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Our Thoughts: Teacher of the year

Congratulations Kenneth Hanson. It's a great honor and great testament to your hard work that you were named Newton County School System's 2015 Teacher of the Year.

October 18, 2014 | | Our Thoughts


Letter: BOC continues to lack vision and leadership

Dear editor

October 18, 2014 | Aaron Brooks | Letters


Newton County Jail Log, Oct. 15, 2014

Sammy Wayne Banks Jr., Conroe, Oct 13, Failure to Appear

October 18, 2014 | | Newton County Jail Log


Horror flick 'The Ring 3' base in Rockdale

A major horror movie-"The Ring 3"-will start production in Conyers just in time for Halloween and remain based here for at least six months, the Conyers Rockdale Economic Development Council learned on Oct. 14.

October 16, 2014 | | LOCAL


Newton falls in first round

Newton's softball team fresh off asecond place finish in the Region 2-AAAAAA tournament hosted the first round matchup of the Georgia AAAAAA state playoffs against Tift County.

October 15, 2014 | Javon Dickerson | Newton


Rivers Alive 2014 helped clean, educate

More than 40 kayakers, and more volunteers on foot, showed up to help clean up the Yellow River during the annual Rivers Alive cleanup event Saturday.

October 13, 2014 | | LOCAL


Oxford to require sewer connection

The clock is ticking for 18 Oxford homeowners who haven't adhered to a city ordinance requiring residents within 100 feet of the city's sanitary sewer system to connect.

October 11, 2014 | Randy Schafer | LOCAL


Marchers make it to Mt. Pleasant

More plantations were nearby for foraging, now that Harris' Quarters had been reached. To the east troops trekked towards Mt. Pleasant, the property bordering Harris' Quarters. This 6,000-acre estate started at the Alcovy River and ran to the north side of Alcovy Trestle Road, just beyond the busy lanes of today's Interstate 20.

October 11, 2014 | Kathleen Demarco | LOCAL


Continuing a Legacy

Serving in the community for more than 150 years, First Presbyterian Church of Covington is still standing strong. Established in 1827, originally as a garden, this ministry has always made its mark in the community. The roots of this ministry go so deep into the community; one of its forefathers, Dr. Hayes, was one of the very first pastors of the church, and still has living family members who are active in the ministry.

October 11, 2014 | Rasheera Dopson-Robinson | RELIGION


About that pink robbon...

Doesn't it seem like the official color of October is pink? Everywhere you look, people are celebrating National Breast Cancer Awareness month in their own way.

October 11, 2014 | Hosanna Fletcher | LOCAL


The challenge of downsizing

Have you ever thought we live in a world where often our possessions possess us. The recent release of a new IPhone demonstrated the desire of many to have the newest and latest. The forever multiplying amount of stuff we have demonstrates our weak ability to make critical choices. This is a growing trend in our world. If you look inside the beautiful houses in Covington's historical district, you will notice how much less storage there is as compared to home built in today's world. There were fewer closets and those few were much smaller. And furthermore there ...

October 11, 2014 | Wiley Stephens | LIFE


Poppin’ with flavor

Things are popping on Crowell Road now.

October 11, 2014 | Mikayla Newton | Business


Wall of Hope celebrates 12 Newton County breast cancer survivors

For those who are diagnosed with it, breast cancer can be terrifying.

October 08, 2014 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Oxford council approves sewer line requirements

Nearly 20 Oxford homeowners will be the newest residents to take the plunge into the sanitary sewer line required by the city. Residents will be required to fall in line by the Feb. 4, 2015 deadline, and will be mailed a letter of notification and options of payment plans.

October 07, 2014 | Randy Schafer | Oxford


Newborn council may install new speed bumps

The Newborn City council meeting started off with a small prayer following an introduction of guest attendee Elect Pasty Harris who is running for State House Representative of district 112. Here's what you need to know from the meeting:

October 07, 2014 | Rasheera Dopson-Robinson | LOCAL


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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


Do the math

Dear Editor: Thank you for including the current national debt in your newspaper and its burden upon individuals. This should be a reminder that our government has demonstrated, without a shadow of a doubt, that it is not a competent manager of taxpayers' hard earned money. Therefore, voting taxpayers should insist that the national government limit its activities to those assigned by the Constitution. Philanthropy is not included and should be opposed consistently (even though various "welfare", "entitlement", etc., programs apparently are effective means of buying votes from selected population groups and therefore attractive to career politicians).

August 14, 2011 | Leon A. Leonard Mansfield | Letters


Glorious capitalism

Dear Editor: For those who say I voted and think that that is enough. It is not. It is like saying I attend church on Easter every year no matter what. You must do more to help yourself, your nation and your God.

August 14, 2011 | Luke Knight Covington | Letters


Hour of need

Dear Editor: On April 28, shortly after midnight, our town of Newborn was hit by a tornado. Streets were blocked by fallen trees and for several house we could not get into or out of the town.

August 14, 2011 | Roger W. Sheridan Mayor of Newborn | Letters


Electricity woes

Dear Editor: I have a question that needs to be addressed by Snapping Shoals Electrical Company. When do you have your meetings and send your stock holders invitations to the meetings for those who wanted and needed to attend? Where are the minutes, notes or agendas discussed at the annual meetings?

August 10, 2011 | D. S. Hughes | Letters


Locally grown food and chinch bugs

Locally Grown

August 07, 2011 | By Ted Wynne | News Columnists


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