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The good shepherd

Jesus said: I tell you for certain that I am the gate for the sheep. Everyone who came before me was a thief or a robber, and the sheep did not listen to any of them. I am the gate. All who come in through me will be saved. Through me they will come and go and find pasture. A thief comes only to rob, kill, and destroy. I came so that everyone would have life, and have it in its fullest. I am the good shepherd, and the good shepherd gives up his life for his sheep

April 26, 2015 | Jan McCoy | Columnists

Hometown Hero

For the last six years we have had the honor to recognize people in our community who through their actions and deeds have gone the extra mile to help their neighbors or their family.

April 26, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Depressed journalists are depressing nation

I am far more pessimistic about our political system than most Americans. At the same time, I am very optimistic about the future of our nation. That may seem like an odd combination to some, but I am optimistic because I recognize that Washington, D.C., does not lead the nation.

April 26, 2015 | Scott Rasmussen | Columnists

Consciously sidelining ourselves

Though Wal-Mart remains fixed in the American conscience as Sam Walton's business, it is less and less that. Walton was folksy and relatable to the Americans who shopped at Wal-Mart. Everyone could imagine Sam Walton shopping there, too. But over the years, Wal-Mart's management has passed out of the direct hands of Walton's family.

April 26, 2015 | Eric Erickson | Columnists

We need help on McGibboney Road

Dear editor,

April 26, 2015 | Staff Report | Letters

The Basic Annuity – Fixed Interest

If you want a guaranteed rate of return and don't need your income until a later date, a fixed interest annuity might be for you. Interest rates are at the level they were in the 1950's and this also has negatively affected certificates of deposit.

April 26, 2015 | Mike Lassiter | Business

About the FFA-FCCLA Center?

When you pass by the entrance to the FFA-FCCLA Center, have you ever thought what in the world happens there?

April 26, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LOCAL

A Pearl Harbor Story

Aboard the battleship USS California, Dec. 7, 1941. The time: 7:55 a.m. Wayne Shelnut was nursing a hot cup of coffee after breakfast when someone screamed, "What is that airplane doing up there?" Wayne walked a few steps to the door and looked up. A plane with a big red ball painted on the fuselage passed over the California then dropped a bomb on Ford Island. General quarters sounded and startled sailors ran to their battle stations. 100 crewmembers would die and 62 others would be wounded. World War II had caught our Pacific Fleet sound asleep at ...

April 26, 2015 | Pete Mecca | A VETERAN'S STORY

Q&A: Champ Young on Eastside soccer

Eastside boys soccer is entering the state playoffs as the No. 4 seed from Region 4-AAAA. The Eagles have an overall record of 9-6 and a region record of 7-4. The distance between being No. 1 in that region and being No. 4 is slim, but the Eagles edged out four other teams with the same region record in a tough region to advance to the playoffs. We spoke with Eastside head coach about the team's mindset entering the playoffs and the growth of the team from the beginning of the season until now.

April 26, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside

Rams clinch No. 3 seed

There isn't a better way to finish off the baseball season and prepare for the playoffs than a series against your rival. The third and fourth seed from Region 2-AAAAAA, Newton and Rockdale, started a three-game series on Tuesday, and finished up on Thursday. Though Newton lost the series after losses in the first two games, the Rams took the final regular season game of the season and sealed the three-seed with a 4-0 win over Rockdale, Thursday evening.

April 26, 2015 | Javon Dickerson | Newton

Athletes of the week: 04/20

Camani Smith (Alcovy), Austin Kerbow (Eastside) and Joshua Howard (Newton) are the athletes of the week.

April 26, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Alcovy

Doing what nobody has ever done

No matter what they tell you, size always matters. Liberty Middle School offensive lineman Devin Durden has the size, quickness and tremendous work ethic of a future Division-l offensive lineman.

April 26, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton

Rockdale owns festivities at NewRock All-Star game

Rockdale County edged Newton out in three of the five All-Star events on Wednesday evening, as the Rockdale girl All-Stars won their game while representatives of Salem (Shay Tarver) and Heritage (Rashad Jones) won the girls and boys three-point contests respectively. Eastside's own Timothy Haynes won the dunk contest with a high-flying slam over two Alcovy players and the NewRock boys All-Star game ended in a tie after overtime. Ayanna Mitchell was named MVP of the girls All-Star game where she totaled 18 points. Rockdale's Dwayne Brown and Newton's Malik Wilson were named Co-MVPs of the boys ...

April 26, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside

Eagles poised to be dangerous seed in the playoffs

Eastside completed a sweep of Spalding in a doubleheader at home on Thursday to give the Eagles a shot at obtaining a No. 3 seed in the state playoffs at minimum. With the weirdly constructed way Eastside's region is set up, despite going 15-3 in Region 4-AAAA, the Eagles will likely be the No. 4 seed forcing them to travel to play Wayne County in the first round of the state playoffs.

April 26, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside

A league of their own

A field of dreams has become a miracle.

April 26, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Recreation

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Here and Dow: Newton High School students win Stock Market Game

In the fall, when the 2009 session of the Stock Market Game started on September 28, the Dow stood at 9,789. When trading ended on December 4, the Dow had climbed to 10,389. Along the way, Stormy Kage, Kalyn Spurley, Julian Truitt, and Brianna Williams led by their teacher Aaron Robinson at Newton High School used reading, math, analytical skills, and teamwork to win the Stock Market Game for Newton County Schools with a winning portfolio value of $110,387. It's not real money but the lessons these students learn about economics, financial planning, and the importance ...

February 04, 2010 | Staff Report | Education

Martha B. Griffith

February 03, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS

Cherry Rutland

February 03, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS

Porterdale approves interim city manager's work contract

The Porterdale City Council narrowly approved (3-2) the contract for an interim city manager at the regular monthly meeting Monday.

February 03, 2010 | Jennifer T. Long | Porterdale

Covington considers changing electric rates

Covington has been over-charging some of its commercial customers for electricity and under-charging some residential customers - a situation it plans to correct.

February 03, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington

Saltines and Solzhenitsyn

TELLICO PLAINS, TENN. -- I had been days without a newspaper, locked away in a careless world of mountains, rivers, dirt roads, and a supply of Vienna sausage and sardines and a gift for which we can never offer enough gratitude: the saltine cracker.

February 03, 2010 | Lewis Grizzard | News Columnists

Social Circle applies for DCA city revitalization

The Social Circle City Council approved a motion on Monday night that would allow the city to apply to the Department of Community Affairs to be part of the redevelopment fund program.

February 03, 2010 | Lee Sandow | Social Circle

Newton County Jail Log - Feb. 3

• Carlos Rodriguez, 25, 95 Oak Ridge Court, Covington, Jan. 7. Driving without license.

February 03, 2010 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

Dream Achiever

When Janet Goodman thinks about Black History Month, her mind immediately goes back to the local civil rights battles of the 1960s and 70s. She grew up during the time when blacks in Covington were fighting for equality, whether it was the right to eat in the same restaurants, work in the same stores or attend the same schools.

February 03, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

NCSO seeks suspects in 5 car break-ins

Investigators from the Newton County Sheriff's Office are asking for help in locating the person(s) responsible for breaking into five cars in the Eastwood Forrest subdivision between late-Monday night and early-Tuesday morning.

February 03, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Library celebrates black history month

For more than three decades, Black History Month has been recognized in the United States, and throughout the month of February, the Newton County Library will display a timeline of history from the 1600s through today.

February 03, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Skeeter puts it in perspective

Whenever this world starts looking too complicated, I call my friend Skeeter Skates, owner of Skeeter's Tree Stump Removal and Plow Repair in Greater Metropolitan Pooler. Skeeter has a wonderful way of putting things into perspective.

February 03, 2010 | Dick Yarbrough | Our Thoughts

Our thoughts... Love thy neighbor

The tragedy that has befallen the country of Haiti and its people has probably touched you in one way or another. Some have contributed clothes, some have sent money and some have just prayed.

February 03, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Many tasks at hand

After a week of appropriations hearings, we were back in session last week. The facts from the hearings were pretty sobering. Georgia, while not being in the kind of fiscal dire straights that other states are in, has more tough budget decisions ahead. Our initial challenge is to make corrections to the present, fiscal 2010, budget. The first half of the fiscal year (July through December of 2009) saw substantial declines in revenues. While it appears that we may be near the bottom of the downturn, with hopes that revenues will soon flatten rather than fall, the state will still ...

February 03, 2010 | By Doug Holt | Our Thoughts

Our thoughts... NCSO honors heroes

Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown should be applauded for beginning a new law enforcement tradition. Brown has instituted a Purple Heart honor for deputies injured in the line of duty and a Lifesaving Award for those who go above and beyond the call of duty during life-threatening situations.

February 03, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

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