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Crawford: Will the speaker run for governor?

David Ralston is now being mentioned as a possible candidate for governor in 2018, which leads to an obvious question.

March 20, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Columnists

STOVALL: When the student-athlete becomes the teacher

One of the reasons why sports journalism is so awesome to me is the fact that it often becomes a classroom setting in which the ...

March 20, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | SPORTS

Jeffares: Week 10 under the Gold Dome

We're in the home stretch of the 2017 legislative session with only five more legislative days left to vet and pass legislation. Committees are ...

March 20, 2017 | Sen. Rick Jeffares | LEGISLATIVE UPDATES

Man on the Street: How would you improve traffic around The Square?

The City of Covington tested four-way stop intersections just off The Covington Square in an attempt to ease the increasingly untenable traffic situation. How would ...

March 20, 2017 | Jarred Todd | Your Thoughts

Anderson:Bringing family to the Capitol

This week represents a turning point in the 2017 legislative session as we finally have begun to wind things down with the passage of 17 ...

March 20, 2017 | Sen. Tonya Anderson | LEGISLATIVE UPDATES

Belton: 'Sausage-making' getting frustrating at the Capitol

Very few bills passed this week as the House and Senate "horse-trade" some bills and hold others "hostage" that are important to the other Chamber ...

March 20, 2017 | Rep. Dave Belton | LEGISLATIVE UPDATES

Jordan Beam pushed by memory of father Shane to succeed in soccer, life

Jordan Beam remembers vividly some of the last words he heard from his father.

March 20, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | SPORTS

Oxford College emergency practice set for March 21

On the morning of Tuesday, March 21, local citizens may see emergency personnel and vehicles or hear sirens on the Oxford College campus. However, this ...

March 20, 2017 | Staff Report | Cities

SPLOST vote set for Tuesday

With less than 48 hours remaining before voters in Newton County go to the polls for the county's 2017 SPLOST vote, the fate of ...

March 20, 2017 | Darryl Welch | LOCAL

Welch: CPD week 7: Time to use what we’ve learned

It's hard to believe that we're at week seven of the Porterdale Police Department's Citizens Police Academy. Just two more classes and ...

March 20, 2017 | Darryl Welch | OPINION

Eastside baseball's sights now set on Woodward Academy

RIVERDALE – No offense to North Clayton, but the biggest suspense surrounding Eastside and North Clayton's baseball series this past week was whether or not ...

March 20, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Eastside

Community model for fighting poverty presented

Donna Beegle grew up, married, and started a family in extreme poverty. In her mid-twenties, she was single mother worried about becoming homeless and losing ...

March 20, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education

SPLOST funding will impact Newton’s cities

In addition for funding Newton County projects such as transportation and the Yellow River Trail, the 2017 SPLOST vote Tuesday will also have impact on ...

March 20, 2017 | Darryl Welch | LOCAL

Newton offense still looking for consistency

Things started out well enough for the Newton Rams this past Friday, but they couldn't keep it going enough to halt an onslaught from ...

March 20, 2017 | Taylor Robins | SPORTS

Alcovy boys soccer loss to Heritage fuels thoughts of improvement

CONYERS – The Alcovy Boys Varsity soccer team was looking for an upset against a top region opponent in Heritage-Conyers last Friday. However, the explosiveness of ...

March 20, 2017 | Tyler Williams | Alcovy

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Red Cross urges public to review tornado safety tips

Gathered from Red Cross
Across the southeast, there were more than 200 reports of severe weather and several dozen reports of tornadoes so far this weekend as of early Sunday morning in an ongoing multi-day tornado and severe weather outbreak.
NOW is the time to prepare for round three of severe weather in our area. DOWNLOAD the Red Cross Emergency App! Visit www.redcross.org/apps
TORNADO SAFETY TIPS:
Watch for tornado warning signs such as dark, greenish clouds, large hail, a roaring noise, a cloud of debris or funnel clouds. Secure outside items such as lawn furniture or trash ...

January 22, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL

February Pruning

Before I moved to Newton County around 12 years ago, my wife and I owned a home with a yard that was full of flowering shrubs. Yard work was a pleasure and my shrubs showed their appreciation by producing blooms abound.

January 22, 2017 | Ted Wynne | Agriculture

Parson: Making the right seed choices for your garden

Here we are in the cold, dark days of January. With temperatures in the mid-50s, we are right in line with what I expect this month. Wait a minute… Those are the lows!

January 22, 2017 | Daniel Parson | Agriculture

Middle Ridge students travel to Atlanta for project

Thanks to a grant from the Newton Education Foundation (NEF), 56 fourth and fifth graders from Middle Ridge Elementary School (MRES) have the opportunity to work in an innovative project to build a model city. Part of the project included a trip to an architectural firm in Atlanta.

January 22, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Education

Keep America Great

This week has placed us at two distinct ends of the American spectrum. At the beginning of the week we celebrated the most iconic figure of civil rights, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. On Friday, we experienced the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States, who over the weekend attacked another civil rights icon and rep from the great state of Georgia, Congressman John Lewis. This places us in a conundrum because we find a president who based his candidacy on the premise that America was a Christian nation that had fallen into obscurity at the hands of ...

January 22, 2017 | Rev. E. Chip Owens | Religion

Have You Ever Thought?... How great it would be to have more variety in shopping and eating out?

I say we have great merchants and eateries in Covington. But I would add what is needed is more variety in both areas as well as more opportunities for entertainment. The answer to these dreams will be found in both the new development, Covington Town Center as well as new places opening in other parts of our city.

January 22, 2017 | Wiley Stephens | Columnists

Oxford College celebrates the life of Martin Luther King Jr.

Songs and words of inspiration filled the air Wednesday night in Oxford as believers in a dream packed the Historic Old Church for the Oxford College annual Celebration of The Life of Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 22, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Education

Marshall’s Music Minute: Famous by February, Bluesman Adrian Barksdale playing back-to-back shows

Welcome back to the Minute, good readers, so glad you could join us once again.

January 22, 2017 | Marshall McCart | LIVING

Teen earns Eagle Scout badge

Craig Everett Edwards, son of Deborah and Ray Edwards of Covington, has achieved Boy Scouting's highest rank, that of Eagle Scout.

January 22, 2017 | Staff Report | LIVING

Yarbrough: Some observations on the national scene and then it’s back to broccoli

I hope you will forgive me but I am going against my better judgment today and sound like one of those inch-wide, inch-deep political pundits and blah-blah bloggers who can be more boring than a tree stump.

January 22, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists

Belton: A week off is a week on

The General Assembly does not meet during the MLK week. Instead, various committees work on the budget as the rest of us work on bills.

January 22, 2017 | Dave Belton | LEGISLATIVE UPDATES

Anderson: Update from the Capitol: Budget Week

Another week has passed under the gold dome and it was an eventful and informative one. This week, we took a break from our usual routine to hold joint budget hearings. While I am eager to be back in chamber, the budget is one of the most important steps in making sure our money is efficiently and fairly allocated in our state.

January 22, 2017 | Sen. Tonya Anderson | LEGISLATIVE UPDATES

Davis, Morrow wedding

Mark and Alison Davis, of Covington, are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter, Ashley Lauren Davis, to Michael Eugene Morrow, son of Wayne and Elizabeth Morrow, of Jefferson.

January 21, 2017 | Staff Report | LIVING

Cowan, Davis wedding

Michelle Cowan and the late Joseph Cowan are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter Anna Jolyn Cowan to M. Chase Davis, son of J. Mark and Alison Davis, of Covington.

January 21, 2017 | Staff Report | LIVING

4-H’ers honored for service work

As a second grader, I remember finding out that Martin Luther King Jr. wasn't actually royalty.

January 21, 2017 | Terri Fullerton | Agriculture

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