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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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GPC hosts first public open house

Visitors to the glittering new Newton County campus of Georgia Perimeter College Thursday night tapped their heels to the music of Greg McLean's Dixie Land jazz band, strolled the building on self-guided tours and ate free barbecue and watermelon.

July 22, 2007 | Staff Report | Archives

Freedom through music

 When Euclid Gray was growing up in Chicago, the only boy out of five siblings, singing was his way of escaping the pressure to join gangs and other rough influences in his neighborhood.

July 22, 2007 | Michelle Kim | Archives

Porterdale home yields 25 neglected dogs

Twenty dogs were euthanized last week in Porterdale after their owner was charged with violating city code.

July 22, 2007 | Tyler Smith | Archives

Former NHS basketball players sign scholarships

Three former Newton High School basketball players have signed to play at the next level - Rashad Gill, Troy Jones and Mark Thomas.

July 22, 2007 | Jason Murdock | Archives

Is it finally 'Game On' for Woods-Garcia golf rivalry?

By Jim Litke

July 22, 2007 | Associated Press | Archives

Bass Club hosting Kids Fishing Derby

The Metro Atlanta Hawg Hunters Bass Club presents the 11th Annual Castings Kids Fishing Derby 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on August 4 at the Georgia State fishery in Social Circle.

July 22, 2007 | Staff Reports | Archives

Vick served summons federal dogfighting charges in Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. - Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick was in Richmond when he was served a summons to appear in court on federal dogfighting charges, documents posted on the U.S. District Court's Web site show.

July 22, 2007 | Associated Press | Archives

Coming up short

After 33 games and 16 teams dating back to July 14, a new Dixie Youth minor league state champion has been crowned.

July 22, 2007 | Jason Murdock | Archives

Faith over addiction

 On any given Thursday evening at Eastridge Community Church, you'll find the upper parking lot full and the main building abuzz as adults, teens and kids make their way after dinner to their respective programs.

July 20, 2007 | Michelle Kim | Archives

On the subject of dogfighting

It seems like we have always had a dog. Our current dog is named, "Shelah." She is a female three year old Australian shepherd, brown and white, medium sized, loves kids. Before we had Shelah, we had an Old English named "Jackie". She was large, gray and white, smart, kind, and loved kids. We had her nearly a decade and we grieved her passing. Our dog ownership is scientifically based. My wife is an elementary school guidance counselor, and she is convinced that kids benefit from having pets. She points to studies that show that kids with pets have higher ...

July 20, 2007 | John Donaldson | Archives

Creation versus evolution

Many wonder why I write about creation/evolution frequently in my articles. They see no problem with believing in evolution and calling themselves Christians. Can a person be a true believer in Jesus Christ and an evolutionist? Absolutely, but not without problems.

July 20, 2007 | John Pearrell | Archives

Cancer benefit planned for pastor

 When the Rev. Annette Nash heard the diagnosis, she thought "Not again, Lord."

July 20, 2007 | Michelle Kim | Archives

Alleged drug deal killers go before judge

Two of the men charged in connection with the June murder of Kawasikis Ricks appeared in court Thursday for a bond hearing.

July 20, 2007 | Tyler Smith | Archives

To transfer or not to transfer?

After the release earlier this month by the Georgia Department of Education of the results on Adequate Yearly Progress, three Newton County Schools must now provide the option of school choice because one sub-group of students at each of the schools did not meet or exceed standards on the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests given in the spring.

July 20, 2007 | Jennifer Long | Archives

BOC discusses Lake Varner drought plans

Despite the many brief afternoon rain showers Newton County has received over the last couple of weeks, the county is still in a drought, though not as severe as it was last week according to the county's water resources director.

July 20, 2007 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

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