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Porterdale to host tax increase public hearing

The City of Porterdale has tentatively adopted a millage rate that will require an increase in property taxes of 31.87%.

July 07, 2015 | Staff Report | Porterdale


RCSO siezes more than 2,000 lbs of marijuana seized in investigation

The Rockdale County Sheriff's Office seized more than 2,000 pounds of marijuana after a multi-month investigation and traffic stop - the largest drug seizure in RCSO history.

July 07, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Rev. Cecil W. Dudley

The Rev. Cecil W. Dudley, 89, of Covington, passed away July 7, 2015. Rev. Dudley was a veteran of the United States Army, proudly serving during World War II. He served the Methodist church, for more than 40 years, locally at Red Oak United Methodist Church, Alcovy United Methodist Church, both in Covington, and Julia A. Porter United Methodist Church, in Porterdale. Rev. Dudley devoted his life to the ministry of the Lord, always exemplifying the Christian spirit to everyone he met. He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Mary Elizabeth (Thompson) Dudley; first wife, Grace (Teasley ...

July 07, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Patricia Ann Lantis Hughes

Patricia Ann Lantis Hughes, of Covington, passed away July 6, 2015, at the age of 77. Mrs. Hughes delivered newspapers for The Journal for nearly 20 years. She liked antiques and enjoyed watching Turner Classic Movies. Mrs. Hughes was preceded in death by her daughters, Pamela Smith, Leanne Rhine; parents, Dale and Hazel Lantis; and brother, Dale Lantis.

July 07, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Frances Hall

Mrs. Frances Marie Lantz Hall, age 84, passed away on July 7, 2015. Memorial Services will be held on Friday, July 10, 2015 at 10 AM in Mt. Ararat United Methodist Church with Rev. Paul Gardner officiating.

July 07, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Renea Anglin

Renea Anglin, 74, of Covington, passed away July 2, 2015. She was a very kind and gentle soul who loved and cared deeply for her family. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bobby Anglin; parents, Chester Piper and Elsie Piper Ridling; brother, Tony Piper.

July 06, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Salem camp meeting hosts 5K race Saturday

Runners and walkers will have the opportunity to travel through 187 years of history as Salem camp meeting hosts the Salem Sweet Spirit 5K Race Saturday, July 11, at Salem Campground.

July 06, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Salem Camp meeting starts this weekend

The 187th Salem camp meeting begins July 10 with supper at the Salem Hotel and the Covington UMC Picnic at the pavilion at 6 p.m.

July 06, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Our Thoughts: Celebrate, remember, unite

Birthdays are a time to celebrate, reflect, be with those close to us and look toward another year of growth.

July 06, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Tax increase proves need for better county government

Dear editor,

July 05, 2015 | Staff Report | Letters


Pratt's 100th birthday

Francis Malone Pratt celebrated her 100th birthday June 28.

July 03, 2015 | Staff Report | Birthdays


Tour of Homes coming this December

For the 18th time, the Satsuki Garden Club will present its Christmas Tour of Homes this December.

July 03, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Dorothy "Dot" Hooten

Mrs. Dorothy "Dot" McIntosh Hooten, age 86, a lifelong resident of Covington passed away July 2, 2015. She was born February 15, 1929 in Jersey, Georgia to William and Mary Higginbotham McIntosh. Mrs. Hooten was a member of the North Covington United Methodist Church, joining in 1954. She worked for Bibb Manufacturing for 45 years and enjoyed working in her garden and with her flowers around her home. She was the youngest of 9 children and was preceded in death by her parents and her siblings. Mrs. Hooten is survived by her husband of 65 years, Mr. Ed Hooten, along ...

July 03, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


It’s official: Baxalta launches

Baxalta Incorporated launched Wednesday as a global biopharmaceutical company dedicated to delivering transformative therapies to patients with orphan diseases and underserved conditions.

July 02, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Kenneth McDaniel

Kenneth McDaniel, of Covington, passed away July 1, 2015 at the age of 80. He enjoyed gardening, collecting antique cars and trucks, playing poker, and making wine. Ken also loved to play golf, and will be remembered for his practical jokes. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ellis "Pa Mac" and Bertha "Ma Mac" McDaniel; 4 sisters and 5 brothers.

July 02, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


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3rd Annual Spring Fling Saturday

The Porterdale Volunteer Fire Department hosts its 3rd Annual Spring Fling this Saturday at the Porterdale Ball Park.

April 13, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Our thoughts: Newton can be a model

There is no question that we are suffering from a general lack of quality leadership in Newton County at this time. Can that be turned around? We think so, but it is going to take our current leadership to be willing to communicate and cooperate with other community officials to start the process.

April 12, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Give the citizens committee a chance

Dear commissioners,

April 12, 2015 | Staff Report | Letters


Melinda Ford

Melinda Ford of Covington died April 8, 205 of cancer.

April 10, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


City of Covington gets its shovels ready

Construction for new businesses in Covington will now be welcomed with a traditional groundbreaking ceremony from the City of Covington, with the first scheduled for Monday.

April 10, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Sara B. Stubbs

Ms. Sara B. Stubbs passed away on April 9, 2015. She was born in Newton County on June 16, 1927. She was a lifelong resident of Covington.

April 10, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Dawgs are running wild in Augusta. Again.

A year after University of Georgia alumni Bubba Watson slipped on the green jacket for the second time in three years, it's another UGA alum, Russell Henley, who is near the top of the Masters leaderboard after Thursday's opening round.

April 09, 2015 | Vince Johnson | MASTERS 2015


Jimmy Kirk

Jimmy Wayne Kirk, age 70, of Social Circle, died on March 23, 2015. He was born in Walton County on February 17, 1945 to the late Mary Lizzie Drake Kirk and the late Johnny E. Kirk. Surviving are: wife, Susan Kirk of Social Circle; daughters and sons-in-law, Rhonda and Tim Bell of

April 08, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Masters Preview with Vince Johnson

April 08, 2015 | Staff Report | MASTERS 2015


Lions Club hosts 43rd BBQ Chicken sale

For the 43rd year the Covington Lions Club will host its Annual Chicken BBQ, Wednesday, April 15 from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. at its Academy Springs Park Club house on Conyers Street.

April 07, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Live: Newton Board of Commissioners meeting

April 07, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Augusta National: 3 Things You Need to Know for the 2015 Masters

Whip up your famous pimento cheese, plant eye-poppingly colorful azaleas and trim your yard to precisely 3/8 of an inch. Pump in 98 of the world's best golfers and thousands of guests dressed in their finest springtime getup, and you'll be at Augusta National for the 2015 Masters.

April 07, 2015 | Vince Johnson | MASTERS 2015


Form of Government meeting: April 13

The Form of Government Citizen Committee will meet publicly Monday, April 13, at 5:30 p.m. at the Turner Lake Recreation Complex/Crowell Boardroom, 6185 Turner Lake Road, Covington.

April 07, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Minor police-involved accident on 278

A Covington Police officer was involved in a minor accident read the Raceway gas station on 278 Tuesday morning, with no injuries reported. State police were called in, as per protocol, to conduct an independent investigation.

April 07, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


John Howard Johnson

John Howard Johnson, of Covington, passed away April 5, 2015, at the age of 73. After working for the State of Georgia as an accountant, Mr. Johnson started his own business providing tax preparation and financial services across Metropolitan Atlanta for 17 years until his retirement. He was a private pilot and enjoyed fishing, playing golf and watching NASCAR. An upstanding citizen in the community, he was a member of the Gideons in Newton County, serving as treasurer for many years, and was a charter member of East Newton Baptist Church. In addition, he proudly served his country in the ...

April 06, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


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