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Man fires gun outside party

A woman having a party called the Covington Police Department after hearing gun shots outside her house Sunday.

October 20, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Acuity Brands expands, adding 700 jobs in Rockdale, DeKalb

Georgia-based Acuity Brands will expand its operation, creating 700 jobs and investing more than $16 million into Rockdale and DeKalb counties over the next five years, announced Governor Nathan Deal's office Monday morning.

October 20, 2014 | Staff Report | Business


Claire Rowan is Eastminster's Queen

Claire Rowan was named Eastminster School's Homecoming Queen, during the school's soccer match Friday.

October 20, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Law enforcement job fair Oct. 20 at GPTC Newton campus

Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) hosts a Law Enforcement Recruiting Day and Job/Career Fair, Monday, Oct. 20, 9 a.m. to noon, at the GPTC Covington Campus at 8100 Bob Williams Parkway, Covington, Ga. 30014 in the Exhibit Hall.

October 19, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Spider-Man and Captain America at Mall st Stonecrest

Marvel superheroes Spider-Man and Captain America will appear on Saturday, October 25 at noon at the Mall at Stonecrest. Fans of The Avengers are invited to meet Spider-Man and Captain America up close and personal during this exclusive Atlanta appearance.

October 19, 2014 | Staff Report | LIFE


Cohen: A president lacking menace

Tell me something: What do you think would happen if the United States concludes that Iran has been cheating and delaying and is about to pop a fully functional nuclear weapons program? Would President Obama respond by joining Israel to bomb the Iranian nuclear facilities to smithereens - or would he stall and equivocate? My bet is the latter and so, just to double down, is what I bet the Iranians are betting. They have taken the measure of Obama. He lacks menace.

October 18, 2014 | Staff Report | Columnists


Full shopping plaza sets tone for county

As Newton County continues to grow commercially, a key component of growth will be the use of its already built shopping plaza and commercial buildings.

October 18, 2014 | Staff Report | Business


Reconciliation to prepare for Communion or Confirmation

Participating in Penance, also known as Reconciliation, is a significant part of the growing process for Christians across the globe.

October 18, 2014 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Stephens: Miracles still happen, at times in new ways

Decades had come and gone, and for Russ McElveen it seemed that there were important people in his family he would never see again. Then came the miracles of the past year or so that brought a son and two sisters back into his life. After 60 years he made contact with two of his sisters and after 45 years he was reconnect with a son. Have you ever thought that someone was gone from your life forever.

October 18, 2014 | E. Wiley Stephens | Columnists


Paying for long-term care expenses

I've got a subject that can have you reaching for the aspirin and antacid quickly. As if we don't have enough concerns already, now we can worry about this risk and it can be very costly if not addressed. Of the five Covington Lassiter parents who have passed on, all of them incurred long-term care related expenses toward the end of their lives.

October 18, 2014 | Mike Lassiter | Business


Stay safe this Halloween

Halloween is less than two weeks away, and children are getting their costumes together in preparation for trick-or-treat.

October 18, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton to host CHEER FEST 2014

At the end of every football season the Newton County Recreation Department's cheerleading program hosts a cheerleading competition and this year it will be on Saturday, November 1 beginning at 10 a.m.

October 18, 2014 | Staff Report | Recreation


Party with a purpose

Normally gambling can lead to late nights and empty wallets - with dark-circled eyes staring at a dealer's hands, or a depressing bank statement at 4 a.m. outside an ATM.

October 18, 2014 | Randy Schafer | LOCAL


Annual Social Circle fair returns for a good cause

Fun for a good cause is coming to Social Circle Oct. 21-25.

October 18, 2014 | Staff Report | Social Circle


Safety first in kids’ Halloween costumes

Dressing up and engaging in role play is an important component of childhood learning and having fun. Although costumes are regularly used in day care centers, schools and at home, they become the center of attention when Halloween arrives.

October 18, 2014 | Staff Report | LIFE


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All I want for Christmas

Looking back on when I was a kid, life was so very much simpler in those good old days. Bucolic Greensboro was not dissimilar from most other hamlets spread all across this largest state east of the Mississippi River. And, most likely, it wasn't too different from little burgs all across the nation, either. The daily routine mostly revolved around school, Boy Scouts, church activities, daily chores - that sort of thing.

December 22, 2007 | Nat Harwell | Archives


All I want for Christmas

Looking back on when I was a kid, life was so very much simpler in those good old days. Bucolic Greensboro was not dissimilar from most other hamlets spread all across this largest state east of the Mississippi River. And, most likely, it wasn't too different from little burgs all across the nation, either. The daily routine mostly revolved around school, Boy Scouts, church activities, daily chores - that sort of thing.

December 22, 2007 | Nat Harwell | Archives


All I want for Christmas

Looking back on when I was a kid, life was so very much simpler in those good old days. Bucolic Greensboro was not dissimilar from most other hamlets spread all across this largest state east of the Mississippi River. And, most likely, it wasn't too different from little burgs all across the nation, either. The daily routine mostly revolved around school, Boy Scouts, church activities, daily chores - that sort of thing.

December 22, 2007 | Nat Harwell | Archives


Abuse in teen dating on the rise

According to recent statistics compiled by the National Youth Violence Prevention Center (an organization sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and various other federal agencies), it is extremely likely that your teen or a teen known to you or your own teen will experience dating violence.  

December 22, 2007 | Peggy Nolen | Archives


Non-profit center helps moms in need

Members of Christian Life Center established a confidential resource center for low-income mothers and mothers-to-be in April.

December 21, 2007 | Jennifer Long | Archives


Police make arrest in recent kidnapping case

Newton County Sheriff's arrested Antonio Shy Thursday on charges of kidnapping two women and a small child.

December 21, 2007 | Tyler Smith | Archives


Suspect allegedly fights deputy after flipping car

A Newton County Sheriff's deputy was compelled to use force on a suspect after the man repeatedly resisted arrest and attempted to pull the deputy's firearm free.

December 21, 2007 | Tyler Smith | Archives


Don't let that Christmas tree go to waste

Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful will hold its 17th annual "Bring One for the Chipper" Christmas tree recycling day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 5 at Home Depot in Covington or any neighborhood recycling center.

December 21, 2007 | Jennifer Long | Archives


Eastside wrestling tops Alcovy, Winder-Barrow

On Tuesday, the Alcovy wrestling squad hosted Eastside and Winder-Barrow for a hotly contested region matchup.

December 21, 2007 | Eric McDonald | Archives


Newton at Jackson Preview

School is out for the holidays, yet that doesn't mean that prep basketball has taken a break.

December 21, 2007 | Jason Murdock | Archives


NFL matchup pits dysfunctional against disappointed

By Bob Baum

December 21, 2007 | Associated Press | Archives


Alcovy athletics teams with Rocky Plains Elementary School

Alcovy High School boys varsity basketball head coach Eugene Brown and Alcovy principal David Easterday received an award from school counselor Rhonda Denby for partnering with Rocky Plains Elementary School to encourage students to study hard and stay in school.

December 21, 2007 | Staff Reports | Archives


Reaching out to the community

Dating back 140 years, the James Paschal Baptist Church is known throughout the community for its congregation striving together in love.

December 21, 2007 | Colleen Capes Jackson | Archives


Christmas traditions

Michael Novak wrote, "Tradition lives because young people come along who catch its romance and add new glories to it."

December 21, 2007 | John Donaldson | Archives


Christmas and the virgin birth

My columns this month have centered around Christmas. Primarily I have been writing about the meaning and origins of this holiday. Today I want to remind the readers of the central message of this holiday. Perhaps no passage of scripture summarizes this message better than Matthew 1:18-23: "

December 21, 2007 | John Pearrell | Archives


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