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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


Remember the basics of financial planning

As someone who has been dealing with finances for decades, I thought I would share some information that may be beneficial to the planning of the readers of The Covington News.

August 19, 2014 | Mike Lassiter | LOCAL


Held to an unobtainable standard

Back in 1980, an Israeli diplomat met with Ronald Reagan as he was running for president. Reagan was furious over the hostages being held in the American embassy in Iran and told the diplomat he could not understand why the U.S. didn't do what Israel would have done: land troops on the embassy roof and take the Americans out. The dismayed diplomat nodded disingenuously. Yes, that's exactly what Israel would do.

August 19, 2014 | Richard Cohen | Columnists


Banjos and barbecue

Steve and Vicki Deal have been serving the rural community at Cowboy's BBQ for four years. Their restaurant in Social Circle is going strong, and Steve is looking to expand to a second location within the next year.

August 16, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | LOCAL


Rams outshine Eagles

It may have been the most hyped scrimmage in Newton county football history. There were no kickoffs, punt returns, or hits to the quarterbacks but it was football, and more importantly to the community it was Newton vs Eastside. For the first time in two years Newton was back on top and defeated the Eagles 36-23.

August 16, 2014 | Javon Dickerson | Newton


Mrs. Jean Buchanan

Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home

August 14, 2014 | | OBITS


Letter to the editor: Fire down below

The political machine that controls Covington, Newton County and the remainder of small towns here has set in motion a plan to facilitate a virtual take over of property owners' rights. In the process, they have spent unbridled and without any sense of direction which would focus upon what the citizens' desire.

August 14, 2014 | Samuel Martin Hay III | Letters


Letter to the editor from Sandy Morehouse: Self defense

Members of my family have lived in Newton County since 1809. Early members were simply subsistence farmers; some were successful planters; some were Methodist ministers; architects; economists, etc. Some were considered wealthy, others financially challenged. But regardless of the times - various depressions, Civil War destruction and the real estate collapse of recent years, one member of the family has managed to survive without selling any of the land left by our forefathers. For eight generations we are proud of that accomplishment.

August 12, 2014 | Sandy Morehouse | Letters


Cohen: The left’s own slippery slope

Two "leading national security organizations" - that's their own designation, in case you're wondering - have condemned President Obama's "return to the battlefield in Iraq." Their names are a mouthful - the Council for a Livable World and the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation - but their statement is worth reading, not for what it says but for what it doesn't. It offers no hint of how anything other than military intervention was going to save those poor people stuck on a mountain in Iraqi Kurdistan, some of them dying of dehydration, some of them already dead and the ...

August 12, 2014 | Richard Cohen | Columnists


Happiness is a choice

ONE OF THE most popular songs to come along in the past year or so is "Happy" by Pharrell Williams. The first line of lyrics says "It might seem crazy what I'm about to say... Because I'm Happy!" That's exactly how I feel.

August 12, 2014 | Kathy Kurazawa | Health


March to the Sea: Markers of the March

Stories are the soul of human memory. Ancient people listened to lengthy narratives about the legendary exploits of heroes like Beowulf. When literacy came, the stories were written down on animal hides and papyrus plants. Sometimes, they were carved into brick and bronze memorials.

August 09, 2014 | Kathleen DeMarco | Columnists


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One Fabulous Mama - Clean rooms fuel cell phones

After a long, hard morning of minor meltdowns, I open the Teenager's bedroom door to toss in a gaggle of shoes that she's left in a pile at the front door. I wish I could tell you we are one of those families who own a home with such nice floors that shoes are left at the front door on purpose, but that's just not the case. Our flooring may be new, but it's laminate- the faux parquet flooring of the middle class. My children tend to leave their shoes at the front door because they ...

November 14, 2010 | By Beth McAfee-Hallman | News Columnists


Hard times call for joint efforts

Yes, it's bad out there. People are hurting. Families are in crisis. No job, no home, no food. On a recent Monday, the clients' waiting room at the Community Food Pantry was standing-room only. FaithWorks just next door has cut its days of operation back due to the lack of financial resources to help more folks with rent and utilities.

November 14, 2010 | By Bob Furnad | Columnists


The splendid little town of Porterdale

As the holiday seasons approach I think of how they were celebrated in Porterdale.

November 14, 2010 | By Jean Bowen Garner | Porterdale


Power of one just isn’t enough

The power of one" is almost a modern-day mantra.

November 12, 2010 | By Barbara Morgan | Columnists


Politicians deserve a time-out

Let's say your side or candidate won or lost last Tuesday. Aren't you just a little bit embarrassed by what it took to win or lose this election?

November 05, 2010 | Barbara Morgan Columnist | Columnists


Thanks Newton County

Dear Editor

November 05, 2010 | Kevin Wade Newton County | Letters


One Fabulous Mama - Mama's thoughts on Halloween

Some folks don't hold with Halloween around these parts and that's OK. I don't know any of these people personally, but I understand they're out there in our community- some silently condemning the holiday and some openly advocating for its end. Any holiday that incorporates meeting people, candy, baking, dress up, and decorating is aces in my book. I'd like to shake the gnarly old hand of the pagan who cooked up the idea in the first place.

October 31, 2010 | | News Columnists


Georgia Farm Bureau to award agriculture scholarships

Ten scholarships valued at $14,250 are available from the Georgia Farm Bureau to Newton County high school students who plan to major in agriculture, family and consumer science or a related agricultural field.

October 31, 2010 | | LOCAL


Adventure lost on the highways with GPS

I heard last week that Rep. Jim Marshall (D., Ga.) is no fan of a GPS system. The Vietnam vet is still partial to an old-fashioned map for navigating his way up, down and across his meandering Eighth Congressional District. One aide told me that a staffer recently tried planting one on the windshield of the congressman's car as they set out for a day of campaigning and Marshall swiftly snatched it off and tossed it into the backseat with a warning not to bring it out again.

October 29, 2010 | Barbara Morgan news@covnews.com | Columnists


Newton County Jail Log - Oct 27

o Michael Dwayne Payne Jr., 31, Stone Mountain, Oct. 19. Court sentenced.

October 27, 2010 | | Newton County Jail Log


Caldwell & Cowan to host benefit concert for Relay for Life, ACS

An evening of acoustic movement benefit concert featuring Eric L. Summers, Corey Crowder and others will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at the Caldwell & Cowan chapel, 1215 Access Road in Covington.

October 27, 2010 | | LOCAL


Political footballs, trails

Dear Editor: From all we've heard over the last week or so, hopefully the Newton County Commissioners realize they don't work for Chairperson Morgan. She seems to think they do. Pressure from her for various and sundry items on her wish list have become political footballs, more so than anything else we've seen in recent history, primarily because they don't make much sense to the majority of the people in the county.

Morgan, the Commissioners work for the people, the citizens, the taxpayers and voters who placed them in a position to be watchdogs for reckless ...

October 27, 2010 | | Letters


Insulted by article

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.

October 27, 2010 | | Letters


Thanks to all

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 assistance in the form of food, clothing, and shelter to the needy in Newton County. This mission of the Roman Catholic Church has been providing assistance since 1833 ...

October 27, 2010 | | Letters


Halloween Happenings

In search of some Halloween fun? Here's a roundup of events in Covington and Newton County:

October 27, 2010 | | LOCAL


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