The Hampton Inn Covington has received a 2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award. Now in its sixth year, the achievement celebrates hospitality businesses that have earned great traveler reviews on the online TripAdvisor site over the past year. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.
James "Sam" Allgood, Sr., 71, of Sparta. passed away June 23, 2016. An Oxford native, Allgood and his wife, Frances moved to Sparta in 2006. He retired from Ginn Motor Company after 20 years of service. A true car lover, he was especially fond of muscle cars. Mr. Allgood was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, and he will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him. He was preceded in death by his parents, Wiley Sr., and Roberta (Cook) Allgood.
The dairy industry is a crucial part of Georgia's agriculture industry. The state of Georgia is home to approximately 83,000 head of dairy cattle, contributing more than $344 million to Georgia's economy. Typically, dairy cows in the state of Georgia produce an average of 2,518 gallons of milk per year or approximately 8.3 gallons of milk per day!
Members of the Newton County Theme School (NCTS) Student Council recently presented a check for $600 to the Garden of Gethsemane Homeless Shelter. The Theme School student council raised money through a school store and their annual talent show. They also delivered unopened food items from end-of-year celebrations to the shelter.
By unanimous vote, the Newton County Board of Education (BOE) adopted a resolution opposing Governor Nathan Deal's proposed "Opportunity School District" (OSD) at their June 21 combined work session/monthly meeting.
Emily LaRue Hopkins, 70, passed away on June 16, 2016. She is preceded in death by her husband, Donald P. Hopkins, Sr.; her son, Thomas R. Cook, Jr.; her father and mother, Jack and Pansy Dial, and Thomas Reginald Cook, Sr. She is survived by her son, Ronald Cook and his wife, Stephanie Cook; her son, Donald P. Hopkins, Jr. and his wife, Julie Hopkins; her grandson, Joshua Eli Hopkins; and her brothers Morris Dial, Larry Dial and Gene Dial.