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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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Ronald Reid Kinard

KINARD Ronald Reid Kinard of Oxford, GA died Saturday November 28, 2009 at Shepherd Center. He was born on May 23, 1953 in Griffin, Ga to Bobby Reid and Jennie McMichael Kinard. He was a member of Oxford Baptist Church and enjoyed watching NASCAR. He was a loving father, son, and brother. Mr. Kinard is survived by mother Jennie Kinard of Oxford; son Corey Reid Kinard of Oxford; step-sons Landon Kines and John LeonGurrerro Jr. both of Covington; twin sister and brother-in-law Donna and Richard Hollin of Jackson, Tn.; sister and brother-in-law Susan and Craig Richmond of Tazwell, Tn.; two ...

November 30, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS

Pillar of local business community dies

Walker Harris, former owner of the local Chrysler dealership has passed away. Visitation will be held at Caldwell and Cowen Funeral Home tonight from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. The funeral for Walker Harris will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday afternoon at First Baptist Church.

November 30, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Walker Combs Harris

November 30, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS

Deputies still searching for Taco Bell armed robbery suspects

At least one suspect is in cusody and deputies are still searching for the other armed robbery suspects that allegedly hit the Taco Bell on Ga. Highway 278 last night and led officers in chase through Newton and Rockdale counties.

November 29, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Diversity defines Dist. 3

Covington News reporter Gabriel Khouli toured the five county districts, with the county commissioners as his guide, to learn more about the people and places of Newton County. In this third installment, Commissioner Nancy Schulz explains why her district is a complex juggling act.

November 29, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Newton County Jail Log - Nov. 29

o Tammy Yvonne Woody, 39, 3267 Ga. Highway 162, Covington, Nov. 6. Possession of methamphetamine.

November 29, 2009 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

Dawgs v. Humble Bumble

I'm enjoying the lap of luxury today, for I'm ruminating on the annual display of "good old-fashioned hate," as the late Lewis Grizzard described gridiron battles between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Writing before Thanksgiving Day, knowing this will appear the day after the pigskin tilt, constitutes that luxury; I can express myself freely, unencumbered and unembarrassed by the final score.

November 29, 2009 | Nat Harwell | Our Thoughts

Peachtree Academy gives thanks

Great-ful: Peachtree Academy Private School in Conyers held their first Give Thanks Day on Nov. 20. The student body and families participated in numerous community service projects. The school set a record for donations to the Rockdale Emergency Relief by contributing 7,650 non-perishable items. Mrs. Osborne 's third grade class collected 4,129 items and delivered the items to the facility. Other activities at the school included tie dying scarves for cancer patients at Grady's Oncology Center in Atlanta. More than 200 goody bags were assembled for Operation Sandbox from donated items. Each bag contained a universal headset ...

November 29, 2009 | Staff Report | Education

Crime Suppression Unit out in force

The Newton County Sheriff's Office's Crime Suppression Unit will be out in force this holiday season to do everything they can to ensure that residents of the county have a safe holiday season.

November 29, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Peoples Bank has poor debt to credit ratio

According to recent reports, The Peoples Bank of Covington may be in danger of failing.

November 29, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Our Thoughts... Walton what?

Recently some representatives of the newly formed Walton One appeared before the Social Circle City Council to request funds to the tune of $5,000 and council support their project.

November 29, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our Thoughts... Screening guideline shock

Recently the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force released new guidelines regarding the needed frequency of mammographies. The guidelines floored this editorial board.

November 29, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Leadership in education

Nov. 19 was my second class day in Leadership Newton. Since it was education day we toured various schools and colleges and learned as much as the students we met.

November 29, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | Our Thoughts

Man takes NCSS vehicle on dangerous drive

 Two deputies conducting a search for a suicidal man were nearly run over by a speeding man, who had reportedly stolen a vehicle from the Newton County Board of Education Transportation facility early Nov. 21.

November 29, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

All in a Rowe - Telling it like it is

When my family and friends found out I was going to be writing for the paper, they said, "What'd you do?" Well, I was both shocked and a little offended by their comment. I mean, really, what kind of friend would even ask such a thing? You'd think my credentials and friendship would speak for themselves. Luckily, my southern charm kicked in (just at the right time), and I gracefully but tactfully replied, "Well, I don't know what you mean. I'll have you know my name has been in the paper several times, beginning with my ...

November 29, 2009 | Staff Report | News Columnists

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