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Welcome to your weekend (May 29)

April showers bring May flowers. What do May flowers bring? In Atlanta it's called June, and it is the beginning of HOTlanta for us around these parts. We have had a nice spring this year, but summer is officially beginning. For those of us who live in the South, we know what the signs of summer are. The breezes will die down, those pesky mosquitos will come out to party, and we will be looking for any way possible to stay cool. Want to know a few ways you can stay cool this June? You have come to the ...

May 28, 2015 | Jenni Mauran | DIGITAL NEWSPAPER


Don't be penny wise and pound foolish-Support the citizen landfill committee

Dear Editor,

May 24, 2015 | Steve Brown | Letters


Action Ministries opens office in Newton

For the first time in 20 years, the charitable nonprofit organization, Action Ministries, has opened a satellite office. The Newton County Action Ministries office opened its doors on May 4 in the Wesley Building of Covington First United Methodist Church, 2160 Church Street, Covington.

May 21, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


NHS to host girls b-ball camp Tuesday

Beginning May 26 - 29, Newton girls basketball will host a camp at Newton from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. for grades fourth through 12. The fee for the camp is $60 and includes a a snack/meal.

May 18, 2015 | Staff Report | Newton


Francis and Walden to represent EHS soccer

EHS senior soccer players Tyrik Francis and Haley Walden have been selected to play in the DiVarsity.com's 2015 Georgia High School Association All-Star Soccer game in Marietta on Sunday, May 17th at Sprayberry High School. Both played in last year's all-star game proudly representing Eastside High School. They will head to Sprayberry High School to compete against the best soccer players from all classifications in the state of Georgia. Haley will play defender on the 22-member white team, and take on the blue team in a 2 p.m. contest. Tyrik will play forward on the boys ...

May 17, 2015 | Staff Report | Eastside


Let’s keep helping the women in our lives

I know Mother's Day was last Sunday, so I have to ask a few questions: Did you enjoy the day? Were you celebrated? Did you celebrate that special mother in your life?

May 17, 2015 | Hosanna Fletcher | Health


Peddle for a cause

The students of First Baptist Academy zoomed around the parking lot of the Welcome Center last week to raise money for the parochial school's library and playground as part of the Academy's first bikathon.

May 17, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


What would our community be missing if we didn't have a Chamber of Commerce?

In the middle part of the 20th century some of the business and community leaders came together to form the Covington/Newton County Chamber of Commerce. The purpose of the chamber is to bring the business and professional community together to work for the common good of our area. Through the Chamber there is a unified voice to address the concerns of the economic community.

May 17, 2015 | | LIVING


Kelly takes over Porterdale downtown development

Everyone living in Porterdale is a stakeholder in the promotion of the town's Main Street Program, says Josephine Kelly.

May 17, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Gathering in Atlanta

A surreal moment passed for me this week with several press reports about presidential candidates heading to Atlanta in August this year. Six years ago in Atlanta, a group of online political activists got together in person. They had been online collaborators among the Republican grassroots for six years without ever having met face to face.

May 17, 2015 | Erick Erickson | Columnists


Golf Tournament to raise funds for Haiti missions

Teams of four golfers will play Ashton Hills Golf Course in Covington at the Drive4Hope Charity Golf Tournament on Thursday, May 21. The event is sponsored by Covington First Baptist Church and will raise money for the church's Haiti Mission Projects.

May 16, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Alcovy UMC charity run benefits men’s residential recovery program

Walkers and runners will be raising money for the Damascus Road Recovery, Inc., a nonprofit long-term residential recovery program for men suffering from dependence on drugs and alcohol in Newton County.

May 15, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Disk golf flies into Porterdale

Porterdale is looking for sponsors for the holes on the proposed disk golf course at Yellow River Park. The campaign to raise $40,000 to build the course with a web site "GoFundMe".

May 14, 2015 | Sandra Brands | DIGITAL NEWSPAPER


Welcome to your weekend (May 15)

School in Rockdale County and around the country is beginning to wind down. I have three children attending three different schools, so we are having plenty of fun with end-of-the-year picnics, ice cream parties, awards ceremonies and appreciation gifts for our fabulous teachers. This time of year brings mixed feelings for me. On one hand, I LOVE having my kids home for summer. They are my joy! We swim, eat outside, play in the sandbox, watch a lot of movies and generally just take a good kid break. On the other hand, it is the end of my school-year life ...

May 14, 2015 | Jenni Mauran | DIGITAL NEWSPAPER


Have you ever thought...

The tradition of observing Mother's Day in our land all started in a small Methodist Church. The year was 1907. On the second Sunday in May, a special service was held in the Methodist Episcopal Church in Grafton, West Virginia, organized by Anna Jarvis in honor of her mother who had died on May 9, 1905.

May 10, 2015 | Wiley Stevens | LIVING


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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


Latarski: Congress has returned to work

As we leave the Labor Day weekend behind we are greeted with the grand news Congress is returning to work.

September 11, 2011 | Ric Latarski Columnist | Columnists


Lady Rams drop Stephenson High 11-4

The Newton County Lady Rams won 11 to 4 over Stephenson High School of DeKalb County Thursday evening at home. The win improved the Lady Rams record to 10-3 overall and to 2-1 in region play on the season.

September 10, 2011 | Casey Barts | Newton


Lady Redskins fall to Hebron Christian

The Lady Redskins suffered another home defeat Tuesday evening after falling 8-0 to Hebron Christian.

September 10, 2011 | Casey Barts | Social Circle


Newton under tornado watch until 8 p.m.

IN BRIEF: Newton and Rockdale counties are among the Georgia counties under a tornado watch until 8 p.m. Monday as the remnants of Tropical Depression Lee passes over the state, according to the National Weather Service in Peachtree City.

September 05, 2011 | | LOCAL


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


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