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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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Hozie Lee Morris

Mr. Hozie Lee Morris died Jan. 6. The son of the late Mr. Dubie Strong and Mrs. Carrie Lou Morris he was born in 1922 in Newton County. Educated in the Newton County School System, he joined Little Bethel Baptist Church. He retired from Porterdale Bibb Manufacture and later the Newton County Board of Education and moved to Atlanta. He was preceded in death by wife Ms. Byrtice Brewer Morris; sisters Ms. Mary Bell Morris and Ms. Beatrice Gordon and brother Mr. Ernest Morris.

January 18, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives

In service to God and family

 A typical day in the life of Freda Reed is one of service to her family, church and community. Born in Louisville, Ky., she met her husband, Ricky E. Reed Sr., in the marching band while attending Kentucky State University. They returned to his hometown in Covington and raised two children, LaTonya and Ricky Jr.

January 18, 2008 | Colleen Capes Jackson | Archives

Lombardi trophy

The game in the snow storm at Lambeau Field last Saturday afternoon was simply wonderful to watch. It started out surprisingly. The Green Bay Packers running back, Ryan Grant, fumbled twice, giving the Seattle Seahawks a 14-0 lead just 4 minutes into the game. Then, lead by veteran quarterback Bret Favre, the Pack came back. They scored on their next 6 possessions; Favre threw for three, Grant rushed for three. Before the end of the game, Bret Favre was even throwing a few snow balls on the sidelines. There are just two more games this weekend, then the Super Bowl ...

January 18, 2008 | John Donaldson | Archives

Hoops: Alcovy at Eastside

If there is ever a time when pride becomes a key role in winning, it has to come when a good rivalry is at stake.

January 18, 2008 | Brian Harper | Archives

DeKalb Tech makes bid for police academy

A law enforcement mandate academy could soon be established in Newton County if officials at DeKalb Technical College are successful in their meetings with state officials later this month.

January 18, 2008 | Tyler Smith | Archives

Prep wrestling: The road to Macon

Through months of sweat and agony on the mat, two teams - Eastside and Newton - will represent the county today and Saturday during the 2008 GHSA State Wrestling Duel Championship in Macon.

January 18, 2008 | Eric McDonald | Archives

A helping hand against cold weather

It seems winter weather has finally arrived in Georgia with this week's snow and sleet. Oxford resident Sue Bartlett feels blessed finally to wake up in a warm home after nearly 50 frosty winters.

January 18, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives

Newton derails fourth-ranked Douglass, 45-42

Three (shot)...two (horn) (swish): Pandemonium.

January 18, 2008 | Bill Dolan | Archives

No. 1 North Carolina escapes Georgia Tech, 83-82

ATLANTA - When the top-ranked team in the country makes a trek to Alexander Memorial Coliseum, particularly in atypical snowy conditions, anything is bound to happen.

January 18, 2008 | Jason Murdock | Archives

$200 reward offered in school firework incident

Newton High School officials are reportedly offering a $200 reward for the name of the prankster who set off two packs of firecrackers in a boy's restroom at the school last Wednesday.

January 18, 2008 | Tyler Smith | Archives

Eastside swimmers lap it up at UGA meet

The Eastside swim team placed 10th overall during the UGA Invitational on Saturday in Athens.

January 18, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives

Woman murdered at home on Lake Lucinda Drive

Only two weeks into the new year and local law enforcement officials are already investigating their second murder after a 43-year-old woman was shot early Wednesday morning in her home on Lake Lucinda Drive.

January 16, 2008 | Tyler Smith | Archives

How to eat pizza without pain

The one thing I learned in taking an entire year of Italian in college is that I could take an entire year of a college-level course and not learn a thing, despite attending class sometimes and managing passing marks.

January 16, 2008 | Len Robbins | Archives

Violinists come to Covington

The public is invited to attend a free special concert this Sunday evening with three of Atlanta's most renowned musicians at First Presbyterian Church of Covington.

January 16, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Vienna boys choir to sing in Newton

The Arts Association in Newton County will present a concert by the world renowned Vienna Boys Choir at 8 p.m. Feb. 2 at Porter Hall on the campus of Newton High School.

January 16, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives

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