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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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Falcons new GM plans to follow New England model

By Paul Newberry

January 16, 2008 | Associated Press | Archives

Newton swept at Stephenson

LITHONIA - Friday night proved to be a rough evening for the Newton varsity basketball squads, as both the girls and boys teams would each drop a decision to Stephenson in region action.

January 13, 2008 | Bill Dolan | Archives

Newton Recreation accepting ads

The Newton County Recreation Commission is offering a unique opportunity to advertise in the form of a 4 feet by 8 feet ball field fence sign to be located at Turner Lake Complex, City Pond Complex and/or Stone Road Complex.

January 13, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives

The phrase is student-athlete, not the other way around

I love commencement exercises. I love to witness graduates - wearing their cap and gowns with the tassel up top - flying freely about in the air.

January 13, 2008 | Eric McDonald | Archives

Bad day: Hawks lose a win, then lose the game

By Paul Newberry

January 13, 2008 | Associated Press | Archives

Enjoying wedding bliss

Ah, the joys of married life. Pure bliss, is it not? It's kind of like visualizing a crystal clear lake as a new day dawns, with nary a ripple on the mirror-like surface. Tranquility and unruffled calm abounds.

January 13, 2008 | Nat Harwell | Archives

Hurst pleads guilty in gas station murder

In a surprise turn of events, the man accused of murdering a gas station owner in August 2007 pleaded guilty Thursday and was sentenced to life in prison plus an additional five years.

January 13, 2008 | Tyler Smith | Archives

Chamber of commerce hosting annual meeting at Charlie Elliott Center

It's not too late to buy your tickets for The Covington/Newton County Chamber of Commerce's Annual Meeting this Thursday evening at Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center.

January 13, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Class of '57

After meeting only twice in the 50 years since their graduation, the Newton High School class of 1957 decided regular get-togethers were in order. So those class members still living in the area made the promise to meet once a season for a nice breakfast.

January 13, 2008 | Tyler Smith | Archives

Search and rescue

A small group of search and rescuers clustered together on a hilltop at the FFA-FCCLA Center preparing for the thunderous roar of the approaching helicopter.

January 13, 2008 | Tyler Smith | Archives

Watterson enters Newton County sheriff's race

Newton County Sheriff's Office Lt. Bill Watterson is officially pursuing his lifelong dream after announcing Friday afternoon that he intends to run for the position of Newton County's next sheriff.

January 13, 2008 | Tyler Smith | Archives

From computer science to improv

 After a day of lecturing on the dry subject of computer science at Georgia Tech, Bill Leahy goes a step further than the typical Atlanta commuter in his quest to unwind.  

January 13, 2008 | Ben Watt | Archives

Husband, wife preach the word

Established in 1824, the Porterdale Baptist Church began outside the village across Ga. Highway 81 from the Baptist Cemetery. Noah Phillips donated land to the church with the understanding that if it ceased to be a church, it would revert back to the Phillips family. When the Porterdale Mills were established, the church moved to the village and the property went back to the Phillips family.

January 11, 2008 | Colleen Capes Jackson | Archives

Grieving for Meredith Emerson

The New Year has begun with tears in Georgia. Every day we have heard updates on the missing hiker, Meredith Emerson. The news has gone from bad to horrible. January 1, Meredith Emerson, a 24 year old from Buford, and her dog Ella are last seen hiking on a trail near Vogel State Park. January 2, Emerson's car, water bottle and dog leash are found. January 3, despite bitter cold, nearly 100 police and volunteers search the mountains for Emerson. Gary Hilton, who had been seen hiking in the area, is named as a "person of interest." January 4 ...

January 11, 2008 | John Donaldson | Archives

Facing loneliness

In the Broadway spoof "Spamalot" there is a poignant scene where King Arthur is lamenting his plight and feeling isolated and alone. During this dark moment his knights rejoin him and sing, "He's all alone, apart from us" to which Arthur then picks up and sings, "Each one of us is all alone. So what are we to do in order to get through? We must be lonely side by side, it's the perfect way to hide."

January 11, 2008 | John Pearrell | Archives

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