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Time to call a spade a spade

As the character Cecily said to Miss Fairfax in a play written by Oscar Wilde entitled "The Importance of being Earnest": "When I see a spade I call it a spade."

August 30, 2014 | Mychal massie | Columnists

Letter: Keith Ellis on Henderson's pay advance

(Unedited letter from Newton County Commission Chairman Keith Ellis sent to The News and to Newton commissioners regarding the Aug. 27 article, "County cuts Henderson pay advance")

August 28, 2014 | | Letters

Immunizations aren’t just for children

Earlier this month, about 30,000 of our county's population returned to school. Whether starting kindergarten, returning for their seventh grade year, or heading off to college, there is a lot that goes into preparing a student to start school. School supplies, new shoes, uniforms, new technology, new backpacks and lunchboxes, dorm room fixtures… the list goes on and on. On that list sometimes is a visit to your pediatrician for an update to your child's immunizations. It should be on all our lists, whether we have small children, grown children or no children.

August 26, 2014 | Hosanna Fletcher | LOCAL

The new face of evil

As Hannah Arendt foresaw, we are once again up against the question of evil. An American photojournalist, James Foley, was presented to the camera and methodically decapitated. The instrument was not the ax reserved for royalty or the whooshing blade prompted by that reformer Joseph-Ignace Guillotin, but an ordinary looking knife. Death would be neither swift nor painless. This, somewhere in the bleached desert, was pure evil.

August 26, 2014 | Richard Cohen | Columnists

Garden to Kitchen – help yourself to nature’s bounty

Nothing tastes better than foods picked fresh from the garden. Even if you don't have a garden yourself, you may have a neighbor or a co-worker who shares their garden goodies. Your local grocery store is also likely to feature home-grown produce this time of year.

August 26, 2014 | Kelly Shannon | LOCAL

Decision Pending on Newton’s Government Structure

The structure of county government is once again on the agenda of the Board of Commissioners (BOC), which has scheduled a work session for Aug. 26, 2014. As readers may recall, this has been a topic of discussion for several months and the BOC has met with experts from both the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) and the regional planning agency. Representatives of both clearly have indicated that the current "hybrid" system of having both a full time Commission needs to be changed to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of county government.

August 23, 2014 | Larry McSwain | Columnists

SEC Banter:

On the cusp of the 2014 college football season, SEC Banter had the privilege recently of touring the new College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience.

August 23, 2014 | Ben Prevost | Sports Columnists

What former athletes of Newton are up to now

Point University Skyhawks / NAIA (5-12-2 in 2013) / Appalachian Athletic Conference

August 23, 2014 | Staff Reports | Eastside

Technology's March


August 23, 2014 | Kathleen D | LOCAL

Rams roll over Berkmar

The Newton High School football didn't disappoint its spirited fans during the Rams' 2014 season opener Friday, dominating Berkmar from start to finish to the tune of a 48-21 victory.

August 23, 2014 | Javon Dickerson | Newton

Panthers look strong in opener

On a beautiful sunny day for soccer at the RYSA complex in Conyers, coach Ken Van Ness and his 2014 Peachtree Academy Panthers took down conference foe Furtah Prep 7-0, in a home game that saw the Panthers excel in every phase of the game.

August 21, 2014 | Staff Reports | Recreation

Peachtree Academy sets off season

The Panther volleyball team kicked off the 2014 season in high fashion with three -straight wins at home this past week.

August 21, 2014 | Staff Reports | Recreation

Mansfield Baptist Church

Established in 1911, Mansfield Baptist Church has been serving their community for over 95 years. In the next upcoming months the ministry will be celebrating their 100th birthday.

August 21, 2014 | Rasheera Dopson-Robinson | RELIGION

Family & Laughter

The familiar hum of the customers meets the sound of the vintage milkshake machine as it spins up a strawberry shake. Townhouse Café makes the old time milkshakes - thick, not foamy. They are just thin enough to sip through a straw.

August 19, 2014 | | LOCAL

Rockdale collaborative group begins

Rockdale's highest officials have decided that it's best if they move forward with forming a collective that'll work together to benefit the community.

August 19, 2014 | Martin Rand III | LOCAL

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First Amendment responsibilities

I am a rabid supporter of the First Amendment. For 40 years in the broadcast news biz and half a dozen teaching, I have exercised that right and taught it with vigor. But this "right" of free speech carries with it some obligations.

December 10, 2010 | | Columnists

Palmer-Stone more than a name

The Newton County School System is building a new, massive (1,500 student capacity) elementary school on Ga. Highway 142 and Airport Road. Consequently, Palmer-Stone Elementary School, one of the last in-town schools, will be closed; its students are within the proposed district for the new school. Ficquett Elementary School will transition into the theme school

December 08, 2010 | David Stone Eady Guest Columnist | Columnists


Dear Editor: As we all know these are hard times; the economy is in the tank. This is the time to tighten the belt and really think about how we spend what funds we do have wisely.

It only makes sense that if you have X amount of dollars, you spend it where it will do the most good and for the greatest amount of people. This (SPLOST) is tax money, people, It isn't a government grant or one of Santa's presents. It locks in all consumers in Newton County to a one-cent tax increase for the next ...

December 08, 2010 | Roger Young Covington | Letters

Band Donations

Dear Editor: I saw the article (Dec. 3) about the Newton High Band (seeking $6,000 to perform during the Sugar Bowl halftime show). They have worked hard to meet their goal to go on this trip.; I would ask the people of Newton County to come forward to help these kids (go) on a trip they will never forget.

To help, Covington Ford will donate $500 toward their trip.

December 08, 2010 | Wendell Crowe Covington | Letters

Letter to the editor

Dear editor: It was wonderful to see all of the citizens of Covington who joined the musicians, children's choir and local elected officials to enjoy the lighting of the Christmas lights at the county courthouse.

What would have been a wonderful and fun evening for everyone was turned into a town hall meeting. This was a result of a thorough review of county and city business and a listing of the accomplishments of various public and private citizens during the past year

December 03, 2010 | Jay Larrabee Covington | Letters

Sonny’s disposition not so bright

The year 2010 came in on winged shoes and never stopped running.

December 03, 2010 | Barbara Morgan Columnist | Columnists

Our thoughts... At random

The Turner Lake Road roundabout finally officially opened on Tuesday, an innovation that has been in the works since 1999.

December 03, 2010 | | Our Thoughts

Your Thoughts are a joke

After reading your thoughts from the Sunday edition on Nov. 14, I almost laughed myself into a coma. Apparently, the staff at the Covington News is either trying to get its own late night talk show or a special commentary spot on Fox News. In your article, you spoke so graciously of George Bush's candor. Well… let's look at the meaning of candor. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines candor as being honest or sincere expression. George W. Bush has proven to be neither.

December 01, 2010 | Michael Williams Covington | Letters

Our thoughts... Valiant efforts

In valor there is hope. ~

December 01, 2010 | | Our Thoughts

Have a ‘Berry’ merry Christmas

Chuck Berry has some deep roots in agriculture.

He represents the fifth generation of his family to work the land.

November 28, 2010 | Janet Jernigan | LOCAL

Around the well - Nov. 28

There were wedding bells ringing loudly around Social Circle last Saturday when Ashley Standridge, granddaughter of local business owners Bob and Mabel Standridge, and Jordon Flores, youth minister from The Avenue Church here in Social Circle, were united in marriage. My husband and I knew something big was going on when we walked to the end of our street on Lakewood Drive and saw the huge number of cars lined up end to end on the Standridge front lawn. Music from their wedding reception wafted across the neighborhood and made us think about how great it was to be young ...

November 27, 2010 | Madeline Burgess | News Columnists

Hello, my name is Gratitude

As the weather turns cooler, I often turn inward, seeking warmth and clarity after the active, overtly outward living of spring and summer. November marks the beginning of such spiritual shenanigans for me with the blustery days leading up to our big day of Thanksgiving. I spend time everyday giving thanks and taking names. This year, I took the idea of reflection a step further with a series called "Hello, my name is Gratitude" on my blog - daily posts dedicated to reintroducing gratitude into my life and, by extension, my readers' lives. Here's a few of those posts, a ...

November 27, 2010 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | News Columnists

Dog person can recant on cats

"Cats," one of Broadway's longest-running musicals, was playing at the Fox Theatre some years ago. Friends proposed a night out, and I accepted, despite not feeling even the least bit warm and fuzzy toward the subject cats, to put it mildly. Not long into it, I walked out. A stage full of human beings crawling about on all fours in cat costumes just didn't cut it, gave me heebie-jeebies, in fact.

November 26, 2010 | By Barbara Morgan | Columnists

A big day for small business

The Newton County Buy Local initiative is gaining momentum. In recent years, the community has come to understand the incremental impact of voting locally with their consumer dollars that help build a stronger local retail economy. In turn, this makes Newton County a more viable and desirable location for retail investment. Testimony to this fact is the announcement in the past few months of Cracker Barrel's decision to develop a new store, the opening of three new businesses and the expansion of existing business in downtown Covington.

November 26, 2010 | By Josephine Kelly | Columnists

Films put Newton in the spotlight

This column is in response to several previous letters that have been submitted to The Covington News, to clarify what the facts are about the impact to our community concerning the film industry presence in Newton County.

November 21, 2010 | Hunter Hall Covington/Newton County Chamber of Commerce | Columnists

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