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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

Smart Growth Candidate Forum 2014

April 18, 2014 | Staff Report | Election

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

Traffic slow at I-20 west near Salem Rd.

Update, 10 a.m.: The Georgia Department of Transporation's traffic website says no lanes are blocked as of 9:54 a.m., but the website still shows the area in red, meaning speeds are less than 30 m.p.h.

April 16, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Porterdale FD's Spring Fling

Spring is known as a time for cleaning and renewal.

April 15, 2014 | Staff Report | Porterdale

Annual Fairy House Festival to return

Covington's Chimney Park will once again host the Fairy House Festival on Saturday, May 3, from 2-5 p.m.

April 15, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

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Teacher accused of assault resigns

A Middle Ridge Elementary school teacher arrested for allegedly assaulting a student has tendered his resignation, according to the Newton County School System.

February 22, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

FUMC hosting organ concert

Bill Callaway, a Covington native, will perform at the final concert of the First United Methodist Church Organ Inaugural Concert Series at 3 p.m. Sunday.

February 22, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives

Frankie James Bridges

Frankie James Bridges, 37, of Covington, died Feb. 18. The son of the late Jesse James and Cora Lee Pinson Bridges, he worked as a framer in the construction business. Mr. Bridges attended gospel Mission Church and enjoyed fishing, hunting, racing and wrestling.

February 22, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Jessie Edwards Thomas

Mrs. Jessie Edwards Thomas, 90, of Covington, died Feb. 20 at Abbey Hospice. The son of the late Clarence Edwards and Annie Sue Wheelis Edwards, she was born in 1917 in Union Point. She worked for 15 years as a bookkeeper for H.M. Patterson & Son at Spring Street and Oglethrope Hill. She was the secretary-treasurer for Thomas Brothers Hydro Inc. for 13 years. Mrs. Thomas was a member of Rainbow Park Baptist Church, Decatur. She is preceded in death by parents and husband Mr. Hoke Smith Thomas Sr.

February 22, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Georgia Perimeter rallies to beat Pirates, 12-10

COVINGTON - After getting off to a slow start Tuesday, the Georgia Perimeter Jaguars rallied to beat the Pirates of Chattahoche Valley Community College, 12-10.

February 22, 2008 | Brian Harper | Archives

Wrestling: Best of the best

The wrestling season concludes this weekend as 27 of the area's best wrestlers compete at the 2008 GHSA State Traditional/Individual Wrestling Championships in Duluth.

February 22, 2008 | Eric McDonald | Archives

Like home:Jurrjens gets chance with favorite team

By Paul Newberry

February 22, 2008 | Associated Press | Archives

Don Shaw

Don Shaw, 67, of Covington, died Feb. 17 at Rockdale Medical Center. The son of the late Charlie and Agnes Martin Shaw, he was a member of Julia A. Porter United Methodist Church. Mr. Shaw served in the U.S. Air Force and later retired from CVS Pharmacy after 30 years of service. He was co-owner of A Bouquet by Betty, was a member of the Covington Elks Club and enjoyed traveling and spending time with his family.

February 20, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Jack T. Shumate

Jack T. Shumate, 89, of Covington, went home to be with the Lord on Feb. 18. Surviving are wife of 69 years Florine Shumate of Covington; brother and sister-in-law C.H. and Drew Shumate of McDonough; sons and daughters-in-law Thurman and Harriett Shumate of Ellijay, Tony and Phillis Shumate of Covington, Mike and Linda Shumate of Newborn; daughter and son-in-law Jan and Eric Maxwell of Covington; grandchildren Darlene Burdett, Keith Shumate, Kim Fincher, Kelley Shumate, Mike Thurman, Tabitha Shumate, Pfc. Joshua Shumate, Little Tony Shumate, Meghan Maxwell, Bubba Maxwell, Anna Marie; great-grandchildren Christy Burdett, Chandler Burdett, Kacie Fincher, McKenzie Fincher ...

February 20, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Bennie Smith

Bennie Smith, 81, of Oxford, died Feb. 16 at Newton Medical Center. The son of the late Raymond and Alice Green Smith, he was born in Walton County and was a member and past deacon of Walnut Grove Baptist Church. Mr. Smith served in the U.S. Army in the Philippines and retired from Bibb Manufacturing following many years of service. He enjoyed fishing, gardening and traveling and dearly loved his family. Mr. Smith was preceded in death by first wife and mother of his children Dorothy Smith.

February 20, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Mildred Lowry Smith

Mildred Lowry Smith, 92, of Porterdale, died Feb. 18. The daughter of the late Henry G. and Maude Warren Lowry, Mrs. Smith was a member of Cannan Baptist Church. She enjoyed crossword puzzles, word searches and crocheting and loved traveling to the beach and mountains. Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by husband Willie Smith and daughter Janet Ewing Lane.

February 20, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Betty B. Stanton

Mrs. Betty B. Stanton, 80, a livelong resident of Covington and member of Porterdale Baptist Church, died Feb. 17. The daughter of the late Irvin Blankenship and Sarah Knight Blankenship, she was born in Newton County in 1927. She was preceded in death by parents and husband Rudolph Stanton.

February 20, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

New food service ratings hits local eateries

While some local restaurants have been easily able to meet the new food service regulations, approved by the state at the end of 2007, other restaurants have experienced a marked drop in their health inspection scores

February 20, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Man dies in house blaze

An elderly Covington man died in a blaze that consumed his historic home early Sunday morning.

February 20, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

Police imposter on the loose in Newton County

A man impersonating a law enforcement officer has stopped residents, made inappropriate comments and even physically molested his latest victim, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

February 20, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

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