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If it seems like we have been celebrating Independence Day for more than a week, that's because we have. This is the time we celebrate our birth as a nation and the freedoms that we cherish. It seems that we can't get it all into just one day.

July 05, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Mass Hysteria in America

In the 1400s, a nun in a French convent started making sounds like a cat. Other nuns began to do the same. Eventually, they started biting one another. As word of the bitings spread, so, too, did the bitings. They swept through other convents all the way to Rome.

July 05, 2015 | Erick Erickson | Columnists


Hollywood of the South news

In the wake of Nina Dobrev's departure from "The Vampire Diaries," last season, producers are bringing Lily Salvatore (Annie Wersching), mother of Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Stefan (Paul Wesley), back in all her mischief making glory for Season 7. Details are vague, but it's anticipated that Mama Salvatore will shake things up in Mystic Falls.

July 05, 2015 | | LOCAL


Filling the gap for hungry children

Bad enough to be cooped up in the house during the summer because parents are at work and child care is cost prohibitive. But imagine being stuck inside and not having anything to eat.

July 05, 2015 | | LOCAL


Authorities investigating possible anti-gay hate crime in northwestern Forsyth County

NORTHWEST FORSYTH - Authorities say they are treating the burning of a rainbow flag on a vehicle at a northwestern Forsyth County home as an anti-gay hate crime.

June 30, 2015 | Kayla Robins krobins@forsythnews.com | LOCAL


Cripps had no choice after officer tests positive

In early May, Porterdale Police Officer Trevor Jones reported to his chief he was under investigation by the GBI and U. S. Post Office. When the results of a urine test came back positive, Police Chief Jason Cripps said he had no choice.

June 28, 2015 | Sandra Brands | Porterdale


4th of July events sparkle across Newton

COVINGTON- One of the joys of small town Georgia is the town square. It's not just an area where people can shop and eat, but it's a place where they can come together to celebrate holidays, hear seasonal concerts, and take a breather under the trees during a hectic work day.

June 27, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Council re-imagines amenities for Yellow River Park

There have been changes in Porterdale since the plans for Yellow River Park were drawn up in 2011-12.

June 27, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Why we see dogs as man’s best friend?

For centuries dogs have been called man's best friend. Many of us either have dogs as pets or remember with fondness the years that we did. Perhaps it is because in most cases the dogs seem to think a lot more of us than we are really worth. A dog can be a great example of unconditional love. The other day I found a whole new reason to give this title of "best friend" to a dog.

June 27, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Communities gather for Emmanuel 9

Approximately 150 people from churches around Newton County came together Wednesday night at St. Paul's African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Covington to hold vigil for the nine people slain while at prayer services in Charleston last week.

June 25, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


EHS soccer holds 4th annual alumni match

Eighteen current and former Eastside Eagles gathered together Saturday evening at Cousins Middle School to play in the fourth annual Eastside High School Alumni soccer match.

June 24, 2015 | Staff Report | Eastside


Stephens: Why Father's Day

Today is the day that tradition has set aside in our nation as the day we honor our fathers. Though there is no clear history on the day. When we look at the time line, the day came into existence after Mother's Day was first observed.

June 21, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


A Lack of Trust

Neither Donald Trump nor Ben Carson will be president of the United States. Having observed political campaigns actively since 1988, neither campaign has the connections, opinion leader support or organizational abilities to win the nomination. But they are candidates who can throw a wrench in the process.

June 21, 2015 | Erick Erickson | Columnists


Gardening for and as a community

Nothing tastes like a still-warm from the sun, freshly picked beefsteak tomato. It's juicy, red and taste like, well, a tomato.

June 21, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Jimmy Johns to open in Covington by end of summer

As a child, he waited tables in his mother's restaurant. Since then, John Nissan, 25, has worked every station in food service, most recently as a server at Cheddar's Casual Café in Columbus; Locos Grill and Pub in Athens; and Buffalo Wild Wings in Kennesaw.

June 20, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


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Grocery store goes out of business

The Save A Lot grocery store located at the corner of Alcovy Road and U.S. Highway 278 in Covington closed its doors recently after a nearly two-year in business.

Given widespread competition, the store location was not able to perform as anticipated, according to a company spokeswoman. The closing once again leaves the 18,500 square-foot location in the Covington Corners shopping center closed.

November 06, 2012 | Anastasia Graves | Business


Another four years?

Dear Editor: By the time this letter will have been printed, our country will have decided whether to commit to socialism and bankruptcy, or whether we begin the long climb back to where we came from. With President Obama's record of ineptness on the economy and reckless forays into foreign affairs, we as a nation are mired in hopelessness.

November 06, 2012 | Felton Hudson | Letters


Rain on election day

Election Day is off to a rainy start, but for those planning to vote later in the day, rain is expected to largely clear up by around 1 p.m., according to The Weather Channel, while The National Weather service said occasional rain could continue until 3 p.m.

November 06, 2012 | | LOCAL


Bear Creek Reservoir: Now or later?

The eventual need for the Bear Creek Reservoir seems to be a foregone conclusion, but the county's need for more water may not materialize as soon as once predicted. Newton County recently was promised a $21 million state loan for Bear Creek Reservoir and the board of commissioners is now considering a resolution that will obligate taxpayers to finance the project and repay the loan. It appears that county officials are planning to proceed with construction within the next couple of years. However, a comprehensive analysis done as part of the 2011 Middle Ocmulgee Regional Water Plan indicated that ...

November 04, 2012 | By Larry McSwain Guest Columnist | Columnists


Local artist makes official Ga. ornaments

Newton County resident Cindy Murphy considers herself a starving artist, but this starving artist has been improving her skills for the past 15 years and recently received a top state honor, when Gov. Nathan Deal chose her for to make Georgia's official Christmas ornaments.

November 03, 2012 | By Anastasia Graves news@covnews.com | LOCAL


Adams plays Denzel’s father in ‘Flight’

T.K. Adams is set to hit the big screen in the new movie "Flight."

October 27, 2012 | Anastasia Graves | LOCAL


6 ways to celebrate Halloween

With Halloween just days away, there is plenty for Newton County residents on all sides of the county to look forward to, from the popular trick or treating on the square to ghost tours. So get your costumes on and get ready for a spook-tacular good time!

Tour of Southern Ghosts - Oct. 28

October 27, 2012 | Anastasia Graves | LOCAL


International lessons

"For the whole conduct of life is based on this: that what we admire in others we want to do ourselves."

October 23, 2012 | Superintendent Gary Mathews | LOCAL


Local revives talent for stained glass

Covington resident Cheria Veal understands light - how it strikes her stained-glass pieces and is reflected and altered into shimmering patterns of color on the walls and floor.

October 20, 2012 | Anastasia Graves | LOCAL


Coulter : Alert, so the ‘winner’

The best question at the second presidential debate came from Michael Jones, an African-American who said: "Mr. President, I voted for you in 2008. What have you done or accomplished to earn my vote in 2012? I'm not that optimistic, as I was in 2008.

October 20, 2012 | Ann Coulter Columnist | Columnists


Just a thought: Death

We don't like to talk about it, yet we have so many unanswered questions regarding it - death. What about it? God does not want us to be ignorant or unaware nor does the Bible shy away from the topic. In fact it directly answers many of our most common questions. While space does not permit us to do a full examination of the subject, we will deal with the two most important questions about death: 1. Does everyone die? Unless Jesus comes back first, yes, everyone has a date with death "...it is appointed for men to die once ...

October 18, 2012 | Dr. William Burnham | Columnists


White House, Congress failing to live up to responsibilities

According to dictionary.com, a popular definition of sequestration is removal or separation. Although the term sequestration is being bandied about in relation to massive defense cuts that threaten our nation's military readiness, I prefer the term "divorce," because that is exactly what our elected leaders are doing with the Constitution that they have sworn to uphold.

October 18, 2012 | James E. Koutz Guest Columnist | Columnists


Nonprofit to host after-school event Thurs.

The Sojourner Truth Observational Study Hometel will host its annual fundraiser event "Lights on After school" from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Covington Walmart parking lot, 10300 Industrial Blvd.

October 17, 2012 | By Anastasia Graves news@covnews.com | LOCAL


Israeli officers visit Covington on US tour

The Covington Police Department is the first stop for high ranking police officials from Israel, hoping to enhance and expose them to the U.S. form of public safety and policy. For two weeks, they will be in Georgia, learning new ways to take on problematically tasks in Israel. During their stay, they will train and participate in several areas of law enforcement.

The program GILEE, (Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange) is behind their visit to the state, federal and international law enforcement agencies throughout Georgia. The CPD has been participating in this program since the early 90s, with former ...

October 16, 2012 | Anastasia Graves | LOCAL


Local movie focuses on homelessness

Covington resident and local actor Travis Breedlove is using his talent for a good cause this holiday season by helping produce a movie to raise awareness and money for the neediest in Newton County.

October 13, 2012 | By Anastasia Graves | LOCAL


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