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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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William Pancratins Ray II

William Pancratins Ray II, 71, died on Jan. 25 after a battle with cancer. He was born in New Haven, Ky. and moved to Conyers in 1944, when his father, James Leslie Ray, came here to supervise the construction of The Monastery of the Holy Ghost. Mr. Ray attended Conyers High School and graduated in 1954.

January 27, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives

Unpaid debts raise doubts about Maddox

While Porterdale's elections superintendent has confirmed city council candidate Wayne Maddox's eligibility to run for office, questions remain on whether Maddox would be able to take the city's Oath of Office if elected.

January 27, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Local senior bound for West Point

A couple of weeks ago, Alcovy High School senior Jeffrey Hexom went to his mailbox and found a letter from the United States Military Academy at West Point inside.

January 27, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives

Morgan Dani Reed

Morgan Dani Reed, daughter of Sonya and Pete Reed, celebrated her first birthday Jan. 10. Maternal grandparents are Linda Anderson and Alge Brown.

January 27, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives

Maya Lidia Puga

Heather and Octavio Puga announce the birth of their daughter Maya Lidia Puga on Jan. 9 at Rockdale Medical Center. She weighed 7 pounds and 3 ounces and was 19.5 inches long.

January 27, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives

A penny saved ...

Penny Rhinehart, vice president of Bank of North Georgia and Newton Plaza branch banking office manager, wants to teach children the old adage, "a penny saved, is a penny earned."

January 27, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives

Leaving old houses and neighbors behind with a move

I didn't believe it would work out this well, but it has. We've managed to rent our old house to a family member until the market improves enough for us to sell. My son Zach prayed for someone he knew to move there so he could come back and play again. I told him that wasn't likely to happen, but now I'm happily eating my words - and marveling anew at the power of a trusting child's prayer.

January 27, 2008 | Kari Apted | Archives

Murder a week marks 2008

Just 22 days into the new year and we've already recorded four homicides in Newton County - what a staggering statistic.

January 27, 2008 | Robby Byrd | Archives

Additional school funding needed in county

This the second of a two-part commentary from reporter Jenny Thompson on education in Newton County

January 27, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives

The more things change ...

Those of you who know me know of my affection for 17th century French philosopher, mathematician and scientist Blaise Pascal. But today a quote from a 19th century French novelist, Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr, comes to mind.

January 27, 2008 | Nat Harwell | Archives

More to the aging mind than decline

It is true that age slows mental processing as well as working memory. The everyday recall we take for granted when we make coffee (how many scoops did I put in the pot?), set our keys down (where the heck are those suckers - I always put them here) or park the car (which row? What garage deck? Was it stolen?) to go to an event or shop are common frustrations that lead to loss of confidence and the rising fear that Alzheimer's awaits. It's also a fact of life that older brains take longer to learn new things ...

January 27, 2008 | Peggy Nolen | Archives


Lee and Pat Nelson of Covington announce the engagement of their daughter Crystal Leigh Nelson-Jenkins to Doug Halstead, son of James and Elizabeth Miller of Covington.

January 27, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives


Paul and Alicia Senn of Oxford announce the engagement of their daughter Samantha Elyse Senn of Griffin to Christopher Myles Lunsford of Griffin, son of Pam Duffey of Smyrna and State Representative John and Tina Lunsford of McDonough.

January 27, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives

Pride in the past

Volunteers from a multitude of backgrounds descended upon the Graves Chapel Cemetery on Monday to give the historic landmark a much needed facelift.

January 27, 2008 | Tyler Smith | Archives

New clues emerge in double murder

The Newton County Sheriff's Office continues to investigate the double murder of a young couple as new information concerning the case continues to emerge.

January 27, 2008 | Tyler Smith | Archives

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