Covington has a problem. And a cure.
J.C. "Shep" Shepard Jr., 89, of Social Circle, passed to be with his beloved wife of 50 years Elizabeth "Liz" Clay Shepard on August 25, 2014. Born December 20, 1924, he was the son of the late James Curtis Shepard and Jessie V. Shepard Studdard. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Bill Shepard.
Louise Thomason of Covington, passed away Aug. 24, 2014, at the age of 84. Ms. Thomason was an active member of New Life Praise Center, in Covington, and was a dedicated employee of Lithonia Lighting for 38 years. Following her work at Lithonia Lighting, she dedicated herself to caring for handicapped children. Ms. Thomason was a giving lady, and constantly gave of her time to help those less fortunate. She was loved and will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Preceding her in death was her brother, Thomas McCord.
Mrs. Rita Ward White, age 90, of Oxford, passed away Monday, Aug. 25, at her home. Mrs. White was born Oct. 18, 1923, in Statesboro, Georgia, and was the eldest daughter of Robert Lee and Florence Hendrix Ward. She grew up in a farming family in Bulloch County, Georgia, and was a graduate of Nevils High School. In 1943, she married her husband of 56 years, Darvin White. When Mr. White began working for Independent Life and Accident Insurance Company, they moved to Newton County and settled in Oxford, Georgia. While her children were very young, Mrs. White was a ...
Tim Schmitt has been hired as the Newton County School System's new Career, Technical and Agricultural Education Coordinator.
Mrs. Bonnie M. Tingler, of Covington, passed away Friday, August 22, 2014, at the age of 87. She was born in Ronceverte, West Virginia to the late Russell and Emma M. Morgan. Mrs. Tingler was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Covington and was an avid BINGO player at the Covington ELKS Club and Conyers American Legion. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arnold Tingler.
Two Rockdale County citizens are in custody and facing felony charges after being linked to a drug-related investigation that involved narcotics being transported into a state prison.
Two Porterdale students attending the Newton County Career Academy will each receive $1,000 for their education beyond high school, thanks to the joint efforts of CARE, Shane Millwood, Josh Millwood, Li'l Bit Country Band, and the Lundsford Family.
Newton County Fire Chief Kevin O'Brien, like all firefighters, justly advocates for public CPR training.
The Center for Community Preservation and Planning, commonly referred to as the Center, is a non-governmental organization which came into being shortly after the turn of the century. It was originally funded by a local private non-profit foundation, which also owned a large tract of land in what is generally referred to as the Brick Store Community at Ga. 11 and Hwy. 278.
Georgia Farm Bureau (GFB) members who grow Bermuda grass hay are encouraged to enter the GFB 2014 Quality Hay Contest. Hay entered in the contest will be tested at the University of Georgia Testing Lab using the Relative Forage Quality (RFQ) Test, which predicts fiber digestibility and likely animal intake of hay.
Patsy Harris of Morgan County has her campaign for Georgia House District 112 in full swing, now that her opponent in the November general election has been chosen by the Republican Party run-off.
Marlene "Polly" Hicks Carswell, age 79, of Lilburn, passed away Wednesday August 20, 2014. Born in Stone Mountain on October 29, 1934 she was a graduate of Stone Mountain High School. She retired from Lilburn Middle School as the lunchroom manager in December 1994. She obtained a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Certificate from the University of Georgia and was a member of Mountain Park Baptist Church in Lilburn since 1962.
We believe Tuesday's Board of Commissioners meeting was the most critical in recent memory, and we applaud the commissioners for their efforts.
By Eric R. Wallace
COVINGTON - On Monday night the Eastside High girls soccer team gathered to play one last home game against the crosstown rival Newton Lady Rams.
Dressed in homespun woolen uniforms 20 men sauntered downfield to challenge members of Sherman's Union Army, intent on taking the field in their quest to reach the Gaithers plantation house.
Rickey Hutchins, 46, and Tonya Bundrant, 45, both of Snellville, were arrested March 25 after Newton County Sherriff's Deputies discovered them taking household fixtures and copper wire out of a vacant house on Ga. Highway 11, according to an NCSO incident report.
Ms. Randi Bridges, 44, of Oxford, died peacefully at her home March 28. She was born in Fulton County and attended Mount Paran Church of God, Atlanta. She enjoyed boating and power walking and loved spending time with her friends, family and, especially, her animals.
Bonnie Elizabeth Knight Cobb, 58, died March 24. The daughter of the late James and Betty Knight, she was born in Newton County and enjoyed singing and acting.
Mrs. Betty Mathis, 72, died at her home March 28. She moved to Monroe two years ago after living in Conyers many years. Mrs. Mathis was a member of the First Baptist Church of Social Circle and was a former longtime member of Zion Baptist Church in Covington. She was a member of the Southern Baptist Convention's Disaster Relief Team, a Red Cross volunteer and an avid gardener. She was previously employed by Bio Lab in Conyers as a shipping manager.
Mr. Omra L. Kitchens, 90, of Covington, died March 28. Mr. Kitchens, son of the late Andrew and Minnie Parker Kitchens, was born July 1, 1917 in Newton County. He was of the Baptist faith and was a lifelong resident in Newton County.
Mrs. Tommie Lou Lewis, 81, of Conyers and formerly Atlanta, died March 28. The daughter of the late Merce Marrow and Martha Lucille Nalley Smith, she was born August 23, 1926 in Carroll County. Mrs. Lewis worked for Arrow Shirt Company for many years, was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Atlanta and was a devoted Braves fan.
Mrs. Louise Shupe, 97, of Conyers, died March 29. She was a member of Salem United Methodist Church and the Otis Nixon Sunday school class. Mrs. Shupe retired from the U.S. Government Quartermasters after 30 years of employment. She loved to travel and made many picture albums. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence O. Shupe, parents, Thomas Conner and Vashti Mehetttibell Parker and sister, Vashti Skinner.
By Eric R. Wallace
CONYERS - The Eastside High baseball team was expecting big things Friday evening at Danny Blue Field, such as an upset over number one seeded Heritage.