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A lack of intelligence

Intelligence school in Denver, CO was thought-provoking, complicated, and opened enigmatic doors I never thought existed. We mastered the art of dissemination; gained knowledge of codes; planned and plotted and analyzed envisioned missions; studied Soviet military equipment to master photographic interpretation; and were privy to a few top secret particulars that are now prehistoric. As Sun Tzu wrote 2,500 years ago in his military masterpiece The Art of War, "Know your enemy better than you know yourself."

December 20, 2014 | Pete Mecca | Columnists

Holidays and a mother's love

This is my second Christmas season without my mother, and so far it's been harder than the first. I had known that the first year would be hard, and all I really cared about was surviving it. Activity was my friend: My sister Kathy and I spent the fall wrapping up her estate, selling her house, and sharing her prized possessions with family and friends. We talked every day. Much of our connection was activity-based: Was her account closed? Were the papers signed? It was hard, but I had known that it was going to be hard -- so I ...

December 20, 2014 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists

Our thoughts: Virginia O'Hanlon

In 1897, a young girl named Virginia O'Hanlon got into an argument with her classmate over whether Santa Claus was real. Her classmates teased her and called her names because she believed in him.

December 20, 2014 | Staff Report | OPINION

Kwanzaa: Honoring community

It was during the peak of the civil rights movement that the cultural holiday of Kwanza was born. Unlike other similar holidays such as Hanukah and Christmas, Kwanzaa is not based upon religious association. This holiday was created to celebrate the life and the heritage of African culture seen in African and Pan African communities around the world.

December 20, 2014 | Rasheera Dopson-Robinson | RELIGION

Just a thought: Baby Jesus' eyes

Have you ever looked into the eyes of a new born babe and wondered, "Who and what will you be when you grow up?"

December 20, 2014 | William Burnham | Columnists

Celebrating the Festival of Lights

The Jewish celebration of Hanukah is often associated with the Christian holiday of Christmas, but that association has little to do with the significance of each holiday and more to do with the timing. Each is celebrated at the end of the year when the holiday season has hit full swing. But much like the story of Christmas, the story of Hanukah is a rich one.

December 20, 2014 | Staff Report | RELIGION

Hope for Christmas

When Rebecca Bates shared the news she had stage two breast cancer in the spring of 2013, her family was worried. For the next year, her husband, Kevin Bates, and children, Gavin and Grace, now 11 and 9 respectively, struggled with their fears as they supported her through chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

December 20, 2014 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Roots that run deep

Oxford is the only city of its kind.

December 20, 2014 | Randy Schafer | LOCAL

Eastside sinks Pirates

The Eastside boys and girls basketball teams have gotten off to slow starts this season. After both teams made waves last year, they were depleted by the departure of key senior players who moved on to college. The Eagles (3-6, 2-3 Region 4-AAAA) and the Lady Eagles (2-7, 2-3 Region 4-AAAA) both got wins over Pike County on Friday night to move them in the right direction at the quarter mark of the season.

December 20, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside

Newton’s FAB FIVE

Normally when a coach starts three or more freshman its by default and that team is probably in for a long season filled with a lot of mistakes. Newton's girls basketball team starts three freshmen, but is off to an 8-2 start this season and they'll only get better with time.

December 20, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton

Athletes of the week: 12/15

The athletes of the week for the week of December 15, 2014 are Marquise Sims (Eastside), Darnell Jeffries (Alcovy) and D.J. Hill (Newton).

December 20, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside

Changing the CULTURE

On Friday night, the Alcovy Tigers basketball team welcomed South Gwinnett to town. Going into the game, Alcovy was looking to get its first win of the season. Despite Alcovy playing with outstanding effort, once against they came up short, losing 64-54.

December 20, 2014 | Javon Dickerson | Alcovy

Don't forget food safety this holiday

Let the celebrating begin! During this time of year, our social calendars fill with meals with friends and family at favorite restaurants and at our own homes. We know that restaurants get a health inspection every year, but what about our own kitchen? Or the Christmas party at the boss's house?

December 20, 2014 | Hosanna Fletcher | Health

Rotary Club of Covington (video)

Rotary Club of Covington The Empty Stocking Fund

December 20, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | Covington

Tonight’s (12/19) basketball scores

Here are your basketball scores for Eastside and Alcovy for December 19.

December 19, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside

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Our thoughts... SPLOST priorities

A bit of how political life happens in D.C. occurred last week in Newton County.

December 29, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Pull the plug and start anew

Good grief! I haven't gotten used to writing 2010 yet and 2011 is here.

December 29, 2010 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists

Looking back: Our most-viewed stories

Newton County experienced much in 2010, from unemployment and recession to robberies and wrecks. According to CovNews.com, the top 10 stories of 2010 have been read by a combined 102,286 readers. Here's a look at the most-read stories for the year:

December 29, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Supporter Spotlight: Ludie’s EST

Go to Ludie's EST (Embroidery, Screen-printing and Trophies), 2204 Elm St., for custom-made products that fit an individual's request.

December 28, 2010 | Sabastian Wee | Business

‘Rabbit’ and greens for New Year's

I don't know about you, but I'm really looking forward to Saturday.

December 28, 2010 | Tharon Giddens | Columnists

Porterdale hydro plant to reopen in 2011

Some $1 million in repairs have been completed on Porterdale's hydroelectric plant, and it should begin supplying the city with power by February.

December 28, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Katherine Henderson

Katherine Henderson, devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, parted from this life into life everlasting Dec. 24. She was born in the Georgetown Community of Newton County. She attended West Georgia College in Carrollton but left to marry her childhood sweetheart Carmen Henderson. She later received a Bachelor of Science in Education from Oglethorpe University and taught in the Cobb County School System for over 20 years. She loved God's word, her family, music and gardening. She is preceded in death by her loving husband Carmen and her son Phillip.

December 28, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS

Truck wreck blocks I-20

A tractor trailer wreck shut down Atlanta-bound traffic on Interstate 20 for much of Tuesday.

December 28, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Jimmy Crowe

Jimmy Crowe of Covington, passed away December 27, 2010, at the age of 54. Jimmy worked for Sound Foundations, in Conyers, for 20 years. He loved spending time with his grandchildren, and will be greatly missed by all his family. He was preceded in death by his son, Jimmy Wayne Crowe, Jr.; his parents, Mack and Sara Jo (Gilstrap) Crowe; and his mother-in-law, Betty Goldman. Survivors include his wife, Jana Crowe; daughter and son-in-law, Joy (Crowe) and Doug Burke; grandchildren, Tristen Wayne Burke, Chloe Sonnier Burke, all of Covington; sisters, Joanne Talley of Mansfield, Judy McFalls of Covington; brothers, Johnny ...

December 28, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS

Service award nominees sought

Know someone with a big heart for helping those in need in Newton County?

December 28, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Mrs. Annie Mae Brewer

Brewer

December 28, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS

No surprise: It's been a cold December

It's been a cold December in Covington. According to GeorgiaWeather.net, the average daily low for the month is 27.33 degrees, well below the average low of 35.07 for 1971-2000.

December 28, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Travel outlook for New Year's

Your New Year's travel should be a good bit less sketchy than Christmas turned out to be.

December 27, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Teens find formula for arrest

Six Atlanta teens were arrested early Saturday after allegedly stealing baby formula valued at $1,060.71 from a Covington grocery store.

December 27, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Greg Christian

Greg Christian, age 54, died December 25, 2010, at his home in Covington. Self-employed in the grading and hauling business, he had worked as a heavy equipment operator for thirty-five years. Mr. Christian enjoyed working with mechanics, loved sports, especially Auburn football, and was a person who never met a stranger. A loving son, brother, uncle and friend, he was preceded in death by his father, Frank Edward Christian.

December 26, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS

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