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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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Top Dog

An Oxford dog made a great showing on the national stage at this year's Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, winning the prize of "Best in Breed."

March 08, 2009 | Michelle Kim | Oxford

Students certified by work ready program

Roughly 180 graduating seniors took the first round of Work Ready assessments in Newton County this week as part of Governor Perdue's program to help workforce alignment, according to the Newton County School System.

March 08, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Education

SIU busts 3 with drugs in home raid

Three people were arrested Thursday morning after Newton County's Special Investigation Unit and the Porterdale Police Department raided a home on Mulberry Street following complaints from concerned citizens.

March 08, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Porterdale

Resident questions county attorney fees

Resident Bobby Sigman believes Newton County should look into hiring an in-house county attorney to save money during these difficult economic times, but the county leadership is confident Tommy Craig is the right choice.

March 08, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington

Airport part of economic strategy

Covington city leaders have long viewed the Covington Municipal Airport as a key economic development opportunity and the Leadership Collaborative's economic development strategy continued that trend.

March 08, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington

Libraries feel the squeeze

Libraries have been more than just a place to borrow books for quite some time. For many in the community, the library fills a role that other institutions no longer provide: educational resources and programs for children, free books, DVDs, and CDs for entertainment, a place for meetings and exams, and a place to study.

March 08, 2009 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL

Land annexed after locals’ concerns addressed

Social Circle officially annexed a 450-acre plot of land after allaying residents' concerns at Monday's public hearing, the fourth approved annexation petition in the last eight months.

March 08, 2009 | Michelle Kim | Social Circle

Garden girl

Top honors: Katherine Haase, student at Social Circle Christian School, recently won the Youth Award at the Garden Club of Georgia State Flower Show held last month in Thomasville. Katherine's entry was one of several from Social Circle, where Gateways Garden Club Sponsors both a junior and youth club. She is the daughter of Tim and Tamara Haase of Mansfield.

March 07, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Angel Food founders reach settlement, avoid hearing

MONROE, Ga. (AP) - The leaders of a multimillion dollar food charity under FBI investigation for possible financial misdeeds have reached an agreement to keep them from being barred from their Monroe headquarters.

Attorneys in a lawsuit involving Angel Food Ministries reached an agreement Friday after a Walton County court hearing.

March 07, 2009 | Staff Report | Social Circle

FBI raid on Angel Food raises questions

ATLANTA (AP) - For more than a decade, Angel Food Ministries seemed like a godsend for families who purchased its low-cost food boxes and the churches that shared millions in revenue for distributing the goods.

It became an economic juggernaut in the faith community, employing hundreds, feeding thousands a month and pouring $19 million into its network of more than 5,000 host churches in 35 states.

March 06, 2009 | Dionne Walker Associated Press Writer | Social Circle

Komatsu to close Covington forklift facility

The Komatsu America Corporation announced plans to close three of its facilities, including the Komatsu Forklift U.S.A. facility in Covington, as part of a reorganization effort.

March 06, 2009 | Staff Report | Business

Troy Ellington

Troy Ellington, 86, of Oxford, died March 5 at Heartland Hospice. The son of the late Grover and Julia Ree Thompson Ellington, he was a very hard working cattle farmer and also enjoyed gardening, hunting and fishing. Mr. Ellington will be remembered as a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend to many. He was preceded in death by his wife Grace Fincher Ellington.

March 06, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS

Jobless rate bolts to 8.1 percent, 651K jobs lost

WASHINGTON - The nation's unemployment rate bolted to 8.1 percent in February, the highest since late 1983, as cost-cutting employers slashed 651,000 jobs amid a deepening recession.

Both figures were worse than analysts expected and the Labor Department's report shows America's workers being clobbered by a wave of layoffs unlikely to ease in the coming months.

March 06, 2009 | By Jeannine Aversa AP Economics Writer | AP Top Stories

Lamar B. Hays

Mr. Lamar B. Hays, a lifelong resident of Mansfield, died March 4 at Abbey Hospice. The son of the late Lee and Sarah Byrd Hays, he was born in 1936 in Newton County. Mr. Hays was the owner of Hays Tractor of Mansfield and enjoyed fishing and gardening. He served in the Air National Guard, was a member of Woodmen of thw World, was the former chief of the Mansfield Volunteer Fire Department and served many years as city councilman of Mansfield.

March 06, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS

Verizon gives grant to Project ReNeWal in honor of grand opening of new store

Verizon Wireless is breaking new ground in Georgia's wireless retail experience with the Grand Opening of its Covington Communications Store. Built in the company's Evolutionary Store design, the new retail location offers customers a high-tech and hands-on experience with wireless voice, data, music and video services. The new store, located at 10337 Industrial Blvd NE, is open for business and will hold its official grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony March 5, at 10 a.m. Commemorating the store opening representatives from the Covington/Newton County Chamber of Commerce will share in the celebration.

In honor of the grand ...

March 06, 2009 | Staff Report | Business

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