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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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Lakers better, but Jackson remembers last season

By Brian Mahoney

December 30, 2007 | Associated Press | Archives

Looking back, looking forward

With or without resolutions, this seems to be a good week for reflecting on the past year and giving some thought to the year ahead.

December 28, 2007 | Harris Blackwood | Archives

In search of a father

 Doris Campbell was born in 1931 at her grandparent's rural home in Covington. She was the class president and salutatorian from the last graduating class of Porterdale High School. Born to Harry and Era Mae Peacock Reynolds, she lost her mother at age 11.

December 28, 2007 | Colleen Capes Jackson | Archives

Politics and life

A week from today all the conversation will be, "who won the Iowa Caucus." The year- long national drama will have begun, and soon we will all be hoping that November 5th was already here. This is the seventh presidential election in which I have been old enough to vote. From this basis of experience, I have learned three things: first, the person I like the most will not be the nominee for either party; second, the election will make it clear again how divided our nation is; and third, regardless of who wins, we will still need to go ...

December 28, 2007 | John Donaldson | Archives

Looking ahead at the new year

Well, another year has come and gone. Unbelievable. Alvin Toffler, author of "Future Shock," was right. Time does skip by at an ever accelerating pace. At least that is the perception we have of it. Time itself remains (for the time being) constant. The hours and minutes are not getting faster, rather, our perception of time changes as we get older. Lately I feel like I've been flying the Concorde.

December 28, 2007 | John Pearrell | Archives

This child changes everything!

The child was born to greatness. He was a child who would set up a world wide kingdom of peace for all people, something unlike the world had ever seen. He was a child who was declared by his father to be heir of all his glory; a child who would change the world; a child who would grow to be a man who described his kingdom with the word "Gospel" ("Good News"). This child, of course, was Octavian, adopted son of Julius Caesar - otherwise known as Caesar Augustus. That's whom you would have seen in power on that ...

December 28, 2007 | Pastor Jonathan Scharf | Archives

"God With Us"

One of the names given to Christ in Scripture is "Emmanuel." Hundreds of years before the birth of Christ, Isaiah prophesied: "Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: the virgin shall be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call Him Emmanuel" (Isaiah 7:14, NIV).

December 28, 2007 | The Rev. Wayne Rutherford | Archives

Adelaide Gaither Banks

December 28, 2007 | Staff Reports | Archives

Zelma Mann Cowan

Mrs. Zelma Mann Cowan, 87, of Oxford, died Dec. 22. She was the widow of Edward F. Cowan. Mrs. Cowan was a lifelong resident of Newton County, was raised in the Starrsville community and attended the one-room schoolhouse at Starrsville. She was a member of Mt. Tabor United Methodist Church. In early years, she did volunteer work through the American Cancer Society and was a 4-H Club volunteer and was very active in the Flint Hill Home Demonstration Club. She and her husband worked side by side on their cattle and hay farm in Oxford. She was preceded in death ...

December 28, 2007 | Staff Reports | Archives

Sara Mathdile Cannon Dobbs

Mrs. Sara Mathdile Cannon Dobbs, 90, of Covington, passed away Dec. 23 at Healthfield Hospice. The daughter of the late Annie M. and William A. Cannon, she was born in Washington County. She was preceded in death by husband Chester Lee Dobbs in 1969 and son Charles Raymond Dobbs in 2000. Known as grandma and Aunt Mathdile, she enjoyed cooking and needlework.

December 28, 2007 | Staff Reports | Archives

William Nathan Driver

Mr. William Nathan Driver, 48, of Conyers, died Dec. 24. The son of Mr. Hubert Driver and Mrs. Irene Gunn Driver, he was born in 1959 in Newton County. He worked for Pratt Displays as a press helper. He was preceded in death by father Mr. Hubert Driver and brothers Leon and George Driver.

December 28, 2007 | Staff Reports | Archives

Randy Fincher

Randy Fincher, 58, of Oxford, died Dec. 23. The son of the late Morris B. Fincher, he was a native of Newton County. He was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather and enjoyed spending time with friends, hunting, fishing and the Georgia Bulldogs.

December 28, 2007 | Staff Reports | Archives

Lillie Alberta Ashby Hale

Mrs. Lillie Alberta Ashby Hale died Dec. 24. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.C. (Lillie) Ashby, she was born in 1944 in Newton County. Mrs. Hale, known as "Rabbit' to her brother Leon, was a graduate of Rockdale County School. She married Mr. Harry Lee Hale in 1990. Mrs. Hale was a member of Victory Tabernacle Church for more than 25 years and retired from the city of Conyers when she married.

December 28, 2007 | Staff Reports | Archives

Charlotte L. Hicks

Charlotte L. Hicks, 60, of Conyers, died Dec. 25 at Rockdale Medical Center. The daughter of the late Cordelia Brooks Adkins, she was a member of New Life Baptist Church. Mrs. Hicks enjoyed crafts, yard work - especially flower gardening, hunting and fishing. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Mrs. Hicks was preceded in death by sisters Cathy Hoop and Betty Sue Grant.

December 28, 2007 | Staff Reports | Archives

Harley Wayne Skidmore

Harley Wayne Skidmore, 63, of Monticello, died Dec. 25. The son of the late Noah and Julie Bishop Skidmore, he was born in Harlan County, Ky. He was a self-employed sheet rock contractor. Mr. Skidmore loved playing the guitar and spending time with his children and grandchildren.

December 28, 2007 | Staff Reports | Archives

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