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Teenager, Interrupted

What your growing child needs from you, right now.

April 19, 2015 | Kaitlynn Mockett | Education


Why our YMCA is so special?

I was very pleasantly surprised to find such a strong and vibrant YMCA program as offered by our local Family YMCA. It is very unusual to find such a strong program in our size town. It was founded by some far-sighted citizens in 1986. It had its beginning with an after school program and some exercise classes for adults. The Y began in the small building beside the main facility that is now used for afterschool care. It is located at 2140 Newton Drive.

April 19, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Not too busy to buckle

The week after Spring Break is always a hard transition in my household. It is like a taste of summer hours - we stay outside until dark, go to bed late, and get up at 7:30am (which is late in our house!). So when reality hits and we get back to our school days routine, we inevitably have a few bumpy mornings.

April 19, 2015 | Hosanna Fletcher | Health


Tom Garrett leaves for Barrow County

Newton County Manager Tom Garrett will be stepping down from his position next month to become the public works director for Barrow County.

April 15, 2015 | Stanley Dunlap Meris Lutz | LOCAL


How does our community respond to Child Abuse?

Did you know that one out of six boys and one out of four girls will be abused before their 18th birthday? This is a threat to their future and all the lives they touch. One of our area's response to this challenge is "A Child's Voice". This is the children advocacy center located in Social Circle. It serves Newton, Walton and surrounding counties.

April 12, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Strike the right balance in your diet

"Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you…" That is a song we all like to sing because it means birthday cake is coming! Today is my daughter's birthday and Saturday is my son's birthday so we get to have birthday cake TWICE this week!

April 12, 2015 | Hosanna Fletcher | Health


Ellis’s removal of Neuhierl

Dear editor,

April 12, 2015 | | Letters


First session finishes with a flourish

The last day of my first session was thrilling and exhausting. I worked from 7 in the morning to midnight to get "Kelsey's Law" over the finish line. Only 13 minutes remained before the official "Sine Die" when all work must cease until next year. But I am incredibly grateful that my work, and the work of Newton Representatives Pam Dickerson and Doug Holt before me, finally came to fruition after four long years. More importantly, I am humbled to be just a small part of courageous Kelsey's fight to protect fellow teenage girls.

April 12, 2015 | Dave Belton | Columnists


Gay rights movement is totalitarian

The gay rights movement has tended to be a well-choreographed stage production over the last number of decades. Over time, behind the scenes, they pushed hard for gay characters in film and television. They pushed gay actors out of the closet and encouraged celebrations of diversity.

April 12, 2015 | Erick Erickson | Columnists


Using annuities in your retirement planning

As we move into April, I had planned to start a series of articles on Investing in Equities. Instead, I want to provide information on using annuities in your retirement planning, including benefits and risks. My motivation was learning that a long time insured who has moved out of state has run out of money and is being supported by her children. Studies show that the consistent #1 concern of the baby boomers is running out of money.

April 12, 2015 | Mike Lassiter | Business


All eyes on you, Jordan Spieth

AUGUSTA – Every eye in the world is on you, Jordan Spieth.

April 11, 2015 | Vince Johnson | MASTERS 2015


Halfway to History

How do you stop Jordan Spieth?

April 10, 2015 | Vince Johnson | MASTERS 2015


Spieth runs away with Day 1 lead

"I believe in fate. Fate has dictated another championship here, as it has done so many times" – Ben Crewshaw, after the 1995 Masters.

April 09, 2015 | Vince Johnson | MASTERS 2015


Welcome to your weekend (April 10)

Java. Cup o' Joe. Lead in your pencil. Fuel in your tank. So many of us are very dependent on our morning (and sometimes afternoon) cup of coffee. Do you take it black? With cream and sugar? With honey and cinnamon? In the Old West, the pioneers would boil crushed coffee beans in a pot over a campfire, maybe put some egg shells in the pot to settle the grounds, and drink their very strong tar-like coffee to start the day. When my husband and I were in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, we participated in the traditional coffee ceremony. This ceremony ...

April 09, 2015 | Jenni Mauran | DIGITAL NEWSPAPER


Shark Tank TV show casting call April 13 in Decatur

You can apply to pitch your company for ABC's hit reality TV show "Shark Tank" at a casting call breakfast Monday, April 13, 8 a.m. at the Porter Sanford III Performing Arts and Community Center, 3181 Rainbow Dr, Decatur, GA. Companies will be chosen to pitch to casting director Scott Salyers. Apply at http://valuespartnerships.com/ATLSharkTankBreakfast/

April 09, 2015 | | Business


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Follow the rules please

"We, the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow men who pervert the Constitution." - Abraham Lincoln

January 13, 2012 | William Perugino | Columnists


Conyers Food Lion to close

The parent company of Food Lion announced Wednesday the Conyers location for the grocery store chain would be closing within 30 days.

January 12, 2012 | | Business


The joys of the campaign trails

Now that the Iowa Caucus is over, we can go ahead and celebrate the real start of the presidential primary season.

The good news is this is our democracy in action; the bad news is, it will be in action for the next nine months.

January 08, 2012 | By Ric Latarski | Columnists


What will happen in the new year?

The New Year is upon us and now is the time to look to the future and all the changes we will make next year. In other words, this is the time for the annual New Year's Day resolutions.

December 31, 2011 | By Ric Latarski | Columnists


‘It’s (still) the spending, stupid!’

It seems that the more I delve into the facts surrounding the process of the acquisition of the Norfolk Southern Railroad Right of Way and its conversion to trails, the more clear it becomes that the entire endeavor is much more costly and complex than previously portrayed.

December 31, 2011 | By William Perugino | Columnists


The best sort of Christmas gifts

There are few holidays that speak to family memories and traditions more than Christmas. The type of tree, when to put it up, when to take it down, what ancient family ornament goes where, the Christmas morning breakfast, Christmas Day dinner and when to open gifts all are ingrained in our family histories.

December 24, 2011 | By Ric Latarski | Columnists


The season of shopping

The season of - well of - 'Tis the season and shopping is upon us.

December 18, 2011 | By Ric Latarski | Columnists


The bridges of Newton County

My grandmother turned 100 this month; such milestones give pause for reflection. She is somewhat iconic to her grandchildren, having donned high boots to wade in the creeks of South Georgia to pick mayhaws for the jelly we all loved, to playing matriarch to five daughters and the massive offspring that ensued. At every turn, this tiny lady who sang in church choirs, dodged water moccasins in creek beds, and scoffed in the face of tragedy reminded us always, "you have it in you."

December 18, 2011 | By Jeff Meadors | News Columnists


Dealing with my disability

This is a letter to the community hoping that it will be read by people who are having a difficult time accepting the unknown about children and adults with disabilities. I am encouraged to write to inform the public about what they might see from time to time in stores, in malls, at fast food restaurants, in barbershops and in grocery stores.

December 18, 2011 | By Jajuan Shaw | Columnists


The 'failings' of the post office

To the editor: We have recently been hearing a great deal about the "failings" of the U.S. Postal Service. The general opinion - supported by the media - is that email and other technological options have rendered "snail mail" obsolete. As an admirer and staunch defender of our postal service, I would like to point out a few little-noted facts.

December 11, 2011 | | Letters


What will we find on Mars?

Curiosity is up and gone.

December 11, 2011 | Ric Latarski | Columnists


‘It’s the spending, stupid!’

Bill Clinton successfully used the phrase "It's the economy, Stupid!" in his campaign for the presidency in 1992. Today, with the burgeoning deficit and economic disaster facing all Americans, the clarion call should be "It's the spending, Stupid!" It's not a case of insufficient tax revenue. We are over taxed, over regulated and drowning in mandatory entitlements. The task of finding fiscal responsibility to salvage our country from disaster begins at home on the local, county and state level. If we do not secure fiscal conservancy, less government intrusion and reduced spending on the local level, we ...

December 09, 2011 | William Perugino | Columnists


A holiday wish from the Chairman

One of the joys of my position as chairman is getting to attend and participate in community events that bring out the best in Newton County. Meeting the people who volunteer their time, money and energy to make this county a wonderful place warms my heart, especially at Christmas.

December 09, 2011 | Kathy Morgan | Columnists


Tis the season to be jolly!

To the editor: I want to encourage every citizen of Newton County to purchase at least one gift on your holiday list from our local merchants. This would give our local economy a big boost and be much appreciated by our merchants and their employees. Let's help our people at home and give them the gift of buying locally this Christmas Season. Thank you.

December 04, 2011 | J.C. Henderson Commissioner, District Four | Letters


Railroad questions

To the editor: The railroad is back on the front burner again, folks, no matter what politicians say today they will always use the opportunity to get what they or their friends or family want. Any excuse will do at the time. They can always offer up a crumb to a few to try and convince them that they should support the wrong thing much like a child telling his parents that Johnny is doing it or Johnny is getting a train track, so he needs one also. Never mind that he already has a car, a truck, a motor ...

December 04, 2011 | Luke Knight Covington | Letters


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