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Aamco receives national recognition

A local auto repair shop received national recognition recently for customer service.

Aamco of Conyers received the Superlative Customer Relations Achievements award at the company's region conference meeting May 12. The store was one out of 850 to receive the award, and the only store to achieve the award in the Southeastern region.

May 22, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | Business


Motorcycle ride will benefit K-9 officers

Porterdale police Lt. Jason Cripps and his wife Holly, will host the 4th annual K-9 Memorial Police Benefit Motorcycle Ride tomorrow in Porterdale.The ride will raise money for the purchase of safety equipment for K9 teams/police in Georgia.

May 18, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


High school graduation is bittersweet

Graduation is a happy time in every young person's life. It is something that everyone looks forward to, and when first entering kindergarten, thirteen years seems like a long time away.

When I started my journey thirteen years ago, I thought I had forever to grow up and figure out what I wanted to do.

May 17, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


A lifetime of dedication

As the longest running principal in Newton County, G.W. Davis has decided to step down after 19 years at the oft-acclaimed Mansfield Elementary School. A school he first entered as a bright young student, he now leaves behind as a seasoned educator.

This year will be his final year at the school he entered as a first-grader and attended through the eighth-grade, during a time when middle school didn't exist.

May 15, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | Education


Good Hope celebrates 100 years

The Good Hope Baptist Church will celebrate their 100 year anniversary on Sunday, May 20 at 3 p.m. with a special anniversary service. On May 18, the music department will have a free concert for all who would like to attend. Saturday, May 19, there will be a community cook out as well.

May 10, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


My Relay for Life

Relay for Life first gained real significance for me when I was in fourth grade and the wife of one of my favorite ministers died because of breast cancer.

May 03, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | News Columnists


Johnston Birmingham bound

Eastside High School senior and star volleyball player Katie Johnston signed a letter of intent to play at the University of Birmingham on Monday.

Johnston chose the University of Birmingham specifically because it allows her to spend her January semester next year for a month in Nicaragua.

May 01, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | Eastside


Part teacher, part principle

Eighth grade Liberty Middle School teacher and Alpha Omega High School principal Greg Davenport has been in education for nearly twenty years. He became interested in becoming a teacher at a young age and stuck to the idea even after graduating high school.

April 28, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | Education


Young artists learn basics of the craft

The Southern Heartland Gallery on the square is offering four art camps for students entering first grade through the age of 12-years-old.

April 28, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Eastside’s Somerset headed to Chattahoochee Tech College

Alexia Somerset has been a top performer on and off the basketball court throughout her career at Eastside High School.

April 28, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | Eastside


The history of Earth Day

Each year on April 22 the world celebrates Earth Day to recognize what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement back in 1970.

The goal of Earth Day 2012 is to "Mobilize the Earth." The original idea for Earth Day came from founder Gaylord Nelson who was a U.S. senator from Wisconsin. After witnessing the horrendous damage left behind by the massive 1969oil spill in Santa Barbara, Calif., Nelson decided that it was time to stand up for Mother Earth.

April 21, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Local resident opens for Merle Haggard

Twenty-five-year-old Mansfield native Gannon Adams has been in love with country music his whole life.

He first became interested in performing while he attended Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, Ga. He started a self-titled band six months ago and has been traveling solo with Merle Haggard for the past few weeks as Haggard's opening act. He will open for Haggard again next Wednesday, April 25 at Macon City Auditorium.

April 19, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Erin Steele signs with Georgia Southwestern

Erin Steele was one of the top hitters on Eastside's softball team throughout her high school career and now will have the chance to do the same in college.

Steele signed a letter of intent to attend and play softball at Georgia Southwestern State University in Americus on Wednesday.

April 19, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | SPORTS


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April 12, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | Business


BBQ fundraiser for stroke victim this Saturday

On Saturday, April 14, The Church at Covington will host a fundraiser for Jason Joyner. Family and friends have put together BBQ plates that consist of pulled-pork BBQ, buns, stew, slaw, chips and a cookie.

Tickets are being pre-sold for $10 and can be purchased by calling Sheri Joyner at (678) 270-0905. Extra plates will be sold at the event after all pre-ordered plates have been filled.

April 10, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


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