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Missing the story on Patton

It's a fortunate thing that Bill O'Reilly's latest book, "Killing Patton," was written by him and not someone else. In that case, O'Reilly would have taken the poor person apart, criticizing the book for its chaotic structure, for its considerable padding and for its repellent admiration of a war-loving martinet who fought the Nazis and really never understood why. George S. Patton stood almost shoulder to shoulder with them in his anti-Semitism -- not that O'Reilly seems to have noticed or, for that matter, mentioned in his book.

September 30, 2014 | Richard Cohen | Columnists


America Is poised for collapse

America stands on the very brink of collapse and I believe the indications are such that if she doesn't collapse in my lifetime, she will in my son's. If that scares you, it should. America is in trouble such as she has never experienced in her history and it is trouble of our own making.

September 27, 2014 | | OPINION


They are ruthless

"They are ruthless, single-minded and totally committed." ­- British security adviser; Source: "The Times of London," Aug. 16, 2006.

September 25, 2014 | Mychal Massie | Columnists


National Farm week applies to you too

The weather is changing… finally.

September 23, 2014 | Hosanna Fletcher | LOCAL


Rep. Johnson announces grants

U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson (GA-04) announced the Department of Health & Human Services is awarding $3.3 million in grants for health care navigators in Georgia and more than $460,000 for two local community health care centers. The Rockdale County Treatment Court Collaborative also will receive more than $234,000 in Mental Health & Substance Abuse Service Grants.

September 23, 2014 | | LOCAL


Building a high performance workforce

Groups from the private and public sector came together at SKC Inc. in Newton to learn an improvement methodology called Lean Six Sigma.

September 16, 2014 | Staff Report | Business


RYSA looking for help with trip to Haiti

On Saturday, Oct. 4, 10 of Rockdale Youth Soccer Association's (RYSA) finest will be leaving the U.S. and traveling to Haiti for a seven-day mission trip. The group will be providing soccer day camps for children, school supplies, feeding a village and many other things. RYSA needs help to collect items they will need to make this trip a success for the children of Haiti.

September 13, 2014 | Staff Reports | Recreation


'American Ninja Warrior' to speak to students

Hoan Do will be speaking at the Georgia FFA-FCCLA Center on Sept. 18 and 19.

September 13, 2014 | Staff Reports | Recreation


SEC Banter:

It's Georgia-Sakerlina week and the contest customarily comes equipped with enormous implications.

September 11, 2014 | Ben Prevost | Sports Columnists


Bill to track, reduce military gear to police

U.S. Congressman Hank Johnson of Georgia, District-4, will introduce a bill to House members that's taking aim at the Pentagon's 1033 Program, which gives military-grade weapons and equipment to state and local law enforcement departments for free.

September 11, 2014 | Martin Rand III | LOCAL


Blacks should be angry with themselves

What is it that makes so many blacks so angry? What is it that makes so many of them blame the realities of life that beset everyone, e.g., debt, disappointment, etc., a result of their being black?

September 11, 2014 | Mychal Massie | Columnists


A beacon of hope

First Baptist Church of Covington - this 190-year-old establishment has been in existence since 1823. Located on the Square in downtown Covington, this church is a beacon of hope to the local community.

September 11, 2014 | Rasheera Dopson-Robinson | RELIGION


Blind to the world’s broken windows

"All politics is local," the late Speaker of the House Tip O' Neill famously said. How right he was. The world today is suffering from the failure of President Obama to apply a school of law enforcement that happened to originate in O'Neill's hometown, Boston, and goes by the moniker "broken windows." The problem, simply stated, is that Obama was deaf to the sound of tinkling glass.

September 10, 2014 | Richard Cohen | Columnists


March to sea: Silent witness to Sherman

"The paths of glory lead but to the grave" wrote the poet Thomas Gray. He was talking about the common folk residing forever in an 18th century English churchyard. A century later and an ocean away are the graves of local soldiers who fought in the Civil War. They are found behind the homes of long-time residents in Starrsville and Mansfield, for example, or in the Confederate Cemetery at Conyers and Davis Streets in Covington.

September 06, 2014 | | LOCAL


Tigers fall to 0-2

It was all déjà vu for the Alcovy Tigers (0-2) on Friday night as they took on the Baldwin Braves from Milledgeville, Georgia. In back-to-back weeks, they gave up 30 points on defense, but this time they weren't able to get on the scoreboard, as the Braves torched Alcovy 30-0.

September 06, 2014 | Javon Dickerson | Alcovy


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Congrats to NewRock

To the editor: My sincere congratulations to the Newrock Legal Society and its first executive board members. These distinguished women of color have truly set out to make a difference in the lives of those in Rockdale and Newton counties as "each one, teach one" catches on. My prayer is that they realize what a brave mission they have taken on and the responsibility that comes with it.

September 11, 2011 | Antoine C. Threatt | Letters


Latarski: Congress has returned to work

As we leave the Labor Day weekend behind we are greeted with the grand news Congress is returning to work.

September 11, 2011 | Ric Latarski Columnist | Columnists


Lady Rams drop Stephenson High 11-4

The Newton County Lady Rams won 11 to 4 over Stephenson High School of DeKalb County Thursday evening at home. The win improved the Lady Rams record to 10-3 overall and to 2-1 in region play on the season.

September 10, 2011 | Casey Barts | Newton


Lady Redskins fall to Hebron Christian

The Lady Redskins suffered another home defeat Tuesday evening after falling 8-0 to Hebron Christian.

September 10, 2011 | Casey Barts | Social Circle


Newton under tornado watch until 8 p.m.

IN BRIEF: Newton and Rockdale counties are among the Georgia counties under a tornado watch until 8 p.m. Monday as the remnants of Tropical Depression Lee passes over the state, according to the National Weather Service in Peachtree City.

September 05, 2011 | | LOCAL


A view from the House

The General Assembly spent Aug. 15 through Aug. 31 in what is called a special session. It is referred to as "special" because it is outside of the normal 40 legislative day period, specified in the state constitution, that starts in January. Special sessions can only be convened by a formal proclamation of the governor, referred to as "the call." These sessions are also restricted to legislating only on the topics the governor specifically includes in his call. Governor Deal's call for this session included three topics. First and primary was legislative and congressional redistricting. The second topic was ...

September 04, 2011 | By Doug Holt | Columnists


Re-consecration ceremonies

Community members: I am writing to inform you of two important upcoming events in our community. As you may have heard, recent research has determined that there are hundreds of unmarked slave graves in the historic African-American city cemetery located off East Street in Covington. There is also another city-owned cemetery located off West Street in the sand Hill community where more than 75 unmarked slave graves were discovered.

September 02, 2011 | Deacon Forrest Sawyer President African American Historical Association of Newton County | Letters


Monkey Business

Just in case you missed this, the escaped monkey from Yerkes is still on the loose and officials have called off the search for the elusive creature. It has not been officially determined if the animal could be found hiding under the Gold Dome.

August 28, 2011 | Ric Latarski | Columnists


It takes a village

Dear Editor: We have heard so much negative news about education lately that I felt some positive news was in order. I was looking at the two large bags of school supplies that were just dropped off by a member of the Covington Service Guild and was reminded of what wonderful partners in education we have at Mansfield Elementary School. The ladies of the Service Guild take their title seriously and really serve. They have often come to my rescue with supplies that I would have had to otherwise purchase from my personal funds. I am so grateful for their ...

August 28, 2011 | Diana Wright Mansfield | Letters


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


Keynesian economics

Dear Editor: I am writing to ask you and your readers to take a serious look into the modern "Keynesian" economists. Despite the political right's claim that the current economic situation disproves the Keynesians, the facts are quite the opposite. They have succeeded and are still succeeding in predicting the state of the economy; their assertions hold up against attempts to discredit them; and they know that our current economic policies will do nothing but cement our economic doldrums for years to come.

August 21, 2011 | Roy Evritt Oxford | Letters


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


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


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