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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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Hoops: Rockdale sweeps Alcovy

After huge wins over crosstown rival Eastside on Tuesday, both the Alcovy boys and girls squads were unable to carry the momentum into Friday night's matchup against Rockdale County.

January 20, 2008 | Brian Harper | Archives

Eastside wrestling advances to state finals

MACON - The parents and boosters from Eastside High School were cheering and screaming the loudest at the Macon Coliseum, as their wrestling team made history Friday night.

January 20, 2008 | Eric McDonald | Archives

Manning's success will rely on fellow receivers

By Tom Canavan

January 20, 2008 | Associated Press | Archives

County commissioners push for pay raise

A proposal to raise county commissioner salaries touched off a spirited debate among the commissioners at Tuesday night's Board of Commissioner's meeting with three commissioners coming down hard against the proposed salary increase.

January 18, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


A pillar of the community for many years, Sam B. Hay Jr.'s calm and steady presence on the Board of Education in the 1960s was instrumental in setting the tone for a peaceful integration of the county's school system.

January 18, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

A Clash of beliefs: Christianity, Islam and judgement

I was surfing the internet the other day (something I don't normally do) and was surprised to come across some of my articles posted on a discussion site of another religion.

January 18, 2008 | John Pearrell | Archives

Want to hear a secret?

I don't think I've ever heard of anyone saying "no" to the above question. We like knowing the secrets.

January 18, 2008 | The Rev. Jonathan E. Scharf | Archives

Following Jesus

From the beginning of his ministry, Jesus defined discipleship in terms of following him. The word disciple means student, learner or follower. Simply stated, to be a Christian is to follow Jesus.

January 18, 2008 | The Rev. Wayne Rutherford | Archives

Husband arrested in wife's murder

Only two weeks into the new year and local law enforcement officials are already investigating their second murder after a 43-year-old woman was reportedly shot by her husband early Wednesday morning in her home on Lake Lucinda Drive.

January 18, 2008 | Tyler Smith | Archives

Maddox may not be eligible to run for council seat

Former mayor of Porterdale and current Porterdale Council Post 3 candidate Wayne Maddox may face a challenge to his eligibility to run for city office.

January 18, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Ready to make a new home

Saturday I rode into town in a U-Haul - it's amazing how much stuff one can accumulate in just a few years time - ready to start a new phase in my life in Newton County.

January 18, 2008 | Robby Byrd | Archives

Serving the community

Dear editor: I want to take this opportunity to express my thanks to the citizens who attended the District 4 Town Hall Meeting Jan. 8 at the Historic Courthouse. I heard your voice regarding issues discussed and pledge to continue to represent you and your concerns faithfully as your commissioner. Thank you for allowing me to represent you.

January 18, 2008 | J.C. Henderson | Archives

Big Buddy

The phone rings the other day and on the other end of the line is none other than Big Buddy.

January 18, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Archives

Visiting International Faculty

Donald Dunnigan, Newton County School System associate superintendent for personnel, announced the district's plan to participate in the Visiting International Faculty (VIF) program at Tuesday night's board of education meeting.

January 18, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives

Edward F. Banks

Mr. Edward F. Banks died Jan. 10 at Emory Hospital. The son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Cleo (Lurlene Brown) Banks Sr., he was born in 1944 in Jasper County. Mr. Banks was raised and educated in Newton County and joined Bethel Bara Baptist Church at an early age. He married Bettye J. Elliott. A hard worker, Mr. Banks was employed by Mobil Oil Company for over 28 years as a shift supervisor. After retirement, he worked for the Newton county School System. During his spare time he had a passion for livestock and later formed C&E Farm ...

January 18, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives

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