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The good shepherd

Jesus said: I tell you for certain that I am the gate for the sheep. Everyone who came before me was a thief or a robber, and the sheep did not listen to any of them. I am the gate. All who come in through me will be saved. Through me they will come and go and find pasture. A thief comes only to rob, kill, and destroy. I came so that everyone would have life, and have it in its fullest. I am the good shepherd, and the good shepherd gives up his life for his sheep

April 26, 2015 | Jan McCoy | Columnists

Hometown Hero

For the last six years we have had the honor to recognize people in our community who through their actions and deeds have gone the extra mile to help their neighbors or their family.

April 26, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Depressed journalists are depressing nation

I am far more pessimistic about our political system than most Americans. At the same time, I am very optimistic about the future of our nation. That may seem like an odd combination to some, but I am optimistic because I recognize that Washington, D.C., does not lead the nation.

April 26, 2015 | Scott Rasmussen | Columnists

Consciously sidelining ourselves

Though Wal-Mart remains fixed in the American conscience as Sam Walton's business, it is less and less that. Walton was folksy and relatable to the Americans who shopped at Wal-Mart. Everyone could imagine Sam Walton shopping there, too. But over the years, Wal-Mart's management has passed out of the direct hands of Walton's family.

April 26, 2015 | Eric Erickson | Columnists

We need help on McGibboney Road

Dear editor,

April 26, 2015 | Staff Report | Letters

The Basic Annuity – Fixed Interest

If you want a guaranteed rate of return and don't need your income until a later date, a fixed interest annuity might be for you. Interest rates are at the level they were in the 1950's and this also has negatively affected certificates of deposit.

April 26, 2015 | Mike Lassiter | Business

About the FFA-FCCLA Center?

When you pass by the entrance to the FFA-FCCLA Center, have you ever thought what in the world happens there?

April 26, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LOCAL

A Pearl Harbor Story

Aboard the battleship USS California, Dec. 7, 1941. The time: 7:55 a.m. Wayne Shelnut was nursing a hot cup of coffee after breakfast when someone screamed, "What is that airplane doing up there?" Wayne walked a few steps to the door and looked up. A plane with a big red ball painted on the fuselage passed over the California then dropped a bomb on Ford Island. General quarters sounded and startled sailors ran to their battle stations. 100 crewmembers would die and 62 others would be wounded. World War II had caught our Pacific Fleet sound asleep at ...

April 26, 2015 | Pete Mecca | A VETERAN'S STORY

Q&A: Champ Young on Eastside soccer

Eastside boys soccer is entering the state playoffs as the No. 4 seed from Region 4-AAAA. The Eagles have an overall record of 9-6 and a region record of 7-4. The distance between being No. 1 in that region and being No. 4 is slim, but the Eagles edged out four other teams with the same region record in a tough region to advance to the playoffs. We spoke with Eastside head coach about the team's mindset entering the playoffs and the growth of the team from the beginning of the season until now.

April 26, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside

Rams clinch No. 3 seed

There isn't a better way to finish off the baseball season and prepare for the playoffs than a series against your rival. The third and fourth seed from Region 2-AAAAAA, Newton and Rockdale, started a three-game series on Tuesday, and finished up on Thursday. Though Newton lost the series after losses in the first two games, the Rams took the final regular season game of the season and sealed the three-seed with a 4-0 win over Rockdale, Thursday evening.

April 26, 2015 | Javon Dickerson | Newton

Athletes of the week: 04/20

Camani Smith (Alcovy), Austin Kerbow (Eastside) and Joshua Howard (Newton) are the athletes of the week.

April 26, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Alcovy

Doing what nobody has ever done

No matter what they tell you, size always matters. Liberty Middle School offensive lineman Devin Durden has the size, quickness and tremendous work ethic of a future Division-l offensive lineman.

April 26, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton

Rockdale owns festivities at NewRock All-Star game

Rockdale County edged Newton out in three of the five All-Star events on Wednesday evening, as the Rockdale girl All-Stars won their game while representatives of Salem (Shay Tarver) and Heritage (Rashad Jones) won the girls and boys three-point contests respectively. Eastside's own Timothy Haynes won the dunk contest with a high-flying slam over two Alcovy players and the NewRock boys All-Star game ended in a tie after overtime. Ayanna Mitchell was named MVP of the girls All-Star game where she totaled 18 points. Rockdale's Dwayne Brown and Newton's Malik Wilson were named Co-MVPs of the boys ...

April 26, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside

Eagles poised to be dangerous seed in the playoffs

Eastside completed a sweep of Spalding in a doubleheader at home on Thursday to give the Eagles a shot at obtaining a No. 3 seed in the state playoffs at minimum. With the weirdly constructed way Eastside's region is set up, despite going 15-3 in Region 4-AAAA, the Eagles will likely be the No. 4 seed forcing them to travel to play Wayne County in the first round of the state playoffs.

April 26, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside

A league of their own

A field of dreams has become a miracle.

April 26, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Recreation

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Donald P. Hopkins

Donald P. Hopkins, 79, of Covington, passed away May 17, 2011, at Newton Medical Center in Covington. He was a member of Lovejoy United Methodist Church and will be remembered as a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend to many. Mr. Hopkins was preceded in death by his son, Tommy Cook, and parents, Fred Thomas Hopkins, Sr. and Mamie Sue Hopkins Duvall .

May 17, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS

Woman reported kidnapped charged

CANTON - Cherokee County officials say a woman who claimed she was being kidnapped has been charged with making a false report of a crime and making false statements.

May 17, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL

Three shot in Rockdale

Three people were injured, two critically, in a shooting Sunday night at the Country Walk portion of the Fieldstone subdivision in Rockdale County.

May 17, 2011 | | STATE

It's time to forget about school size

Attention Georgia High School Association executive committee, I have a solution for your reclassification problem. It's called the Briggs Plan. Just make regions based strictly on school location.

May 17, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists

Gas prices in Newton higher than average

When you fill up your car in Newton County, you're paying for some of the highest-priced gas in Georgia.

May 17, 2011 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL

More rental properties in Newton

Floyd Street in Covington is the county's most recognizable corridor, lined with antebellum mansions, impeccably manicured landscaping and..."for rent" signs?

May 17, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Atlanta cops bust 80 in vice sweep

ATLANTA - Atlanta police say they made nearly 80 arrests in "Operation Summer Heat" targeting prostitution and narcotics on city streets.

Police say more than 60 of the arrests were connected to prostitution during the six-day operation that ended Sunday morning.

May 17, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL

County mulls tax hike or service cut

Newton County officials and residents are in for a tough decision this budget year: Should the county cut services or choose some combination of raising the property tax rate and implementing new fees for the right to own pets, to use parks or to use county recycling centers?

May 16, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Ford vs. Chevy spat leads to stabbing

CALHOUN - Sheriff's officials say a northwest Georgia man was stabbed after an argument with another man over which vehicles are better: Ford or Chevrolet.

May 16, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL

Raymond Harold McClurg

Mr. Raymond Harold McClurg of Social Circle died on May 15, 2011 at Abbey Hospice at the age of 79. He was born in Texas to the late Thomas Raymond and Bertha Novelle Helms McClurg. Raymond was a U. S. Army veteran serving in Germany and was part of the Counter Intelligence Corp. for 3 years. He was a career employee of the U.S. Postal Service and retired as Postal Inspector of 20 years, and was also a member of the retired Postal Inspectors Organization. An avid woodworker, he built furniture and made gifts such as wooden cars and ...

May 16, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS

Man charged in wife's death in Spalding

GRIFFIN - Authorities say they've charged a man with murder after his wife's body was found in the living room of their Spalding County home.

May 16, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL

Manager wounded at Conyers store

A gun-wielding bandit shot and wounded the manager of the Fred's Department Store in Northside Village Shopping Center today.

May 16, 2011 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL

Body found Sunday off Crowell Road

A body was found in a wooded area off Crowell Road on Sunday evening.

May 16, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Top state court overturns charter school law

ATLANTA - A Georgia law that cleared the way for a surge in new charter schools was struck down by the state's top court in a high-profile decision that will affect thousands of students and could reshape how the state's public school system is funded.

May 16, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL

Stephenson-Smith

Mr. Tommy Michael Stephenson and Mrs. Rhonda Pardue of Commerce announce the engagement of their daughter Kayla Dean to Charles Ethridge Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Charles Smith of Covington.

May 15, 2011 | Staff Report | Engagements

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