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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

Bizzy Bee Exterminators acquires ace exterminating company

A Newton County family-owned business has now expanded its reach to include Gwinnett County after merging with another family-owned business.

April 15, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Mrs. Deborah Corley

Deborah Corley Taylor, of Covington, passed away April 14, 2014, at the age of 56. She enjoyed attending her sons' sporting events and reading, but most of all she loved spending time with her adored grandchildren. She was a devoted employee of Gene Hyde Trucking for many years.

April 15, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

Legals for 4/16/2014

April 15, 2014 | Staff Report | LEGALS

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Abortion and heart

On Jan. 22, 1973, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Roe in Roe V Wade, recognized a constitutional right to privacy and legalizing abortion in the United States.

January 25, 2008 | John Donaldson | Archives

Family's time of need

Dear Editor: I wanted to write and tell you of our experience with Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home in Covington when my mother passed away on Dec. 23, 2007. To lose a loved one is difficult but to lose one at Christmas is even more difficult. I took my mother to Caldwell & Cowan to preplan her funeral a year ago, and we immediately knew that we wanted to work with their staff. They were honest and their prices were fair and competitive. Owner Judson Caldwell gave us his undivided attention and spent a great deal of time with us in selecting ...

January 25, 2008 | Shiree Goss and Family | Archives

False judgement

In my last article I tackled the difficult but important subject of making judgments. Many people today want to argue that you should never make a judgment about anything (they have already made their judgment on that issue). Many times people will bolster their arguments by appealing to Matthew 7:1-2, "Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you." "See," they argue, "Jesus said it is wrong to judge."

January 25, 2008 | John Pearrell | Archives

Who is Jesus?

At the heart of the Christian faith is a central personality, Jesus, who said: "I am the way, the truth, and the life" (John 14:6). Without Christ there is no Christian faith. Without Christ, there is no possibility of hope, salvation or eternal life.

January 25, 2008 | The Rev. Wayne Rutherford | Archives

Oxford remembers MLK

January 25, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives

Every Life For Christ

Psalm 34 says, "Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart." There are plenty more passages like that one. But here's the thing. Has it ever felt like you aren't getting the desires of your heart?

January 25, 2008 | Pastor Jonathan Scharf | Archives

Rethinking liquor laws

The city of Covington has responded to complaints from members of the community that its existing alcohol ordinance is too cumbersome and confusing by beginning the process of re-writing the entire ordinance.

January 25, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

J. Tyrone (Ty) Gibson

J. Tyrone (Ty) Gibson, Ph.D., one of Auburn's leading business leaders, passed away on January 22 after a brief illness. He was born on 1943 in Albany and was raised on a peanut farm in Vada. As a teenager, he worked as a laborer on farms in the Hopeful and Dellwood communities cropping tobacco, hoeing peanuts, "sacking" peanuts, picking cotton and raising hogs, working from sunup to sundown in June, about 14 hours, to earn $5 a day.

January 25, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives

Local couple found dead in home

Twenty-two days into 2008 and the Newton County Sheriff's Office is already investigating their third homicide after a couple was reportedly found murdered Tuesday night.

January 25, 2008 | Tyler Smith | Archives

Ferlandria "Shay" Harris

Miss Ferlandria "Shay" Harris died Jan. 10 at Children's Hospital of Atlanta at Egleston. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry (Angelique) Wade, she was born in 1991 in Rockdale County.

January 25, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives

Arthur Vason Sr.

Mr. Arthur Vason Sr. "Pap" died Jan. 14 at Newton Medical Center. The son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Shedrick (Emma Banks) Vason, he was born in 1928 in Jasper County, the youngest of six children. He was preceded in death by brothers Charlie L. Vason and Albert Vason; sisters Irene Vason, Delthia Deer and Ellen Heard; daughter Kathy Maude Woods; and granddaughter Letice Vason. Mr. Vason was raised and educated in Newton County and joined Pleasant View Baptist Church at an early age and becoming an active and devoted and member. His commitment and love for his church ...

January 25, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

How safe are our schools?

Newton High School student Sarah Lanners thought the ceiling of the school was crumbling on the morning of Jan. 16.

January 25, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives

Planning commission approves the 2008 Comprehensive Plan

The Newton County Planning Commission approved the adoption of the 2008 Comprehensive Plan during the Tuesday night meeting. The plan will go before the Board of Commissioners for approval in February.

January 25, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Student allegedly tries to stab teacher

A 16-year-old student was suspended from Mainstay Academy, previously called CrossRoads (Psychoeducational) Center on Tuesday after he reportedly tried to stab a teacher in the stomach with a pocket knife.

January 25, 2008 | Tyler Smith | Archives

Hoops: Rockdale Co. at Eastside

Entering Tuesday, the Eastside boys and girls varsity basketball teams looked to put and end to their losing streak as Rockdale came to town.

January 25, 2008 | Brian Harper | Archives

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