Covington, if you thought our limelight was dying down, think again. Not only is Covington known as The Hollywood of the South, and as the filming location of many popular television shows and movies, but we are gaining traction in the music department as well. Local country musician, Gannon Adams, has been on a roll with positive attention. Country music fans will fall in love with his upbeat mix of music. Especially his big hit "Game Face."
Eastside's scoring output gradually increased until Musashi Briem made it a no-doubter with a grand slam in the seventh to seal the Eagles' 13-3 road win over Johnson, Gainesville, Monday.
Last week saw the conclusion of this year's legislative session. In three all-day floor sessions, we considered 22 bills and resolutions, and also worked through more than 40 reviews of amendments and compromise positions between House and Senate versions of bills.
Gizelle Ferguson and Precious Buddington led Newton's girls soccer team to a 3-1 victory over Rockdale on Friday.
Eastside defeated Walnut Grove in the second game of the series, Friday night winning 4-1 to remain unbeaten in Region 8-AAAA.
Local optical business Covington Eyes owner Dr. Andrea Washington is relocating her business to a building behind Newton Medical Center.
Eastside was tested during Wednesday's 9-7 win over Walnut Grove, trailing throughout, except for when it counted at the end.
Gun laws focused on wrong things
Covington is a wonderful place to live, a place where it's easy to forget how many people are in our community because it still maintains a small-town vibe. But it's not exactly the place to go for entertainment on the weekends. Most of our staff live locally and travel out of Covington for entertainment. It seemed only natural to try and help the people of Covington by educating them on what's going on in the world of entertainment, as well as the world of news.
We ran into a local convenience store the other day to get a bag of ice. In front of us was a woman with two children buying milk and other food products; she paid by using her EBT card.
With temperatures starting at 42 degrees and dipping down to 36 with a few snow flurries, Eastside's bats didn't cool off in an 8-4 victory in Monroe Area Monday.
Last week saw the House closing in on the end of this year's legislative session - we only have one week to go. The committees were working through Senate bills, so we had more to consider on the House floor. We voted on 38 bills and resolutions during the week.
During the last county commissioner's retreat, I submitted a proposal regarding the discharge of firearms in high-density areas. After careful research, we asked the county to allow us to return to the guidelines established prior to the 2006 version of the county ordinance governing this matter.
Rysen Richardsons' two goals helped Alcovy sweep Newton in Region 2-AAAAAA soccer action Friday night.
Kevin Thompson was honored before Eastside's baseball game, as the 2013 state wrestling champion threw out the first pitch.
Editor's note: We're kicking off a new photo series today, courtesy of our photographer about town, Darrell Everidge. He'll be taking photos of local people wherever he finds them, at the park, in shops or strolling through their neighborhoods. His goal is to capture all the slices of life that make up Covington. So if you see him around, wave and chat him up for a minute.
Last week, we crossed the halfway mark for the legislative session. The pace is really picking up, with the second half promising to be very intense. The House voted on 22 bills and resolutions during the week. Most were fairly minor issues or housekeeping measures, though we did pass two bills to restructure MARTA, which were obviously significant for folks inside the perimeter.
The House again saw only a handful of bills during our third week, but that situation won't last long, since the committees have begun to pump out a steady stream of new legislation. Our main work was getting out the "little budget," as the bill to adjust the current, fiscal year 2013 budget is called. This bill makes adjustments to reflect the actual rate at which revenue is coming in, and is also used to ...
Eastside High School FFA is proud of our Livestock Show Team members. We are fortunate to have some of the top livestock competitors in the state of Georgia. Livestock showing is what most people think about when they think FFA. While it is true there are many students who show livestock, there is more to it than what you see on the surface.
Eastside is fortunate to have several equestrians who are very competitive on the state and national level of horse showing. We have a wide variety of equine enthusiasts from Western Pleasure and English Equitation to Barrel Racing competitors.
GROW is the 2013 theme for the National FFA Organization. At Eastside High School, we take this theme seriously and hope to GROW our FFA chapter and the students' involvement at the school, county, region, state and national level.
IN BRIEF: A single-vehicle crash reportedly killed one person and sent another to the hospital on Saturday early morning. The crash reportedly occured on Costley Mill Road near Ga. Highway 138 in Rockdale County around 4:30 a.m. The passenger of the vehicle was killed and the driver was reportedly taken to an Atlanta area hospital. Check back for more information later.
UPDATED: The Flash Flood watch issued by the National Weather Service has been replaced with a flood watch for the following counties until Wedneday:
The Walker International Events circus came to Covington Tuesday and put on a show for locals, including acrobats, jugglers, lion tamers and elephant riders.
Last month, President Barack Obama addressed the nation in his second inaugural speech and said, "America's possibilities are limitless." It was not just American citizens who were listening to him; but his words resonated with the rest of the world as well. People of different backgrounds, cultures, and countries all tuned in to see what President Obama had to say about the next four years. One of those spectators that day was Oxford College sophomore Won Chung.
UPDATE: A Covington woman was flown to an Atlanta area hospital with serious injuries after a crash on I-20 eastbound Monday morning, according to a Georgia State Patrol spokesperson.
During the second week of the legislative session, the House began moving a bit faster as the first few bills came out of the committee system. We voted on three measures on the House floor, the most important of which by far was SB 24, the "Hospital Medicaid Financing Program Act," also known derisively as the "bed tax." This tax, which was first passed three years ago, will reach the end of its authorization in ...
This week the Georgia General Assembly reconvened after a one-week recess to review Governor Nathan Deal's recommendations for the Amended FY13 Budget and FY14 Budget. We are on Day 9 of the 2013 session, but already my colleagues and I are hard at work filing legislation, meeting with our committees, and listening to the needs of our constituents.
Covington still has no city manager, as the Covington City Council did not vote on anything Tuesday night following an hour-long executive session.
Conyers Police have issued a runaway juvenile alert for a mentally challenged 16-year-old Conyers girl missing since Jan. 22.