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Welcome to your Weekend (week of March 27)

Today I noticed my daughter reading one of Charles Schultz' Peanuts stories. You remember Peanuts right? Charlie Brown ran to kick the football, only to have Lucy jerk it out from under him. Snoopy, the World War I Flying Ace, relentlessly pursued the Red Baron. Linus, sweet and wise, couldn't seem to let go of his blue blanket. Schroeder wowed us with his Mozart-like talent on his kiddie piano. And Sally, full of love and a bit naive, followed Linus into the Pumpkin Patch for yet another disappointment. We all know the characters and the stories so well. They ...

March 26, 2015 | Jenni Mauran | DIGITAL NEWSPAPER


‘A great week for the children’

It was a great week for the children of Georgia. Not only did my bill to protect teenage girls from having their phone number put on a pornographic website ("Kelsey's Law") pass unanimously, but a Cyber Bullying measure by my fellow Newton delegate Rep. Pam Dickerson also passed. Overall, there were many bills to protect children including the "Hidden Predator Act" which lengthens the amount of time a victim may bring a sexual abuse perpetrator to civil court. This bill moves Georgia from the fourth worst in the nation to where most states are now. There was also a ...

March 22, 2015 | Dave Belton | Columnists


How the community can help solve the issue of parent accountability?

There is an ancient legend that has given us the expression "cutting the Gordian knot". This means to find a bold solution to a complex problem. The legend is that Gordius, an ancient king of Phrygia, (that was located in what is now Turkey) tied a knot that said whoever undid the knot would rule Asia. The legend says that Alexander the Great when he was confronted with the knot did not try to untie it but rather cut it. Thus he found a bold answer to what seemed to others an impossible problem.

March 22, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


A common sense education

You can obtain a degree in just about anything you want, here in America. And if you don't want to spend a lot of money and time in college, you can get a certificate in your area of interest. And if that's too hard, you can go after continuing education credits. Medicine, electronics, law, horticulture, advertising, accounting - you name it; someone will hand you a piece of paper with your name in fancy ink surrounded by Latin phrases. We are living in a land of education, but answer me this: Why can't you find any training in ...

March 22, 2015 | | LIVING


The Oaks is offering special packages during The Masters

The Masters tournament is the first week of April. The tournament, along with warm, spring weather, likely has you very excited for the 2015 golf season. The professional golfers should not be the only ones who get to have fun during the famous tournament; The Oaks is offering special golf packages for the entire week (April 4th, 2015 through April 12th, 2015) that The Masters tournament takes place.

March 22, 2015 | Staff Report | Recreation


Newton soccer falls to Tucker

The past week has been an emotional tragedy for Newton High School and their soccer program. With the loss of fellow mate, Carlvon Betts, soccer may have been the last thing on the mind of the players and coaches. But as time progresses, the season keeps going for the Newton High Soccer program.

March 22, 2015 | Javon Dickerson | Newton


Letter from the Mayor

Dear City of Covington Residents,

March 21, 2015 | | Columnists


Bulldogs take season series over Alcovy

It seems like baseball season just started, but yet most teams are already into the most important part of their schedule, region games. It is one thing to start off your region schedule, and it's another to start it against a border-county rival. Alcovy and Rockdale led off its Region 2-AAAAAA schedule with a three-game series against each other.

March 21, 2015 | Javon Dickerson | Alcovy


Welcome to the Weekend March 20-22

The joys of homework. Most of us remember homework as children. When I was a kid, I got off the bus, enjoyed a Little Debbie Oatmeal Pie, watched an episode of Scooby-Doo and got to work. I didn't mind homework too much, but math word problems were the bane of my childhood existence. "If Sally drives North at 45 mph and Johnny drives South at 75 mph, when will their best friend David get to Dairy Queen?" Seriously? I didn't have time for such questions. I had bikes to ride and creeks to walk before dinner! Today it ...

March 19, 2015 | Jenni Mauran | DIGITAL NEWSPAPER


Crossover day marks progress

I am honored to announce that my first bill, known as "Kelsey's Law," passed the House by a unanimous vote. Originally sponsored by my fellow Newton County delegation member, Representative Pam Dickerson, it will protect teenage girls from a form of cyber bullying. This occurred to brave Kelsey Upton, a resident of Oxford, who courageously helped fellow innocent teens by fighting this malicious injustice. Representative Dickerson also authored another anti-cyber bullying bill that I heartily support. It should be voted on during Crossover Day.

March 15, 2015 | Dave Belton | Columnists


A letter from Mayor Johnston

Dear City of Covington Residents,

March 15, 2015 | Ronnie Johnston | Columnists


Lady Eagles earn first region win; boys outshot on penalty kicks

The Eastside Lady Eagles (4-3, 2-1) spent the first half on their heels due to a dominating offensive attack by the Walnut Grove Lady Warriors (2-5, 1-2) Tuesday night at Homer Sharp Stadium.

March 15, 2015 | Staff Report | Eastside


The Rebel’s Manifesto

I throw my hands in the air, and do a short, ridiculous dance. "It's Friday!" I exclaim, and I walk out of the office and into my sanctuary. I leave the lights off and sit at my desk, black coffee steaming in front of me.

March 15, 2015 | Kaitlynn Mockett | Education


The importance of SLEEP

Let's admit it - we all dread the week that just passed. The "springing forward" is always harder than the "falling back." Regardless of the promise of more daylight and spring being right around the corner, Daylight Savings Time is like a mild case of jet lag - which is why my 3-, almost 4-year-old is not going to sleep until after 9 p.m. It usually takes my family at least a week to adjust and we are all a little cranky about it.

March 15, 2015 | | Health


Should hard assets be a part of your financial plan?

Mike Lassiter is a Chartered Life Underwriter and Chartered Financial Consultant. He is a Licensed Insurance Counselor and a Registered Investment Advisor. He can be reached locally at 770-786-2781.

March 15, 2015 | Mike Lassiter | Business


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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


Smoke clears out movie theater

IN BRIEF: The Crossroads Carmike movie theater in Conyers was evacuated around 2:30 p.m. Thursday after smoke was spotted. Rockdale firefighters reportedly found the source of the smoke near theater nine, one of the larger theaters, from a three-phase transformer with an oil leak and damaged wires.

May 17, 2012 | | LOCAL


Security protocols changing the pace of travel

When relationships go bad, an early warning sign is that one side doesn't really hear what the other is saying. That's certainly the case today in the relationship between voters and America's political class.

May 12, 2012 | By Scott Rasmussen | Columnists


Lassiter: NMC hosts annual Spring Gala

The Gala Committee, consisting of members of the Newton Medical Center Auxiliary along with support from members of the Covington Garden Club, planned a spectacular Annual Spring Gala Saturday, April 28.

The home of Drs. Caralyn and Leon Leonard was the perfect setting for this Asian-flair theme affair. The guests were greeted by the hosts along with some of the Gala Committee members. Professional photos were offered before entering the Leonard's estate and allowing guests to view the personal effects of the owners.

May 05, 2012 | Christy A. Lassiter | LOCAL


Eastside out of playoffs

The Eastside Eagles baseball team entered the first round of the state playoffs Friday night against the Harlem Bulldogs with a sense of quiet confidence, but they left Eagle Field disappointed after being swept 12-2 and 3-1 and getting knocked out of the playoffs.

Game 1

May 05, 2012 | Miles Steele | Eastside


Latarski: Truth in The Steroid Era

In case you haven't noticed, Roger "The Rocket" Clemens is on trial for lying to Congress about whether or not he used performance enhancing drugs and Human Growth Hormone during his illustrious baseball career.

When testifying before Congress about steroid use, Clemens vehemently denied using such substances, despite claims by a teammate that Clemens confessed to him he did use human fuel additives. Clemens' response was that his teammate "misremembered" their conversation.

May 05, 2012 | Ric Latarski | Columnists


Carter: Community Bike Ride

Since becoming a regular columnist, I've avoided writing about trails or bicycles. I get type-cast as an advocate, and there are so many other great topics. But, it's Bike Month, so I can't resist reflecting on the wonders of two-wheeled, self-propelled transportation.

The League of American Bicyclists declared May National Bike Month in 1956 and they've celebrated for 55 years. Today, at 3 p.m. on the square, Mayor Ronnie Johnston will proclaim May 2012 Bike Month in Covington, before the monthly Community Bike Ride. It's a gentle, family-friendly ride, suitable for kids and adults ...

May 05, 2012 | Maurice Carter | Columnists


Silent Auction and Wine Tasting

Dear Editor: The Society of SVDP would like to thank all who had a hand in making the Silent Auction and Wine Tasting on April 27, a success. We had a profound outpouring of generously donated items both local and beyond.

All of the profit will go to the Society which is a nonprofit organization. Fox Vineyards (wine and Fox Vineyard glasses), Sherry Odum (catered the event), Michael Frederick (music), are so much appreciated. We thank The Covington News for their donation and professional ad writer Diane Barber. SVDP members secured the items, packaged some of the baskets, set up ...

May 05, 2012 | Mike & Christy Lassiter | Letters


Free speech

Dear Editor: I, Shannon Black, come forward to identify myself as "MsLoy" and "KBeet" named in a civil action on free speech web comments. I do not agree with the attack on free speech, but by coming out I share a voice for employees under attack who need their jobs.

While I removed my child from NCSS last year, I maintain close internal contacts and will continue to share comments with the public through the Citizen site. Employees will be heard through me since Human Resources is overseen by Carpenter's husband. Employees complain openly that he tells her everything ...

May 05, 2012 | Shannon Black | Letters


Rasmussen: Election 2012’s trench warfare

One hundred years ago, the European powers were hurtling down a path leading to World War I. Trench warfare became the dominant image of that war, as both sides dug in and the battle lines barely moved. Many called it the "War to End All Wars," but in the end it merely set the stage for World War II.

Election 2012 is shaping up to be the political equivalent of trench warfare that fails to resolve anything.

May 05, 2012 | Scott Rasmussen | Columnists


Searching the Internet

Have you had a chance to visit that older relative? Did they give you lots of information and maybe some pictures?

Did you fill out the pedigree chart and decide on your surname? Is the surname on your mother's or father's side?

May 05, 2012 | Ellen Blakeslee Columnist | LOCAL


Helping patients reintegrate into society

At least part of a planned development in the Walker's Bend subdivision, off Ga. Highway 81, will be dedicated to people with behavioral health and developmental disabilities who are trying to reintegrate into the community.

May 05, 2012 | Kelly Petty | LOCAL


Perugino: Common defense non-negotiable

Last night, President Obama visited Afghanistan and stood on the shoulders of the U.S. military to trumpet his foreign policy. But that military is being eviscerated under the president's budget cuts, creating a hollow force and exacerbating today's readiness crisis.

May 03, 2012 | William Perugino Columnist | Columnists


3 arrested in Lakeview Drive drug bust

At least three people were arrested after a search warrant was served by the Covington/Newton County Special Investigation Unit with the help of the Newton County SWAT team Wednesday morning on Lakeview Drive.

May 02, 2012 | | LOCAL


Making a pedigree chart

How did your hunt go this week? Were you able to visit relatives? Have you filled in your family group sheets? It is time now to decide which surname we are going to follow first.

Let's make a pedigree chart or you can print one from Ancestry.com. To make one yourself, get a blank piece of paper. At the bottom, write your name, remember if you are married to write your maiden name. Now draw a line up between your name and across like a T.

May 01, 2012 | Ellen Blakeslee Columnist | LOCAL


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