a competent manager of taxpayers' hard earned money. Therefore, voting taxpayers should insist that the national government limit its activities to those assigned by the Constitution. Philanthropy is not included and should be opposed consistently (even though various "welfare", "entitlement", etc., programs apparently are effective means of buying votes from selected population groups and therefore attractive to career politicians).

August 14, 2011 | Leon A. Leonard Mansfield | Letters


Glorious capitalism

Dear Editor: For those who say I voted and think that that is enough. It is not. It is like saying I attend church on Easter every year no matter what. You must do more to help yourself, your nation and your God.

August 14, 2011 | Luke Knight Covington | Letters


Hour of need

Dear Editor: On April 28, shortly after midnight, our town of Newborn was hit by a tornado. Streets were blocked by fallen trees and for several house we could not get into or out of the town.

August 14, 2011 | Roger W. Sheridan Mayor of Newborn | Letters


Electricity woes

Dear Editor: I have a question that needs to be addressed by Snapping Shoals Electrical Company. When do you have your meetings and send your stock holders invitations to the meetings for those who wanted and needed to attend? Where are the minutes, notes or agendas discussed at the annual meetings?

August 10, 2011 | D. S. Hughes | Letters


Locally grown food and chinch bugs

Locally Grown

August 07, 2011 | By Ted Wynne | News Columnists


The return of Tiger

As of this writing Tiger Woods - who has been more like Bear Woods in recent months - has recovered from his injuries and coming out of hibernation to return to competitive golf.

August 07, 2011 | By Ric Latarski | Columnists


New school year is officially here

It was a busy first day of school as teachers and staff welcomed approximately 19,000 students for the start of the 2011-2012 school year. The first day of school is always a challenge and today was no exception as students, staff and parents try to learn new traffic patterns, parking rules and both bus and student pick-up and drop-off procedures.

August 05, 2011 | Courtesy of the Newton County School System | Education


Mediation candidates

Well, it looks like we will have professional football this year and I don't mean at Ohio State or the University of Southern California.

July 31, 2011 | By Ric Latarski | News Columnists


McCoy: The power of prayer

Psalm 17:6-7 (New Living Translation): I am praying to you because I know you will answer, O God. Bend down and listen as I pray. Show me your unfailing love in wonderful ways. By your mighty power you rescue those who seek refuge from their enemies.

July 29, 2011 | Jan McCoy | Columnists


Taxpayers walking dollar signs

In her July 22 column, Barbara Morgan tells us that "bold, well spoken retiree" Bill Hoosen is upset that the Newton County Board of Commissioners did not recently raise property taxes. According to Morgan, Hoosen believes the lack of a tax increase "will harm the county."

July 27, 2011 | By John Douglas | Columnists


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