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Don't be too busy to buckle up

The week after Spring Break is always a hard transition in my household. It is like a taste of summer hours - we stay outside until ...

July 26, 2015 | Hosanna Fletcher | Health


Have you ever thought?

There is an old saying, "When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on." The point I think is ...

July 26, 2015 | B. Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Keeping K-9 dogs cool in summer

Because dogs can only cool themselves by panting and by sweating through their paw pads, a closed, hot car can be like an oven, allowing ...

July 26, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Rockdale provides multiple settings for films

The headless horseman rode into town last week, as the cast and crew of Fox's Sleepy Hollow began shooting season three in Rockdale County ...

July 25, 2015 | | LOCAL


Vacation stress?

It is hot outside. There is no denying that. It is H.O.T. Of course it is - it's July. We are smack dab ...

July 19, 2015 | Hosanna Fletcher | Health


What in the world is going on with Legion Field?

On Mill Street between Floyd Street and Newton Drive is Legion Field. In a world of development it is a precious piece of green space ...

July 19, 2015 | | LIVING


Obama roots for the Terrorists

I struggle to be less provocative than to suggest the president of the United States is rooting for terrorists who would harm us, but consider ...

July 19, 2015 | Erick Erickson | Columnists


Alleged Ghost Face gangsters go to trial

Requesting a speedy trial, Patty Wanda Green will return to court in September to defend against charges of racketeering and conspiracy to commit murder.

July 19, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Thinking of chickens in your back yard?

On one hand, proponents believe there are lots of advantages to hosting chickens in the backyard. In fact, the only disadvantage, most people have said ...

July 19, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Porterdale won’t raise mill rate this year

Despite not having the city mill rate change for 2016, some residents of Porterdale will likely see an increase in their property taxes this year.

July 15, 2015 | Sandra Brands | Porterdale


Weekend guide

Atlanta, at once representative of the old South-anything fried is yummy-while being unabashedly open to any and all cuisines from around the world ...

July 15, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Skin’s go to Disney

Most kids like to go to Disney World for the rides at the Magic Kingdom during the summer holiday, but the Social Circle High School ...

July 13, 2015 | Staff Report | Social Circle


Post 32's Mid-season update

The American Legion baseball season has been underway since the beginning of June and the Covington Post #32 A's team has continued their tradition ...

July 13, 2015 | Staff Report | Recreation


The Greek crisis and your planning

Today, let's take a break from Bruce Jenner, the Confederate flag, Kim Kardashian's swim suit pictures and other related matters vital to our ...

July 12, 2015 | Mike Lassiter | Business


Have you ever thought … Camp meeting

Salem Camp Meeting is where our Spiritual Heritage Past and Future Come Together?

July 12, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


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4th of July events sparkle across Newton

COVINGTON- One of the joys of small town Georgia is the town square. It's not just an area where people can shop and eat, but it's a place where they can come together to celebrate holidays, hear seasonal concerts, and take a breather under the trees during a hectic work day.

June 27, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Council re-imagines amenities for Yellow River Park

There have been changes in Porterdale since the plans for Yellow River Park were drawn up in 2011-12.

June 27, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Why we see dogs as man’s best friend?

For centuries dogs have been called man's best friend. Many of us either have dogs as pets or remember with fondness the years that we did. Perhaps it is because in most cases the dogs seem to think a lot more of us than we are really worth. A dog can be a great example of unconditional love. The other day I found a whole new reason to give this title of "best friend" to a dog.

June 27, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Communities gather for Emmanuel 9

Approximately 150 people from churches around Newton County came together Wednesday night at St. Paul's African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Covington to hold vigil for the nine people slain while at prayer services in Charleston last week.

June 25, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


EHS soccer holds 4th annual alumni match

Eighteen current and former Eastside Eagles gathered together Saturday evening at Cousins Middle School to play in the fourth annual Eastside High School Alumni soccer match.

June 24, 2015 | Staff Report | Eastside


Gardening for and as a community

Nothing tastes like a still-warm from the sun, freshly picked beefsteak tomato. It's juicy, red and taste like, well, a tomato.

June 21, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


A Lack of Trust

Neither Donald Trump nor Ben Carson will be president of the United States. Having observed political campaigns actively since 1988, neither campaign has the connections, opinion leader support or organizational abilities to win the nomination. But they are candidates who can throw a wrench in the process.

June 21, 2015 | Erick Erickson | Columnists


Stephens: Why Father's Day

Today is the day that tradition has set aside in our nation as the day we honor our fathers. Though there is no clear history on the day. When we look at the time line, the day came into existence after Mother's Day was first observed.

June 21, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Jimmy Johns to open in Covington by end of summer

As a child, he waited tables in his mother's restaurant. Since then, John Nissan, 25, has worked every station in food service, most recently as a server at Cheddar's Casual Café in Columbus; Locos Grill and Pub in Athens; and Buffalo Wild Wings in Kennesaw.

June 20, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Fletcher: Blood and needles

Let's talk about everybody's favorite subjects.

June 20, 2015 | | Health


Love of junk, old cars leads to booming movie business for Conyers man

It started as a hobby; an obsession, really. It morphed into a business-and just in time.

June 18, 2015 | Sandra Brands | DIGITAL NEWSPAPER


Welcome to Your Weekend: Father's Day near and far

Even if father doesn't always know best, this Sunday is set aside to recognize fathers, father-figures, paternal bonds and fathers' positive influence on society.

June 18, 2015 | Sandra Brands | DIGITAL NEWSPAPER


Marker will help educate, draw tourists

COVINGTON- Taking its place on the square, near the obelisk memorializing Newton County residents who had given their lives for their country, and the Civil War monument with its soldier turned to face west, symbolizing the fading of the Confederacy, a sign marking the passage of Sherman's Army through Covington was dedicated on Wednesday morning.

June 17, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Taking action this summer

How excited you were when summer approached and you were going to be out of school? Summer vacation meant for most of us not having to go to bed as early and sleeping in a little later in the morning. You may have memories of summer camps, of cousins coming to visit or you visiting them; you may remember Vacation Bible School or family reunions; there were for many fun trips to the beach or lake; it was a time for homemade ice cream or watermelon. For some it meant going barefooted a whole lot more than during the school ...

June 14, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Porterdale sets area for drinking on 4th

COVINGTON- A resolution allowing the consumption of alcohol in a designated special event zone during the Fourth of July Festival was approved by the Porterdale City Council at a special called meeting, Tuesday, June 9.

June 14, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


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