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Civil War: Down the roads of Covington

This is the first in a series of columns in partnership with Georgia Perimeter College professors concerning the Civil War and its local ties to Newton County some 150 years after the war that divided America.

July 08, 2014 | Kathleen DeMarco | LOCAL

Letter from Harry L. Long

I have known Phil Johnson and Sam (Martin) Hay III for most of my life, and I totally agree with their opposition to the county's "so called" 2050 Plan. I view this plan as a direct attack on an individual's freedom and liberty. I have raised my right hand twice, and each time I took an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States. Immigrants started pouring into the U.S. (colonies) in the 1600s through today mainly for two purposes: I. To be free and II. To own property in "fee simple." In America ...

July 08, 2014 | Harry L. Long | Letters

Our thoughts on the Fourth of July

We are grateful that the long holiday weekend passed, and despite all the people and activities occurring with the Fourth of July festivities, there were no major reports of injuries associated with beverage consumption, firework exhibitions or rowdy behavior.

July 08, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Mr. R. Dale Pearce

R. Dale Pearce passed away at home on Sunday, July 6, 2014. He was born December 3, 1948, in Gadsden, Alabama. Dale graduated from Towers High School, in Decatur, in 1967, where he played football, ran track and wrestled. He earned his Bachelors of Business Administration degree with honors, at the University of Georgia in 1971. He was a member of Chi Psi fraternity. He later received his Masters of Business Administration degree from Georgia State University. Dale spent his career in a variety of sales, marketing and management positions with Ford Motor Company in Ohio, Michigan and California. Dale ...

July 08, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

Mrs. Kathryn W. Bryant

Mrs. Kathryn W. Bryant, age 87 of St. Petersburg, Florida, passed away October 13, 2013. She was born January 19, 1926 in Oxford, Georgia to the late Ira and Verna Williams. Memorial services for Mrs. Bryant will be held at 11 o'clock Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at the Chapel of J.C. Harwell and Son Funeral Home with Reverend Tom Johnson officiating. Inurnment will follow at Oxford Historical Cemetery. The family will receive friends one prior to the service at the funeral home. J.C. Harwell & Son Funeral Home and Cremation Chapel, 2157 East Street S.E., Covington, GA ...

July 08, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

Yarbrough: When it comes to polls and pests, Junior E. Lee knows his business

With the July 22 runoff elections fast approaching, I called Junior E. Lee, general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company, located in Greater Garfield, Georgia, to get his thoughts on the various races and to see who he thinks will make it to the finals of the November general election and who will be eliminated this round.

July 08, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists

Cohen: An offer they can't refuse

FADE IN: Michael Corleone's den.

July 08, 2014 | Richard Cohen | Columnists

Mr. Dennis Veale

Dennis Veale, 61 of Covington, passed away July 5, 2014. Mr. Veale worked for the Internal Revenue Service for 37.5 years. In addition to collecting Coca Cola memorabilia and old coins, Dennis enjoyed camping, playing cards, watching game shows and listening to music. He will be remembered for his sense of humor. Preceding him in death were his parents, W.C. and Sylvia Veale; and brother-in-law, Smiley Hardy.

July 08, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

Mecca: Welcome to the land of peaceful frontiers

Seventeen-year-old Macon native Ron Holmes received the displeasing news upon high school graduation in June of 1963 - his appointment to the Air Force Academy had been denied because of a new prerequisite that required uncorrected 20/20 vision.

July 08, 2014 | Pete Mecca | A VETERAN'S STORY

Looking for answers in all the right places

Here is the question I faced about six months ago: How does a person truly change their lifestyle?

July 08, 2014 | Reginald Franklin | LOCAL

Reality TV husband gets prison sentence for fraud

ATLANTA (AP) - The husband of a "Real Housewives of Atlanta" star has been sentenced to eight years in prison after pleading guilty to federal fraud charges.

July 08, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Ga. governor pushes trials of marijuana derivative

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Georgia's governor is pushing clinical trials for a marijuana-derived drug that proponents say could help treat severe seizure disorders among children.

July 08, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

NCSO kicks off school supply drive

The Newton County Sheriff's Office is partnering with Washington Street Community Center, the Salvation Army and the A.K.A. Sorority Inc. for its Annual Back to School Supply Drive.

July 08, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Forgotten vials of smallpox found in storage room

ATLANTA (AP) - Government officials say workers cleaning a storage room at a research center made a startling discovery last week - decades-old vials of smallpox forgotten in a cardboard box.

July 08, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Ga. DOT awards $85M in highway, road inprovements

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Department of Transportation has awarded contracts to get $85 million worth of road improvements under way across the state.

July 08, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

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Our thoughts: Fourth of July

"Our founders got it right when they wrote in the Declaration of Independence that our rights come from nature and nature's God, not from government."

July 03, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Local athletes qualify for regionals

The Southeast Striders Track and Field Club of Covington will travel to the USA Track and Field (USATF) Jr. Olympic Regionals in Rockhill, South Carolina between July 3 and July 6.

July 03, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | YMCA

Responsibility and freedom

We declared our independence from Great Britain 238 years ago this week. It was a declaration long in coming, brought about by the overreaching rule of King George III and Britain's insistence on taxation without representation.

July 03, 2014 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists

A DIVERSE PARISH

St. Augustine Catholic Church, a parish of the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta, is a diverse and multicultural community freely living and proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

July 03, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | RELIGION

Independence Day at the Mill

Main Street Porterdale will celebrate the Fourth with an all-day festival including live music, activities for kids, vendors, food and adult beverages.

July 03, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | Porterdale

Leroy Jones: emasculated black Democrat

I wonder how Leroy Jones, the black Chairman of the Essex County Democrat Committee, looks at himself in the mirror. I wonder how he looks at his family and the members of his community. I wonder how he feels as he sits in the pews of the black church he attends, and how he feels while sitting in the black barbershop. More specifically, I wonder how the people of Essex County, New Jersey as a whole, feel about Jones.

July 03, 2014 | Mychal Massie | Columnists

OUr thoguhts: Celebrate your independence

Our community is planning to celebrate the Fourth of July in a grand way today.

July 03, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Have a safe Fourth

With a predicted zero percent chance of rain, a fireworks show in Rockdale and events in Social Circle today will pose the threat of a crowded Fourth of July in Newton County.

July 03, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | Covington

Do you know your new laws?

The new gun law went into effect July 1, with the beginning of the fiscal year marking the start of many bills passed by Gov. Nathan Deal during the most recent legislative session.

July 03, 2014 | Kayla Robins | STATE

Save your books for Antiques Roadshow

I have bought my sister's Christmas present and she will buy mine early. We have the same taste in books. So we have gotten into the habit of buying each other books for Christmas that we both want to read. We buy them early, read them first and then give the book as a Christmas present. It does mean we have one less surprise for Christmas. But at our ages who needs surprises? We'd rather have something we want and will enjoy.

July 03, 2014 | Paula Travis | LIFE

Order of Easter Stars installs officers

The Order of the Eastern Star is a non-profit, benevolent order and housed in Covington at Golden Fleece Lodge.

July 03, 2014 | Staff Report | LIFE

A Fourth for hope

"My God! How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy. I confess I had no idea of it myself. While we shall see multiple instances of Europeans going to live in America, I will venture to say no man now living will ever witness an instance of an American removing to settle in Europe and continuing there."

July 03, 2014 | Pete Mecca | LOCAL

What’s next for U.S. soccer?

What an epic game between the U.S. and Belgium.

July 03, 2014 | Rafe Mauran | Sports Columnists

Bang for the buck

The Fourth of July brings a renewed sense of patriotism, a chance to stand by the grill all day and an annual pilgrimage of firework vendors.

July 03, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

BOE wants input on proposed policy

The Newton County Board of Education (BOE) is reviewing proposed revisions to two Newton County School System (NCSS) policies and wants the public's input on the changes.

July 03, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Education

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