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Continuing a Legacy

Serving in the community for more than 150 years, First Presbyterian Church of Covington is still standing strong. Established in 1827, originally as a garden, this ministry has always made its mark in the community. The roots of this ministry go so deep into the community; one of its forefathers, Dr. Hayes, was one of the very first pastors of the church, and still has living family members who are active in the ministry.

October 11, 2014 | Rasheera Dopson-Robinson | RELIGION


About that pink robbon...

Doesn't it seem like the official color of October is pink? Everywhere you look, people are celebrating National Breast Cancer Awareness month in their own way.

October 11, 2014 | Hosanna Fletcher | LOCAL


The challenge of downsizing

Have you ever thought we live in a world where often our possessions possess us. The recent release of a new IPhone demonstrated the desire of many to have the newest and latest. The forever multiplying amount of stuff we have demonstrates our weak ability to make critical choices. This is a growing trend in our world. If you look inside the beautiful houses in Covington's historical district, you will notice how much less storage there is as compared to home built in today's world. There were fewer closets and those few were much smaller. And furthermore there ...

October 11, 2014 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Poppin’ with flavor

Things are popping on Crowell Road now.

October 11, 2014 | Mikayla Newton | Business


Wall of Hope celebrates 12 Newton County breast cancer survivors

For those who are diagnosed with it, breast cancer can be terrifying.

October 08, 2014 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Oxford council approves sewer line requirements

Nearly 20 Oxford homeowners will be the newest residents to take the plunge into the sanitary sewer line required by the city. Residents will be required to fall in line by the Feb. 4, 2015 deadline, and will be mailed a letter of notification and options of payment plans.

October 07, 2014 | Randy Schafer | Oxford


Newborn council may install new speed bumps

The Newborn City council meeting started off with a small prayer following an introduction of guest attendee Elect Pasty Harris who is running for State House Representative of district 112. Here's what you need to know from the meeting:

October 07, 2014 | Rasheera Dopson-Robinson | LOCAL


Health care predictions from 1983

In 1983, I was the pharmacy director at a 124 bed hospital in Gainesville, GA. The for-profit hospital was owned by Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) and they assigned me to be the pharmacy representative on a national committee to predict what the hospital of 2000 would look like. The group was composed of members from hospitals across the United States and had one representative from each department in the typical hospital. With the recent news of Newton Medical Center looking for an equity partner, I thought back to some of the predictions from thirty-one years ago. I can only ...

October 04, 2014 | Steve Aldridge | OPINION


Heroes against breast cancer

Throughout her nine-year career, Dr. Amanda Bauer has read thousands of mammograms. But she never gets jaded about the importance of her task, because she knows something that most other radiologists don't: what it feels like to be a breast cancer survivor.

October 04, 2014 | Dr. Amanda | LOCAL


Like a Rock

Established in 1989 on the outskirts of Covington Ga, Solid Rock Baptist Church is preparing to celebrate their 25th year anniversary. Under the leadership of Pastor Mike Franklin, Solid Rock strives to "meet needs, share Jesus and to love people."

October 04, 2014 | Rasheera Dopson-Robinson | RELIGION


Strong storms moving through Newton, Rockdale

Strong thunderstorms are predicted for Rockdale, Newton, Walton and Henry counties until 10:30 a.m. according to the National Weather Service in Peachtree City.

October 03, 2014 | | LOCAL


Missing the story on Patton

It's a fortunate thing that Bill O'Reilly's latest book, "Killing Patton," was written by him and not someone else. In that case, O'Reilly would have taken the poor person apart, criticizing the book for its chaotic structure, for its considerable padding and for its repellent admiration of a war-loving martinet who fought the Nazis and really never understood why. George S. Patton stood almost shoulder to shoulder with them in his anti-Semitism -- not that O'Reilly seems to have noticed or, for that matter, mentioned in his book.

September 30, 2014 | Richard Cohen | Columnists


America Is poised for collapse

America stands on the very brink of collapse and I believe the indications are such that if she doesn't collapse in my lifetime, she will in my son's. If that scares you, it should. America is in trouble such as she has never experienced in her history and it is trouble of our own making.

September 27, 2014 | | OPINION


They are ruthless

"They are ruthless, single-minded and totally committed." ­- British security adviser; Source: "The Times of London," Aug. 16, 2006.

September 25, 2014 | Mychal Massie | Columnists


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National Farm week applies to you too

The weather is changing… finally.

September 23, 2014 | Hosanna Fletcher | LOCAL


Rep. Johnson announces grants

U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson (GA-04) announced the Department of Health & Human Services is awarding $3.3 million in grants for health care navigators in Georgia and more than $460,000 for two local community health care centers. The Rockdale County Treatment Court Collaborative also will receive more than $234,000 in Mental Health & Substance Abuse Service Grants.

September 23, 2014 | | LOCAL


Building a high performance workforce

Groups from the private and public sector came together at SKC Inc. in Newton to learn an improvement methodology called Lean Six Sigma.

September 16, 2014 | Staff Report | Business


'American Ninja Warrior' to speak to students

Hoan Do will be speaking at the Georgia FFA-FCCLA Center on Sept. 18 and 19.

September 13, 2014 | Staff Reports | Recreation


RYSA looking for help with trip to Haiti

On Saturday, Oct. 4, 10 of Rockdale Youth Soccer Association's (RYSA) finest will be leaving the U.S. and traveling to Haiti for a seven-day mission trip. The group will be providing soccer day camps for children, school supplies, feeding a village and many other things. RYSA needs help to collect items they will need to make this trip a success for the children of Haiti.

September 13, 2014 | Staff Reports | Recreation


SEC Banter:

It's Georgia-Sakerlina week and the contest customarily comes equipped with enormous implications.

September 11, 2014 | Ben Prevost | Sports Columnists


Bill to track, reduce military gear to police

U.S. Congressman Hank Johnson of Georgia, District-4, will introduce a bill to House members that's taking aim at the Pentagon's 1033 Program, which gives military-grade weapons and equipment to state and local law enforcement departments for free.

September 11, 2014 | Martin Rand III | LOCAL


Blacks should be angry with themselves

What is it that makes so many blacks so angry? What is it that makes so many of them blame the realities of life that beset everyone, e.g., debt, disappointment, etc., a result of their being black?

September 11, 2014 | Mychal Massie | Columnists


A beacon of hope

First Baptist Church of Covington - this 190-year-old establishment has been in existence since 1823. Located on the Square in downtown Covington, this church is a beacon of hope to the local community.

September 11, 2014 | Rasheera Dopson-Robinson | RELIGION


Blind to the world’s broken windows

"All politics is local," the late Speaker of the House Tip O' Neill famously said. How right he was. The world today is suffering from the failure of President Obama to apply a school of law enforcement that happened to originate in O'Neill's hometown, Boston, and goes by the moniker "broken windows." The problem, simply stated, is that Obama was deaf to the sound of tinkling glass.

September 10, 2014 | Richard Cohen | Columnists


Tigers fall to 0-2

It was all déjà vu for the Alcovy Tigers (0-2) on Friday night as they took on the Baldwin Braves from Milledgeville, Georgia. In back-to-back weeks, they gave up 30 points on defense, but this time they weren't able to get on the scoreboard, as the Braves torched Alcovy 30-0.

September 06, 2014 | Javon Dickerson | Alcovy


March to sea: Silent witness to Sherman

"The paths of glory lead but to the grave" wrote the poet Thomas Gray. He was talking about the common folk residing forever in an 18th century English churchyard. A century later and an ocean away are the graves of local soldiers who fought in the Civil War. They are found behind the homes of long-time residents in Starrsville and Mansfield, for example, or in the Confederate Cemetery at Conyers and Davis Streets in Covington.

September 06, 2014 | | LOCAL


A blessed sanctuary

Allen Memorial Methodist Church sits on the scenic campus of Oxford College. Founded in 1841 by renowned missionary John Allen, Allen Memorial's main sanctuary has been a part of the Oxford community for more than 100 years. The education building, nursery and fellowship hall, often referred to as Lovern Hall, were built alongside the main sanctuary in the late 1960s.

September 04, 2014 | Rasheera Dopson-Robinson | RELIGION


Cheryl Easterlin-Slate

Mrs. Cheryl Easterlin Slate, 47, of Covington passed away Wednesday, September 03, 2014. She was born in Waltersboro, South Carolina on August 5, 1967. Cheryl was a talented, artistic person who loved to draw and paint. She was a natural merchandiser who had a great passion for design. Cheryl worked for and was part of the family of Brendale's Salon and Stuff just off the square in Covington. During her high school years she lived in Lithonia was a 1985 graduate of Lithonia High School. Cheryl was a loving and caring person who was loved by everyone that knew ...

September 03, 2014 | | OBITS


Try realism in the Middle East

America rarely does time capsules anymore, but the ones it does should include videos from February 2011 of American TV reporters exulting in the triumph of the Arab Spring. "This is the sound of a people rising," ABC's Terry Moran told us from Cairo. For Egyptians, it was a day "when a people rose and made themselves a new country, a new world, a new life."

September 02, 2014 | Richard Cohen | Columnists


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