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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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Native son writes biographical screenplay

 A screenplay written by one of Newton County's native sons has been turned into a movie of the week and will be airing this Saturday night on the ION Channel.

April 09, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Knights place fifth at Atlanta Super NIT

HAMPTON - The Newton Knights, an 11 and under AA local travel baseball team, placed fifth overall at the Atlanta Super NIT last weekend.

April 09, 2008 | Alan Howard | Archives

City votes for no term limits for volunteers

After some debate the Covington City Council decided not to limit the number of terms volunteers could serve on city committees at their Monday night meeting.

April 09, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Lee awarded Rookie of Week for third time

ATLANTA - Georgia State freshman catcher Catherine Lee earned Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Week honors for the second consecutive week and third time this season, announced by the league office.

April 09, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives

Woman charged with forging prescriptions

A Covington woman was arrested Saturday afternoon while trying to pick up a forged prescription for painkillers and charged in connection with at least three other forged prescriptions, according to the Covington Police Department public information log.

April 09, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Domestic disputes draw blood over weekend

Domestic bliss turned violent this weekend during two separate incidents of domestic disputes.

April 09, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

Down at the Hatch

Though the band labels itself as nothing more than "big dumb rock," LYNAM, a Birmingham, Ala., based rock band, has a history with Covington.

April 09, 2008 | Robby Byrd | Archives

Newton sweeps Morrow in soccer

COVINGTON - The Newton High soccer squads ended their regular season with a sweep over Morrow on Thursday at Homer Sharp Stadium.

April 06, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives

Eastside, Alcovy prepare for second showdown

Something must give when Eastside High travels to Alcovy Monday to compete in region action on the baseball field.

April 06, 2008 | Jason Murdock | Archives

Hey basketball fans, let's not forget about the women

Allow me to take a moment to acknowledge the NCAA women's basketball tournament has been just as exciting as the men's tournament.

April 06, 2008 | Eric McDonald | Archives

Jolley awarded elite honors

Rachael Jolley, a Covington native and graduate of Young Americans Christian School in Conyers, was recently selected as a 2008 Amateur Athlete Role Model Nominee at the Peach of an Athlete Role Model Banquet.

April 06, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives

Joe Gibbs Racing teams with Toyota

By Jenna Fryer

April 06, 2008 | Associated Press | Archives

Joe Gibbs Racing teams with Toyota

By Jenna Fryer

April 06, 2008 | Associated Press | Archives

Activist gather for anniversary of MLK's assassination

 On Friday thousands across the U.S. took time out of their day to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He was remembered in many different ways: with peace marches, moments of silence and renewed calls for an investigation into the still unsolved Moore's Ford lynching.

April 06, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Looking for answers

 When Newton County's fifth homicide for 2008 was reported last Sunday, some residents were left wondering if this represented an increasing and unsettling trend of homicide in Newton County.

April 06, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

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