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Jaquan Sims (Newton), Tierra Hodges (Alcovy) and Tierra Smith (Eastside) are the athletes of the week.

February 01, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Alcovy

Ras’ 200th

With a 64-37 thrashing of Lovejoy, Newton High School basketball coach Rick Rasmussen earned the 200th win of his career. Rasmussen speaks on the accomplishment and what's ahead for him in this Q&A.

February 01, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton

Lady Eagles flex their muscle on senior night

Usually when teams announce their starting fives before the game, after each name is called the individual player runs out through a tunnel of teammates and cheerleaders to shake the hands of all three referees and the opposing coach. On Friday – senior night – the Lady Eagles went about announcing their starting five a little differently.

February 01, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside

Streaking at the right time

As of January 16, the Eagles were on a three-game losing streak and looked like a team that wouldn't make the playoffs or would be one-and-done. Flash forward to now – the beginning of February – and Eastside basketball has won six-straight games including its latest and most prominent win, a double-digit victory over Walnut Grove (15-9, 7-2 Region 4-AAAA).

February 01, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside

Another soldier comes home

The Montford Point Marines were all black, separated from white Marines in basic training at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. These 'men of color' served their country in time of war yet most American businesses would not serve them. German POWs incarcerated on American soil during WWII were often shepherded to local towns for an American meal in an American restaurant. Any black soldiers on the guard detail would have to wait outside the American restaurant while the enemy POWs ate American food. The wacky parody of that American reality is too deep to fathom.

February 01, 2015 | Pete Mecca | A VETERAN'S STORY

Eat your way to a healthy, happy you

My super-busy life began seven years ago when my dad was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. At the time, his diagnosis was really scary for our family.

February 01, 2015 | Staff Report | Health

National Wear Red Day February 6

The color of February is red. Not for Valentine's Day (though that is so romantic that you thought that). No, the color of February is red… for women's heart disease.

February 01, 2015 | Hosanna Fletcher | Health

Are you qualified for ministry?

Just a thought: Are you qualified for ministry?

February 01, 2015 | William Burnham | Columnists

Be a light in dark places

"You are the light of the world. A city on top of a hill can't be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a basket. Instead, they put it on top of a lampstand, and it shines on all who are in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before people, so they can see the good things you do and praise your Father who is in heaven."

February 01, 2015 | Jan McCoy | Columnists

Weighing the major issues

This week budget committees in the General Assembly have been working on a balanced budget. Believe it or not a balanced budget is the only Constitutional requirement of Georgia's General Assembly.

February 01, 2015 | Dave Belton | Columnists

Defense against demagogues

When gasoline sold at record prices, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said, "I think it's time to say to these people, 'Stop ripping off the American people.'" When the average price of regular gas was close to $4 a gallon, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., called for Congress to look into breaking up giant oil companies. The claim was that "Wall Street greed (was) fueling high gas prices."

February 01, 2015 | Scott Rasmussen | Columnists

Federal budget deceit

On Monday, President Obama will unveil his proposed federal budget for 2016. Voters should be warned that virtually all the numbers reported in news coverage of the federal budget will be misleading at best.

February 01, 2015 | Scott Rasmussen | Columnists

The power of personality

This week marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Sir Winston Churchill, Britain's prime minister during World War II. Churchill took up painting as a hobby in 1915, after the Gallipoli debacle, where 46,000 allied lives were lost over nine months of the campaign. He went on to paint more than 500 paintings during his lifetime. As wartime prime minister, he took a break from painting, focusing instead on the task at hand - winning the war, no matter the cost.

February 01, 2015 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists

An embarrassment that needs action

The camera crews and on-air personality from Atlanta's Channel 11 were in Newton County last week for some in-your-face television journalism aimed at revealing to the world the sorry state of affairs in our local county government.

February 01, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Schulz sends letter to constituents

Last night 11 Alive News aired a report on the fees paid to the Newton County Attorney, Tommy Craig. Many questions were raised by the reporter as well as citizens who were interviewed. Many have questioned why the Board agreed to reappoint Mr. Craig as County Attorney. Prior to the vote, I made the following statement which was made part of the official minutes of the meeting.

February 01, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

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Kelsey Grace Watts

Amy and Tim Watts of Newton County announce the birth of their daughter Kelsey Grace Watts May 2 at Rockdale Medical Center. She weighed 7 pounds and 13 ounces and was 20 inches long.

November 15, 2009 | Staff Report | Births

The cost of victory

On election night, Nov. 2, 2010, less than 12 months away, Speaker Nancy Pelosi might rue her victory celebration this past Saturday.

November 15, 2009 | By Jackie Ginrich Cushman | Our Thoughts

Letter to the editor - Show a little class

Dear Editor: After reading the Josh Briggs' article concerning the refs. ejecting two coaches from Eastside vs. Franklin Co. I just want too say how disappointing an article that was. What is the lesson we are trying to teach our young people? When things don't go our way, we will use our newspaper to complain? Mistakes might have been made by the officials, mistakes were made from our sideline by not controlling our mouths, but the biggest was made by Mr. Briggs for writing the worst article I have read in my lifetime. We have great kids at Eastside ...

November 15, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters

GSBA to lead search for new superintendent

The Newton County Board of Education has selected the Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA) to conduct the search for the school district's new superintendent. Current school superintendent, Dr. Steve Whatley recently announced his plans to retire effective June 30, 2010. The Newton County Board of Education has also asked for the community's input on the qualifications most desired for the school system's next school superintendent.

"Community input is very important to us," said Cathy Dobbs, Vice?Chair of the Newton County Board of Education. "We hope we'll have people participate in this process as hiring a ...

November 13, 2009 | Staff Report | Education

Public Safety Day to be held Saturday

The City of Porterdale is hosting a Public Safety Day tomorrow, Nov. 14, at 2021 Main Street (Memorial Alley). The day will consist of police and fire demonstrations, face painting, fingerprint kits, food provided by Burnies Bar-B-Q (at a discounted rate), the community outreach program will be on hand as will a deputy from the Newton County Sheriff's Office C.H.A.M.P.S. program. There will also be giveaways and games for the kids.

The event will start at 10 a.m. and last until 5 p.m. A MADD (Mothers Against Drunken Drivers) representative will be ...

November 13, 2009 | Staff Report | Porterdale

Andy Irwin to appear at Oxford College today

Andy Irwin, popular local storyteller and performer, will appear at Oxford College today, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. in Tarbutton Performing Arts Center on the Oxford campus.

Irwin was Oxford's artist-in-residence in theater from 1991 to 2007. His music, humor and storytelling have made his concerts widely popular, and his fan base includes enthusiasts from his native Newton County as well as regional, national and international fans. Irwin's recognition includes his two of his albums' being awarded the Just Plain Folks Award. Recently he was honored by The Covington News as one of 10 men who have ...

November 13, 2009 | Staff Report | Education

RLCC partners with Kroger to feed families

The Redeeming Love Christian Church in Conyers is preparing to feed one hundred families in the Newton/Rockdale County area during Thanksgiving and Christmas. The Kroger Company is partnering to provide 50 turkeys for the Thanksgiving boxes. RLCC members donated all the trimmings - green beans, collards, turnips, corn, mashed potatoes, candied yams, stuffing and cornbread mix, macaroni and cheese, cranberry sauce and a $10 gift card to purchase perishable items.

November 13, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION

4-H’ers begin pop tab collections for 2010

About 8 years ago, a few middle school district 4-H officers presented a service idea: let's collect those aluminum pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House.

November 13, 2009 | Terri Kimble | News Columnists

Deck the halls

Work on high: A ladder from the Covington Fire Department rises high into a blue clear sky as workers place wreaths around the clocks at the top of the Newton County Historic Courthouse.

November 13, 2009 | Gail Mooneyham-Anglin | LOCAL

Feeding the needy

Stocking the pantry: Each Covington Elkadette and Elks member has been asked to contribute to the Food Pantry in Newton County this fall. Adrian and Larry Capes have spearheaded this effort by collecting the canned goods and delivering them to the food pantry. Please help by bringing some food items to the Lodge on your next trip. If you want to bring something during Bingo on Monday and Thursday nights the Lodge is open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and it would help with this worthwhile project. They also donated emergency personal care kits from Delta to ...

November 13, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Man found dead on bypass Friday evening

Demario Jackson, age 25, was killed Friday evening after he was struck by a vehicle while lying on the fog line of the Bypass Road behind Burger King.

November 13, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Parson to Person: Christ is the only way

Recently I was having a discussion with a man from another faith. He was trying his best to convince me that, though our faiths were different, we really believed the same thing, He claimed that the only difference between us was that was the prophet we were following. Mine being simply an earlier and therefore less enlightened prophet than his. He actually made the fatal mistake that so many make, assuring me that "We (who are Monotheists) really are all related and we really believe the same things - we believe in the goodness of man, trying to better ourselves, etc ...

November 13, 2009 | Dr. John Pearrell | Columnists

Grace Notes: Grace to face Judgment Day

Have you ever noticed how one person's big moment of absolute joy is another's worst nightmare?

November 13, 2009 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists

10 years of giving celebrated

Some of Newton County's biggest hearts gathered at The Center on Tuesday to celebrate a decade of philanthropy and volunteerism.

November 13, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

School calendar revised to make room for more furlough days

Anticipating more furlough days in the near future, the Newton County Board of Education has voted to revise the 2010 school calendar to allow for those days to be taken if required by the state.

November 13, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Education

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