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Tonight’s (12/19) basketball scores

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

December 19, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside

Cooking with Melanie: Eggnog and eggnog poundcake

Eggnog

December 19, 2014 | Staff Report | LIVING

Flu season, early again, hitting hard in South and Midwest

NEW YORK (AP) - Health officials say the flu is now hitting hard in parts of the country, especially the South and Midwest.

December 19, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

US stocks edge higher after a big two-day rally

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks are edging higher as the market comes off a massive two-day rally.

December 19, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

A before-New-Years Netflix resolution

2015 is coming. With that will come a bunch of New Years resolutions – from people that will never fulfill them – like, "I'm going to lose weight" or "I'm gonna start going to church" and of course "I'm going to stay single" as if it takes a new year to start the process, but I digress. What you should really focus on is all of the really good movies that are leaving Netflix after December.

December 19, 2014 | Staff Report | LIVING

Have you ever thought

As Christmas fast approaches, you will see in some yards and on the back of some cars a sign or decal exhorting passerby to "Keep Christ in Christmas."

December 19, 2014 | B. Wiley Stephens | LIVING

Former Angels pick killed in argument over candy

COLLEGE PARK, Ga. (AP) - A former first-round draft pick of the Los Angeles Angels, Ryan Bolden, was killed in an argument that started over candy.

December 19, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Obama: No quick end to embargo on Cuba

WASHINGTON (AP) - Two days after reopening diplomatic relations with Cuba, President Barack Obama said Friday he doesn't expect the effort to bring overnight change on the island, a quick end to the U.S. economic embargo or the likelihood that he will soon visit the communist nation.

December 19, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Whales returning to Georgia to give birth

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - The first right whale sighting of the season was a twofer.

December 19, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Covington student makes Academic Achievement list at GSSU

Karen Morris, a resident of Covington, made the Fall 2014 Academic Achievement List at Georgia Southwestern State University and was among 468 students recognized for scholastic achievement.

December 19, 2014 | Staff Report | Education

How to find the right school fundraiser for you

The school year is in full swing, and parents of school-aged kids have no doubt been involved in at least one fundraiser already. Fundraisers help schools raise money for supplies or special activities that may not have been included in the budgets established by the local school district.

December 19, 2014 | Staff Report | Education

West Newton Elementary School removed from state focus school list

The Georgia Department of Education announced on Dec. 18 that West Newton Elementary School has been removed from the list of State Focus Schools after successfully decreasing the number of students not proficient by 18 percent. Overall, 38 schools were named from either the Priority or Focus Schools lists.

December 19, 2014 | Staff Report | Education

Keeping the faith

Making a fundamental change in your lifestyle – one that's going to stick – is not always easy. Even when you are strongly motivated and committed to the challenge, you may experience periods of doubt. I have found that the key to handling those down moments is what I have made my new mantra: Keep the Faith.

December 19, 2014 | Reginald Franklin | Health

Homework with the granddaughter

Last weekend I went to Macon to help my oldest granddaughter prepare for a midterm exam in English (I guess Language Arts). She is in 7th grade and having a midterm? She had to be able to identify all kinds of pronouns, some of which I had to look up. She also had to recognize compound, simple, complex and compound-complex sentences. She had to label the clauses in the sentence, identify them as to independent or dependent and then label the type of sentence.

December 19, 2014 | Paula Travis | LIVING

Padres to acquire OF Justin Upton from Braves

ATLANTA (AP) - The San Diego Padres have agreed to acquire slugger Justin Upton from the Atlanta Braves, a person with knowledge of the deal said Friday.

December 19, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

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Our thoughts... Business-wise

We've challenged Newton County Chairman Kathy Morgan recently to take more opportunities to run Newton County government as a business.

October 29, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our thoughts... Celebration of life

There was a time that going to the funeral home always brought about sadness and a little fear of the unknown. This was in part how most of us were raised to deal with death.

October 29, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Library director Greg Heid leaves for another position

Long-time Library Director Greg Heid will be leaving the Newton County system in early 2011, after accepting the director position of the Des Moines, Iowa, library system.

October 29, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Grace Notes: Trick or Treat

"Trick or Treat." Are you ready to hear it? Chances are, you'll hear it a few times this weekend. This is the one time a year that when someone asks a child, "What do you say?" the correct answer is not "Please" or "Thank you!"

October 29, 2010 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists

The Day of the Dead

Many Americans think of Halloween as a harmless, fun holiday, with kids and adults dressing in costumes and passing out candy.

October 29, 2010 | Chris Queen | RELIGION

About Faith: Greed: an engine or a fire?

In 1987, the movie "Wall Street" debuted, bringing American avarice to the front of our collective consciousness.

October 29, 2010 | Brian Dale | Columnists

Business license applications

Sept. 1

October 29, 2010 | Staff Report | Business

Pets of the Week - Oct. 29

Come visit the Newton County Animal Shelter at 210 Lower River Road, open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. They would love for you to see what great animals they have for adoption. Telephone (770) 786-9514.

October 29, 2010 | Staff Report | Pets of the Week

Newton County Jail Log - Oct. 29

o Jesse Allen Davis, 22, Conyers, Oct. 18. Probation violation.

October 29, 2010 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

BOC discusses 2011 SPLOST, plans more meetings

The Board of Commissions once again discussed the 2011 SPLOST Thursday night and came to the conclusion they need more information and more meetings.

October 28, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Stepfather charged with sexually molesting, videotaping stepdaughter

A 32-year-old Newton County stepfather was arrested after his 13-year-old stepdaughter reported that he had been touching her inappropriately for two years. It was also later found that he had been videotaping her in various rooms throughout the home.

October 28, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Fourth grader brings airsoft gun to school

A fourth grade student was removed from class Thursday morning at Oak Hill Elementary after bringing an airsoft pellet gun and pellets to class.

October 28, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Sylvia Elaine Sims

Ms. Sylvia Elaine Sims died Oct. 22. The daughter of Robert Lee Cobb and the late Annie Joyce Chandler, she was born in 1959. She graduated from Newton County School system and was employed with Bibb and Marshall for several years. She joined Springfield Missionary Baptist Church at a young age. Affectionately called "Syl," she was a beloved daughter, sister, mother, grandmother and good friend to life-long acquaintances. She was known for always having a broad smile and sunny disposition. Ms. Sims never let an opportunity pass without telling her loved ones and friends that she loved them.

October 28, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS

Horace Horton

Mr. Horace Horton died Oct. 22 due to a tragic car accident. The son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Maxie (Anna Felmon Glass) Horton Sr., he was born in 1957 in Morgan County, the third of eight children. He was preceded in death by brother Darron. Affectionately called "chocolate Chip," Mr. Horton was raised and educated in Morgan County joining Pleasant Grove Baptist church at a young age. He was employed as a technician at Barton Southern Company. Whatever he did, he did to perfection and worked hard to get what he needed or wanted. Mr. Horton was also ...

October 28, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS

Dorothy Bonnell (Brown) Bishop

Mrs. Dorothy Bonnell (Brown) Bishop age 84 of Covington, Georgia died on Wednesday, October 27, 2010. She was born April 19, 1926 in Carroll County, Georgia to the late John Richard and Clara (Azlee) Brown. She moved to Covington from Stockbridge in 1996 and was retired from Woolworth Department store where she worked as a cashier for 17 years. Mrs. Bishop was a member of the Gospel Mission in Almon. She enjoyed hard work and helping people. Mrs. Bishop is preceded in death by her husband of 59 ½ years Gordon James Bishop and a daughter Juanita Faircloth.

October 28, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS

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