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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There were two crime briefs that were in Wednesday's edition of the paper that deserve mention.
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
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.
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.
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.
An important primary election is coming up on May 20.
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.
Spring is known as a time for cleaning and renewal.
Covington's Chimney Park will once again host the Fairy House Festival on Saturday, May 3, from 2-5 p.m.
A Middle Ridge Elementary school teacher arrested for allegedly assaulting a student has tendered his resignation, according to the Newton County School System.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Paul Newberry
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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
An elderly Covington man died in a blaze that consumed his historic home early Sunday morning.
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.