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Rev. Franklin D. Kitchens

Rev. Franklin D. Kitchens, 80, of Conyers, went to be with the Lord, June 9, 2014. Rev. Kitchens pastored Harmony Baptist Church in Covington and West End Baptist Church in Social Circle. In addition, he also served as an interim pastor for Salem Baptist Church, in Conyers and Mt. Zion Baptist Church, in Oxford. He was a member of Newton Baptist Church, and loved his church families as much as his own family. He enjoyed wood crafts, cooking, gardening and Southern gospel singings. Kitchens was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and brother. He cherished spending time with his ...

June 10, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

The changing faces of war

I am into my summer routine, which means I drive to a weekend house, and as I do so, I listen to a book on tape. For the moment, it's Laura Hillenbrand's riveting "Unbroken," the story of Louis Zamperini's ordeal during World War II. He was a bombardier, and after his plane went down in the Pacific, he spent 47 days on a decaying raft, fighting off sharks with his fists, and then survived three years of inhumane imprisonment by the Japanese. His and the lives of other POWs were saved by the atomic bombing of Hiroshima ...

June 10, 2014 | Richard Cohen | Columnists

Harrison named to Dean’s List

Tara Harrison, former Eastside High School soccer standout, was named to Georgia Southwestern State University's spring 2014 Dean's List.

June 10, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | SPORTS

Newton Rams gear up for next season

Last week it was the junior varsity players practicing out on Newton High School's basketball court, but this week varsity players own the court.

June 10, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton

Exercise benefits the brain, too

Regular exercise can benefit the body in many ways, helping men and women maintain healthier weights and lower their risks for developing potentially deadly diseases. Though many people are quick to associate exercise with its physical benefits, those hours spent on the treadmill also can boost brain power.

June 10, 2014 | Staff Report | Health

These snacks pack an energetic punch

Many adults find themselves feeling drowsy in the hours after they eat lunch. A heavy lunch, a staid office atmosphere or a combination of the two can make professionals feel sleepy as the workday winds down.

June 10, 2014 | Staff Report | Health

Madeline Burgess: Volunteer of the year

Madeline Burgess is 81 years old and still enjoys taking a 5K-run and vows to remain active in her mind and body. This vow translated into making her city of Social Circle a better place to live in, and her fellow residents have not overlooked her efforts.

June 10, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

A salute to a man who achieved his dream

Before the start of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games, Billy Payne, the organization's CEO, reminded everyone that while much of the attention during the games would be focused on the high-profile athletes, not to forget that all 10,000 athletes from the 107 countries represented were and would forever be Olympians - a title very few people in the world would ever attain.

June 10, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists

Our thoughts on a shift for volunteers

Volunteerism is ingrained in our county's foundation and has been the backbone of so many of our greatest successes on a nationwide and local level.

June 10, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Mr. Jerome Carr

Mr. Jerome Carr was born November 16, 1957 in Social Circle to the late Mr. & Mrs. Herman (Leila Mae) Carr, Jr.

June 10, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

Golf tournament funds fireworks

It's not quite Christmas in June, but July 4 celebrations are set to begin early in Social Circle this year.

June 10, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

Storm power outages

IN BRIEF: Snapping Shoals EMC is reporting 58 outages affecting 6696 customers. Snapping Shoals EMC provides electricity to 95,000 homes and businesses primarily in Newton, Rockdale, Henry and southern DeKalb counties.

June 10, 2014 | | LOCAL

Forecasters warning of severe thunderstorms in Ga.

ATLANTA (AP) - The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch covering most of north, central and western Georgia.

June 10, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Judge strikes down California teacher tenure

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge struck down tenure and other job protections for California's public school teachers as unconstitutional Tuesday, saying such laws harm students - especially poor and minority ones - by saddling them with bad teachers.

June 10, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

House votes to ensure speedier care for US vets

WASHINGTON (AP) - United and eager to respond to a national uproar, the House overwhelmingly approved legislation Tuesday to make it easier for patients enduring long waits for care at Veterans Affairs facilities to get VA-paid treatment from local doctors.

June 10, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

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One Tank Trip (video)

Zip line Adventure at North Georgia Canopy Tours

June 01, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | Outdoors Events

Special needs student honorary driver

An Eastside student became an honorary truck driver for the day when Walmart honored him for overcoming the many obstacles life has placed in his path.

May 31, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

The Born Ready Ultimatum:

Initially I planned on writing a preview of what the NBA Finals would look like for the 1980's Boston Celtics of our generation - or as you know them the Miami Heat - but that narrative has been written or will be by plenty of other people.

May 31, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Sports Columnists

Why the IMPACT program is important

Concussion management is nothing new, but the recently announced IMPACT program is, at least for high schools.

May 31, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | SPORTS

10 excuses not to go to camp answered

We're down to the last days of camp registration, and lucky for you there are still a few spaces available! Are your ready for your child to have the most amazing week of adventure?

May 31, 2014 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL

Text amendment

The Covington City Council is considering a text amendment to the city parking ordinance which would significantly weaken the ordinance and undermine its purpose of permitting and encouraging walkability and pleasing aesthetics in future commercial development. This ordinance has been in effect since 2008; McDonald's, IHOP, Kaufman Tire, Covington Ford, Waffle House have willingly complied with it.

May 31, 2014 | Staff Report | Letters

City hires new transportation director

Covington's newest transportation director has built interstates and worked on the busiest stretches of highway in Atlanta, and he's looking forward to a chance of pace.

May 31, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

HBO's “Bessie” to film in Covington

Just weeks after the crew of the Martin Luther King Jr. biopic "Selma" filmed in Covington, another film about an African-American icon is coming to town.

May 31, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Gone Paddlin'

Water recreation lovers have been paddling down the Yellow River for years, but the city of Porterdale is making water activities a little more accessible.

May 31, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Porterdale

County tightens laws for group homes

Newton County residents have consistently spoken out against efforts to open group or personal care homes in their neighborhoods, saying extra traffic and noise will ruin the peaceful nature of their neighborhoods and open the door for future unwanted development.

May 31, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Summer reading requirements, activities

As students and families pack their cars for summer trips and their bathing suits for the beach, one item not to be forgotten should be a book.

May 31, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

Library kicks off summer reading

The Newton County Library System is holding its annual Summer Reading Program and giving prizes to every summer reader who completes the instruction.

May 31, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

Publix donates to help hungry

Publix and its employees are doing their part to feed the hungry in Newton County.

May 31, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

New student immunization requirements

Parents of rising seventh-graders in the Newton County School System (NCSS) should take note of changes to the state immunization requirements that go into effect in July.

May 31, 2014 | Staff Report | Education

Movie-based tourism thrives

Covington filming locations have grown in popularity as local businesses have capitalized on the success of popular shows and films. The Mystic Falls/Vampire Stalkers tour recently received a 2014 certificate of excellence from trip advisor, while 12 Oaks Bed and Breakfast topped Fox News' top destinations for readers list.

May 31, 2014 | Sam Reardon | LIFE

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