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Beating the winter blues

The sun will rise at 7:41 a.m. on Monday. And it will set at 5:46 a.m. that same day. That means that we will have 10 hours of daylight on Monday. We have already passed the shortest day of the year – the winter solstice was on December 21. With the recent grey and rainy weather of the past couple weeks, it may seem like these are all short days of daylight, if we even see the sun at all. I recently was asked by a friend if London had relocated to Covington. I then had to ...

January 18, 2015 | Hosanna Fletcher | Health


Belton: Wading through the first week

My first week of legislative "work" is complete, and it has been a whirlwind. It is hard to imagine how any person can meet so many people and deal with so many issues so quickly. Luckily, I have a very good mentor in former Representative Doug Holt who is helping me wade through the distractions.

January 18, 2015 | Dave Belton | Columnists


Social Circle wins state

Social Circle defeated Bremen 35-31 to win the 2014-2015 GHSA class AA team dual wrestling championship. This is the first time in Social Circle wrestling history that they've won the state championship.

January 17, 2015 | Staff Report | Social Circle


Playing for Keeps: New Year’s resolutions that last

Here we are in the New Year, and if you're like most people, you've made resolutions to lose weight, eat better, get more exercise, and generally take better care of yourself.

January 16, 2015 | Christine Myers | Health


Thoughts headed into 2015 legislative session

Representative Doug Holt did a wonderful job keeping you up to date, writing weekly letters during the legislative session.

January 10, 2015 | | LOCAL


Attaining Financial Independence

The easiest question you will have to answer this year is "Do you want to have financial independence at retirement? If your answer is "no," please return to your favorite television show and enjoy your day.

January 10, 2015 | Mike Lassiter | Business


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


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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


Roots that run deep

Oxford is the only city of its kind.

December 20, 2014 | Randy Schafer | LOCAL


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


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


Don't forget food safety this holiday

Let the celebrating begin! During this time of year, our social calendars fill with meals with friends and family at favorite restaurants and at our own homes. We know that restaurants get a health inspection every year, but what about our own kitchen? Or the Christmas party at the boss's house?

December 20, 2014 | Hosanna Fletcher | Health


Have you ever thought

As Christmas fast approaches, you will see in some yards and on the back of some cars a sign or decal exhorting passerby to "Keep Christ in Christmas."

December 19, 2014 | B. Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Keeping the faith

Making a fundamental change in your lifestyle – one that's going to stick – is not always easy. Even when you are strongly motivated and committed to the challenge, you may experience periods of doubt. I have found that the key to handling those down moments is what I have made my new mantra: Keep the Faith.

December 19, 2014 | Reginald Franklin | Health


Springfield Baptist food giveaway Dec. 16-19

UPDATE: Springfield Baptist's 100,000 pounds of food was fully distributed by Wednesday, Dec. 17. SBC holds a free food distribution once every three months.

December 15, 2014 | | LOCAL


Redskins runner- up in Panther Invitational

Last year Social Circle High School Varsity Wrestling team won the Panther Invitational with Jefferson as runner-up. This year Jefferson won the two day event, at Jackson County High School with the Redskins finishing in second place. The Panther Invitational is a traditional tournament loaded with talented wrestling programs from all over the state including South Carolina (25 teams).

December 13, 2014 | Staff Report | Social Circle


Japan looks back

Japan is working hard at forgetting. Its prime minister, Shinzo Abe, suggests in code-talk that Japan was the victim of World War II - no war criminals at all, thank you - and its influential conservative press, with a wink from the government, is determined to whitewash the country's use of sex slaves during the war. This sort of thing can be catching. Maybe others will forget why they consider Japan a friend.

December 13, 2014 | Richard Cohen | Columnists


Lassiter: Receiving additional social security benefits

This article was drafted during the Thanksgiving holidays and on returning home, I noticed that many of these suggestions are in the January 2015 issue of Kiplinger's Personal Finance. Although all of this information is readily available in my profession, I feel that it's proper to cite this publication.

December 13, 2014 | Mike Lassiter | Business


Covington wine boutique expands shop

The jugs are dark brown glass and inscribed with the name of the store. Called "growlers," the jugs come in half-gallon and gallon sizes and hold a customer's chosen craft beer from the selection offered at The Cork Boutique.

December 13, 2014 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


What do those Red Kettles you see at Christmastime mean?

Starting in November, all across our nation, Red Kettles from the Salvation Army began to appear as they do each year. It has grown from the start in San Francisco in 1891.

December 13, 2014 | B. Wiley Stephens | LIVING


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