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How the state title was won

The Social Circle High School wrestling team won the 2-AA GHSATeam Dual Championship last Saturday at the Macon Centreplex. The Redskins won in exciting fashion over Bremen 35 to 31 to take the state title for the first time in school history. The SCHS team bus was escorted into town after the victory by the Social Circle City Police at around 8:00 p.m. Saturday night with flashing blue lights and sirens where a crowd of 200-300 residents cheered on the team as traffic was blocked by a Social Circle City fire truck.

January 25, 2015 | Staff Report | Social Circle


Believing in public education

The General Assembly did not meet this week, so I thought I would talk about why I believe so much in public education.

January 25, 2015 | Dave Belton | OPINION


The sneaky thief of sight

I have to admit something: I grew up in an era that made fun of kids with glasses. Especially big, thick ones. Now these thick, dark frames are all the rage. So the last time I went to the eye doctor, I had a hard time picking out frames because all I saw were big, thick, dark frames, until I found these lovely red ones (yes red!).

January 24, 2015 | Hosanna Fletcher | Health


YMCA gets new treadmills

As Newton County is growing and developing, so is the local YMCA. Located on 2140 Newton Drive Northeast, the YMCA has received several new treadmills that will replace old ones.

January 24, 2015 | Mikayla Newton | Health


Pancake Day(?)

Most people may see pancakes as a delicious flat cake that we devour with some syrup, but did you know that it has some religious significance to it? Shrove Tuesday, or known as Pancake Day, uses pancakes to celebrate the last day of Carnival, Mardi Gras and preceding Lent. Pancakes are usually associated with Shrove Tuesday because it was a way for people to give up certain foods like eggs, milk, flour and sugar for Lent.

January 24, 2015 | Javon Dickerson | RELIGION


Gold Dome update from Sen. Jeffares

The Gold Dome started buzzing once again on Monday as Senators and Representatives gathered in their chambers to mark the beginning of the 153rd Legislative Session.

January 19, 2015 | Rick Jeffares | STATE


Best of the Best: Twelve Oaks

In less than four years, the antebellum mansion on Monticello Street went from being a faded grand dame to an award-winning Southern belle welcoming visitors from around the world.

January 18, 2015 | Sandra Brands | Business


Melanie's Awesome Alfredo

"I love this rich and creamy alfredo. It's an easy recipe that is so delicious and is sure to impress your family or dinner guests! Why go to a fancy restaurant and spend lots of money for something you can make at home? I promise you will be glad you tried this. My Alfredo sauce is quick, easy, and delicious!"

January 18, 2015 | Melanie Thompson | Cooking with Melanie


Beating the winter blues

The sun will rise at 7:41 a.m. on Monday. And it will set at 5:46 a.m. that same day. That means that we will have 10 hours of daylight on Monday. We have already passed the shortest day of the year – the winter solstice was on December 21. With the recent grey and rainy weather of the past couple weeks, it may seem like these are all short days of daylight, if we even see the sun at all. I recently was asked by a friend if London had relocated to Covington. I then had to ...

January 18, 2015 | Hosanna Fletcher | Health


Belton: Wading through the first week

My first week of legislative "work" is complete, and it has been a whirlwind. It is hard to imagine how any person can meet so many people and deal with so many issues so quickly. Luckily, I have a very good mentor in former Representative Doug Holt who is helping me wade through the distractions.

January 18, 2015 | Dave Belton | Columnists


Social Circle wins state

Social Circle defeated Bremen 35-31 to win the 2014-2015 GHSA class AA team dual wrestling championship. This is the first time in Social Circle wrestling history that they've won the state championship.

January 17, 2015 | Staff Report | Social Circle


Playing for Keeps: New Year’s resolutions that last

Here we are in the New Year, and if you're like most people, you've made resolutions to lose weight, eat better, get more exercise, and generally take better care of yourself.

January 16, 2015 | Christine Myers | Health


Thoughts headed into 2015 legislative session

Representative Doug Holt did a wonderful job keeping you up to date, writing weekly letters during the legislative session.

January 10, 2015 | | LOCAL


Attaining Financial Independence

The easiest question you will have to answer this year is "Do you want to have financial independence at retirement? If your answer is "no," please return to your favorite television show and enjoy your day.

January 10, 2015 | Mike Lassiter | Business


A jump start for employment

It is part of the incentive package the state offered to attract one of the leading healthcare industries to Covington: Georgia Quick Start would build a training facility near the new Baxter campus and offer customized training to its employees.

January 10, 2015 | | Business


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Latarski: Atlanta roads can’t keep up with growth

Here's a news flash: an outfit named the Texas Transportation Institute determined Atlanta has the worst commute time of any city in the country.

October 08, 2011 | Ric Latarski Columnist | Columnists


Making it through the rain

I hope Barry Manilow didn't really change his mind.

October 07, 2011 | By Tom Purcell | Columnists


Glasses are not the end of the world

It is one of those moments in life when you are jolted by the reality that the train is moving down the track.

October 02, 2011 | By Ric Latarski | Columnists


When it comes to teacher-parent relationships, it takes two to tango

Recently, a Newton County teacher shared with me a column authored by Ron Clark, founder of the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta. Entitled "What teachers really want to tell parents," I found it to ring all too familiar as to the sentiments I've heard, in different locations, over the last decade. It's worth airing because, like some things, there are kernels of wisdom in it. So much so that if we don't pay attention, the nation will not reverse the "average" tenure of new teachers - just 4.5 years.

October 02, 2011 | By Dr. Gary Mathews | News Columnists


All the world’s a stage

With modern media, know this: you can run off at the mouth, but you can't hide.

September 30, 2011 | By Peter Funt | Columnists


Wynne: Pruning, poisons and cover crops

Pruning Shrubs

September 25, 2011 | Ted Wynne | News Columnists


Lease the jail

To the editor: This may be a dumb idea, as I have no idea how the old Newton County Jail is being used, but Fulton County is under a court order to purchase another jail. If our old one still has functional cells, let's sell/lease it to Fulton for $1.00 and bring a couple hundred jobs to the Newton County (and consumers to the city of Covington).

September 24, 2011 | By Mike Luna | Columnists


Proud to Present the Newton County Theme School

To the editor: I have been an avid supporter of the Newton County Theme School even before it was a reality. I was interested in the grassroots murmurings about the possibility of a theme school in Newton County even before my child was school-aged.

September 24, 2011 | By Leigh Hays | Letters


Latarski:GDOT Leadership

Don't look now but the Georgia Department of Transportation is looking for a new commissioner and this will be the fifth one in about the last six years. As the ol' boy said when he saw the locomotive sitting on the dirt road: "This ain't no way to run a railroad."

September 24, 2011 | By Ric Latarski | Columnists


Fire burns down house on Ga. 212

A home at 7245 Ga. Highway 212 was destroyed in a fire early Thursday morning, causing the road to be closed between 3:20 a.m. and 9:45 a.m.

September 22, 2011 | | LOCAL


Man shoots daughter, wife in Stockbridge

UPDATE, 12:30 p.m. - The mother is reportedly in stable condition after going through surgery at Atlanta Medical Center. The 10-year-old daughter is reportedly in critical condition and out of surgery.

September 20, 2011 | | LOCAL


The discovery of a new planet

Just in case you missed this, scientists have discovered a planet outside our solar system that is in what they call the Goldilocks Zone - not too hot, not too cold - which makes it a possible place for life to form.

September 18, 2011 | By Ric Latarski | Columnists


Meadors: Testing as fast as they can

I can spend hours examining the rich and varied history of our county. It is filled with anecdotes characterized by the emotional fortitude and tenacity of our founders. Local annals, letters, excerpts of wartime diaries, and research show that roughly 150 years ago these founders had a vision. While the history at times lacks clarity, and the vision does not always appear neatly packaged as some do today, it is clear that education was valued.

September 18, 2011 | By Jeff Meadors | News Columnists


Lady Eagles foiled again

The Eastside Lady Eagle fell to 12 and 7 on the season and 3 and 2 in region play after falling to the Jackson High School Lady Devils 7 to 5 at home Tuesday evening.

September 16, 2011 | By Casey Barts | Eastside


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


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