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NCSO deputies keep drunk drivers off road

Two Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies were recognized Tuesday for work keeping impaired drivers off the road.

April 23, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

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

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The game of learning

Helena Foster began working as Middle Ridge Elementary School's upper elementary academic coach at the beginning of the spring semester last school year.

February 20, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives


Mr. Randy Ellis of Oxford announces the engagement of his daughter Kristen Nicole Ellis of Oxford to Travis Keith Carr of Jersey, son of Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Carr of Jersey.

February 17, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives


Mickey and Susan Gerstman of Russellville, Ala., announce the engagement of forthcoming marriage of their daughter Lindsay Brooke Gerstman to Michael Brent Almond, son of Terry and Sherry Almond of Covington.

February 17, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives

Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth (Eula) Hardeman

Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth (Eula) Hardeman celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary. They were married at 3 p.m. Feb. 12, 1978, at Bethlehem Baptist Church by the late Pastor Eddie L. Mitchell. The have four children - Alison, Kimberly, Kenneth O'Neal Jr. and La'Keidra, and five grandchildren - Marcus, Jazmyn, Devan, Aaliyah and Sydney.

February 17, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives

Honoring Ernie Harwelll

It's a rare thing when you get to meet someone who qualifies as a truly great person. It's perhaps rarer still to be in the right place, at the right time, to catch glimpses of small-town America at its best. To bring both of those rarities together in one place and time is a memory you want to hold onto forever.

February 17, 2008 | Nat Harwell | Archives

Reflecting on the weirdest Valentine's Day on record

The flying turkey should've been sufficient warning that I was in for my weirdest Valentine's Day ever.

February 17, 2008 | Kari Apted | Archives

Researching black history

Students in Georgia generally complete their first research project during their fourth grade year, and West Newton Elementary fourth grade teacher Jeannelle Carlisle thought Black History Month posed the perfect opportunity for the research.

February 17, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives

Elderly targeted by scam

An elderly resident got more than just steaks when some suspicious meat sellers came to her door in Newton County's third possible case of home invasion within a week.

February 17, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

Speaking for the trees

Worries the recent drought has wreaked havoc on the health of the county's trees cast a slight pall on Newton County's otherwise cheerful Arbor Day celebration.

February 17, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Two found guilty in Richardson murder

After less than two hours of deliberation on Friday, the jury declared two of the three defendants charged with the shooting death of Rufus Tony Richardson guilty of murder, wrapping up the bizarre, week-long trial.

February 17, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

Holt aims to amend state constitution

State Rep. Doug Holt (R-Covington) has joined with six other representatives to co-sponsor legislation to modify the Georgia Constitution with an amendment which would specify the uses budget surpluses can be put to.

February 17, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Ewing to seek third term as commissioner

Promising to work to preserve Newton County's rural character and to work to secure a stable water supply for the future, Mort Ewing announced he will seek a third term as District 1 commissioner.

February 17, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Making an impact

George Moreland Stamps has worked toward the betterment of Newton County through various civic organizations and government committees since 1986.

February 17, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives

Georgia Perimeter sweeps Lakers

COVINGTON - After a 10-hour drive from Illinois covering over 600 miles, the Lakers of Lake Land College were anything but prepared to play baseball Thursday afternoon against Georgia Perimeter College.

February 17, 2008 | Brian Harper | Archives

Junior's got a new car and something left to prove

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - If sentiment could fuel a race car, Dale Earnhardt Jr. would win the 50th running of The Great American Race by a heartbeat.

February 17, 2008 | Associated Press | Archives

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