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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

Are you a faithful follower?

"As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem." (Lk) 9:51 Jesus is looking for faithful followers. He is not interested in hearing people "say" they want to follow.

January 24, 2015 | William Burnham | Columnists

We still have work to do...

"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me. He has sent me to preach good news to the poor, to proclaim release to the prisoners and recovery of sight to the blind, to liberate the oppressed, and to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor."

January 24, 2015 | Jan McCoy | Columnists

Pancake Day(?)

Most people may see pancakes as a delicious flat cake that we devour with some syrup, but did you know that it has some religious significance to it? Shrove Tuesday, or known as Pancake Day, uses pancakes to celebrate the last day of Carnival, Mardi Gras and preceding Lent. Pancakes are usually associated with Shrove Tuesday because it was a way for people to give up certain foods like eggs, milk, flour and sugar for Lent.

January 24, 2015 | Javon Dickerson | RELIGION

The Fighting Cavanaugh Clan

This journalist is long overdue in expressing my appreciation to the staff and our two editors, Michelle Kim and Bryan Fazio, for their unwavering support of "A Veteran's Story." Likewise, the staunchest of unfaltering supporters is our publisher, Pat Cavanaugh. Pat has always been there for me, to encourage, to offer constructive criticism, to educate, to be a confidante, and occasionally suggest that perhaps I should be measured for a straight jacket along with recommendations for a padded cell.

January 24, 2015 | Pete Mecca | A VETERAN'S STORY

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Jackie McCrary

Jackie McCrary of Oxford died November 29, 2010, at the age of 56. The daughter of the late Nettie McCrary, she had worked as a secretary for Universal Machine in Covington. She liked being around people and enjoyed cooking, playing cards, bowling and attending auctions. Ms. McCrary held an associate's degree in computer science and enjoyed computers and face book, as well as traveling and photography. Surviving are her son, Josh McCrary; father, Ralph E. McCrary, both of Oxford; brother and sister-in-law, Steve and Carole McCrary of Norristown, PA. A Memorial Service for Ms. McCrary will be held Friday ...

December 01, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS

Rotary offers Santa a hand

Spreading cheer: The Covington Rotary has increased their list of children receiving a special Christmas gift from Santa this year. According to Rotarian Brook Collins, the Rotarians will be delivering Christmas cheer to 1,015 children in Newton County. This year the parishioners of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Covington contributed $2,000 to the Rotarians to help with this special Christmas undertaking. The parishioners raised these funds through their community outreach program, which featured spaghetti dinners, pancake suppers and special concerts. (Above) Mark Hodges, outreach chair for the church, presents former Rotarian presidents Johnnie Smith and Alice ...

December 01, 2010 | Staff Report | Covington

“Annie Jr.” opens tonight in Social Circle

Social Circle Theater will stage "Annie Jr." Thursday through Sunday, with two different casts. One cast will feature Mansfield Elementary third-grader Lauren Mask (pictured) as the title character.

December 01, 2010 | Staff Report | Social Circle

Your Thoughts are a joke

After reading your thoughts from the Sunday edition on Nov. 14, I almost laughed myself into a coma. Apparently, the staff at the Covington News is either trying to get its own late night talk show or a special commentary spot on Fox News. In your article, you spoke so graciously of George Bush's candor. Well… let's look at the meaning of candor. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines candor as being honest or sincere expression. George W. Bush has proven to be neither.

December 01, 2010 | Michael Williams Covington | Letters

Our thoughts... Louis Van Dyke

We were saddened to learn of the death last week of Louis Van Dyke, the Social Circle entrepreneur and owner of the world-famous Blue Willow Inn.

December 01, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Legislator of the Year

State Sen. John Douglas was honored Tuesday as Legislator of the Year by Georgia firefighters and fire chiefs.

December 01, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Our thoughts... Valiant efforts

In valor there is hope. ~

December 01, 2010 | | Our Thoughts

’Tis the flu season

Happy December first! It's time to deck the halls - with Clorox and Lysol.

December 01, 2010 | Kari Apted | News Columnists

Landing in maturity’s speed trap

Dudley Stamps and I have been friends since the second grade in Moreland.

December 01, 2010 | Lewis Grizzard | News Columnists

Sex charges draw pleas from former professor

A former Georgia College and State University professor is awaiting court sentence after pleading guilty on Nov. 18 to charges of obscene Internet contact and electronically furnishing obscene materials to a minor.

December 01, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Nutcracker opens Saturday

The Covington Regional Ballet will stage the holiday classic "The Nutcracker" on Saturday and Sunday at Porter Hall in Newton High School.

December 01, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Covington

Supporter Spotlight: Woodlee’s Christian Academy

When John and Daisy Woodlee opened Woodlee's Christian Childcare Center on Old Salem Road in Conyers in 1970, they had no idea it would grow to be the school it is today.

December 01, 2010 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL

Effort required to be positive

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states clearly that nobody can infringe on my right of free speech. You can get in serious trouble for that.

December 01, 2010 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists

Roundabout cheaper than turn lanes

The roundabout at the intersection of Turner Lake Road and Clark Street opened Tuesday morning, completing a project first proposed nearly 13 years ago.

November 30, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington

Vigil honors teen killed in wreck

A Cousins Middle School student and his mother were killed in a car accident in Jasper County the evening before Thanksgiving.

November 30, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

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