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3 blood drives remain through August

The Red Cross is continuing to ask for blood, with three more blood drives in Newton County through the end of August.

August 21, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Williams proves nothing is impossible

Tichelle Florence is a walking, talking miracle - emphasis on walking.

August 19, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


CAEC donates backpacks to Middle Ridge

The stuffed backpacks keep rolling in, with or without accessorized wheels.

August 19, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Douglas: abandon 2050 Plan

At Tuesday's Board of Commissioners work session, commissioner John Douglas called for the abandonment of the 2050 Plan.

August 19, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Hospital evacuated due to faulty AC unit

A faulty air handling unit filled with smoke and caused the evacuation of Newton Medical Center's emergency room Sunday evening.

August 17, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mr. Walter Richard (Rick) Almand

Born on June 26, 1951, Walter Richard (Rick) Almand passed away August 15, 2014. He is survived by his wife Miriam Hamby Almand; children Bryan Owenby and Rachel Almand Wimbush; grandchildren Leanne Brown, Bryanna Owenby, Ashley McKibben, Keeley Owenby, Jordan McKibben, Erica Owenby and Alexis Almand and great-grand daughter rAaliyah Lumpkin. A memorial service will be held on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014 at Faith Baptist Church in Monroe at 7 p.m.

August 16, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Hugh Newsome

Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home

August 16, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Terry McWaters

Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home

August 16, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Darnell (Debo) Gillam

Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home

August 16, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


A muddy good time

Local runners, mudders and thrill-seekers from around the Peach State braved the summer heat in the dirtiest of ways Saturday, August 16 at the 2014 Rugged Maniac 5K Obstacle Race made its way to the Georgia International Horse Park

August 16, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Piedmont Academy welcomes new students

The 2014-2015 school year opened at Piedmont Academy Monday, August 11, and 39 new students walked the halls for the first time, bringing the school's total enrollment to 295. There are 108 students in grades K4 through fifth, 69 students in middle school and 118 students in high school.

August 16, 2014 | Staff Report | Education


Student volunteerism can have a positive impact ... and help pay for college

Volunteerism can help young people grow into well-rounded, responsible individuals. When volunteering, kids can learn new skills, foster new friendships and contacts, and improve both their social and interpersonal skills. In addition, a 2011 study from researchers at the Stony Brook University School of Medicine found that people are generally happier and healthier when giving back to their communities. The study even recommended that health care professionals recommend volunteering to patients 12 and older, with the belief that helping others provides significant health benefits, including allowing volunteers to escape their stress and anxiety. And, there could even be a few ...

August 16, 2014 | Staff Report | Education


6 tips for the upcoming hunting season

Hunting is a popular hobby and sport enjoyed by millions of people across North America. Over the last 10 years, data from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service indicates that more and more females are taking up hunting.

August 16, 2014 | Staff Report | LIFE


Heartland Woman’s Club honored as the oldest club

The Heartland Woman's Club will hold a reception Oct. 5 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Woman's Club Building honoring The Covington Woman's Club for being recognized as the oldest club in the Georgia Federation of Women's Clubs.

August 16, 2014 | Staff Report | LIFE


5 ways college students can eat healthy

If asked to reflect on their college years, many graduates likely would not recall healthy eating habits. College students are often pressed for time and short on funds, so a nutritious diet is often sacrificed for the sake of convenience and cost.

August 16, 2014 | Staff Report | Education


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Lee A. Demerski

Lee A. Demerski, 83, of Covington, died March 17 after an extended illness. The daughter of the late Victor and Louise Sinico, Mrs. Demerski was born in Springfield, Mass. She attended West Springfield High School and graduated from Springfield Technical Community College as a licensed practical nurse. In 1979 she moved to Hollywood, Fla., and then to Covington in 1998.

March 21, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Called to service at Pleasantview

 Minister Tammy Russell is the president of the welcome ministry at Pleasantview Baptist Church located at 302 Fincher Road in Covington.  

March 21, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Billy Garrett

Mr. Billy Garrett, 70, of McDonough, died March 19. He was born in Rockdale County in 1937. He was a member of Snapping Shoals United Methodist Church and served on the Ola City Council. The Ola City Council met with him every afternoon behind his home under the book oak tree where they sat and enjoyed each other's company. He is preceded in death by his parents.

March 21, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Angela Budd Slaughter

Angela Budd Slaughter, 41, of Danville, Va., died March 18 at her residence. Born in 1966 in Danville, she was the daughter of Robert Budd Jr. and Sheron Wann Lipford. She was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church and attended Third Avenue Congregational Christian Church. She was a member of the athletic booster club at Tunstall High School and attended Danville Community College. She was a sales representative with McCain Printing and was married to Tony Edward Slaughter.

March 21, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Elaine Kay

Elaine Kay, 49, of Oxford, died March 16. Mrs. Kay attended Oxford Baptist Church and was employed by Shurett Dental Group as an insurance administrator and enjoyed camping, flower gardening and spending time with her friends and family.

March 19, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Finding a balance

Felicia Bailey, third grade teacher at West Newton Elementary School, has enjoyed working with children since she first worked in the nursery at her home church.

March 19, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives


Annie Mae Batchelor Kennedy

Annie Mae Batchelor Kennedy, 77, of Covington, formerly of Shady Dale, died March 14 at Abbey Hospice, Social Circle. She was a lifelong resident of Jasper County and moved to Covington two years ago for health reasons. She was the daughter of the late Cordy James Batchelor and Annie Pearl Callaway Batchelor and was a member of Providence Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by husband Marvin Moye Kennedy.

March 19, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Oklahoma!

A trip to the pioneering days of the old west, a love story and tons of music all rolled into a couple of hours at the theater - that's Oklahoma!

March 19, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives


James (Jimmy) Jones Sr.

James (Jimmy) L. Jones Sr., of Oxford, died March 16. Son of the late James Thomas and Nina Mae Moate Jones, he was a self-employed commercial and residential electrician and was a licensed minister and ordained deacon at Walnut Grove Baptist Church, where he enjoyed cooking for the annual barbecue and preparing the church communion any time it was needed. Mr. Jones was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend and will be missed by many.

March 19, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Emory "Spunk" Simmons

Mr. Emory "Spunk" Simmons died March 9. The son of Mrs. Geneva Nell (Jessie) Sims and the late Mr. Emory "Wee" Simmons, he was born in 1951. He served in the United States military. He was preceded in death by his father and two brothers.

March 19, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Shirley Ann Wilson

Shirley Ann Wilson, 56, of Jesup, died March 17 at her residence. The Fulton County native had lived in Wayne County for the past four years.

March 19, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Enjoy a girly spa experience

Are you at a loss for what to do with your daughter who alternately fancies herself a princess, rock star, actress and fashion designer? Then look no further than Spa Destiny which exists to cater to your little girl's every feminine whim.

March 19, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Georgia Wrath wins third straight baseball tourney

CONYERS - The Georgia Wrath won the King of the Diamond tournament last weekend in Rockdale County, giving the local travel baseball team from Social Circle yet another victory.

March 19, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives


Eastside's Smith signs with Bears to play soccer

If Braden Smith isn't the definition of a team player, it would be hard pressed to find one who is.

March 19, 2008 | Jason Murdock | Archives


Black Watch youth wrestling fares well at state

FAYETTEVILLE - Black Watch Wrestling, a first-year youth wrestling team from Covington, competed at the Big Kids State Tournament (12 and under, 14 and under) Saturday at Whitewater High School.

March 19, 2008 | Alan Howard | Archives


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