When the Monastery of the Holy Spirit presents this year's performance of "The Play of Herod," it will mark the end of a 39-year-old tradition. Since 1974, this remarkable production has told the traditional Christmas story through a musical-drama more than 800 years old.
I was preparing to write this column when I learned that South African leader Nelson Mandela had died.
There was a time in professional sports (baseball in particular) that the reporters covering the game as a block refused to report on the bad behavior and even criminal activity that the player-gods engaged in.
The median age in the United States is 37.2.
I have so much t be thankful for. God has continued to bless me throughout the years. This Thanksgiving, I have so much to be grateful for.
Thanksgiving is a day in which we are supposed to set aside our glass-half-empty attitudes and be thankful for everything we have. I t is a day to remember the kindness of our fellows and everything we have been given. Americans trace this holiday back to a time when people depended on each other for survival and communities were close-knit families.
I am thankful for 1000 things but I am only going to tell you 55:: dog, house, dad, mom, table, electronics, food, watermelon, Nana, Poppy, things to do, Lego's, Grammy, Grandaddy, books, TV, candy, zoo, toys, Christmas,a friends, family, plants, the world. Letters, numbers, Easter, Granny, Papaw, time, cake, light, sun, clocks, the army, fish, animals, guns, brothers, my sister, grass, trees, worms, fire, jumping, playing, superheroes, ducktape, sharks, abc's, GOD, 7, sky, outside, and ...
The Social Circle varsity wrestling team placed third at The Parkview Tough Thanksgiving Duals at Parkview High School last week.
December is the month to share joy. It appears to be the only month when people of all religions and beliefs practice kindness toward their fellow men.
The Newton County Sheriff's Office and Salvation Army are preparing to host their 15th Annual Toy Run Motorcycle Ride. Registration will begin at 9 a.m., Dec. 14 at the Covington Kmart. The cost to participate is $20, or one new, unwrapped toy per bike.
The following is my syndicated column that appeared May 27, 2003. It is more correct today than at the time I wrote it. See for yourself.
Fall and winter are when most people begin to stockpile wood for their fireplaces. Of course, some keep a large supply of wood year-round.
A hazardous winter weather outlook has been issued by the National Weather Service for Newton County and other counties in the Northern and Central portions of Georgia.
Have you put into context what the Republican Party is doing to Tea Party people and every other group that dares to represent the interests of the people?
Dear Editor: I just read the "What if the hunted was the hunter?" and I feel as if I have been deeply insulted. I do not believe that this rant portrays the tradition of hunting as it has been known to my family or the community that I live in. I respect the author's right to express his opinion but I also feel that he is gravely miss-informed and his rant does not reflect well on your paper or our community. Simply put this article is insulting.
Dear Editor: On behalf of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of St Augustine Catholic Church, we would like to extend our appreciation to the merchants and residents of Newton and Rockdale counties and beyond who supported our Oct. 2 Silent Auction & Wine Tasting. As a result of your generous support, our fundraising goal was met and so many people will receive assistance. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul provides ...
In search of some Halloween fun? Here's a roundup of events in Covington and Newton County:
Sunday is Oct. 31, a time for family fun for young and old. As evening approaches, streets and byways will be filled with witches and goblins, mad hatters and fairy princesses.
We ran a story on Page 1 Sunday about the county budget, personnel cuts and lower morale.
The Newton County School System continues to surpass Georgia's average graduation rate, with 84.2 percent of county seniors graduating in 2010, compared to 80.8 percent of seniors statewide, according to information released on Tuesday. Newton County has also continued to post yearly increases in its graduation rate for all students.
Piedmont Academy's Fellowship of Christian Athletes attended "Tribulation Trail" in Stockbridge on Oct. 15. The dramatic, biblical presentation began in 1992 and is sponsored by several community churches in the area. The group walked through tiki-lantern lit paths through the woods to experience journeys based on the Bible's book of Revelations.
Ms. Gwendolyn Rena Boswell died Oct. 21. The daughter of Hattie Boswell and Comer "Pat" Howard, she was born in 1969 in Covington. Ms. Boswell attended Newton County schools and graduated in 1987. She was a valued employee for over 15 years at Smurfit-Stone, formerly Mead Containers. She had a personal and intimate relationship with Jesus Christ, accepting him as her Lord and Savior. Ms. Boswell was a devoted daughter, auntie and sister. She always ...
A line of thunderstorms is moving through Newton and Rockdale counties at this hour. A tornado watch is in effect until 1 p.m., meaning there is a chance for some storms to produce tornadoes.
Newton County has a long and proud agricultural history, but much of that tradition has been lost in recent years to suburban development.
• Romeo Anthony Brown, 21, 5178 Hartsook Drive, Covington, Oct. 18. Simple battery, loitering or prowling, street gang terrorism and prevention statute code.
Over the years many of our readers have listened to National Public Radio, mostly for the commentaries and classical music and jazz it provides its listeners.
The R.L. Cousins class of 1965 celebrated their 45th reunion with activities from Sept. 17-19.
• Jackie Dodd, DUI, 12 months probation, serve 5 days, $1,000 fine; open container, $200 fine.
Come visit the Newton County Animal Shelter at 210 Lower River Road, open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. They would love for you to see what great animals they have for adoption. Telephone (770) 786-9514.