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Redskins on warpath for State Title

The Social Circle High School Varsity Wrestling team coached by Randy Prater is on the warpath for a state title this year. The Redskins have five returning state placers on the team from last year's lineup. Senior Aaron Forrester (3X state placer) finishing third last year at 152, Junior Reid Harris (2X state placer) finished second at 120, Junior David Engstrom placed third at 145, Sophomore Stevie Howard third at 113, and Sophomore Cade Lackey returning State Champion at 132. You would think that Social Circle would be down this year after graduating 10 seniors last year (which included ...

November 22, 2014 | Staff Report | Social Circle

Cooking with Melanie: Sweet Potato cobbler

"My Daddy loved his Grandmother's sweet potato cobbler. He mentioned many times how he would love to have one like she made. So my sister Emily and I set out to make it for him! After researching recipes, calculating ingredients, and many trials we finally came up with a recipe for Sweet Potato Cobbler. My Daddy was so excited and he loves our cobbler. Even though I never met my Great- Grandmother Smith, it is really cool to bring back and share her memories with my Daddy.

November 22, 2014 | Staff Report | LIFE

Light up the holidays

The Covington News, Square Perk and Mainstreet Covington are teaming up to shine a little light on the 2014 Holiday season.

November 22, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Santa comes to The News

Santa's elves are busy stocking his sleigh for his global flight, but Jolly Old St. Nicholas himself will take some time at The Covington News before Christmas Eve.

November 22, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

The real cost of Thanksgiving

MACON, Ga. – The national average cost of a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for 10 increased less than 1 percent this year from last, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation's (AFBF) 29th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner Price Survey. The informal survey, conducted from Oct. 31 to Nov. 12 by 179 volunteer shoppers from 35 states, shows the national retail cost of menu items for a classic Thanksgiving dinner is $49.41, a 37-cent price increase from last year's average of $49.04. That makes the cost per person $4.94, less than the cost of most fast-food meals.

November 22, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Our thoughts: Congratulations Rams

We are taking the advice of Newton football announcer Bill Dolan when he says "Ram fans get on your feet," and we urge the rest of Newton County to do the same.

November 22, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Ferguson verdict

Dear editor,

November 22, 2014 | Staff Report | Letters

Obama's immigration case

Dear Newton citizens,

November 22, 2014 | Staff Report | Letters

Citizens comments

Those who follow and attend BOC meetings deplore the vote of Nov. 18th to move citizen comments to the end of each meeting. That means the commissioners won't hear from the public until after votes are taken on agenda items. This clearly says the majority of the BOC doesn't care what citizens have to say or think. But wait until the next election. Listen now or listen then.

November 22, 2014 | Staff Report | Letters

Satsuki Garden Club

The members of the Satsuki Garden Club were busy during their November meeting at the Newton County Library. Alisha Reynolds from A Bouquet by Betty gave the program on Autumn Arrangements, and pine gardens. After the program, member design flower arrangements for The Benton house that we do every November.

November 22, 2014 | Staff Report | LIFE

Herbert Emil Hess

Herbert Emil Hess, 75, of Jersey, formerly of Kedulen, Germany, passed away November 17, 2014. Mr. Hess was preceded in death by his parents, Albert J. and Lina (Haase) Hess, and brother, Walter A. Hess.

November 20, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

County approves Old Atlanta Hwy cell tower

The Newton County Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 in favor of a new, 150-foot cell tower at 10816 Old Atlanta Highway Tuesday evening.

November 19, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Dahlia Jo Minton

Little Miss Dahlia Jo Minton, age 5, of Jackson, passed away Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at her residence surrounded by her loving family. She was born on Wednesday, January 7, 2009 in Riverdale. Dahlia attended Rock Springs Church and Jackson Presbyterian Church. A sweet, joyful child, she loved to make friends, sing, dance, and laugh.

November 19, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

William Bruce Henderson

William Bruce Henderson passed away Monday, November 17, 2014. Bill was born in Athens, Alabama to the late Merle and James Henderson. He is preceded in death by six siblings.

November 18, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

Engagement: Kimberly Blair Malcom

Mr. and Mrs. Kent Haralson of Oxford and Mr. and Mrs. Scott Malcom of Shadydale announce the engagement of Kimberly Blair Malcom to James Timothy Walden Jr.

November 17, 2014 | Staff Report | Engagements

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New zoning ordinance contains urban design elements

The new form-based zoning ordinance the Covington City Council will consider adopting in June collapses several of the city's more unwieldy zoning districts into districts that allow a greater degree of flexibility for developers.

May 02, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Six candidates to run for sheriff

The race for the sheriff's office heated up with the addition of another Republican candidate Thursday, bringing the total number of candidates to six.

May 02, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

Seven set to vie for District 3 commission seat

The race for District 3 commissioner is shaping up to be one of Newton County's most crowded contests yet with five Democrats and two Republicans already qualified as of Thursday.

May 02, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

District 2 seat for BOE to be a contended race

 Retired Newton County postal veteran Don Gresham threw his hat in the political arena Tuesday when he qualified to run for the District 2 seat on the Board of Education.  Gresham, 71, will face incumbent Rickie Corley, who also registered Tuesday, for the Republican ticket in the July 15 general primary.

May 02, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives

Proposed rule upsets some restaurateurs

Under the draft alcohol ordinance to come before the Covington City Council Monday, all employees of establishments that serve alcohol would have to submit to a background check and fingerprinting at the police department and pay an annual nonrefundable $50 processing fee.

May 02, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Man in fancy shoes steals plasma TV

 A well-dressed man pretending to view homes on behalf of his wife allegedly made off with a plasma TV and a comforter from a furnished model home Wednesday evening, according to a Newton County Sheriff's Office report.

May 02, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

Gaynes selected as finalist for cheer competition

The National Cheerleader of the Year Scholarship Competition (NCYSC) is held annually each year in Fayetteville, N.C. This year's event will take place May 15-17, and will include Eastside High standout Brittany Gaynes.

May 01, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives

Time to step up in support

Whether you agree with the politics of the ongoing war in Afghanistan or Iraq, the time is here to support the often forgotten heroes of war - the families left behind here in Newton County.

May 01, 2008 | Robby Byrd | Archives

NSCO speedy actions valiant

The Newton County Sheriff's Office along with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation should be commended for wasting no time on Saturday investigating and making an arrest in the county's sixth homicide of 2008.

May 01, 2008 | Robby Byrd | Archives

What to do with your stimulus check

On Monday, folks began to see the fruits of the 2008 Stimulus Package arrive in their checking accounts - earlier than expected.

April 30, 2008 | Robby Byrd | Archives

Will we continue to make music together?

I had the distinguished privilege this week to attend a Spring Concert featuring the Newton County Community Band presented by the Arts Association. I must express to you that this group is a must see for all who live, love and learn in Newton County. The previous sentence is not a misprint. While it is important for you to hear the band, I think it is most pressing for us to see the band. It is inclusive of black, white, brown as well as the young, and the not so young. I was completely inspired by the most diverse gathering ...

April 30, 2008 | Eric Lee | Archives

What did I forget to write this column about?

I have a recurring dream.

April 30, 2008 | Len Robbins | Archives

Rut & Strut preserves wildlife

For Mike Schildt, new owner of Rut & Strut Taxidermy & Deer Processing, going to work in the morning is like play for this avid huntsman.

April 30, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Put your rebate to work

 You may not be familiar with its formal name - the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008 - but you're almost certainly aware of its key outcome: a tax rebate.

April 30, 2008 | Rick Rogers | Archives

Renaissance woman of Rocky Plains

 Natalie Ochs is a renaissance woman of sorts. As a fifth grade teacher and grade chair at Rocky Plains Elementary School, Ochs possesses a doctorate in curriculum development, has taught in three diversely different environments and has traveled all over the world.

April 30, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives

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