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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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Burglar sets up explosive situation

A modular home in Newborn was filled with potentially explosive natural gas after an apparent attempted burglary, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

February 24, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

Two arrested for alleged sexual offenses

A 47-year-old man was arrested and charged with molesting a 4-year-old boy on Feb. 14.

February 24, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

Minoa Petree Brown

Mrs. Miona Petree Brown, 65, lifelong resident of Covington, died Feb. 22. The daughter of the late Frank Dalton and Maudie Bell Robinson Dalton, she was born in Jackson County in 1943. Mrs. Brown enjoyed riding horses, dancing and going to the VFW. She loved spending time with her family and cooking for them. She had worked for the Waffle House as a manager. Mrs. Brown is preceded in death by her father.

February 24, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Newton County murderer denied parole

ATLANTA - The State Board of Pardons and Paroles recently denied parole for Raymond Lamar Graham, 43. In 1994, Graham was convicted of murdering Bertha Ware, 78. He received a life sentence. This was the second time the Parole Board denied Graham parole, who was last reviewed in 2000.

February 22, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives

Thirty years of service

Celebrating 30 years of service, the Rev. Hezekiah Benton Jr. is the 12th pastor of the Bethlehem Baptist Church. Established in 1849, the church building is known as the oldest edifice in the Newton County African-American Community and is located in the heart of the historical district in the city of Covington. Under Benton's leadership, the church has expanded its call to serve the community. A banner in the sanctuary states their motto and emphasis, "A Praying Praising People Serving a Powerful God."

February 22, 2008 | Colleen Capes-Jackson | Archives

For the love of the dogs

Tom and Nate - my two younger boys - went over to Mrs. Ruth's yesterday to wash her four dogs. She has beagles, the kind of dog that just won the Westminster Dog Show. The boys enjoyed the work. When I picked them up, they wouldn't leave until they had petted all the dogs again. They must get this from their mother.

February 22, 2008 | John Donaldson | Archives

The changing belief system of the church

A recent Barna poll explored the shifting views that those Americans who still remain in the church have toward the church. While this poll explored the alternatives to the conventional church, other research shows a far more alarming trend. I am not so much concerned over the changing structure of the visible church as much as I am concerned over the changing belief system of the church.

February 22, 2008 | John Pearrell | Archives

A Drink for the thirsty

Have you ever had that thirst that just wouldn't be quenched? Water wasn't working. Gatorade wouldn't do it. You just stayed thirsty? Maybe you have. Now... have you ever felt that spiritually - where you just felt incomplete, like something was missing and you couldn't quite put your finger on it? If you've ever thought about the meaning of life for very long, I'm sure you've felt that thirst. Augustine, a leader in the early church, once prayed, "Our hearts are restless, O Lord, until they find rest in you." Have you felt that ...

February 22, 2008 | Pastor Jonathan E. Scharf | Archives

Will the majority last?

The 2008 session of the Georgia General Assembly is a little more than half over. Our elected representatives have managed to accomplish a few things like passage of the statewide water plan, which passed both the House and Senate and has been signed into law by the Governor. The Senate passed a ban on those annoying robo-calls from political candidates. And in an effort to appear tough on crime, the legislature is tackling some of the constitutional issues with the sex offender bill after the Georgia Supreme Court threw out the law last year over property rights concerns. The new ...

February 22, 2008 | Jason Pye | Archives

A time of need

I have my doubts as to whether I'll ever have a big bank account.

February 22, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Archives

Thank you Covington PD

Dear Editor: I just want to write to say thank you to our Covington Police Department. I know they don't get the praise they deserve. One particular officer is Mike Taylor. He has been vigilant in overseeing a location in which the people are gone. It makes me feel safer to know that with an officer like Mike Taylor around I'm OK. He not only flashes his light but gets out and checks the entire location which I know the owner will appreciate on his return. Thank you again for our protection. This letter is also being sent ...

February 22, 2008 | Leigh Jay | Archives

Alcovy Judicial Circuit facing possible split

Officials close to the debate as to whether to split the Alcovy Judicial Circuit or to add a fifth judge say a decision one way or the other is close at hand.

February 22, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Transformations on 278

Formerly home to a liquor store and title pawn shop, The Exchange on U.S. Highway 278 is in the process of a transformation into an upscale shopping center which will house among other businesses an Italian restaurant.

February 22, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Transformations on 278

Formerly home to a liquor store and title pawn shop, The Exchange on U.S. Highway 278 is in the process of a transformation into an upscale shopping center which will house among other businesses an Italian restaurant.

February 22, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Teen pleads guilty in girlfriend's death

The Social Circle teen charged with accidentally killing his 16-year-old girlfriend when the front loader he was operating fell and crushed her pleaded guilty on Tuesday.

February 22, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

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