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Hometown Christmas Trees (video)

A visit to Berry's Tree Farm

December 07, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | Covington

Athletes of the week: 12/01

The athletes of the week for the week of December 1, 2014 are Darion "D.J." Hill (Newton), Janelle Cook (Eastside) and Autumn Evans & Madison Beazley.

December 07, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside

Social Circle dominates at Parkview

The Social Circle High School Wrestling team started its season off by winning the Parkview Thanksgiving Duals tournament last Wednesday with a perfect 5-0 record. The tourney hosted by Parkview High School had 12 schools participating in the highly touted event (Alexander, Brookwood, Duluth, East Coweta, Habersham Central, Hiram, Luella, Parkview, Peachtree Ridge, Social Circle, Union Grove and West Oak, S.C.).

December 07, 2014 | Staff Report | Social Circle

Dickson signs with Austin Peay

Social Circle High School All-State 2nd Baseman Brea Dickson signed with Division 1 Austin Peay State University on November 11. Brea has won countless awards in her high school softball career. She is the only SCHS senior to be selected to the All-State team. She has also won best all-around and MVP. Pictured with Brea are her parents, Dennis & Heather Dickson, her sister Alyssa and her SCHS coaches, Coach B and Coach Margie.

December 07, 2014 | Staff Report | Social Circle

Newton wins round 1

The rivalry that exists between Eastside and Newton has been well documented. For any contest or sporting event that the two compete in, the ultimate goal is to beat the other one, the school across the county.

December 07, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton

They’re going to ANDREW

Madison Beazley and Autumn Evans signed full scholarships to play softball and attend Andrew College on Friday. The two had an enormous amount of support, as they continue their journey to college.

December 07, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Alcovy

Our thoughts: Water questions

Last week the Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority stepped up to the plate and hit a home run.

December 06, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

If Bora-Bora doesn't care about the game, why should we?

This was written in a cave somewhere in Greater Bora Bora. The column was floated across the ocean in an RC Cola bottle to this newspaper. (I have no idea how the editors got it from bottle to print. I assumed that if editors can figure out where commas go, they ought to be able to figure out how to print a column in a bottle.)

December 06, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists

The wrong route to reform

Last month, the police commissioner of New York, Bill Bratton, was quizzed at a conference by Jeffrey Toobin, a writer for The New Yorker. Bratton had been the police chief in Boston and Los Angeles, as well as New York's once before, and he is a well-known champion of what is known as the "broken windows" school of policing. Toobin asked him what could account for the precipitous drop in crime in New York City. Bratton responded in a flash: The cops.

December 06, 2014 | Richard Cohen | Columnists

Can racial discrimination explain much?

In the medical profession, there is the admonition primum non nocere, the Latin expression for "first, do no harm." In order not to do harm, at the minimum, requires accurate diagnostics. Suppose a patient presents with abdominal pains, and the physician diagnoses it as caused by the patient's ingrown toenails. If that isn't the cause, the physician can spend all the resources he wants treating the patient's ingrown toenails and not remedy the patient's abdominal pains.

December 06, 2014 | Walter E. Williams | OPINION

Bear Creek Reservoir cost doubles?

The cost of the Bear Creek Project has started the inevitable "price creep", or "price jump" in this case.

December 06, 2014 | Wesley Dowdy | Letters

Oxford's roots run deep

The city of Oxford is another year older - and it's people, another year wiser.

December 06, 2014 | Randy Schafer | LOCAL

Lady 'Noles survive/Rams top Salem

Salem's girls survived against a strong push from a promising Newton team with a bright future, but Newton's boys dealt the Seminoles their second loss of the season.

December 06, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton

Christmas comes to town

Santa came to town this weekend, as Christmas activities dotted the Newton County calendar. Friday, along with the Grinch visiting the Covington Square and Santa Claus visiting The Covington News, Porterdale held its annual Christmas Parade. The Porterdale Police department and its K-9 unit led the way, and the Newton High School Sound Factory band heralded Santa Claus pulled in his sleigh by two live reindeer. Saturday the Covington Lions Club held its annual parade, with 100 floats and marching bands going through Floyd Street and the Square, before Santa Claus paraded his way into town. Various other concerts filled ...

December 06, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Medical marijuana bill to be proposed

Georgia legislator Allen Peake will make the case for a bill legalizing cannabis oil for medicinal purposes this Monday in Covington as part of an event organized by Newton Conservative Liberty Alliance.

December 06, 2014 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL

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Deal's inauguration set for Jan. 12 in Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal's inauguration has been set for Monday, Jan. 12 in Atlanta.

December 01, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Stocks sink after retail sales slip, China slows

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stock indexes are closing slightly lower following more signs of weakness in China and disappointing retail sales over the Thanksgiving holiday.

December 01, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

House nearing vote on 1-year package of tax breaks

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans are moving to pass a one-year extension of temporary tax breaks affecting millions of businesses and individuals.

December 01, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Stocks sink after retail sales slip, China slows

EW YORK (AP) - Signs of weakness in China's economy and a weak start to the holiday shopping season knocked the stock market lower on Monday.

December 01, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Tree decorations and family

My two daughters and four granddaughters came to my house the Saturday before Thanksgiving to help me put up my Christmas decorations and tree. I usually don't put up the tree that early, but who is going to turn down free help.

December 01, 2014 | Paula Travis | LIVING

Warning: The Christmas spirit is catching

I have always felt sorry for those folks that see Christmas right around the corner and complain they just can't get in the Christmas Spirit. If you live near Covington and you name is not Scrooge you have no excuse to fail to get the Christmas Spirit.

December 01, 2014 | | LIVING

Homemade butter

Ingredients:

December 01, 2014 | Melanie Thompson | Cooking with Melanie

The Movember Movement

This Thanksgiving, as I sat around listening to family stories and eating turkey (no lasagna has been made since my grandmother passed), I noticed that there was an abundance of facial hair. Really creative, somewhat whimsical, and abundant facial hair. It was on the cousins and the uncles. It was on football players, commercial actors, and parade commentators. It was on hipsters and baby boomers. Is this a trend that my husband has missed?

December 01, 2014 | Hosanna Fletcher | LOCAL

Girl Scouts cookie sales go digital

NEW YORK (AP) - Watch out world, the Girl Scouts are going digital to sell you cookies.

December 01, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Ex-UPS driver's pregnancy bias claim at high court

WASHINGTON (AP) - Peggy Young only has to look at her younger daughter to be reminded how long she has fought United Parcel Service over its treatment of pregnant employees, and why.

December 01, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Supreme Court to consider Facebook threats case

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court is weighing the free-speech rights of people who use violent or threatening language on Facebook and other social media.

December 01, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Republicans push to update education law

WASHINGTON (AP) - The No Child Left Behind education law could be making a political comeback.

December 01, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Let's go to the Alpaca Farm (video)

Let's go to the Alpaca Farm (video)

November 30, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | Covington

Cooking with Melanie (video)

Weekly Recipes

November 30, 2014 | Staff Report | Cooking with Melanie

Local cedar tree headed to the Governor's Mansion

Local cedar tree headed to the Governor's Mansion

November 30, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | Covington

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