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Proffit and Yu named Eastside’s top students

Brantley Proffitt and Lili Yu will be front and center during Eastside High School's graduation as the school's Valedictorian and Salutatorian, respectively.

May 14, 2016 | Joy Bratcher | Education


When did Gov. Deal become a liberal?

The casual political observer might be asking this question after taking in the events of the past few weeks: When did Nathan Deal become a ...

May 14, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Eight hands are better than two

Forty fingers will come together to make a joyful noise at the First Presbyterian Church of Covington Sunday, May 22, courtesy of Alice Walker and ...

May 14, 2016 | Hezekiah Rodgers | LOCAL


Leighlynn Shine a must-see

Hello, C-town! It's so good to be back with you for another installment of the Minute. And what's with this cold weather?! I ...

May 12, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LOCAL


NCCA holds fourth student film festival

The Newton College and Career Academy (NCCA) held its fourth student Film Festival in the evening of May 5 on campus. It was a small ...

May 11, 2016 | Jasmine Floyd | Mailchimp Today's Headlines


Trump drives spike into culture war politics

Days before the Indiana primary, Ted Cruz paraded his two young daughters in matching pink dresses and spoke darkly of "putting little girls alone in ...

May 10, 2016 | By Froma Harrop | Columnists


Thank you for supporting our schools

It's hard to believe that the 2015-16 school year is almost over. Throughout the course of the year, the Newton County School System's ...

May 10, 2016 | | Letters


Graduate reflects on 4-H career

The following is a speech presented at the annual 4-H banquet by Eastside high senior Mallori Johnson, reflecting on her 4-H career. Johnson was recognized ...

May 10, 2016 | By Mallori Johnson | LIVING


Stay safe on the roads

Tragedy struck Newton County last week when a bicyclist died after being hit by a school bus on Hwy. 278.

May 10, 2016 | | Our Thoughts


Home equity loan or reverse mortgage?

Your personal residence is one of your largest, if not the largest, asset you will own in your life. It's a great feeling when ...

May 10, 2016 | By Mike Lassiter | LIVING


Fairy Houses show off the designs of the imagination

Spring in Georgia is known for a lot of things - flowers in bloom, deer running through wooded areas, bees flying from blossom to blossom and ...

May 03, 2016 | Hezekiah Rodgers | LOCAL


Simple Directions

In my elementary years, when it is was time for the rambunctious class to put together a notebook with correctly labeled dividers, or to create ...

May 01, 2016 | Isaac Redman | Columnists


I have Tom Thumb’s saber!

When I was about 11-years-old my mother and I were cleaning out a small outbuilding we all called The Pack House. This was a single-car ...

May 01, 2016 | Andy Offutt Irwin | LIVING


4-H day camp collecting supplies

Toilet paper tubes, AA batteries and hot glue needed.

May 01, 2016 | Terri Kimble-Fullerton | LOCAL


The PSC should learn how to say ‘no’

Imagine that you are the loan officer at the local community bank.

May 01, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


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Newton High School to perform Annie

The Newton High School Drama Club is putting on a performance of the 1977 classic Annie.

March 28, 2016 | Hezekiah Rodgers | LOCAL


Telling It Like It Is . . . Bunny Tales

I'm going to let y'all in on a little secret about the Easter Bunny. It started several years ago when I was working for Winn-Dixie. I enjoyed shopping there and it was also a good place to work for almost five years. When I worked for Winn-Dixie, I worked in the floral department and dairy and frozen foods sections. But I was approached by the store manager about a new position.

March 27, 2016 | Beth Rowe | LIVING


Have you ever thought …

Today is the most sacred day of the Christian year. The only day that would come close is Christmas. But Easter is, by far, the most sacred. Noted British theologian N.T. Niles wrote, "Take away the stories of Jesus's birth and you loose two chapters of Matthew and two of Luke. But take away the resurrection and you lose the entire New Testament."

March 27, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Terrorists and their Privacy

One inevitable sequel to a terrorist attack is seeing the ugly mugs of creeps-turned-monsters thrust before us over a multitude of news cycles. Another is a debate over cellphone encryption.

March 27, 2016 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Gov. Deal has two choices on ‘religious liberty’ bill

As Gov. Nathan Deal ponders the "religious liberty" bill that the General Assembly has adopted, he can look to recent examples of how two other Republican governors handled this particular issue.

March 27, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Passion for hunting leads to thriving business

Sure, Covington sees a lot of movie stars coming through the "Hollywood of the South," but Newton County has its own residents who made a name for themselves.

March 27, 2016 | Beth Rowe | LOCAL


Should you use a Robo Advisor?

Although computer based investment programs have been around for many years, the term "Robo Advisor" is a relatively new label. I can envision the Terminator placing my call on hold with the message of "I'll be back."

March 27, 2016 | Mike Lassiter | Business


True Colors grace the Square

March not only means the arrival of flowers and warm weather but also the annual True Colors Youth Art Exhibit hosted by the Arts Association of Newton County.

March 26, 2016 | Sidney Cook | LOCAL


Covington has finances that other cities ‘would just covet’

For a long time now, the city of Covington has been leading not only the state of Georgia, but also the nation in finances and development, according to a report by auditors Mauldin and Jenkins.

March 26, 2016 | Hezekiah Rodgers | Covington


Eastside drops second straight against Locust Grove

The Eastside Eagles baseball team dropped their second game in a row to Locust Grove Wednesday night. Despite a great defensive effort, Eastside fell 4-1 to the Wildcats in a tough battle at home.

March 24, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | Eastside


Ivey, McDonald, Parker highlight the week

Hello, fine readers. I hope everyone had a good Saint Patrick's Day. Thank you once again for all of the feedback - it's good to know you're reading. As I've said before, we have so much talent in our neck of the woods, and it's truly a pleasure to help spread the word.

March 24, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING


Trump foes should stay off his stage

It's not easy to turn Donald Trump into an object of sympathy, but the hotheads disrupting his rallies are pulling it off. They may see their invasions as a brave effort to stop a frightening, divisive political force. But others - not just Trump followers - see privileged college kids stomping on someone's right to free speech.

March 20, 2016 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


The incumbents are playing defense this election year

Congressman Doug Collins is the kind of politician who would seem to be very conservative.

March 20, 2016 | | Columnists


Let spring fever begin

Greetings Springlings. The season has arrived and as people emerge from a winter of ignoring their gardens, the fever begins.

March 20, 2016 | Cory Mosser | LOCAL


A road builder and a poet

When Minnesotan writer and storyteller, Kevin Kling first learned I was from Georgia he said, "Whoa, you must be a Byron Herbert Reese fan!"

March 20, 2016 | Andy Offutt Irwin | LIVING


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