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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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Collegiate baseball comes to Covington

As winter begins to fade and the spring months come to Covington this year, the change in scenery is not alone.

February 01, 2008 | Brian Harper | Archives

The word works

Living and working as pastor on the island of Antigua in the Caribbean has all perks that you might expect. My house on a hill has a sweeping view of the Caribbean out the back and a beautiful view of the island out the front.

February 01, 2008 | Missionary Andrew Johnston | Archives

Ron Bradley's still got it after all these years

One might think after nearly a half-century in the same profession, the enthusiasm meter might dip just a little bit. The infectious smile might fade slightly. The all-encompassing welcome might not be as hearty as once before. But then again, one might not know Ron Bradley.

February 01, 2008 | Bud L. Ellis | Archives

Unique spot in Sunshine State

What does a Florida State Trooper and a mermaid have in common? Later this year, they will both be government employees of the Sunshine State.

February 01, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Archives

Hoops: Eastside at Alcovy Preview

One thing will be certain after tonight when Eastside travels to neighboring Alcovy: It should be one heck of a boys basketball game.

February 01, 2008 | Jason Murdock | Archives

Senior tax referendum

Dear editor: Newton County voters - including homeowners over 65 with "adjusted" incomes not exceeding $25,000 - should vote "NO" Feb. 5 on the referendum allowing an increased homestead exemption of up to $30,000 on the assessed evaluation of a home. This exemption would apply to school taxes only.

February 01, 2008 | Eva Sitton | Archives

Hoops: Alcovy hoopsters split with Salem

By Josh Briggs

February 01, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Panthers win wrestling duals

The Indian Creek Middle School wrestling squad won the New Rock League Championship on Saturday at home.

February 01, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives

Housing tops discussion at Porterdale Candidate Forum

The dilemma of how to address dilapidated housing dominated questions from audience members at Tuesday night's Porterdale Candidate Forum.

February 01, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Stephanie Lightsey, eighth grade student at Clements Middle School, probably doesn't have to worry much with running spell check.

February 01, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives

New details emerge in double homicide

New details of last week's double murder of a young couple have surfaced as the Newton County Sheriff's Office continues its investigation of the case.

February 01, 2008 | Tyler Smith | Archives

Mayor meets with Perdue and GDOT

After meetings with Gov. Sonny Perdue and the Georgia Department of Transportation Commissioner last week, Mayor Kim Carter is optimistic the two officials will keep Covington in mind when they are considering future projects.

February 01, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Crotts sets sights on Douglas' Senate seat

After he was found ineligible to run for State Senate in 2006, former State Senator Mike Crotts moved to Covington where he announced on Thursday that he will again challenge Sen. John Douglas for the Republican Party nomination.

February 01, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Southern iconography

The Arts Association in Newton County and Oxford College of Emory University will present a month-long art exhibit "Southern Iconography in Printmaking, Return of the Wanderer" Feb. 8 through Feb. 29 at Oxford's Candler Student Center.

January 30, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives

Live it up for a good cause - Monte Carlo style

If you haven't already purchased your tickets to Southern Heartland Arts Inc.'s Monte Carlo for the Arts Night you have just three more days to do so. The last day to purchase tickets is Friday.

January 30, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

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