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Revolutionary road

Marching toward the Newton County School Board in 1970, local black students knew they needed to be treated fairly.

October 25, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Athletes of the week: 10/20

Carlos Huggins and Emma Waddell have been named Eastside's and Alcovy's athletes of the week respectively. Newton played on Saturday (past deadline) and the Rams' Athlete of the Week will be named at CovNews.com on Monday.

October 25, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Alcovy

High turnover

Over the last three years, Alcovy softball has accumulated 63 wins – which include back-to-back-to-back trips to the playoffs – and become a staple in region 2-AAAAAA establishing a model of consistency for the program.

October 25, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Alcovy

Playoffs?

With just two games left for most teams and one game for others, the playoff race is in the final lap and the teams are headed toward the finish line. Some teams fare better than others, but every Newton County high school football team has a shot at making it to the big dance. Here are the current playoff implications for each team. (Note: this was written before Newton's game against Lovejoy).

October 25, 2014 | Javon Dickerson | Newton

Huggins emerges as lead back

Eastside ran over Hampton on Friday with its 47-14 win. Carlos Huggins ran for two touchdowns and the Eagles' defense was making plays all over the field, including some huge hits against Hampton. The defense also recovered at least four fumbles, and took advantage of Hampton's giveaways.

October 25, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside

For love of the GAME

As he walked into Jim Stalvey's on a Friday afternoon, you could see a look of ease on Kirk Hoffman's face. His team, Alcovy – still seeking its first win of the season – is on a bye week and Hoffman doesn't have to play a game that Friday night.

October 25, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Alcovy

The power of positive beliefs

My mother was diagnosed with uterine cancer in the mid-1970s, when I was in grammar school. Her goal, at that time, was to stay alive to see my older sister Kathy and me graduate from high school. She neither dwelled on the disease, nor on why she was stricken with it, but instead focused on getting rid of the cancer and living for her two daughters.

October 25, 2014 | Jackie Gingrich-Cushman | Columnists

Our thoughts: Dirty Politics

Throughout the generations, whenever there has been an election, there has been some form of dirty politics used to sway the voters mind.

October 25, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Ben Bradlee was a leader and a friend

Ben Bradlee would not have liked me to say so, but he was the living refutation of the Declaration of Independence: All men are not created equal. Certainly, he was not. He was born rich and well-connected, a member of the WASP tribe that once ran much of America and nearly all of its prestigious institutions. He was compellingly handsome and so smart that no crossword puzzle could really challenge him. It's not that he didn't have a weakness. He did. He was a sucker for the underdog.

October 25, 2014 | Richard Cohen | Columnists

Embarrassing economists

So as to give some perspective, I'm going to ask readers for their guesses about human behavior before explaining my embarrassment by some of my fellow economists.

October 25, 2014 | Walter E. Williams | Columnists

Letter: A misstep on Bear Creek could mean higher taxes and utility costs

Dear editor

October 25, 2014 | Staff Report | Letters

Letter: A misstep on Bear Creek could mean higher taxes and utility costs

Dear editor

October 25, 2014 | Staff Report | Letters

Town hall looks for safety in Fairview area

Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown assured a crowd of dozens of concerned citizens that crime is down in their neighborhoods, and they urged community leaders that they want that trend to continue because they still feel threatened.

October 25, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Home makeovers

I spent last week helping one of my daughters paint the paneling in her den. For most of you who are not my age those two words (paneling and den) are probably words you have not heard very often.

October 25, 2014 | Paula Travis | LIFE

Cooking with Melanie

Melanie Thompson is a 13-year-old seventh grader at Indian Creek Middle School has been cooking since she first helped her great grandmother, Louis, in the kitchen when she was 2.

October 25, 2014 | | LIFE

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Welcome Rep. Marshall

We are pleased that Congressman Jim Marshall has listened to the requests of his local constituents and will hold a town hall meeting here in Newton County this Saturday from 10 a.m. until noon at Alcovy High School.

Marshall, who is considered a Blue Dog Democrat by some, has given his time to be with us, and we appreciate that. We think he should be even more visible, so this is a good start.

September 23, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Carter's one to talk

I don't know how Jimmy Carter can look himself in the mirror. He has made hypocrisy an art form.

September 23, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | OPINION

T. Pat at the Tea Party

Dear Editor: A bit unusual it is for newspaper executives to stretch their legs and often ample waist-lines in anti-government protest marches. But there was T. Pat Cavanaugh in that Washington "Tea Party" a week ago Saturday parading down Pennsylvania Avenue with the Georgia delegation.

T. Pat, if you didn't know, is the general manager of The Covington News, the local branch of Savannah-based Morris Multimedia, the print outlets which are noted for a strong list to starboard.

September 23, 2009 | Claude Sitton Oxford | Letters

They were playing our songs

The three of us were children of the four-ties, but we had left the campus when the trouble began. We were born of men back from the war and the women who waited for them to come home.

We barely remember Korea. My daddy was gone two years, and I really never knew why. The name Harry Truman rings a vague bell. The thing I remember most about Ike was how the people down home cursed him for spending too much time playing golf at Augusta.

September 23, 2009 | Lewis Grizzard | News Columnists

United Way to kick off fund raising campaign

Members of the Newton County United Way will hold a luncheon at 11:45 a.m. Friday at the Turner Lake Complex to kick off their fundraising season.

September 22, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Family claims funeral protest was 'illegal'

The death of Lanny Perry Barnes officially closed his legal case, but the protest of his funeral in July brought back up a wave of emotions and once again left two grieving families in its wake.

September 22, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Yellow River above flood stage, parts of Newton under flood warning

Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue requested that President Barack Obama declare a state of emergency in the state after he issued an executive order doing the same for 17 counties affected by the heavy rains, including Newton County.

September 22, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Mrs. Barbara Autry

Mrs. Barbara E. (Benson) Autry age 71 of Oxford died Monday, September 21, 2009. She was born in San Diego, CA on August 24, 1938 to the late George and Barbara Benson. She loved her flower gardens and spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She loved to travel and loved going to Wal-mart. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother who will be greatly missed. Mrs. Autry is survived by her husband: Arthur Autry of Oxford; daughters and sons-in law: Linda and Ricky Helderbrand of Porterdale, Susan and Larry Mills of Oxford, Christy James of ...

September 22, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS

FEMA offers flood information

Floods are one of the most common hazards in the United States. Flood effects can be local, impacting a neighborhood or community, or very large, affecting entire river basins and multiple states.

However, all floods are not alike. Some floods develop slowly, sometimes over a period of days. But flash floods can develop quickly, sometimes in just a few minutes and without any visible signs of rain. Flash floods often have a dangerous wall of roaring water that carries rocks, mud, and other debris and can sweep away most things in its path. Overland flooding occurs outside a defined river ...

September 22, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Congressman Marshall to hold town hall in Newton County

U.S. Rep. Jim Marshall (D-Ga. 8th District) will hold a town hall meeting from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Alcovy High School.

September 21, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Crowell's course

A very good cause: Shane Millwood and Joe Pittman were the winning team in the 2009 B.C. Crowell Scholarship Golf Tournament held Friday at the Oaks Golf Course. Tommy Hailey and Dick Schulz came in second place.

September 21, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Flooding confirmed in Rockdale County

Flooding has been confirmed around Lake Capri, Lake Sorrento and Bond Lakes in Rockdale County. Several houses and roads near Lakes Capri and Sorrento are flooded, including several streets surrounding Lake Capri and Lake Sorrento. Residents are being evacuated.

September 21, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Frances Johnson Starr

Starr Mrs. Frances Johnson Starr, 89 of Oxford died Sunday September 20, 2009. Mrs. Starr was born in Walton County to the late R.C. and Emma Swords Bowen. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great great grandmother. She loved working in her yard, growing her own tomatoes, cooking, quilting and watching the Food Network Channel. She was of the Baptist faith. Mrs. Starr was preceeded in death by her husbands, William (Billy) D. Johnson in 1986 and Marshall L. Starr in 2001. She is survived by her daughters and son in law, Frances and Thomas Moon ...

September 21, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS

Mrs. Clyde J. Rosser

Mrs. Clyde (Johnson) Rosser age 85, a longtime resident of Newton County died Sunday, September 20, 2009. Mrs. Rosser was born July 27, 1924 to the late Willie and Annie (Babb) Johnson in Bibb County. She was a member of Faith Tabernacle in Conyers. She was preceded in death by her loving husband: Fred LD Rosser; a daughter Kathy Grace Howard; a son Johnwayne Rosser. She is survived by son and daughter-in-law: Buster and Elaine Rosser; daughter: Peggy Reynolds; daughter and son-in-law: Linda and Gene Peacock, all of Covington; brother and sister-in-law: Marvin and Carrie Lou Johnson of Griffin; 17 ...

September 21, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS

I’m still trying to think of a baby name

I'm basically asked just two questions these days. "When are you going to have that baby?" and "What is his name?"

September 20, 2009 | Kari Apted | News Columnists

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