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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


Coming together to help homeless families

Have you ever thought of what it means to be homeless?

January 10, 2015 | | LOCAL


Getting back into your routine

2015 is here. Your resolutions are made… and in some cases already forgotten. The Christmas decorations have been packed away… or in some cases put on the to-do list for next weekend. The last of the casseroles and cookies have been made, delivered, eaten, or frozen. Now we are back to our regular routine. When most of us emerge from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, we take a look around as the dust settles and wonder why our holiday is just a blur, where that time off disappeared to, and why you don't feel more relaxed.

January 10, 2015 | Hosanna Fletcher | LOCAL


Bacon-Spinach Mac & Cheese

Most children love mac & cheese. I certainly do! In this recipe I combine what children love with a little of what they need. Parents always say "eat your vegetables." This recipe is a sure way to get your children to at least try those veggies. This is a very simple dish and fits in easily with your planned meal. Your children may even want to help make this delicious recipe for dinner! So ask for some help and get them cooking. It's always a good time to start teaching children how to cook. This has quickly become one of ...

January 10, 2015 | Melanie Thompson | Cooking with Melanie


Skins take sixth at Archer

The Social Circle High School varsity wrestling team placed sixth at the Takedown Sportswear Invitational at Archer High School last weekend. Archer, the back-to-back State champions in 6-AAAAAA hosted the 39 school event which show cased top teams from Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and South Carolina.

January 10, 2015 | Staff Report | Social Circle


Every day is a new day, our challenge is how we are going to respond.

Have you ever thought that despite change being a daily occurrence most of us resist it?

January 04, 2015 | | LIVING


Praline Dream Cake

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a great holiday season. New Years Day is my Mommy's birthday, so I always start my New Year with a wonderful cake creation! It's a sweet way to start off the New Year. I hope 2015 is going to be a great year of strength for me and that we all will have a year full of laughter, lots of love, and many memorable moments. So, here's my recipe and I hope you enjoy my Praline Dream Cake.

January 03, 2015 | Melanie Thompson | Cooking with Melanie


The Power of a Christmas Wish

Have you ever thought about what you might remember years from now about the Christmas we have just celebrated? I hope it will be something that makes you feel good as you recall the Christmas of 2014. Every year we spend hours looking for the perfect gift for friends and family. But most of the time it is not the gift that really matters. It is the spirit it is given in.

January 03, 2015 | B. Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Challenge yourself with your New Year resolutions

Have you ever thought of the challenge many of us take on every new year? It is the tradition of making resolutions for the year we are about to enter. The calendar we live with turns the page for a new year on Jan. 1. Have you ever thought that almost always the world we face on Jan. 1 is the same one we left on Dec. 31? But the tradition of making New Year's Resolutions is a reminder that though the world might not change, we can change some things about our own lives.

December 30, 2014 | Wiley Stephens | LOCAL


HAPPINESS = HEALTHINESS

When the excitement of Christmas has worn off, we look to the renewal of the New Year. We reflect on the past and hope for the future. We look for opportunity to change…ourselves.

December 27, 2014 | Hosanna Fletcher | Health


Our thoughts: 365 days later

We think it's safe to say that for most people, 2014 was not the best of years. For those of you that it has been good for, we are pleased for you and hope 2015 is even better.

December 27, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Social Circle dominates after first loss

The Social Circle High School wrestling team took its undefeated record to the "Quad at the Rock" dual tournament at Rockdale High School December 19. SCHS lost for the first time all year 31-34 to Chattahoochee High School in its first match of the tournament. Despite the initial loss, the Redskins won their remaining two matches 72-6 over Berkmar and 47-21 over host Rockdale. The night ended with Chattahoochee winning the tournament and Social Circle finishing in second place.

December 27, 2014 | Staff Report | Social Circle


Kwanzaa: Honoring community

It was during the peak of the civil rights movement that the cultural holiday of Kwanza was born. Unlike other similar holidays such as Hanukah and Christmas, Kwanzaa is not based upon religious association. This holiday was created to celebrate the life and the heritage of African culture seen in African and Pan African communities around the world.

December 20, 2014 | Rasheera Dopson-Robinson | RELIGION


Hope for Christmas

When Rebecca Bates shared the news she had stage two breast cancer in the spring of 2013, her family was worried. For the next year, her husband, Kevin Bates, and children, Gavin and Grace, now 11 and 9 respectively, struggled with their fears as they supported her through chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

December 20, 2014 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Roots that run deep

Oxford is the only city of its kind.

December 20, 2014 | Randy Schafer | LOCAL


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Gridiron gang

The Newton County Recreation 7-8 All-Star football team played in the Gridiron Bowl Saturday, Nov. 22 and beat Macon United in two blow-out games. The score of the first game was 14-0 and the second game was under the lights of Homer Sharp Stadium as Newton County won 25-0. The team played in Macon this weekend for their next tournament where they will play five or six teams in attempt to bring home another trophy. This team is composed of different star players from each 7-8 NCR regular season team. These boys have practiced 4-5 days a week since the ...

November 29, 2014 | Staff Report | Recreation


Oxford hosts 175th anniversary convocation

Put on your party hats and church shoes, because Oxford has turned 175 years old this year.

November 29, 2014 | Randy Schafer | LOCAL


Porterdale mill rate drops

The Porterdale City Council will, once again, discuss the upcoming $196,700 budget during its next meeting.

November 29, 2014 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Real men don’t

Where are the men?

November 29, 2014 | Richard Cohen | Columnists


Mildred Beier

Mrs. Mildred Beier, age 86, of Social Circle passed away November 24, 2014 in Newberry, South Carolina. She was born November 3, 1928 in Newborn, Georgia to the late Clarence Brooks and Annie May Fouts Brooks Adams. Mrs. Beier was a homemaker and was of the Lutheran faith. She was a member of the Newton Hay Riders and enjoyed square dancing. She was preceded in death by her husband Larry Beier, her brother Randall Brooks and her son-in-law Paul Draeger.

November 26, 2014 | | OBITS


Shopping small businesses Saturday

At this year's Lighting of the Tree event on the Covington Square, visitors could stop at a table displaying promotions for "Shop small, shop local."

November 24, 2014 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Questions of character

Beverly Gage, a Yale historian, was researching a biography of J. Edgar Hoover in the National Archives when she came across the infamous letter the FBI had written to Martin Luther King Jr., outlining in the crudest form his extramarital escapades and suggesting, King concluded, that he kill himself: "There is only one thing left for you to do. You know what it is." King did nothing, but the FBI acted. It leaked its dirt to the press.

November 22, 2014 | Richard Cohen | Columnists


Get to know your family history this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is next week. Christmas arrived in Covington on Thursday (with the lighting of the Square) but still… let's not forget about Thanksgiving! This is one of my favorite holidays.

November 22, 2014 | Hosanna Fletcher | Health


Why Thanksgiving?

Is our national observance of Thanksgiving a religious holiday? Where is it mostly celebrated? When did it start? What are some of the ways we observe Thanksgiving?

November 22, 2014 | B. Wiley Stephens | LIVING


A bigger, better place to care for pets

It's just around the corner, less than half a mile away, but when the building is finished in January it will almost double Well Spring Animal Hospital's existing space. That means, veterinarian Dr. Laura Thomas and her staff will be able to care for more dog and cat patients.

November 22, 2014 | Sandra Brands | Business


Cooking with Melanie: Bacon and Beans

"Who doesn't love bacon? This is a great way to get your teens to eat their greens. These green beans wrapped in bacon will be a nice addition to your family feast. Thanksgiving guests will be pleasantly surprised when you serve these fancy looking green beans instead of plain old boring green beans. I hope you enjoy this simple and delicious recipe. It is one of my family's favorites and hopefully your family will love it too!"

November 17, 2014 | Melanie Thompson | Cooking with Melanie


Our dreams may come true in ways we never expected

I was born and grew up in Athens, Georgia.

November 17, 2014 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Cooking with Melanie: S'mores Cake Bars

"I love smores! This is my creative twist on an old favorite snack. This recipe is so simple and delicious. For this recipe you can use white chocolate or milk chocolate chips, although I prefer the white chocolate for this one. No sticky sticks, just ooey-gooey goodness! I hope you enjoy my S'mores Cake Bars."

November 17, 2014 | Melanie Thompson | Cooking with Melanie


Wild at heart

The finishing touches are being put in place and local artists are arriving to set up displays of their art.

November 15, 2014 | Sandra Brands | Business


Bear Creek Reservoir: What should we do now?

Dear editor,

November 15, 2014 | Wesley Dowly, Barbara Morgan, Larry McSwain, David Waller | Letters


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