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Our thoughts: Virginia O'Hanlon

In 1897, a young girl named Virginia O'Hanlon got into an argument with her classmate over whether Santa Claus was real. Her classmates teased her and called her names because she believed in him.

December 20, 2014 | Staff Report | OPINION


Celebrating the Festival of Lights

The Jewish celebration of Hanukah is often associated with the Christian holiday of Christmas, but that association has little to do with the significance of each holiday and more to do with the timing. Each is celebrated at the end of the year when the holiday season has hit full swing. But much like the story of Christmas, the story of Hanukah is a rich one.

December 20, 2014 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Changing the CULTURE

On Friday night, the Alcovy Tigers basketball team welcomed South Gwinnett to town. Going into the game, Alcovy was looking to get its first win of the season. Despite Alcovy playing with outstanding effort, once against they came up short, losing 64-54.

December 20, 2014 | Javon Dickerson | Alcovy


Cooking with Melanie: Eggnog and eggnog poundcake

Eggnog

December 19, 2014 | Staff Report | LIVING


A before-New-Years Netflix resolution

2015 is coming. With that will come a bunch of New Years resolutions – from people that will never fulfill them – like, "I'm going to lose weight" or "I'm gonna start going to church" and of course "I'm going to stay single" as if it takes a new year to start the process, but I digress. What you should really focus on is all of the really good movies that are leaving Netflix after December.

December 19, 2014 | Staff Report | LIVING


Covington student makes Academic Achievement list at GSSU

Karen Morris, a resident of Covington, made the Fall 2014 Academic Achievement List at Georgia Southwestern State University and was among 468 students recognized for scholastic achievement.

December 19, 2014 | Staff Report | Education


How to find the right school fundraiser for you

The school year is in full swing, and parents of school-aged kids have no doubt been involved in at least one fundraiser already. Fundraisers help schools raise money for supplies or special activities that may not have been included in the budgets established by the local school district.

December 19, 2014 | Staff Report | Education


West Newton Elementary School removed from state focus school list

The Georgia Department of Education announced on Dec. 18 that West Newton Elementary School has been removed from the list of State Focus Schools after successfully decreasing the number of students not proficient by 18 percent. Overall, 38 schools were named from either the Priority or Focus Schools lists.

December 19, 2014 | Staff Report | Education


Rainbow to distribute 40,000 lbs of food

Update 12/18/2014: Due to inclement weather, the event will be postponed to next Saturday, Dec. 27 at the same time.

December 16, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Annie Laura Conner Darby Chesnut

Annie Laura Conner Darby Chesnut was born Jan. 18, 1918 in Morgan County to Emory E. and Beverly L. Blasingame Conner. She was first married to Olin Lemuel Darby who died in 1945 leaving her with a 5-year-old son and expecting a second son in October. She remained a widow and sole support of her children until 1950 when she married Charles Stewart (Chink) Chesnut. They moved to Chesnut Farm on Chesnut Road where their son Charles was born. She resided there until Chink died and her health declined.

December 16, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


First F-150 in Georgia goes to Covington resident

The first 2015 Ford F-150 sold in Georgia will be driven in Covington, as Newton County resident Mike Poole made the purchase at Covington Ford.

December 16, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Alcovy UMC hosts Giving Tree

Alcovy United Methodist Church is working with the Salvation Army's Toy Drive for the third year, and helped supply toys to those who might otherwise not have anything for Christmas.

December 16, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Lady Tigers advance to 1-1 in region play

The Lady Tigers of Alcovy got their first win in region 2-AAAAAA this season on Friday evening. It wasn't an easy one by any means, as the Lady Wildcats of Lovejoy gave them all they could handle. But, Alcovy fought it out, and displayed some toughness with a 51-46 win over Lovejoy.

December 13, 2014 | Javon Dickerson | Alcovy


History for Henderson

J.C. Henderson officially became the longest-serving commissioner in Newton County history.

December 13, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log

Christopher Rogeli Medrano, 23, Covington, Nov 19, Violate Family Violence Order

December 13, 2014 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log


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Don't mess with this film

When I purchased my $9.50 ticket to watch "You Don't Mess with the Zohan," I really didn't know what to expect.

June 11, 2008 | Bryan Harper | Archives


Child predators charged recently

 A Covington man was arrested in North Carolina after driving more than 150 miles in an alleged attempt to have sex with an underage girl, according to the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office.

June 11, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Forums scheduled for sheriff candidates

Newton County voters will have the chance to ask the candidates for Sheriff their thoughts on the issues of the day in two upcoming forums.

June 11, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Woman found dead after accidental fall

A Covington woman was found dead Saturday morning in the woods after accidentally falling off a five-foot wall and breaking her neck, according to the Covington Police Department.

June 11, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Lea Ann Kollar

Lea Ann Kollar, 52, of Augusta, went to sleep and woke up in heaven June 8. She was preceded in death by father John Robert Kollar and maternal grandmother Elizabeth Goransky.

June 11, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Becky Rutherford

Becky Rutherford, 97, of Social Circle, died June 7. She was preceded in death by parents Linton and Effie Norwood Peterson and husband Hoyt Rutherford. Mrs. Rutherford was the owner of Buck 'n Kid restaurant in Covington for over 20 years. She was a member of Social Circle First Baptist church and loved her family.

June 11, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Hazy, hot and humid

Newton County residents hoping that the hot dry months of last summer were behind them are out of luck.

June 11, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


2 women running for tax comm.

In the race for the Republican nomination for Newton County Tax Commissioner are two women with considerable financial experience: incumbent Barbara Dingler and Doris Strickland, executive director of the Covington/Newton County United Way.

June 11, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Gaithers a possible film setting

Newton County, long a hotspot for movie companies seeking an authentic small-town Southern setting, could be the site of another movie, described as "hip-hop visits 'On Golden Pond,'" this summer.

June 11, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Summer at the library

Catch the reading bug. That's the word from the Newton County Library as the summer brings with it two months of activities for children, teens and families alike.

June 11, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives


Mets rough up A's, 18-6

COVINGTON - With the final week of Dixie Boys Little League play left at City Pond, the Athletics really wanted to squash all the talk about their dismal 2008 season.

June 11, 2008 | Eric R. Wallace | Archives


Awards serve as a reflection of passionate, tireless souls

Last weekend it was announced that our publication, The Covington News, won 10 awards at the Georgia Press Association banquet for a non-daily.

June 11, 2008 | Jason Murdock | Archives


Dixie Boys World Series Golf Tournament begins Friday

Take me out to the...golf course...

June 11, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives


The mystery of the campus robber

Beyond measuring the prospects of the Georgia football team and the misuse of credit cards on a grand scale at Georgia Tech, you don't hear much about the goings-on in higher education these days.

June 11, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Archives


Child predators arrested

A Covington man was arrested in North Carolina after driving more than 150 miles in an attempt to have sex with an underage girl, according to the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office.

June 09, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


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