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Eastside students travel to Galapagos

Although school is out for the summer, Newton County students are still busy learning. Such a group recently had the ultimate in science and ecological learning experience, heading to Ecuador and the Galapagos islands.

June 21, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Celebrity Politics

It's official. On Tuesday, Donald Trump announced that he is officially running for president of the United States. "And we are going to make our country great again," he added. While I agree with his goal -- making America great again -- it will be interesting to see if his running for the nomination takes us along this path.

June 21, 2015 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists

A Lack of Trust

Neither Donald Trump nor Ben Carson will be president of the United States. Having observed political campaigns actively since 1988, neither campaign has the connections, opinion leader support or organizational abilities to win the nomination. But they are candidates who can throw a wrench in the process.

June 21, 2015 | Erick Erickson | Columnists

A Ray of Hope Far from Washington

Listening to the political junkies discuss the 2016 presidential election more than a year ahead of time is enough to depress just about anyone who has a life outside the political bubble. It will get even worse next year with the avalanche of civic pollution known as campaign commercials.

June 21, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists

A Ray of Hope Far from Washington

Listening to the political junkies discuss the 2016 presidential election more than a year ahead of time is enough to depress just about anyone who has a life outside the political bubble. It will get even worse next year with the avalanche of civic pollution known as campaign commercials.

June 21, 2015 | Scott Rasmussen | Columnists

Our thoughts: Father's Day

The timing of this year's Father's Day is fitting.

June 21, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Local teachers participate in institute for environmental education

The 2015 Oxford Institute for Environmental Education (OIEE) recently concluded at Oxhouse Science Center, science field station of Oxford College. Teachers from across Georgia wrapped up an intensive week of professional development. Founded in 1992, OIEE provides an opportunity for teachers in grades K-12 to collaborate with college biology faculty, gaining new science teaching methods and investigative techniques.

June 21, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Gardening for and as a community

Nothing tastes like a still-warm from the sun, freshly picked beefsteak tomato. It's juicy, red and taste like, well, a tomato.

June 21, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Newton wins again

The Newton Rams football team won its second 7-on-7 camp of the summer beating Dorman 22-14 at UGA. The AJC ranked Rams' receiver/defensive back Deandre Huff second overall of the top 10 performers at the camp. Running back Kurt Taylor Jr. was ranked 10th on the same list. The Rams will move on to South Carolina to play some of the best teams in the southeast.

June 21, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton

Lunch with a coach: Troy Hoff

I took first-year Eastside head coach Troy Hoff and his eight year old son to lunch at Bullritos on Wednesday. We talked for almost an hour with the discussion spanning different topics such as how different the game is today, his history in football, the upcoming year for Eastside and more.

June 21, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside

Black All-Stars win championship

Hit after hit, inning after inning, the Newton County Black All-Stars pounced on their Newton Red All-Star counterparts to win the Newton County training league tournament championship in a 28-17 victory.

June 21, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Recreation

Shifty Business

The stories seem to follow a pattern.

June 21, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL

Covington celebrates Juneteenth

Tommy Gregory Sr. told the crowd gathered at Nelson Heights Community Center that summer was the season to celebrate two of America's independence days.

June 20, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Terrell Wingfield

Terrell Wingfield, of Covington, passed away June 19, 2015, at the age of 72. Mr. Wingfield was a member of First Baptist Church of Covington for more than 40 years and recently became active with The Church of the Good Shepherd, serving on the Outreach Committee and other church ministries. He had a tremendous passion for helping others and expressed that through Celebrate Recovery. He was invited by Sheriff Ezell Brown to begin a prison ministry for the inmates at the Newton County Detention Center. Mr. Wingfield worked in the Insurance industry for 43 years as an independent agent. In ...

June 20, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Greenhill decision

Dear Editor,

June 20, 2015 | Staff Report | Letters

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Alcovy’s fantastic four

Sydney Ziglar, Baylea Payne, Ryleigh Langford and Daphne Ramirez make up the four freshmen that helped propel Alcovy's girls soccer team to a No. 2 seed and a trip to the playoffs.

May 03, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Alcovy

Thornton to soar at Georgia Southern

Breanna Thornton made her mother, Jennifer Grant, proud on Thursday when she signed her letter of intent for a full ride scholarship as a track and field athlete at Georgia Southern University.

May 03, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside

Lady Rams track and field wins first region championship in 14 years

On April 22, the Lady Rams Track team won the Region 2-AAAAAA championship and recognized that no matter

May 03, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton

Taking notice

Last year around this time Eastside baseball was 14-12 (9-7 in region play) sitting at home while other teams were in the playoffs. Enter new head coach Bruce Evans with a load of talent such as Gray Ritchie, Hunter Ballard, Josh Sims, Austin Holloway, Charlie Greenich, Jared Jones and more and the Eagles finished with a 21-9 record in a first round exit in the playoffs.

May 03, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside

Former NHS softball player wins award

Markea Sheppard, whose also president of Claflin University's 2014-2015 Student Athlete Advisory Committee, won the Female Athlete of the Year award on April 17 Claflin's Annual Athletics Award. Sheppard, a senior, hit .474 this season, stole 14 bases and blasted seven homeruns.

May 03, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton

Social Circle seniors honored

Social circle senior baseball players Jacob Link and Ryan Fitzgerald were honored last week at their final home game of the regular season last week.

May 03, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Social Circle

Newton legal fees spiral out of control

A new proposal to cap county attorney fees at $800,000 could help bring the county's legal spending within the upper range of other Georgia counties, but it would also be a significant budget increase at a time of severe financial constraints and is already facing pushback from critics.

May 03, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL

Extent of chemical contamination at SRG Global plant unknown

The Board of Commissioners is preparing to vote on whether to allow SRG Global to carry out testing around its Covington plant to determine the extent of chemical contamination after a 2013 test revealed trichloroethylene (TCE) in the groundwater.

May 03, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL

Porterdale City Hall making termite repairs

There's nothing a termite likes more than a damp, dark place rich.

May 03, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

There is no question, Answer Man has all the answers

What time is it, boys and girls? It's time for Answer Man! Time to dip into the ol' mailbag and see what is on your mind and show you how little is on ours. While we can't guarantee total and complete accuracy in our answers, it is Answer Man's opinion that this won't matter because if you knew the answer, you probably wouldn't have asked the question in the first place.

May 03, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists

Wouldn't it be great ...

Dear editor,

May 03, 2015 | Staff Report | Letters

Let’s seize the ppportunity

Dear editor,

May 03, 2015 | Staff Report | Letters

Commissioners address a symptom and not the illness with Craig agreement

Dear editor,

May 03, 2015 | Staff Report | Letters

Rotary Day

For 76 years a local civic group has been involved, through its monies and volunteerism, in almost every worthwhile project that has helped Covington and Newton County become the great place that it is to raise a family.

May 03, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Breath easier

Spring in Georgia is a wonderful time of year. If you have kids that play outdoor sports or if you participate in any of our plentiful outdoor activities, you know the regular drill. Monitor the forecast and make a rain contingency plan.

May 03, 2015 | Hosanna Fletcher | Health

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