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Kroger raises funds by ‘Rounding Up’ to support the USO

Kroger is joining forces with the United Service Organization (USO) from June 25 – July 8 to "Round Up" support for American troops and their families ...

June 27, 2017 | Staff Report | Business

Students attend summer leadership camp

COVINGTON, Ga – This summer eight students from the Piedmont Academy FFA chapter attended Summer Leadership Camp (SLC) at the Georgia FFA-FCCLA Center in Covington, on ...

June 25, 2017 | Staff Report | Agriculture

GPTC announces Advanced Manufacturing Lab roll-out

COVINGTON, Ga. - Monday, before a packed room of invited guests, Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) officially announced the roll-out of its new Advanced Manufacturing Lab.

June 23, 2017 | Staff Report | Education

City of Covington to utilize new “Covington Utilities” logo

COVINGTON, Ga. – Designed to complement the recently implemented City of Covington logo, the city's utility department will begin utilizing its own insignia immediately.

June 21, 2017 | Staff Report | Covington

Harrop: Trump rates close to zero on 'war' against opioids

Police near Daytona Beach, Florida, recently came upon an SUV with the motor running and three little kids in the back. The parents were dead ...

June 18, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists

Ending a career of public service

OXFORD, Ga. –City Manager Bob Schwartz presented the city's FY 2018 budget to the Oxford City Council at its June 5 meeting. The document ...

June 10, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Cities

BOC votes to shrink SWMA for now

COVINGTON, Ga. – The Newton County Board Commissioners (BOC) unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday night to pare the number of voting members on the Solid Waste ...

June 07, 2017 | Darryl Welch | County

Letters home from Alcovy High’s future educators

Students in Alcovy High School's Teaching as a Profession program recently went on a field trip to visit Northern Michigan University's (NMU's ...

June 04, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education

Smith Receives Municipal Revenue Administration Certificate

COVINGTON, Ga. - Covington Finance Director Randy Smith received a Municipal Revenue Administration Certificate from the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA). The certificate was presented to Smith ...

May 23, 2017 | Staff Report | Covington

STOVALL: GHSA still trying to figure out transfers, big props to Atlanta Braves

Anyone who thinks covering one county with just three Georgia High School Association schools has time to be bored doesn't really know much about ...

May 21, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Sports

Pace: Traveling Through Europe with Oxford College Students

The idea for this trip began with a suggestion from Oxford College's Communications Director, Cathy Wooten. Five years ago she looked at me and ...

May 21, 2017 | Lyn Pace | Religion

Conason: The Grifters Do 'Tax Reform'

If you were paying attention to what we learned about Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign, then you know that the president of the United ...

May 07, 2017 | Joe Conason | Columnists

Five convenience centers may remain open after June 30

COVINGTON, Ga. – The Newton County Solid Waste Management Authority (SWMA) heard a proposal to keep five convenience centers, plus one center to be used exclusively ...

May 07, 2017 | Darryl Welch | County

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Roseberry: Team of cities

Why do Newton County's cities seem to be able to go about the business of governing without a lot of controversy? At public forums, that question was often asked of Newton County mayors. It was prompted, of course, by the seemingly endless string of controversies at the county level.

April 23, 2017 | Jerry Roseberry | Columnists

Grammy-winning jazz ensemble and the ASO take MMCC stage May 5, 7

MADISON Ga. – The Madison-Morgan Cultural Center will be abuzz with Grammy-winning performers during the weekend of May 5-7.

April 21, 2017 | Staff Report | Living

City of Covington unveils new city logo

COVINGTON, Ga. – After an extensive process, the City of Covington unveiled its new logo Monday night, designed to depict the city's goal of being the south's premier destination to live, work and play.

April 18, 2017 | Staff Report | Covington

Anderson: Week 12 under the Gold Dome

My first session as a state Senator has come to an end and I couldn't be more thankful for the opportunity to serve the citizens of District 43. It has been a long, exciting and productive three months and I look forward to many more. Over 1,000 bills were filed in the Senate and House this session and while I would love to be able to tell you about everything that happened, I'll just touch on a few highlights. Here are a couple of things that passed on the Senate floor last week:

April 03, 2017 | Sen. Tonya Anderson | Legislative Updates

Hice announces Military Service Academy Day for Georgia students

Congressman Jody Hice (GA-10), in coordination with Senators Johnny Isakson and David Perdue and the Georgia Congressional Delegation, invites students to attend Military Service Academy Day on Saturday, April 29th at Dobbins Air Reserve Base. The event, which is the largest in the Nation of its kind, is designed to familiarize students with the application and nomination process for applying to each of the military service academies.

March 29, 2017 | Staff Report | State

State agencies utilize new app to help prevent and report child deaths

More than half of child deaths in Georgia could have been prevented. That is the finding of the Georgia Child Fatality Review Program (GCFR) which evaluates all injury, sleep-related, and unexpected/suspicious deaths involving children who are less than 18 years old.

March 29, 2017 | Staff Report | State

Community model for fighting poverty presented

Donna Beegle grew up, married, and started a family in extreme poverty. In her mid-twenties, she was single mother worried about becoming homeless and losing her two children.

March 20, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education

Anderson: Happily serving at the Capitol

Last Friday was Crossover Day and arguably one of the busiest times during the session for legislators. Crossover Day signifies the last day Senate bills can be passed out of the Senate this year. The countdown is on as we have only 11 legislative days left to vet and vote on legislation before Sine Die, which signifies the end of the 2017 legislative session.

March 12, 2017 | Sen. Tonya Anderson | Legislative Updates

Welch: CPA week 5: Criminal investigations and gangs

Another week of the Porterdale Police Department (PPD) Citizens Police Academy (CPA) is in the books. This class is going by much too fast. For the first time since we started, we have less in front of us than we have behind us.

March 05, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Opinion

KCNB seeks volunteers for clean up

Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful (KCNB) needs volunteers to clean up roadside litter during the Great American Cleanup, the nation's largest annual community improvement program. KCNB's kickoff event will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 25 at Longhorn Steakhouse of Covington, rain or shine.

March 01, 2017 | Staff Report | Local

Georgia Piedmont Technical College announces its 2017 EAGLE winner

Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) has selected Habtamu Wilson as its adult education Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education (EAGLE) award winner. This honor recognizes one outstanding student in the college's adult education program, which is the largest in Georgia. Adult Education Instructor Margaret Robling nominated Wilson; he was tapped for this honor based on a speech he delivered to the selection committee.

March 01, 2017 | Staff Report | Education

Irwin: Evidence of the prehistoric sources of humor: A rejected thesis

(Originally published in Storytelling Magazine, January 2016)

February 26, 2017 | | Columnists

Young Millennials top list of worst behaved drivers

A new report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that 88 percent of young millennials engaged in at least one risky behavior behind the wheel in the past 30 days, earning the top spot of worst behaved U.S. drivers. These dangerous behaviors ― which increase crash risk ― included texting while driving, red-light running and speeding. These findings come as U.S. traffic deaths rose to 35,092 in 2015, an increase of more than 7 percent, the largest single-year increase in five decades.

February 21, 2017 | Staff Report | Living

Have you ever thought?... Why is tomorrow a holiday?

If you need to go to your bank tomorrow for any reason or walk down to your mailbox for a piece of mail you are expecting, you may be in for a surprise. Tomorrow is one of the 10 holidays that are observed by the Federal Government. It is the day set aside to "celebrate" George Washington's Birthday. Washington was born on Feb. 22, but the third Monday of February is when it is observed.

February 19, 2017 | Wiley Stephens | Living

Gingrich Cushman: Where strength comes from

This Presidents' Day, instead of buying a new appliance, read George Washington's Farewell Address and Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address.

February 19, 2017 | Jackie Gringrich Cushman | Columnists

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