The Porterdale City Council selected an architect at Monday's monthly meeting to begin preliminary stages for the first phase of the reconstruction of the Porterdale Gym, which burned in 2005. But the decision to choose the architect didn't come easily.
Oxford resident Pamela Wheeler ran the Peachtree Road Race on Friday before her family traveled to Gulf Shores, Ala. to visit her in-laws. On Saturday, the family returned from vacation prematurely to find a large sweet gum tree inside their master bedroom.
DeKalb Technical College announced Tuesday it was chosen to participate in a pilot program to train law enforcement while granting college credit, set to begin January 2009, that would turn the Covington campus into a regional law enforcement training center for the metro-Atlanta area.
Mr. Ernest Reba Ozburn, 77, of Porterdale, died July 5. The son of the late Thomas and Lottie Aaron Hamby Ozburn, he was born in 1931 in Newborn County. Mr. Ozburn was a lifelong resident of Newton County and member of Julia A. Porter United Methodist Church, Porterdale. He worked for Guardian Automotive and Covington Molding and worked as a milkman delivering milk throughout Newton County.
Mrs. Doris Rozier, 86, of Newborn, died July 6. The daughter of the late Lloyd E. and Mary Kelly Pritchard, she was born in 1922 in Jasper County. She was a member of Newborn United Methodist Church where she was a longtime children's Sunday school teacher. Mrs. Rozier was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother. She was preceded in death by husband of 59 years Mr. J. Burnett Rozier.
Buster Shope, 37, of Newborn, died July 5. Mr. Shope worked in his family-owned business, Midtown Hauling and Equipment, as a heavy equipment operator. He was of the Christian faith, enjoyed fishing and water sports and loved people and his family. Mr. Shope was preceded in death by his mother Robbie Lee Bagwell Shope.
Every year around this time, as the warm, humid breath of summer fills the lungs and katydids emerge with their droning songs, Suzanne Lindsey picks up a broom and a mop and heads toward her family's "tent" on the historic Salem camp ground.
Joseph Oscar Hunt Jr., 74, of Covington died July 7 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Atlanta. Born on Jan. 23, 1934 in Athens, he was the son of the late Joseph Oscar Hunt Sr. and Vadie Wall Hunt. Mr. Hunt was a veteran of the U.S. Army, was a retired supervisor from Sears, and was a member of Walnut Grove United Methodist Church. He was a volunteer fireman for the City of Covington for more than 25 years and coached and umpired little league games for many years.
Though "Kit Kittredge: An American Girl" has been heavily marketed toward young girls, parents and grandparents chaperoning tweenage girls to this movie will likely find themselves surprisingly moved by this Great Depression era film.
Fireworks weren't the only things exploding over the holiday weekend. Early Sunday morning, an explosive device blew up in a NewtonCounty mailbox early Sunday morning, in the third such incident, according to the victim.