Dear Editor: The system is broken. Why do I say that? Using statistical tools, we know that less than 5 percent (or .3 percent, or in the case of 6 Sigma, .3 per million) failures means that the error is random. However, greater than 5 percent means that the system is failing. So when 2 out of our 3 high schools in Newton County fail AYP, we conclude that it means there is a system failure. When 41 percent of schools fail to achieve Annual Yearly Progress (AYP), we conclude that is a system failure. What do you do about ...
December 17, 2008|
The Friends of the Newton County Library are sponsoring a Gift Tree just inside the lobby at the Newton County Library. The tree is decorated with colorful paper ornaments each listing a type of book or audio visual item with the amount it takes to purchase the item.
A head-on collision at the intersection of Salem Road and Kirkland Road sent two drivers to Grady Hospital on Dec. 3, in an accident where alcohol was allegedly involved, according to the Georgia State Patrol.
James Leonard Chapman, 89, of Covington, died Dec. 4, 2008. He was born June 27, 1919 to the late Henry and Pearl Thomason Chapman in Newton County. Mr. Chapman was a lifelong resident of Covington and a member of Trinity United Methodist Church. He loved fishing, gardening, woodcrafts and enjoyed building cabinets, cradles and toys for children.
LAS VEGAS - A broken O.J. Simpson was sentenced Friday to at least 15 years in prison for a hotel armed robbery after a judge rejected his apology and said, "It was much more than stupidity."
The 61-year-old football Hall of Famer stood shackled and stone-faced when Judge Jackie Glass quickly rattled off his punishment soon after he made a rambling, five-minute plea for leniency, choking back tears as he told her: "I didn't want to steal anything from anyone. ... I'm sorry, sorry."
December 16, 2008|
By Ken Ritter
Associated Press Writer
Step into the. Rev. Greg Steele's church office and you'll find stacks of parasols, pitch forks and Viking hats. He is getting ready for the second annual Covington Christmas musical, "Four Tickets to Christmas," presented by the First Baptist Church Music and Drama Ministries at the Eastside High School auditorium on Dec. 6 at 2 p.m., Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. and Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. The admission is free, but the doors open one hour prior to show times and the 500 seat capacity theater is expected to fill quickly.
December 15, 2008|
Colleen Capes Jackson
In the first part of Psalm 27, we talked about the one wish David had - to dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of his life. Today, I want to look at what comes next. I want to look at the result of that time in God's house, that regular and cherished time with our God.
Right after David said he longed for nothing more than being in God's house, he says this: "For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of ...
December 15, 2008|
Pastor Jonathan E. Scharf
Abiding Grace Lutheran Church