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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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Letter to the Editor: Thank the rich

Dear Editor: I am sorry for Mr. Roy Evritt's jaded view of American society. In his world view, people can only become wealthy through some sort of manipulation of the system. The American system I know honors individual talent and rewards risk taking. Instead of defaming rich people he should thank them for creating opportunities for people like himself to enjoy the dignity of work and to get paid for it.

Mr. Evritt should ponder what his life might be like without the risk undertaken by some of these evil rich people he so despises. Would he choose to ...

September 29, 2010 | Staff Report | Letters

Athletic Dawgs need curbing

When I pay University of Georgia President Michael Adams a compliment, you may be sure it is the real thing.

September 29, 2010 | Dick Yarbrough | News Columnists

Baby Jonah, one year later

One year ago today, my life was fabulously shaken up, turned around and started anew when our dear baby Jonah was born. It was a day full of "nines": he arrived on 9-29-09 at 5:19 p.m. and weighed 9 pounds, 1 ounce.

September 29, 2010 | Kari Apted | News Columnists

County to hold SPLOST work session at 6 tonight

Newton County residents will vote next year on whether to approve a special local option sales tax that would last until 2015.

September 29, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

College football: The other Southern religion

There are those who would like to see all this come to an end. All this is 90,000 people showing up to see a football game between the University of Georgia and some other less prestigious institution of higher education on a beautiful fall Saturday afternoon.

September 29, 2010 | Lewis Grizzard | News Columnists

Our Thoughts: Stop cyber bullies

In last Sunday's paper there was an interesting and informative article dealing with cyber bullying, written by staff writer Amber Pittman.

If you missed it, we suggest you go to covnews.com where you still can read the whole story.

September 28, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Picture of the Day - Sept. 28

Trisha Baker, a four-year survivor of breast cancer, will have her portrait, along with approximately 55 other breast cancer survivors' portraits, featured on the square this Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Portraits of Hope portion of the Pink on the Square event as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

To see more photos, click on the links under Related Content.

September 28, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL

SPLOST meeting to be held 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Historic Courthouse

In 2011, the first time in five years, Newton County residents will vote on whether to have another special local option sales tax. However, before a ballot is formed, the Newton County Board of Commissioners must select a list of projects to put to a referendum.

September 28, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Souls locked inside the historic jail

Built in 1901, the old jail was home to many of Newton County's criminals until 1983 - and according to some, one person was even hung there. And although the jail is currently gutted, the ghosts of those who once called the cells home, still wander the crumbling hallways.

The old jail was once home to Newton County Sheriff's Department's Criminal Investigations Division and according to NCSO Captain Marty Roberts, it was then that many noticed the strange happenings in the building.

September 27, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Phantom Folklore

Covington woman dies in wreck Sunday evening

A Covington woman died and two people were injured in a two-car collision Sunday evening on Georgia Highway 20 at Buckingham Drive.
Kayla Quinnisha Ward, 20, was killed in the wreck, which occurred about 7:30 p.m. Sunday, according to the Georgia State Patrol.
It was raining at the time and the driver apparently lost control of the car, according to Newton County Coroner Tommy Davis. Ward died at the scene of blunt force injuries suffered in the wreck, Davis said.
According to the State Patrol:
Ward was southbound in a Honda Accord and attempted to pass another vehicle ...

September 27, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Social Security hearing office opens in Covington

A Social Security hearing office recently opened in Covington, and had its grand opening today at 10 a.m. at the office, which is located on the Covington ByPass Road next to Patrick's and across from the Indian Creek Golf Course. Social Security Commissioner Michael Astrue gave brief remarks at the event.

September 27, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Eyesore of the Week - Sept. 26

Left to rot: This overgrown lawn and beat-up house is located on Walker Road in Covington. If you would like to submit an "Eyesore of the Week," send a picture to news@covnews.com or by mail to 1166 Usher St., Covington, GA 30014. Please do not submit residential properties that are occupied.

September 26, 2010 | Staff Report | Eyesore of the Week

Working hard until the cows come home

For Chris Wallace, manager of Bricton Farms in Social Circle, the workday begins at 7 a.m. by serving breakfast to more than 300 purebred, registered Black Angus cows, calves and bulls. After that, Wallace and three other workers stay busy, sometimes until well into the night, caring for approximately 1,000 acres of farmland occupied by cattle and hay.

Wallace graduated from Auburn University in 1994 with a degree in animal and dairy sciences and has been pursuing his love of cattle-raising ever since. Bricton Farms, which is owned by C.L. and Joyce Cook, has been managed by ...

September 26, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | Business

Livestock shows become a family affair

As I sat in the stands Friday night, fanning in an attempt to cool off on the hot September night, there was a collective gasp from the crowd.

In unison, everyone sighed in relief as the 4-H'er and her restless steer moved away from the fence.

September 26, 2010 | Terri Kimble | News Columnists

Newton County Jail Log - Sept. 26

• Michael Edward Gentry, 28, Jackson, Sept. 20. Probation violation.

September 26, 2010 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

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