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Action Ministries opens office in Newton

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.

May 21, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


NHS to host girls b-ball camp Tuesday

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.

May 18, 2015 | Staff Report | Newton


Francis and Walden to represent EHS soccer

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 ...

May 17, 2015 | Staff Report | Eastside


Let’s keep helping the women in our lives

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?

May 17, 2015 | Hosanna Fletcher | Health


Peddle for a cause

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.

May 17, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


What would our community be missing if we didn't have a Chamber of Commerce?

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.

May 17, 2015 | | LIVING


Kelly takes over Porterdale downtown development

Everyone living in Porterdale is a stakeholder in the promotion of the town's Main Street Program, says Josephine Kelly.

May 17, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Gathering in Atlanta

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.

May 17, 2015 | Erick Erickson | Columnists


Golf Tournament to raise funds for Haiti missions

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.

May 16, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Alcovy UMC charity run benefits men’s residential recovery program

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.

May 15, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Disk golf flies into Porterdale

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".

May 14, 2015 | Sandra Brands | DIGITAL NEWSPAPER


Welcome to your weekend (May 15)

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 ...

May 14, 2015 | Jenni Mauran | DIGITAL NEWSPAPER


Have you ever thought...

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.

May 10, 2015 | Wiley Stevens | LIVING


'Sleepy Hollow' TV show moves to Rockdale

The Headless Horseman will soon join vampires on Conyers film sets, as Fox's popular supernatural TV series "Sleepy Hollow" moves its production here.

May 10, 2015 | John Ruch | Business


Follow the game

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May 10, 2015 | Steve Brown | Letters


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Dangling over the fiscal cliff

Let me get this clear in my mind: we have avoided the fiscal cliff but not avoided the fiscal cliff because what was done prevents a supposed disaster but ultimately did not do enough and the danger is still with us.

January 05, 2013 | By Ric Latarski | Columnists


Burnham: You can never fool God

"You can fool some of the people some of the time, but you can't fool all the people, all of the time."

We have all heard that quote, but here is another: "You can never fool God or yourself." Those two always know the "real" truth. So, let's ask the tough question, "Are you for real?" Or you do look like you have it all together on the outside, but on the inside you're not who others really think you are? May I remind you, God sees and knows all things. His name "El Shaddi" means "One ...

January 03, 2013 | William Burnham Pastor of Point of Grace Church | Columnists


Seminar to help farmers’ exporting decisions

For farmers, the decision to start exporting produce can be daunting or even confusing.

December 29, 2012 | By Michael Wheeler | LOCAL


Tax exemption helps ag producers save money

At more than $3 a gallon, buying 300 gallons of diesel fuel isn't cheap, but it's necessary for Scott Glover to run his dairy and creamery. After Jan. 1, the price tag for all that fuel - along with any other products used in production at Mountain Fresh Creamery and Glo-Crest Dairy in Clermont - will be tax exempt.

December 29, 2012 | By Matt Chambers | LOCAL


Looking back on a great year

The holiday season is upon us already. I would like to wish the City of Covington a Merry Christmas, as well as a Happy New Year, and I hope that everyone enjoys this special time of year. I know that I myself am looking forward to this Christmas season.

December 22, 2012 | By Ronnie Johnston | Columnists


Plant Vogtle sees delay, cost overruns

Southern Co. has had a simple message for the past few years: The effort to build the country's first new nuclear power plant in a generation was on time and on budget. Now, that message is changing.

December 20, 2012 | Staff Reports/AP | Business


Response to Conn. shootings

Dear Parents: By now, you are well aware of the tragic school shooting that occurred Friday morning at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. As a parent, I am heavy-hearted and know that you, like me, are hurting. There will be extensive media coverage of this terrible tragedy on the news and much discussion about it in our communities in the days and weeks ahead.

December 18, 2012 | Gary S. Mathews, Ph.D. Newton County Schools Superintendent | Letters


Emergency Action Plan

Once again, we see the necessity of school systems in even the quietest locations having a plan in place to deal with what happened in Newtown, Conn. These tragedies are happening more and more and both school systems and businesses must have an Emergency Action Plan in place, practiced and ready in case the unthinkable happens.

December 18, 2012 | John Douglas County Commissioner-Elect | Letters


Georgia’s good ol’ boys club

OK, so I talk to myself when I'm making my hour long commute. It's usually after something irritates me while listening to the morning news on the radio. Last week, however, I had a pretty constructive discussion with myself. Why do we keep turning to the same people to fix the problems we have within our government? At the federal, state and local levels we consistently turn to the "good ol' boys" to reform our government and solve the problems of today. Sure, with age comes wisdom. Other qualities that are acquired with age are paranoia, memory loss ...

December 15, 2012 | By Dustin Ketchem | Columnists


Barge: A stronger educational foundation

With the holiday season upon us, most Georgians are thinking about celebrations with family and friends, holiday break and, of course, gifts. This holiday season, I am encouraging Georgia parents and grandparents to give the most important gift you can to your children - the gift of education.

In the early years of a child's life, this gift involves reading with your children, playing with them and encouraging a love of learning. As they go through school, Georgia's teachers will work hand-in-hand with you to build upon the foundation you have established to prepare your children for success.

December 08, 2012 | John Barge State Superintendent | Columnists


Photos from the Covington Christmas parade

Around 130 nonprofits, businesses, churches, governments and school groups turned out for Saturday's annual Covington Christmas parade, which started at Sharp Stadium on Newton Drive and snaked its way down Anderson Avenue, Floyd Street and then around the square.

December 02, 2012 | | Covington


Shattuck: Giving students a voice with technology support

In my last article, I spoke about students assuming ownership of their learning. Research literature calls this "student agency." Even though this is a simple concept, it is difficult for most teachers to implement because it involves giving students a voice over what happens in their class. Traditional classroom practices usually involve the teacher making all the decisions for the student. Whereas, with a student-centered classroom, students are allowed to make some decisions as to what and how they learn. When a teacher puts the student at the center of the learning experience, then the students begin to take ownership ...

December 01, 2012 | Gary Shattuck | Education


Mansfield man stabs ex’s boyfriend

A Mansfield man was arrested Saturday for allegedly stabbing his ex-girlfriend's current boyfriend, a crime for which he himself called authorities to report Saturday morning.

November 27, 2012 | Kathy Hooks | LOCAL


Local movie makers bring WSCC story to film

When the Washington Street Community Center Board of Directors launched its fall fundraising campaign with the aggressive goal to raise $50,000 for the center's annual operating budget, board members knew the campaign needed something special.

November 25, 2012 | Devin Griggs | LOCAL


Volunteer Spotlight: Erogbogbo focuses on diversity

Each month, we shine a spotlight on one of the many volunteers who are keys to the success of the Washington Street Community Center. Last month, we interviewed Mrs. Louise B. Adams, a retired primary school principal who founded and continues to tutor students in the After School Homework Tutorial Program.

November 25, 2012 | Emily Dong | LOCAL


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