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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


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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The South back in play

The South may be about to rise again. Republicans can't take the region for granted any longer. To keep Georgia in the GOP fold, the Republican presidential campaign will have to spend money in the Peach State for the first time since 1996.

June 08, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Archives

D-Day remembered

In the end, war is always about flesh and blood. Oh, we use unmanned drones and satellites for reconnaissance work, and laser-guided "smart bombs" to minimize human loss. But, in the end, war always comes down to man against man.

June 08, 2008 | Nat Harwell | Archives

Summer heat a huge enemy

Summer heat a huge enemy

June 08, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Good things happening around town

The more you watch and read the mainstream media accounts of how this country is just heading straight into Armageddon the more bleak most folk's outlook becomes on the world around them.

June 08, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Nada Street McDowell

Nada Street McDowell, 81, of Monticello, died peacefully at her home June 6. The daughter of the late Arthur M. and Edith M. Williams Street, she was born in Jacksonville, Fla. Mrs. McDowell was a graduate of Georgia College for women in Milledgeville and taught English and literature in Newton County schools for 17 years. She was a bookkeeper for her husband's furniture business in Conyers for 12 years and was a member of First Baptist Church, Covington. Mrs. McDowell was an avid reader and enjoyed crossword puzzles. She is preceded in death by husband Bill McDowell, two ifants ...

June 08, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Progressive steps being taken

The Covington City Council at its Monday night meeting approved the first reading of a new alcohol ordinance that will extend the time that local establishments can continue to serve alcoholic beverages. There will still be a second reading of the ordinance on June 16 before the new ordinance officially goes into the books.

June 06, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Environmental bill not worth trouble

I got a chance to watch some television this past weekend. Amanda, my significant other, and I don't get much of a chance to do that together these days because we are always very busy. On Friday, we caught South Park. I'm a fan mostly because of the distinctly libertarian messages in each episode and because it drives social conservatives like the Parents Television Council and Focus of the Family absolutely crazy.

June 06, 2008 | Jason Pye | Archives

Old days at the gas station are gone

Growing up in Social Circle, we didn't have a self-service gas station.

June 06, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Archives

Expressing God's word in writing about struggles

 Marion Bond West and Julie Garmon are inspirational Christian authors who have come face-to-face with life's toughest problems. Mother and daughter willingly unveil the most intimate details of their lives for one common purpose - to glorify God and to show their readers there is peace, hope and healing through God's word in any difficulty.

June 06, 2008 | Colleen Capes Jackson | Archives

Safety of the shepherd

 "The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all ...

June 06, 2008 | John Pearrell | Archives

Art camps hit the square

 School's out for the summer and children are full of energy. Summer camps are in full swing and activities around Covington are heating up with the weather.

June 06, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives

Streaker arrested at Sellars Motors

 A Covington native was arrested May 30 and charged with four counts of terroristic threats, according to a Newton County Sheriff's incident report.

June 06, 2008 | Brian Harper | Archives

Sam Cofer

Sam Cofer, 88, of Covington, died June 4 at Rockdale health Care. The son of the late Albert and Lila Moss Cover he was born un Butts County. Mr. Cofer was a member of Porterdale Baptist church and worked for Bibb Manufacturing until 1955 when he became a building contractor. He enjoyed fishing, gardening and going to Bojanles. Mr. Cofer dearly loved his family. He was preceded in death by brothers Robert Cofer, Roy Cofer and James Cofer.

June 06, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

A place to play

June 06, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives

Cornish Creek to undergo expansion

 The Newton County Board of Commissioners has awarded a $12 million bid to Choate Construction Company for the expansion of the Cornish Creek Water Treatment Facility.

June 06, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

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