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Rolling with the punches

This is just a great time of year. Really, there is little to complain about. The weather is perfect and I love spending time outdoors ...

October 16, 2016 | Beth Rowe | LIVING

Have you ever thought …

Most agree that throughout the last few years, new life has come to the Square at the heart of Covington. We have seen a variety ...

October 16, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING

Christmas may come early this year

Christmas traditionally is celebrated on Dec. 25 for most Georgians.

October 16, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists

To change, or not to change

The good news is that the presidential election is less than a month away. The bad news is that the onslaught of negative campaigning will ...

October 16, 2016 | Jackie Gingrich-Cushman | Columnists

Woodward Academy snaps Eastside’s win streak

Woodward Academy defeated Eastside 44-6 at Sharp Stadium Friday night.

October 15, 2016 | Kris Wright | Eastside

Eastside softball holds on to advance in playoffs

The Eastside High School Eagles softball team advanced to the second round of the Class AAAA playoffs with a 10-6 win against the visiting Perry ...

October 13, 2016 | Kevin Nixon | Eastside

Autumn brings more good music to Covington

Autumn has finally reached our region, and that makes me very happy. Cool temperatures are now here to match all of this cool music. It ...

October 13, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING

Redman: Student Leadership

I have been in schools and around education for years and have watched several student counsels get formed. During these times I have seen that ...

October 09, 2016 | Isaac Redman | RELIGION

Have you ever thought …

We are in the last few weeks of another election cycle. Have you ever thought what the impact of winning can have on the winner ...

October 09, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING

Jason Smith named Teacher of the Year

Jason Smith wept and hugged his wife and sons when he was announced as the Newton County School System's top teacher.

October 09, 2016 | Duane M. Ford | LOCAL

More states should ban the death penalty

Most of the civilized world has come to regard killing someone held in captivity as barbaric. The death penalty has been abolished in the European ...

October 09, 2016 | Froma Harrop | Columnists

Take a close look at the constitutional amendments

In recent columns, we have discussed two of the four constitutional amendments that voters will see on their ballots Nov. 8.

October 09, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists

Sizing up what makes Georgia the place to be

Today's topic will not include commentary on a bunch of immature multi-millionaires who play a kid's game and who are being goaded by ...

October 09, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists

Flamenco, Merengue, Jazz and everything in between

It's another week and another round of great music here in Newton County. But this week there's a little something extra.

October 06, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING

Newton County Theme School gets national recognition

Not many schools are invited by the U.S. Department of Education to apply for recognition as a National Blue Ribbon School. But that is ...

October 05, 2016 | Duane M. Ford | LOCAL

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Georgia’s ‘paintingest’ first lady in a class of her own

Class, like beauty, is in the eyes of the beholder. In my long years on this planet, I never met a man with more class than the late Gov. Carl Sanders. He was and remains my political hero. As has been stated many times by me and others who grew up during the period, it was through the leadership of Gov. Sanders that Georgia was spared much of the racial strife that engulfed our neighboring states in the late '60s. He didn't stand in the schoolhouse door and proclaim, "No, not one." He didn't close our public schools ...

August 21, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists

There may be some competitive races this fall

If you write about legislative races in Georgia, the last few elections have been downright boring in their predictability.

August 21, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists

Commoners' right to hunt under threat

In Olde England, hunting was the privilege of the landed and the rich. The right to hunt depended on the number of acres owned or one's income.

August 21, 2016 | Froma Harrop | Columnists

Have you ever thought …

Throughout the last several years, Jack and Lisa Philips have had a very successful business on the Covington Square, the Cork. At the wine, beer, cigar and specialty foods store, you can find a great selection.

August 21, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING

Local storyteller recognized with Parents’ Choice Award

Andy Irwin, 53, storyteller, singer, musician, comedian and master whistler recorded his first children's album, "Andy's' Wild Amphibian Show". His album won a 2016 Parents' Choice Awards after his performance at the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough, Tennessee, earlier this year.

August 21, 2016 | Jasmine Floyd | LOCAL

The Answer for these Uncertain Times

According to Wikipedia there are roughly 4,200 recognized religions in the world. Out of those 4,200 religions, you have approximately 2.2 billion people who claim a single one: Christianity.

August 21, 2016 | Andy Butts | RELIGION

Cultivating a culture of respect

As the chaplain at Oxford College, I talk a lot about respect. The reasons for this are layered. I was lucky enough to be shown respect as a child, and I feel a certain sense of duty to model this now in my life. As a practitioner of Christianity, I understand my faith to teach respect as an essential element to being human and humane. Respect is central to my work, because of who I am but also because of who I am called to be.

August 21, 2016 | Lyn Pace | RELIGION

Hiring at Newton County School System

The Human Resources Department at Newton County School System (NCSS) has a big job. Among other things, the Department, under the direction of Nyree Sanders, recruits, hires, and on-boards new teachers, administrators, and classified employees (the System's name for non-teaching staff members).

August 21, 2016 | Duane M. Ford | LOCAL

A great weekend for great shows

We witnessed another great week of music, and by all accounts the benefit show for Dillon Bragg went very well. That's awesome. The great music will continue this week, as this weekend's shows reads like a "Who's Who" of well-known Covington musical acts. So, here we go:

August 18, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING

900 students participated in 21st century after-school programs in 15-16

During the 2015-2016 academic year, 906 Newton County School System students actively participated in the after-school programs offered by the System's 21st Century Community Learning Centers. Deena Sams, Director of Afterschool and Community Affairs, presented such program results to the Board of Education at its August 16, 2016 meeting.

August 17, 2016 | Duane M. Ford | Board of Education

Malone, Thomas bring joy at Listening Room at IBP

A full house heard an Atlanta legend, Michelle Malone, perform at The Listening Room at Irish Bred Pub Friday, Aug. 12, in a memorable evening featuring two excellent performances.

August 15, 2016 | | LIVING

Government 101: Leadership and teamwork

This year's presidential election campaign has reached a rarely explored depth of absurdity. One candidate makes claims that few believe and still fewer take seriously. The other has a talent for obfuscation that surpasses Abbott and Costello's "Who's on First" routine for doubletalk. One got nominated through a process that awards name recognition above competence and the other spent years stacking the deck so that there was never any question as to who would be nominated.

August 14, 2016 | Jerry Roseberry | LOCAL

The Answer for these Uncertain Times

According to Wikipedia there are roughly 4,200 recognized religions in the world. Out of those 4,200 religions, you have approximately 2.2 billion people who claim a single one: Christianity.

August 14, 2016 | Andy Butts | Religion

Have you ever thought …

How we spend our leisure time varies a great deal. There are a variety of ways to spend time with our friends and family. One of those ways that has grown in popularity among many active youth and young adults is skateboarding.

August 14, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING

Trump could knock Isakson out of the Senate

One year ago, the political experts were sure of two things about Georgia voters.

August 13, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists

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