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For Mansfield, home is where the art is

Last week, Mansfield cheered the unveiling of a new outdoor mural painted by local artist Tamara Haase celebrating the events, places and people that make ...

August 05, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL

Douglas feels the heat at BOC meeting

Newton County Commissioner John Douglas faced blistering criticism Tuesday night from angry members of the public over a racist, sexist comment he wrote on Facebook ...

August 04, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL

Porterdale millage rate stays the same in 2015

The tax millage rate for Porterdale will remain 17.910 for 2015, though revenues are expected to rise due to increased property values in the ...

August 04, 2015 | Sandra Brands | Porterdale

UGA named in top 10 party schools

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - The University of Georgia is the only Southeastern Conference member among the Princeton Review's annual list of the nation's top ...

August 04, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Delta bans shipment of hunting trophies

NEW YORK (AP) - The big three U.S. airlines have all this week banned the shipment of hunting trophies, although it is unclear how many ...

August 04, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Diploma equals jobs

It's can be someone's second chance.

August 04, 2015 | Sandra Brands | Education

Aboard the Memphis Belle

The 750-horsepower Pratt and Whitney Hornet engines turned over four propellers sending a beautiful yet chaotic melody of mechanical jazz to those encased in the ...

June 06, 2013 | Bryan Fazio | A VETERAN'S STORY

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Fees adopted for Legion Field park

There's an official pay structure now in place for those wanting to use Covington's Legion Field park for gatherings, including events, weddings and family reunions.

August 03, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | Covington

Accreditation assessment team invites public comment

A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), will arrive August 8, 2015 to examine all aspects of the Covington Police Department's policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services, Chief of PoliceStacey Cottonannounced today.

August 03, 2015 | Staff Report | Covington

Crash on I-20 eastbound near exit 80

An accident on Interstate 20 eastbound near Exit 80 in Rockdale County Sunday afternoon left a car on the median and traffic backed up. First responders are on the scene. Drivers are advised to use alternate routes. Check back later for more information.

August 02, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Arts Association to propose Porter Memorial for civic center

Officials with the Newton County Arts Association feel they have found a way to get its long-sought civic center up and running.

August 02, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Douglas faces fallout as more call for resignation

Calls for Newton County Commissioner John Douglas to resign grew louder this week following his racially charged comments on Facebook, with several groups announcing their intention to make their position known at Tuesday's Board of Commissioners' meeting.

August 02, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL

Our Thoughts: Back to school

Newton County students had already made their way back to school before the calendar even turned to August. For those students it is a time of new beginnings, continued education, excitement and/or dread.

August 02, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Uber exposes politicians as middlemen, not leaders

Politicians are often accused of pandering and rarely wage public fights against things that are popular with their voters. That's what makes the willingness of politicians to take on Uber and the sharing economy all the more puzzling. Why on earth do they want to antagonize the tens of millions of Americans who benefit from the Uber service as consumers and drivers?

August 02, 2015 | Scott Rasmussen | Columnists

Happy Birthday to Robert

This week, our youngest child, Robert, is turning 14. His sister, Maggie, is two years older. Gone are the days when my husband and I were parents of toddlers, preschoolers or elementary school children. Instead, we are about to enter our last year as parents of middle-school students and are just three years away from Maggie's departure for college.

August 02, 2015 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists

Finding the cure for racial dishonesty

There have been several notable cases of racial fakery. Years ago, then-law professor Elizabeth "Fauxcahontas" Warren falsely claimed that her great-grandfather was Cherokee Indian. A diversity-starved Harvard University jumped at the opportunity to hire her. She was so good at the racial fakery that a 1997 Fordham Law Review article lauded now-Sen. Warren as Harvard Law School's "first woman of color."

August 02, 2015 | Walter Williams | Columnists

Sharon Degonia: Give John Douglas a second chance

Dear editor,

August 02, 2015 | Staff Report | Letters

Faith in prayer

If God already knows all things and is inevitably going to do His thing, why do we need to pray? And more importantly, why pray by keep seeking, asking, knocking? The simple answer is because it exhibits faith.

August 02, 2015 | William Burnham | Columnists

Johnny and Tammy’s: Down home country cooking in Newborn

From the outside, it looks a bit like a cross between a barn and a roadhouse. A verandah wraps around the front, and leads to the 1,900 square foot covered deck. Inside, there are tables and chairs, booths, a bar and two pool tables.

August 02, 2015 | Sandra Brands | Business

Changes and more changes

The past few weeks have brought changes that were unimaginable just a decade ago, but before you start wondering if this is yet another column about the Confederate flag or same-sex marriage, let me stop you right there. Sure, those are big changes, and I was just as surprised by them as you were, but this column is about change on a more personal level. This is a story about changes that I'm going through. You see, I'm already married, so all this gay marriage stuff doesn't affect me except as an observer of U.S. law ...

August 02, 2015 | | LIVING

Where did that name come from?

Have you ever thought, "How did that town or river or county get that name?" Have you ever noticed that once a name is used many times it just seems to fit? That is true with people as well as places. Being new to the Covington area, I have questioned where some the names of our cities and counties have originated.

August 02, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING

Put as much thought into breastfeeding

I have to admit something. I didn't find out the gender of either one of my children until the moment they were born. Shocking, I know. When the ultrasound technician asked if my husband and I wanted to know the gender, we both said no. We kept to our scheduled appointments diligently and performed all the necessary tests but we wanted that little element of surprise. It drove our families and friends crazy! Oh, the hardship of having to buy gender neutral clothes and baby gear.

August 02, 2015 | Hosanna Fletcher | Health

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