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Athletes of the week: 1/19

Arlana Barnes (Alcovy), D.J. Hill (Newton) and Raytavious Jackson (Eastside) headline this week's athletes of the week.

January 25, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Alcovy

The third team

At every high school basketball game there are three games, the girls, the boys and the cheerleaders all compete to see which is better that night. This is extremely true in rival games, particularly Heritage versus Newton, two teams that haven't played much in the past but there seems to be some animosity between the two teams (all in good fun?).

January 25, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Sports Columnists

How the state title was won

The Social Circle High School wrestling team won the 2-AA GHSATeam Dual Championship last Saturday at the Macon Centreplex. The Redskins won in exciting fashion over Bremen 35 to 31 to take the state title for the first time in school history. The SCHS team bus was escorted into town after the victory by the Social Circle City Police at around 8:00 p.m. Saturday night with flashing blue lights and sirens where a crowd of 200-300 residents cheered on the team as traffic was blocked by a Social Circle City fire truck.

January 25, 2015 | Staff Report | Social Circle

Freeman gets 370th WIN

Eastside (10-9, 6-6 Region 4-AAAA) played like something was on the line in the fourth quarter of its matchup with region foe Locust Grove, and probably unbeknownst to the players, they were. With the eventual dominant 69-53 win over the Warriors, Eastside head coach, Gregory Freeman earned the 370th win of his career.

January 25, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside

Believing in public education

The General Assembly did not meet this week, so I thought I would talk about why I believe so much in public education.

January 25, 2015 | Dave Belton | OPINION

Media miss the real news of the week

This past week, one of the world's most famous and influential men made a major announcement concerning our global future. But you might have missed it because America's national news media was obsessing over President Obama's State of the Union address.

January 25, 2015 | Scott Rasmussen | OPINION

A Speech, a President, Unbounded by Reality

Enthusiastic, entertaining, energized and eminent, President Obama's demeanor and delivery at the State of the Union belied his political reality. Unbowed, unbroken and possibly unaffected by the recent midterm Republican wave, Obama displayed his great skill by delivering an emotional teleprompter-driven speech that was a throwback to his first election. Varying tempo, pitch, passion and inflection, his speech was more a theatrical performance than a delivery of a prewritten, pre-released text.

January 25, 2015 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists

Will the West defend itself?

Leftists and progressives believe that the U.S. should become more like Europe. They praise Europe's massive welfare state, socialized medicine and stifling economic regulation and accept its unwillingness to defend itself against barbarism. I wonder whether America's leftists and progressives want to import some of Europe's barbaric extremism associated with its Muslim population.

January 25, 2015 | Walter Williams | OPINION

If it's broke, you should fix it

This week the Newton County Water Authority said it wants to sit down with the county and work on a solution to a problem before taking on a new venture. We believe this meeting should happen.

January 25, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Employee of the Year

Clairon Metals Corporation is pleased to announce that Erica Arnett has been named Employee of the Year for 2014.

January 25, 2015 | Staff Report | Business

Building up your piggy bank

Many years ago, I was given a "Pocket Pig" from Newton Federal Bank and still have it along with other Covington and Newton memorabilia. It held 16 quarters and "If this Pocket Pig could talk he would say, save a little every day." Sixty years later, that's still great advice – Pay yourself first!

January 25, 2015 | Mike Lassiter | Business

End of Eastminster School

Eastminster School has faced tough funding times in the past and managed to pull through, but this year could be its last, according to administrators.

January 25, 2015 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL

CMS aerospace program shows promise

A new aerospace engineering program in the Rockdale County Public Schools system could be a launching pad for many future careers in the aviation industry.

January 25, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL

The sneaky thief of sight

I have to admit something: I grew up in an era that made fun of kids with glasses. Especially big, thick ones. Now these thick, dark frames are all the rage. So the last time I went to the eye doctor, I had a hard time picking out frames because all I saw were big, thick, dark frames, until I found these lovely red ones (yes red!).

January 24, 2015 | Hosanna Fletcher | Health

YMCA gets new treadmills

As Newton County is growing and developing, so is the local YMCA. Located on 2140 Newton Drive Northeast, the YMCA has received several new treadmills that will replace old ones.

January 24, 2015 | Mikayla Newton | Health

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Apted: Too much togetherness

Please accept my apologies for missing my deadline last week. In addition to being snowed-in, my home computer was having issues. Which means I did what I would've previously considered impossible: I survived Storm-a-Palooza 2011 without being online. My only fix came in the form of quick, outrageously expensive Internet checks on my iPhone.

January 19, 2011 | Kari Apted | News Columnists

Hannah Thomas wins lottery search

The Georgia Lottery has paid off in an unusual way for one Covington-area musician.

January 19, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Grizzard: Faith in the Bible Belt

I grew up hearing that good things come to those who love the Lord; the Moreland, Georgia, Methodist Church was deeply and comfortably seated in the traditional interpretation of the Word. But religion, like so many other things, isn't as simple as it used to be. Nowadays the good guys sometimes wear black and white striped hats instead of just one or the other.

January 19, 2011 | Lewis Grizzard | News Columnists

County approves public works evaluation

Update, Tuesday 8:35 p.m.: The Newton County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a $31,541 contract with engineering firm Moreland Altobelli Associates Tuesday night, to evaluate the structure of the county's public works department. For more information view the original story below.

January 18, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Hailey, Bethlehem Baptist honored

For the 26th year, Newton County residents and officials gathered Sunday to honor the memory of Martin Luther King Jr. by celebrating the works of two longtime county servants who help keep his spirit alive.

January 18, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

New to the board of education

The new members: (L-r) Jeffrey Meadors, Shakila Henderson-Baker and Abigail Morgan-Coggin were sworn in to the Newton County Board of Education on Tuesday evening.

January 18, 2011 | Brittany Thomas | Education

List released of potential cuts to Newton schools

A list of possible major budget reductions has been released by Newton County School Superintendent Dr. Gary Mathews. Here's a summary.

January 18, 2011 | Staff Report | Education

C.A.R.E. to host silent auction Saturday

C.A.R.E. Inc, a local non-profit organization that offers aid to Porterdale residents in need, will be hosting a silent auction on Saturday to raise money for the organization.

January 18, 2011 | Staff Report | Porterdale

Tuition to rise at state schools

ATLANTA - The head of Georgia's university system says students should expect a tuition hike next year to make up cuts of nearly 10 percent that Gov. Nathan Deal has proposed for the state's 35 public colleges and universities.

January 18, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL

Lester “Fit” Smith

Mr. Lester "Fit" Smith died Jan. 12. The son of the late Nora Smith, he was born in 1928 in Covington. He was raised with his two brothers, Walter and Clyde, both of whom preceded him in death. Mr. Smith was affectionately known as "Fit," He graduated from Washington Street School in 1946. Afterwards he enlisted in the United States Navy and was honorably discharged. He returned to Georgia and attended Morris Brown College. After graduation and married the lovely Ruth Bailey. They were married for 56 years until her death in 2008. For eight years, Lester dedicated himself to ...

January 18, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS

Beverly Jean Reid Nolley

Mrs. Beverly Jean Reid Nolley died Jan. 8. The first child of five children and daughter of Mr. Robert Reid and the late Mrs. Elsia Reid, she was born in 1960 in Covington. She attended Newton County public schools and the family church Little Bethel Baptist Church. An excellent cook, Mrs. Nolley was a valued employee at Jim Stalvey's Restaurant for over 20 years. During her spare time she enjoyed writing poetry. Mrs. Nolley was very out-going and warm-hearted with a loving and caring spirit. She loved being around people, especially children, and was loved by them in return ...

January 18, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS

Christopher Ojeda-Jackson

Christopher Ojeda-Jackson, 6, died Jan. 14. He was born to Mr. and Mrs. Jose (Courtney Jackson) Ojeda on Valentine's Day, 2004, in Atlanta, the second of three children. He was a student at R.J. Burch Elementary School in Tyrone. He loved attending school and playing with his classmates. He was loving, friendly and humorous and enjoyed making others laugh. He was kind to everyone. Because of his beautiful disposition and personality, he was loved by all those whose lives he touched. He was a great brother to both his big sister and little sister. He enjoyed riding his ...

January 18, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS

Georgia Southwestern Scholarship

Heather Hodge of Covington has received the Glynn Mathis Endowed

January 18, 2011 | Staff Report | Education

County commissioners meet at 7 p.m.

The Newton County Board of Commissioners will meet at 7 tonight at the Historic Courthouse, 1124 Clark St. S.W. Here's the agenda:

January 18, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL

The Rev. John Albert Cannon, Jr.

The Reverend John Albert Cannon, Jr., age 85, of Social Circle, died Sunday, January 16, 2011. He was the son of the late John Albert and Ruth Thompson Cannon. John was born in his grandfather's home in Decatur, and was educated in the Decatur city schools. At the age of 17 he joined the U.S. Navy. During World War II he was attached to the First Marine Air Wing in the South Pacific Theater. After the war, he married his high school sweetheart, Jeanne Butler Cannon, and they recently celebrated their 64th anniversary together. John and Jeanne attended ...

January 18, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS

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