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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


Dickson signs with Austin Peay

Social Circle High School All-State 2nd Baseman Brea Dickson signed with Division 1 Austin Peay State University on November 11. Brea has won countless awards in her high school softball career. She is the only SCHS senior to be selected to the All-State team. She has also won best all-around and MVP. Pictured with Brea are her parents, Dennis & Heather Dickson, her sister Alyssa and her SCHS coaches, Coach B and Coach Margie.

December 07, 2014 | Staff Report | Social Circle


The wrong route to reform

Last month, the police commissioner of New York, Bill Bratton, was quizzed at a conference by Jeffrey Toobin, a writer for The New Yorker. Bratton had been the police chief in Boston and Los Angeles, as well as New York's once before, and he is a well-known champion of what is known as the "broken windows" school of policing. Toobin asked him what could account for the precipitous drop in crime in New York City. Bratton responded in a flash: The cops.

December 06, 2014 | Richard Cohen | Columnists


Can racial discrimination explain much?

In the medical profession, there is the admonition primum non nocere, the Latin expression for "first, do no harm." In order not to do harm, at the minimum, requires accurate diagnostics. Suppose a patient presents with abdominal pains, and the physician diagnoses it as caused by the patient's ingrown toenails. If that isn't the cause, the physician can spend all the resources he wants treating the patient's ingrown toenails and not remedy the patient's abdominal pains.

December 06, 2014 | Walter E. Williams | OPINION


Bear Creek Reservoir cost doubles?

The cost of the Bear Creek Project has started the inevitable "price creep", or "price jump" in this case.

December 06, 2014 | Wesley Dowdy | Letters


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Smith: Getting into fishing weather

The Covington News is looking to expand its coverage of the area's outdoor sports and its sportsmen. The News will dedicate this space to stories, calendar items and photos of fishing, hunting and other outdoor sports.

April 26, 2012 | Richard Smith III Fishing Columnist | Recreation


Senior sendoff successful for Rams

The Newton Rams gave their seniors a successful send off with a 5-3 win over the visiting Rockdale Bulldogs Wednesday night.

April 26, 2012 | By Beau McCrane sports@covnews.com | Newton


No. of Illegal immigrants in U.S. drops

WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of Mexican immigrants living illegally in the U.S. has dropped significantly for the first time in decades, a dramatic shift as many illegal workers, already in the U.S. and seeing few job opportunities, return to Mexico.

April 23, 2012 | HOPE YEN, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Blakeslee: Starting the hunt

Glad to see you back again this week. Have you had a chance to gather your tools for your hunt? Did you get a chance to explore Ancestry.com? Did you go visit the Newton County Library's Heritage Room? The Library has genealogy volunteers just about everyday in the Heritage Room to help you. How about that steno book and loose leaf notebook?

April 21, 2012 | Ellen Blakeslee Columnist | Columnists


Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor: Much to the dismay of a handful of people in our town, I am capable of both spelling and writing the English language as well as Spanish.

April 21, 2012 | Hosea Jackson Social Circle | Letters


Carter: Doing your due diligence

In a recent Wisconsin speech, GOP Presidential candidate Rick Santorum stirred supporters with a tale of assault on American democracy and tradition. "I was just reading something last night, from the State of California…I think it's seven or eight of the California system of universities don't even teach an American history course. It's not even available to be taught," he said. "Just to tell you how bad it's gotten in this country, where we're trying to disconnect the American people from the roots of who we are, so they have an understanding of what ...

April 21, 2012 | Maurice Carter Columnist | Columnists


Soccer: Lady Eagles shut out Rockdale, 5-0

The Eastside Lady Eagles won their tenth game of the season topping the Lady Bulldogs of Rockdale at Reid Memorial Stadium in Conyers Friday night.

April 20, 2012 | | Eastside


Perugino: It’s still the spending

I know I've already used this famous slogan of Bill Clinton from his last presidential campaign a number of times, but holy cow Batman, we are drowning in endless preaching on increasing revenue (secret word for taxes) and totally ignoring spending.

The Buffett Rule - what a masterful misdirection play used to avert attention from the gargantuan spending and to invoke class warfare. Under the Buffett Rule, businesses and families earning $1 million will pay a minimum 30 percent effective tax rate. The president says those Americans aren't paying enough, and as proof he points to billionaire Warren Buffett ...

April 19, 2012 | William Perugino | Columnists


Industry deals good sign for Georgia

Georgia's job market has received a boost of confidence in recent months.

April 19, 2012 | By Lee Johnson ljohnson@gainesvilletimes.com | STATE


Newton keeps hopes alive

Newton kept its playoff hopes alive with a win over the favored East Coweta Indians 8-6 Tuesday night.

The Rams let a 4-2 lead slip away to trail 5-4, before going up for good in the bottom of the fourth. Even so, the outcome was uncertain until Newton's starter, Sherman Graves struck out the final Indian hitter with the tying runs on base in the seventh inning.

April 19, 2012 | Beau McCranie | SPORTS


Gahwiler: Students’ apathy towards learning

What's become of our society? Our youth? Our parenting? Children used to dream of being able to go to middle school instead of working in factories, let alone high school. Why has the parenting become so laissez-faire that our teens no longer wish to learn and become educated? Why has the "education" system lowered its standards simply to accommodate for the lacking of our generation? Why is our society sacrificing education and knowledge for the sake of schooling?

Our dropout rates are decreasing, but each teenage generation as a whole seems to care less about education than the previous ...

April 14, 2012 | Robert Gahwiler | Columnists


Carter: Changing the blame game

The 1970s were described famously by novelist Tom Wolfe as the "Me Decade" in a 1976 article in New York Magazine.

If I were asked to pin a label on the period we live in today, I would call this the "Who? Me!?" decade.

April 14, 2012 | Maurice Carter | Columnists


Catch the genealogy bug

In today's busy society and with the way the economy is, genealogy is the farthest thought from your mind. Who cares how my ancestors from 100 years ago lived. I need to survive in today's world. I need to go to work, take care of my family, worry about whether the car will start, or how my son and daughter are doing in school.

April 14, 2012 | By Ellen Blakeslee | News Columnists


Obama and Romney at the starting gate

Any doubt that Mitt Romney would win the Republican presidential nomination vanished when Rick Santorum left the race. It also marked the end of Romney's time as the defining figure in the overall contest for the White House.

April 14, 2012 | By Scott Rasmussen | Columnists


Mathews: Working on the Work

While immersed in the 40-year-old school desegregation case as Superintendent of the East Baton Rouge Parish School System in Louisiana (1995-2001), I encountered well-known school reformer Phil Schlechty. He was to advise school officials and community on matters of educational importance.

I learned that something was different about this man; something that made him a cut above the typical consultant in such matters of race, numbers and edicts. As Superintendent in suburban-Dallas, I asked him to assist me once again, but this time in Texas' top-performing school system, one of affluence and excellence in academics and athletics.

April 14, 2012 | Gary Mathews | Education


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