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April 18, 2014 | Staff Report | Election

High winds, heavy rain expected in Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters say high winds and heavy rains are expected across much of Georgia.

April 18, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Man sentenced after threat to eat judge's kids

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia man who was found guilty but mentally ill after prosecutors say he threatened to kill and eat a judge's children has been sentenced to prison.

April 18, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Atlanta residents object to planned priests' home

ATLANTA (AP) - Residents are objecting to the Archdiocese of Atlanta's plans to renovate a house in the city's upscale Buckhead neighborhood so it can be a home for a group of priests.

April 18, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Advice to Democrats: Don't say 'recovery'

WASHINGTON (AP) - Election-year memo to Democratic candidates: Don't talk about the economic recovery. It's a political loser.

April 18, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Kroger helps give back

The next time you buy your groceries part of the proceeds could go to your favorite nonprofit.

April 18, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Monday is voter registration deadline

Monday is the voter registration deadline for anyone who wants to vote in May 20 Primary Election.

April 18, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Newton swept on Senior Night

The Lady Rams varsity soccer team took on Woodland Tuesday evening for Newton's Senior Night, with the Lady Wolfpack just edged out Newton 1-0 in non-region play.

April 18, 2014 | Javon Dickerson | Newton

A death to redeem us

On Christmas Eve, we talked about a child who was born to save us. We talked about his purpose. Tonight, we see that baby, now grown, fulfill it. And I have to warn you - it's not pretty. No longer a cuddly little baby in swaddling clothes, this grown man had been beaten, stripped, mocked, whipped, and could barely physically drag his pulp of a body out to this hill for the climax of this cruelty. It is not pretty. Yet this Friday is Good, precisely because it is Him doing what He came for. In order to save us ...

April 17, 2014 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists

Covington Y prepares Cheerios Challenge

The Covington YMCA will host the 13th Annual Cheerios Challenge this Saturday, welcoming runners of all ages to its yearly Healthy Kid's Day Celebration.

April 17, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Yes, he rose

Just a Thought: Did Jesus really rise from the dead? And does it really even matter? The answer to both questions is an emphatic YES!

April 17, 2014 | William Burnham | Columnists

Crime

There were two crime briefs that were in Wednesday's edition of the paper that deserve mention.

April 17, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

The Color of Georgia

My father, Newt Gingrich, ran for congress in rural, west, middle Georgia in 1974. At the time, Georgia was dominated by the Democratic Party, there were few Republicans in the state and Watergate was in full swing. Somehow, against this headwind, he managed to garner 49 percent of the vote. He never stopped running, waking up the day after the election to shake hands at the Ford Factory as their shift changed.

April 17, 2014 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists

Gazebo gets committee’s support

The hotly-debated gazebo proposed to be built on the Covington square was sent to a committee this week for more citizen and business owner feedback.

April 17, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Reach for their roots

Recess was over, but a group of Middle Ridge Elementary School second-graders was still outside, accompanied by teachers and even the principal. And there was nothing but encouragement.

April 17, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

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Parson to Person: Designer Jesuses

Catholic priest and syndicated columnist Andrew Greeley wrote, "Much of the history of Christianity has been devoted to domesticating Jesus, to reducing that elusive, enigmatic, paradoxical person to dimensions we can comprehend, understand, and convert to our own purposes. So far it hasn't worked," (Strobel, Lee, The Case for the Real Jesus, (Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids Mich., 2007 p.9).

We live in an age that is prone toward a distortion of Jesus. Years ago, a song was written entitled "Dressing Up Jesus," and the message of the song is that we have a tendency to make Jesus ...

October 09, 2009 | Dr. John Pearrell | Columnists

Live United

Times are tough as an increasing number of Newton County residents have either lost their jobs or had their paycheck reduced.

This county has not been immune to the recession that all Americans in some form or another have been struggling to overcome. Those who never in their wildest dreams thought they would be in financial straits are having to look for help.

October 09, 2009 | Doris Strickland Guest Columnist | OPINION

Southern charm, national success

As a boy of 17, I decided I wanted to be a political reporter. I didn't have time to wait, so I packed up my tape recorder and headed off to the State Capitol to begin my new career.

I had called the top radio stations around the state and convinced them that for $20 a week, I could provide them up-to-the-minute news from the state capitol. I had 12 stations and $240 a week was pretty big money in those days.

October 09, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | OPINION

4-H Week

Today marks the end of National 4-H Week. Our local extension agent, Terri Kimble, has written three front page articles for us this week highlighting activities of Newton County's club.

Most children today would rather spend their time on the computer or play video games rather than taking care of animals or growing produce. However, Newton County has a vibrant 4-H Club.

October 09, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Life skills in a Christian manner

Terry Stutes is the minister of music and director of Petra Foundations Inc. at Solid Rock Baptist Church. The PETRA House exists to reach out to the homeless and alcoholic men in our community and lead them to Jesus Christ. On campus, they are provided with temporary housing, meals and mentors who teach them life skills through biblical principles so they can live productive lives. With the help and direction of God, SRBC believes that The PETRA House will become a place of encouragement, trust and acceptance.

"My mentor and pastor, Mike Franklin is teaching me how to love people ...

October 09, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION

Ask the Doc: The power of music

Humans, it seems, are universally attracted to music. It soothes us when we are sad, energizes us in happier times and bonds us to others. According to Steven Pinker in his 1997 book "How the Mind Works," music is "auditory cheesecake," a sweet delicacy for the mind that evolved for more important functions. As a result of providence, however, music appears to offer a novel system of communication that is grounded in emotion rather than meaning. Studies have shown that music reliably conveys certain sentiments. What we feel when we hear a piece of music is pretty much the same ...

October 09, 2009 | Kirven Weekley | Health

Grace Notes: God’s Grace to find you when you are lost

Have you ever tried to get lost? I'm guessing "no." Have you ever been lost? I'm pretty sure "yes" would be the answer to that one. On some trip, some time, somewhere - you've been lost. And, truth be told, on this journey of life - it's probably happened to you a time or two that spiritually, you've been lost. In fact, the Bible says, that's how we come into this world - lost.

But here are your directions: Read Luke 15. In this chapter, Jesus demonstrates for us what he meant when he said that he ...

October 09, 2009 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists

Pet of the Week Oct. 9

Take me home: The pet of the week is a female, gilt pot-bellied pig. It is available now for adoption. Also available for adoption are two Dachshund/Jack Russell mix puppies, about 7 weeks old; a male Chihuahua, adult, cream colored; a female, black and tan Dachshund, about 4-years-old; a brown, neutered male terrier mix, 5-years-old. ask for Samson; a female, redtick, bird dog mix puppy, about 2 to 3-months-old, a red with white, male miniature Pinscher mix, about 4-months-old; a brown and gray, female Chow mix, about 3-months-old; a female, brown Whippet mix, about 2-years-old, ask for Reba; a ...

October 09, 2009 | Staff Report | Pets of the Week

Way to go, sarge

We are all grateful for the actions taken by Newton County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Tommy Thompson while he was on patrol last week.

Sgt. Thompson saw a call for an EMS vehicle pop up on his computer saying an infant was in distress. Since he was near the address, he made a decision to see if he could be of help.

October 09, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Grant writer granted

The Covington City Council made a wise decision in approving a grant writer position for the city. There is so much federal stimulus money floating around right now that it will take a fulltime employee to keep up with what is available and to complete the necessary paperwork.

We are not happy that the government has put the taxpayers of this country into so much debt to create these funds, but it is equally wrong for our community leaders not to try to capture them if they are available.

October 09, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Building a better community

Dear Editor: The Newton County Home Builders Association hosted their first yard sale on Saturday, Oct. 3, and is pleased to announce that the association raised over $1,000 for our scholarship fund. Each year the Newton County HBA awards $500 scholarships to graduating seniors from Alcovy, Eastside and Newton High as well as to our two Partners in Education, Oak Hill and Livingston [elementaries]. In addition to supporting our local school system, the HBA awards two scholarships to children of members of our organization. This, our 11th year of awarding scholarships, the HBA will have given over $30,000 ...

October 09, 2009 | Bob Goucher President, Newton County Home Builders Association | Letters

Housing group hosts auction to benefit non-profits

Richport Properties is inviting the community to come out Saturday to its newest property from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Brookline subdivision, located one mile south of the square at Highway 36 and Eagle Drive, to bid at a silent auction, enjoy some free food and entertainment, learn more about local community groups and explore new houses.

October 08, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Dealing with storm damage

After the recent "100 Year Rain" and last year's bout of hail and wind storms, dealing with storm damage concerns many homeowners. Some discover the damage on their own. Others realize they may have damage when they see neighbors having repairs done.

Some decide to make a claim after a contractor knocks on their door.

October 08, 2009 | Jared Rutberg Newton County Homebuilders Association President-elect | Home & Garden

SBA disaster loans not just for small businesses

In times of disaster, the U.S. Small Business Administration makes low-interest rate loans available to homeowners, renters, businesses and non-profit organizations of all sizes for uninsured losses. "SBA low-interest disaster loans are not just for businesses," said Mary Gipson, Communications Specialist, SBA Office of Disaster Assistance, Field Operations Center East.

Homeowners and renters can get up to $40,000 to cover personal property damage, homeowners can receive up to $200,000 to repair or replace primary homes, and businesses can get up to $2 million for physical losses and economic injury (working capital). Interest rates are as low as ...

October 08, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | Home & Garden

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October 08, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS

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