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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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Laodicea: then and now

Through the Apostle John, Christ sent seven letters to seven churches in Asia Minor. Laodicea was the last letter, and it is recorded in Revelation, chapter 3, verses 14-22.

December 14, 2007 | The Rev. Wayne Rutherford | Archives

Middle school wrestling teams show promise in annual tourney

Last Saturday was the 7th Annual Wolverine Invitational Middle School Wrestling Tournament hosted by Clements Middle School.

December 14, 2007 | Alan Howard | Archives

Loganville takes two from Eastside in region play

The Eastside boys and girls varsity basketball teams were each handed a region loss Tuesday night, as the Loganville Red Devils entered the Nest Eastside and snatched a pair against the host Eagles.

December 14, 2007 | Ryan Zontek | Archives

Athlete of the Week

Liz Stillerman is not your typical teenager, but that's exactly what makes her unique and special. In fact, it's the reasoning behind this feature that it makes it so appeasing.

December 14, 2007 | Jason Murdock | Archives

Jimmy Neal Hester

Jimmy Neal Hester, 60, of Social Circle, died Dec. 11. The son of the late Jimmy Neal Hester Sr., he was co-owner of J&J Carpentry in Social Circle, a former law enforcement officer for the city of Covington and Jasper and attended Harvest Baptist Church in Monroe. Mr. Hester was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving two years in Germany. He was a very hard worker, an avid sportsman enjoying deer and rabbit hunting and was a very good cook in the kitchen and on an outdoor grill. He was preceded in death by his sister Patricia ...

December 14, 2007 | Staff Reports | Archives

Janice McClung Fersh

Mrs. Janice McClung Fersh, 61, of Lithonia, died of cancer Dec. 7 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Atlanta. The daughter of the late Alton and Sarah (Burnett) McClung, she was born in 1946 in Atlanta. She was a graduate of Forest Park High School and the University of Georgia. She was an active member of the high school band and the Dixie Redocat Band. She continued her love of music as a member of the Covington-Conyers Community Orchestra and the St. Pius X church choir and brass ensemble. Mrs. Fersh loved animals and shared her home with her "purrherd ...

December 14, 2007 | Staff Reports | Archives

Alcovy at Newton Preview

On Saturday the Newton Rams will welcome the neighboring Alcovy Tigers in non-region play on the basketball court. Although the game shares no impact regarding region standings, there will be a lot at stake on the hardwood. Both the boys and girls teams have much to play for: pride.

December 14, 2007 | Jason Murdock | Archives

Ricky Lynn Phelps

Ricky Lynn Phelps, 47, of Covington, died Dec. 10. He was born in 1960 in Newton County, where he lived all his life. Mr. Phelps attended Rainbow Ministries in Porterdale and worked with Pastor Clara Lett. He enjoyed playing horseshoes and fishing.

December 14, 2007 | Staff Reports | Archives

Change of tactics in war on drugs

 More than three decades after then President Richard Nixon announced the U.S. was fighting a war on drugs, the battle may finally be over with America on the losing side.

December 14, 2007 | Tyler Smith | Archives

Ramsey, Tingler honored

Covington Mayor Sam Ramsey and Councilman Roger Tingler were honored for their combined 55 years of public service at a retirement party Thursday evening.

December 14, 2007 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Judge rules in impact fee lawsuit

 A two-year battle over the constitutionality of Newton County's impact fee ordinance concluded Monday when Newton County Superior Court Judge Horace Johnson Jr. found in favor of the county.

December 14, 2007 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Local laundry mat robbed at gunpoint

The Faith Coin Laundry was robbed at gunpoint Wednesday, the second robbery in three days in Covington.

December 14, 2007 | Tyler Smith | Archives

Legislators express concerns to BOE

Representatives of Newton County in the Georgia General Assembly attended the Newton County Board of Education meeting Tuesday night to hear what board members felt were the most pressing legislative issues regarding education in the state next year.

December 14, 2007 | Jennifer Long | Archives

Horoscope warns of nudity

Many people believe in horoscopes and that astrology controls their fate.

December 12, 2007 | Len Robbins | Archives

Quite a character

Marjorie Morgan attended the University of Georgia intending to study veterinary medicine.

December 12, 2007 | Jennifer Long | Archives

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