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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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Gresham's qualification challenged

 Board of Education candidate Horace Don Gresham's qualification for the District 2 seat has been challenged and a hearing is set for 2 p.m. on Monday.

May 09, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives


Hannah Grace Wyatt

Little Hannah Grace Wyatt died May 6 at Rockdale Medical Center. She was loved and will be greatly missed by her parents and family.

May 09, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives


County ends year in black

 Newton County ended fiscal year 2007 with a budget fund balance of 25 percent or $14.5 million and was issued an unqualified "clean" opinion for its financial statements by certified public accountants.

May 09, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Emotions run high in sentencing

 During an emotion-filled hearing, the Social Circle teen charged with the accidental death of his girlfriend apologized to her family before receiving his sentence in Newton County Superior Court Thursday.

May 09, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


democratic stance

 A banker, a developer and a retired marine will all vie this July for the Democratic Party nomination for Newton County Chairman.

May 09, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Atlanta Gas Light woos Covington

 At the request of the Atlanta Gas Light Company, the Covington City Council agreed on Monday to release information on the city's gas system to the company for a potential purchase offer.

May 09, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Promoting Porterdale

 Porterdale may soon become a better town after all, at least if Sandy Fowler has anything to do with it.

May 09, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives


Bible scholar credits God for her success

Shirley Bonner was awarded an Associate of Biblical Studies from Tripp Bible Institute in Marion, N.C., on April 23. Bonner maintained an A+ letter grade average during the 60 semester hours. She also is working on an additional 86 sets of lessons required to earn an Advanced Biblical Studies Certificate and a Bachelor of Biblical Studies.

May 09, 2008 | Colleen Capes Jackson | Archives


Run toward God

Last week America observed the National Day of Prayer. Prayers were offered across the nation for a country in distress, a country that has turned collectively from God with disastrous results.

May 09, 2008 | John Pearrell | Archives


Mother's Day - Don't take her for granted

I used to take her for granted.

May 09, 2008 | Tom Purcell | Archives


Gas tax pandering has no merit

During the last couple weeks, we have watched both Hillary Clinton and John McCain propose a holiday for the summer from the federal gas tax. McCain wants the break just to provide relief over the summer. On the other hand, Clinton wants to enact a "windfall profits tax" on oil companies to make up for the lost revenue (more on that in a moment).

May 09, 2008 | Jason Pye | Archives


Grandparents taking on role of parents

Every now and then, there is a sequel in this section of newspaper real estate I get to occupy.

May 09, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Archives


A new look for The News

You may have noticed a few changes in this morning's edition of The Covington News. We're still the same great hometown newspaper we've always been since 1865, but with a little bit of a facelift.

May 09, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Rotary Club honors local scholars

Last Tuesday the Covington Rotary Club honored 30 of the brightest and most active students of Newton County. We are impressed and encouraged by the depth of the honorees resumes every time we have the privilege to attend one of these award ceremonies that celebrate the accomplishments of our young people. It gives us hope that we do indeed have a bright future pool of businessmen and leaders that will carry not only our community but our country forward into the rest of this century.

May 09, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Scientific methods

 After spending seven years in Morgan County, Hawkins is a in his eighth year at Indian Creek Middle School.

May 07, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives


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