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The distance between Newton High School (4-1) and Lowndes High School (4-1) covers over 200 miles of Georgia territory and a three or four hour ...

September 20, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton

Column: What to take from Eastside’s blowout loss


September 20, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Sports Columnists

Johnston: Let's move Covington forward

Dear City of Covington Residents,

September 20, 2015 | Ronnie Johnston | Columnists

Your gap theory

Have you ever heard of "the Gap" theory? Well, here it is: it takes place in Jericho a town which Jesus was

September 20, 2015 | William Burnham | Columnists

Ireland, the South come together to Celebrate Jesus

Shiloh United Methodist Church Rev. Mike Wadley was looking out on the Almon Ballfield and saw a vision.

September 20, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | RELIGION

Come on, Joe, make everyone happy and run for president

While millions of people were expected to watch the second Republican debate this week on CNN, the first Democratic debate will not be held until ...

September 20, 2015 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists

The long, yet refreshing, debate

It was a long debate. "The Sound of Music" with Julie Andrews clocked in at three hours. The CNN debate in Simi Valley, California, ran ...

September 20, 2015 | Erick Erickson | Columnists

Our Thoughts: Rainy day funds

The Covington branch of the Newton County Library System found itself in need after its 17-year-old HVAC system shut down.

September 20, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Corps of Engineers at standstill on reservoir permit

Newton County's request for a special leniency in its Section 404 Permit application, needed for the proposed Bear Creek Supply Reservoir, was denied, adding ...

September 20, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

What a difference others can make when facing a life crisis

I do not believe we were created to face life alone. It is said that humans among all creation needs the nurture of the family ...

September 20, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING

‘Religious freedom’ and its unintended consequences

If you've been watching TV, you surely have seen the controversy in Kentucky where a court clerk has been in and out of jail ...

September 20, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Columnists

Covington shows off Legion Park

The green space on Mill Street, behind the Covington Family Y, has long been an area Newton County residents have gone to for a little ...

September 19, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

NMC to host events for Breast Cancer Awareness

Anchored in Hope is the theme for this year's Hope events for breast cancer awareness sponsored by Newton Medical Center's Women's Diagnostic ...

September 19, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Newton County Jail Log: September 16

Tracey Diane Hardy, 44, Conyers, September 7, Simple battery- family violence

September 19, 2015 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

Parrotheads to find paradise in Newton County

Nearly four decades ago, Jimmy Buffet started bringing his unique style of Reggae and islander inspired Country music to a very welcoming audience. Today, those ...

September 19, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

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Have you ever thought?

What of the past do we keep? Why is it important for us to remember what events happened before our time? We are much like the turtle found on top of the fence post; we know one thing for sure: that turtle didn't get there by himself. Yesterday is the one day we cannot change. Whatever our history is, it is our history. And by remembering our past we learn valuable lessons as well as appreciation for those who sacrificed for us.

August 09, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING

Hiroshima & Nagasaki: 'Prompt and utter destruction'

On August 6, 1945, the first atomic bomb used in war was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan. Three days later the second, and hopefully last atomic bomb utilized in war, was dropped on Japan. The primary target of the second bomb, Kokura, was obscured by thick clouds and smoke making the secondary target, Nagasaki, the unfortunate quarry.

August 09, 2015 | Pete Mecca | A VETERAN'S STORY

Piedmont receives warm welcome at public hearing for hospital deal

Doctors and local officials praised the pending acquisition of Newton Health System by Piedmont Healthcare during a public hearing moderated by a representative of the Attorney General's office, as required by law.

August 09, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL

Congressman Johnson hosts town hall on hot national issues

Congressman Hank Johnson covered a broad range of topics during a town hall meeting at the Historic Courthouse Wednesday, which was briefly interrupted by an argument between constituents over accusations of engrained racism in the Republican Party.

August 09, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL

Happy 100th to Sarah Hardeman

The family and friends of Mrs. Sarah T. Hardeman celebrated her 100 years of life at Grace United Methodist Church on her birthday Sunday.

August 09, 2015 | | LOCAL

Legal and Academic equality nonsense

A particular act or policy might not have a discriminatory intent, but that doesn't let you off the hook. If it has a disproportionately negative impact on so-called protected classes, it is said to have a disparate impact and risks being prohibited by law. The uninformed assumption made by judges, lawyers and academics is that but for the fact of racial and sex discrimination, we all would be distributed across occupations, educational backgrounds and other socio-economic characteristics according to our percentages in the population. Such a vision is absolute nonsense. There is no evidence, anywhere, at any time, that ...

August 09, 2015 | Walter Williams | Columnists

Letters: Civic Center neither civic nor central

Dear Editor,

August 09, 2015 | Maurice Carter | Letters

Letters: John Douglas episode one of sadness and hope

Dear Editor,

August 09, 2015 | Phil Johnson | Letters

By popular demand: Junior E. Lee analyzes presidential races

Please don't say anything to Junior E. Lee about this but I had several people come up to me after a recent speech to ask why they had not seen his observations in the paper recently. If he knew that, he might ask for a raise.

August 09, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | OPINION

GOP debate: A lot of hype, but little change

The big winner of the way-too-early first debate of the presidential primary season wasn't even on the stage for the prime-time event. Carly Fiorina won the "undercard" event earlier in the evening. She did so in convincing enough fashion that the next big question for political junkies will be whether she can make it into the main event in next month's debate.

August 09, 2015 | Scott Rasmussen | Columnists

A Newton County of the past or future?

The Historic Courthouse was packed Tuesday night, but not everyone was there for the same reason. The stark contrast between the two issues-a civic center and a humiliating scandal-was a reminder that our county is poised for greatness, but only if it can rid itself of its toxic political culture.

August 09, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Tips for creating the perfect butterfly oasis

As summer nears its end, gardeners longing to fill their flowerbeds with the flutter of butterflies, bees and hummingbirds must quickly design a space for the preferred plants of the insects and birds.

August 09, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | LIVING

Just a Thought: Receive your sight

Who is more blind, the blind man or the man who will not see? Often times we miss the truth God has for us simply because we refuse to see it. This was the case of the rich young ruler. He came to Jesus bowing before Him and calling Him good, yet with proclamations of his own self-righteousness. He proclaimed he was seeking God's truth, but when it was presented to him, he went away as if he had searched for a thing and come up empty handed.

August 09, 2015 | William Burnham | Columnists

A month of Sundays

"Early Sunday morning, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and found that the stone was rolled aside from the entrance. "-John 20:1 (The Living Bible)

August 09, 2015 | Jan McCoy | Columnists

Nine-month investigation uncovers gang activity

Three defendants in a racketeering and conspiracy to commit murder case pled guilty before Judge Samuel D. Ozburn of the Alcovy Circuit Superior Court on Thursday in return for a negotiated plea bargain. A fourth defendant will return to court on Aug. 20 to accept or reject a negotiated plea.

August 09, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

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