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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Update 12/18/2014: Due to inclement weather, the event will be postponed to next Saturday, Dec. 27 at the same time.
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.
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.
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.
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.
J.C. Henderson officially became the longest-serving commissioner in Newton County history.
Christopher Rogeli Medrano, 23, Covington, Nov 19, Violate Family Violence Order
Cooking a holiday meal - with the variety of dishes and decorations involved - can challenge any chef, but imagine having to bake a ham with only the freshest ingredients not knowing at what temperature to set the oven or how long to cook it.
At first glance, the life Theodosia Wade seems to be a contradiction. The devoted wife of a Presbyterian minister, Wade is also a very passionate teacher of biology at Oxford College. But despite the divide between science and church, Wade is able to harmonize her love for both.
Newton County residents hoping for an easing next year in the Level 4 drought restrictions which would allow them to resume watering their lawns again shouldn't hold their breaths.
WASHINGTON - There is something about visiting the president's house that leaves one in awe. I had a chance to go to the White House on the regular tour for the purpose of seeing the Christmas decorations.
Six students from Cousins Middle School have been selected to participate in this year's District Honor Band.
The Georgia School Boards Association recently recognized the Newton County Board of Education as one of 15 boards in Georgia earning the title of "school board of distinction."
The First Baptist Church of Covington will present, "The Covington Christmas Musical" Dec. 15 at 2 p.m., Dec. 16 at 6 p.m. and Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Eastside High School Auditorium. The presentation features "I'll Be Home for Christmas," a musical about family and hope in the golden days of radio.
Tomorrow is the 216 anniversary of the ratifying of the U.S. Bill of Rights. The importance of this document to early Americans cannot be overstated. Without this guarantee of individual rights, there probably would not have been a United States of America. The citizens of America had just fought a war against a king and they were not about to give up their hard won freedom.
My recent articles have been on the subject of Christmas. In the first of this series I set forth a case to remind those who have been desperately trying to sanitize the holiday of its Christian meaning, the fact that were it not for the coming of Christ there would be no celebration at Christmas time.
"Hey sinners! Yeah, you! Repent! You don't have much time left!"
Through the Apostle John, Christ sent seven letters to seven churches in Asia Minor. Laodicea was the last letter, and it is recorded in Revelation, chapter 3, verses 14-22.
Last Saturday was the 7th Annual Wolverine Invitational Middle School Wrestling Tournament hosted by Clements Middle School.
The Eastside boys and girls varsity basketball teams were each handed a region loss Tuesday night, as the Loganville Red Devils entered the Nest Eastside and snatched a pair against the host Eagles.
Liz Stillerman is not your typical teenager, but that's exactly what makes her unique and special. In fact, it's the reasoning behind this feature that it makes it so appeasing.