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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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 Despite the best efforts of an award-winning ensemble cast, "The Other Boleyn Girl" is weighed down by a poor script with a myopic focus on the tawdriest aspects of the relationship between Henry VIII and the Boleyn sisters.

March 12, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Basketball rules March

I never knew a tournament bracket could bring me so much joy. How could it really? It's nothing but a bunch of lines on a piece of paper that by the end of the second day of play is littered with more red marks than a high school English paper.

March 12, 2008 | Robby Byrd | Archives

'Pain don't hurt'

These are the five greatest mysteries of this Earth: 1. How Stonehenge was formed; 2. Whatever happened to Amelia Earhart; 3. Women; 4. Why I despise all things mayonnaise (mayonnaise is basically white lard. You would think I would like it since I'm white... and lard); and 5. Why I can't keep my eyes off the 1989 motion picture, "Road House."

March 12, 2008 | Len Robbins | Archives

She's the Mann

 Even though she has taught for only four years, Amber Mann has taken on several duties at Eastside High School other than simply teaching advanced and Quest freshman English.

March 12, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives

The lines and the lights

 The year was 1932. Trouble had knocked at America's door. Poverty was rampant, and people were looking for a leader who would offer sustaining hope. Everywhere the cry was heard: "Is there a man who can give us a new and brighter day?"

March 12, 2008 | Clifford Brewton | Archives

Local optometrist covers all the bases

 Located inside Wal-Mart's Vision Center, optometrist Dr. Andrea Washington's general practice has been treating eye patients in the area since July.

March 12, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Pinewood derby day

 Cub Scout Packs 888 and 747 will host the third Yellow River District Pinewood Derby Races from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Lockett Family Life Center at Prospect United Methodist Church on Ga. Highway 212.

March 12, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives

Police, recyclers unite against metal theft

The buzzword these days among the law enforcement personnel and scrap metal recycling industry in dealing with metal thefts is "proactivity."

March 12, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

High speed chases end in crashes

 Two high-speed attempts to escape Newton County law enforcement this weekend ended in crashes, resulting in arrests or severe injury.

March 12, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

Marijuana dispute ends in murder

Two suspects were arrested and charged within 24 hours of allegedly killing a Covington man after a dispute over a drug deal in the City of Covington's first murder of the year, announced on Tuesday at a Covington Police Department press conference.

March 12, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

State grant gives Stanton Springs Parkway a boost

The four-county Joint Development Authority has been awarded a $1 million state grant for the development of the first mile of road for the Stanton Springs parkway.

March 12, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Mary (Rooster) Allgood

Mary (Rooster) Allgood, 91, of Oxford, died march 7 at Newton Medical Center. She was born in 1916 in a little tin roof house off Alcovy Road. She was born a twin, but her little brother did not survive. She weighed 2.5 pounds and was kept in a shoebox by the fire to stay warm. Her mama passed away when Mary was only 9 years old, and she had to start taking care of her daddy and three brothers. She washed dishes and made biscuits standing on a stool. When she god older, she married William H. Allgood and ...

March 12, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Local man extradited in '98 Virginia murder

A Covington man was arrested and charged in connection with a recently cracked cold case of armed robbery-turned-murder in Virginia that occurred almost 10 years ago.

March 12, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

Newton Medical Center issued Certificate of Need

The Georgia Department of Community Health has issued a Certificate of Need to Newton Medical Center for the development of a neonatal intermediate care unit at the hospital.

March 12, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Dixie Lois (Gibson) Canning

 Dixie Lois (Gibson) Canning, of Covington, died at her home March 6 after a valiant struggle with cancer. She was born in Atlanta, where she lived her early years, followed by a few years in New York City. After returning to Georgia, she lived for a period of time in Hapeville but lived most of her life in Newton County. Mrs. Canning was an active member of the Covington Service Guild, American Legion Auxiliary and Covington Miniature Garden Club and was very active in the Shrine Auxiliary and a member of five bridge clubs. She was responsible for a horse ...

March 12, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

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