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Eagles keep playoff hopes alive

The Eastside Eagles varsity baseball team (12-11, 7-6 Region 8-AAAA) hosted region leader Stephens County (16-4, 9-2 Region 8-AAAAA) Monday night, ending a five-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory over the Indians.

April 22, 2014 | Miles Steele | Eastside

No gazebo for now

The city council this week put a stake through the grand idea of a Gazebo being built on the town square.

April 22, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Mr. Jerry Odean McLeroy

Jerry Odean McLeroy passed away April 20, 2014, at his home in Covington. He was 84 years of age at the time of his death. Mr. McLeroy loved spending time with his great-grandchildren, and especially enjoyed vacationing with them. He had 35 years of service with Lithonia Lighting. He was preceded in death by his first wife, LaRue McLeroy; granddaughter, Tava Martin; and parents, Dick and Eva McLeroy.

April 22, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

Smart Growth Candidate Forum 2014

April 21, 2014 | Staff Report | Election

Sam B. Hay, Jr. into GCA Hall of Fame

The Georgia Cattlemen's Association inducted Sam B. Hay, Jr. into the GCA Hall of Fame at the Cattlemen's Ball on Friday, April 4 during its 53rd annual convention & trade show and 17th annual Georgia Beef Expo in Perry.

April 19, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Happy Easter

Today we celebrate Easter; so, sure it is a day that there will be plenty of chocolate candy in the house and decorated eggs in the yard.

April 19, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Mr. Christopher Dylan Williams

Christopher Dylan Williams, age 18, of Jackson, died Wednesday, April 16, 2014 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was born on July 19, 1995 in Dalton, Ga. to David L. Williams and Rebecca Lynn (Becky) Pierce Floyd. Dylan was a member of Jackson High School Class of 2013. He was employed with ACS Heating and Air in Covington.

April 19, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

Newton swept on Senior Night

The Lady Rams varsity soccer team took on Woodland Tuesday evening for Newton's Senior Night, with the Lady Wolfpack just edged out Newton 1-0 in non-region play.

April 18, 2014 | Javon Dickerson | Newton

Covington Y prepares Cheerios Challenge

The Covington YMCA will host the 13th Annual Cheerios Challenge this Saturday, welcoming runners of all ages to its yearly Healthy Kid's Day Celebration.

April 17, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


There were two crime briefs that were in Wednesday's edition of the paper that deserve mention.

April 17, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Lumpkin County sweeps Eagles

The Eastside baseball team (11-11, 6-6 Region 8-AAAA) was swept by the Lumpkin County Indians on Tuesday and Wednesday, falling even in region play

April 17, 2014 | Miles Steele | Eastside

Major Claude Robert Phillips, Jr.

Major Claude Robert Phillips, Jr., born in Social Circle on March 30, 1918, passed away April 2, 2014. He was a devoted husband and father, married 68 years to Jean Cochran Phillips. He and Jean raised a large and happy family. Claude graduated from Oxford College of Emory University and later graduated with JD from Atlanta Law School. As a member of the "greatest generation" he joined the Army and served during WWII. Claude continued his Army career for twenty one years while serving in Germany, Korea and stateside.

April 17, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

Eastside boys whip Warhawks

Eastside striker Tyrik Francis scored a hat trick and goalies Andres Sarmiento and Brain Worton held the Henry County Warhawks to one goal, as the Eagles varsity boys soccer team overpowered the Warhawks 8-1 in a non-region match on Senior Night Tuesday at Sharp Stadium in Covington.

April 16, 2014 | Phil Manson | Eastside

Lady Eagles ease past Henry County

Eastside seniors Alex Morvik and Becka McKelvey scored a goal apiece, and senior goalie Alexis Langford posted a clean sheet, as the Eastside girls varsity soccer team won its final home game of the season 4-0 over the visiting Henry County Lady Warhawks on a cold, blustery Senior Night Tuesday at Homer Sharp Stadium.

April 16, 2014 | Phil Manson | Eastside


An important primary election is coming up on May 20.

April 16, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

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Long walk to equality

While Newton County may seem today to have smooth relations between the races, it was only 38 years ago that U.S. Highway 278 was lined with state troopers and the Covington Square was filled nightly with black residents protesting the county's segregationist policies.

February 29, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Authorities take down drug ring

Newton County law enforcement personnel, in coordination with Henry County law enforcement, searched the home of three Covington residents charged with operating a multimillion dollar drug distribution ring on Feb. 15, according to the Covington Newton County Special Investigations Unit.

February 29, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

BOE names new crop of administrators

The Newton County Board of Education unanimously approved the transfer of Holly Dubois, principal of Fairview Elementary School, to the principal position of the new South Salem Elementary School at Tuesday night's board meeting.

February 29, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives

Recognizing local history

Editor's Note: The following guest column is a collaborative piece submitted by the Covington/Newton County Chamber of Commerce president John Boothby and Forrest Sawyer Jr.

February 27, 2008 | Guest columnist | Archives

Response to recent letter

Dear Editor: Stella Johnson of Covington recently wrote a Letter to the Editor of The Covington News praising the beauty of Newton County and its cities. She eloquently expressed her love of and concern for the future of the County.

February 27, 2008 | John Boothby | Archives

File that under...

National Clean Your Filing Cabinet Day was celebrated in November by literally dozens of very bored people around our country.

February 27, 2008 | Len Robbins | Archives

Best picture nausea

While I am by no means a novice movie watcher, Saturday marked a new experience for me in terms of single-day movie watching as I took part in an all-day movie marathon of the five Oscar nominees for Best Picture.

February 27, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Experience the passion

The New Trinity Baroque Orchestra and Choir will perform Bach's "Saint John's Passion " at 3 p.m. Sunday at Allen Memorial United Methodist Church.

February 27, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives

Rocky Plains' musical Matt

Usually a room plastered with posters of The Beatles, Miles Davis and Stevie Ray Vaughn can be found in the interior in a college dorm, but the scene can also be found in the music room at Rocky Plains Elementary School.

February 27, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives

Biscuit time

Commuters driving through Jersey on their way to Social Circle and Covington will have a reason to stop for a bit once The Biscuit Factory begins serving breakfast sandwiches.

February 27, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Stanley Walker Harris

Stanley Walker Harris, 61, lifelong resident of Newton County and president of Walker Harris Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep since 1969, died Feb. 23. He was a 1965 graduate of Newton County High School, where he was a member of the basketball team which won the State Championship and was selected as an All-State Basketball Player. Mr. Harris also played basketball at Middle Georgia College for two years before graduating in 1967. He was a 1969 graduate of the University of Georgia. Mr. Harris was a member and former president of the Covington Rotary Club, a past member of the Board of Trustees of ...

February 27, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Tony McClure

Donald Anthony "Tony" McClure, 66, of Paducah, Ky., died Feb. 23 at Cox Dunbar Family Car Home. Mr. McClure was a native of Covington and a graduate of the University of Georgia. He was a member of Lone Oak First Baptist Church. Mr. McClure was a Duke of Paducah, a Kentucky colonel and a professor at Paducah Community College from 1974 to 2000. While at Paducah Community College, he served as athletic director, girls and boys basketball coach and was named Men's Basketball Coach of the Year in the Seventh Region in 1986. He was preceded in death by ...

February 27, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Robert McCormick Smith Sr.

Mr. Robert McCormick Smith Sr. of Covington died Feb. 22 at Rockdale Medical Center. The son of the late Winton Bradley Smith and Minnie Godard Smith, he was born in 1938 in Fulton County. Mr. Smith was a longtime resident of Conyers and a self-employed truck driver, a job he enjoyed. He was a member of Salem United Methodist Church and was a Mason and Shriner. He was preceded in death by parents and son Robert McCormick Smith Jr.

February 27, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Waymon Lee Stapp Sr.

Waymon Lee Stapp Sr., 57, of Covington, died Feb. 24. A lifelong resident of Newton County, he was a self-employed carpenter for over 40 years and a man who enjoyed life's simple pleasures. Mr. Stapp enjoyed fishing, watching wrestling, yard

February 27, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Local business leader Harris dead at age 61

Remembered for his leadership and keen sense of sportsmanship, Stanley Walker Harris, former president of Walker Harris Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep, died Saturday at the age of 61 after a battle with cancer.

February 27, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

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