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Abraham Thomas "Abe" Hopkins

Abe Hopkins, age 6, of Covington passed away Monday, July 28, 2014. He was born February 14, 2008 in Covington to Mike and Kelli Kirkley Hopkins. Abe was a remarkable young man whose smile and laughter were contagious. Born on Valentine's Day he was full of love, affectionately described as a "mommie's boy" he loved watching Hallmark movies and being with his loving mother, father, sisters, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. Abe shined for Jesus every day and touched more people than could ever be known. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents J.T. and ...

July 29, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


NMC hosts uniform, scrubs sale

Newton Medical Center Auxiliary is hosting a Uniforms & Scrubs Sale Monday, Aug. 4 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Tuesday, Aug. 5 from 7 a.m. to noon.

July 28, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County high school football coaches speak at Lions Club

At Ashford Springs Park, late Thursday evening, the Covington Lion's Club hosted Newton County's high school head football coaches. At the dinner, the coaches mingled with members of the community, and discussed different things with each other, such as the new IMPACT program. Newton head coach Terrance Banks, Eastside head coach Rick Hurst and Alcovy coach Kirk Hoffman spoke on the upcoming season, the ugliness of recruiting, how the game has changed and fielded questions about their players from fans.

July 26, 2014 | Staff Report | SPORTS


It’s SSEMC meeting time

About 1,357 Snapping Shoals EMC members turned out for the 76th annual shareholders' meeting at the Georgia International Horse Park Thursday, July 24.

July 26, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington teen missing, information sought

Fourteen-year-old Jordan Aaron has been reported missing to the Newton County Sheriff's Department.

July 26, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington woman arrested in prostitution sting

Conyers police are turning their sights to deterring prostitutes, instead of just johns, from coming to Conyers with a recent undercover sting that arrested two women for prostitution and one man for drug possession.

July 26, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mother Darlene Strong

Mother Darlene Strong was born December 9, 1924 to the parentage of the late Mr. & Mrs. George (Cora) Stephens in Athens, Georgia.

July 26, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Social Circle activities

July 26, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Our thoughts: Be fair and impartial

There was an unfortunate incident in our community last week where a man for reasons unknown at this time was seen in a quiet community wielding a sword of some type, harassing passing cars and trash cans.

July 26, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Snapping Shoals meeting time

About 1,357 Snapping Shoals EMC members turned out for the 76th annual shareholders' meeting at the Georgia International Horse Park Thursday, July 24.

July 26, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington teen missing

Fourteen-year-old Jordan Aaron has been reported missing to the Newton County Sheriff's Department.

July 26, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Our thoughts on recent local news items

The Covington City Council voted this past week to add a code officer to its staff. The city currently has only one officer.

July 24, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Covington Police Explorers, Post #222 excel again

Eighteen of the 26 members of the Covington Police Explorers traveled to Savannah and competed in six events during Summerfest.

July 24, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Letter from J. Virgil Costley

Dear editor,

July 24, 2014 | J. Virgil Costley | Letters


Mr. Thomas Busbee

Thomas Busbee, age 85 of Mansfield, passed away July 22, 2014. Mr. Busbee was a veteran of the United States Army. He attended Eastridge Community Church, was an avid Atlanta Braves fan and enjoyed fishing. Mr. Busbee was a wonderful husband and a good father, grandfather, great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather. He was preceded in death by his parents, Norman James and Carrie Louberta (Middlebrook) Busbee.

July 24, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


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Thirty-five years later, '72 Dolphins still stand alone

By Steven Wine

November 18, 2007 | Associated Press | Archives


Betty Jane Gilbert

Betty Jane Gilbert, 59, of Covington, died Nov. 15. Mrs. Gilbert was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith.

November 18, 2007 | Staff Report | Archives


Ruth Underwood Hewell

Mrs. Ruth Underwood Hewell, 90, a lifelong resident of Newton County, formerly of Porterdale, died at Riverside Healthcare Nov. 16. The daughter of the late William Thomas Underwood and Mary Frances Hill Underwood, she was born in Rockdale County in 1917.

She was retired in 1987 from Hercules where she worked in quality control. Mrs. Hewell was a member of Porterdale Baptist Church.

November 18, 2007 | Staff Report | Archives


Microcinema creeps into Covington

With the recent slew of small-town slasher remakes released by the film industry, it's little wonder Covington's Daniel Heisel picked his own hometown as the setting for his recent ghoul-inhabited feature.

November 18, 2007 | Ben Watt | Archives


2007-08 Eastside Basketball Preview

The Eastside boys basketball team seems pretty optimistic about its chances of rebounding from a turbulent 2006-07 campaign, one that resulted in a 9-17 overall record (3-7 Region 8-AAAA, Sub-region B).

November 18, 2007 | Eric McDonald | Archives


Faulty principles regarding our beloved sport

By JaLang Greene

November 16, 2007 | Staff Report | Archives


Athlete of the Week

Eric Strozier has been making plays for the second-year Alcovy Tigers since he stepped onto the football field Sept. 1, 2006.

November 16, 2007 | Jason Murdock | Archives


2007 All-County Softball Team

There's a good reason why the Eastside varsity softball went 25-10-1 this season, and her name is Brandi Richards.

November 16, 2007 | Jason Murdock | Archives


Barry Bonds indicted on perjury, obstruction

SAN FRANCISCO - Barry Bonds was indicted Thursday for perjury and obstruction of justice, charged with lying when he told a federal grand jury that he did not knowingly use performance-enhancing drugs.

November 16, 2007 | Associated Press | Archives


A life spent in service

 Lillie Mae Dodd has been shaping character and making a difference in the lives of children, youths and adults in Sunday school since she was eleven years old.

November 16, 2007 | Colleen Capes Jackson | Archives


Combined community Thanksgiving service planned for Sunday

 Thanksgiving is a time to acknowledge our blessings, give thanks and think of families and friends. At 6 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18, the historic Old Church on Wesley Street in Oxford will open its doors to welcome people from all denominations in a combined community Thanksgiving service.

November 16, 2007 | Staff Report | Archives


Praying for rain

 "We've come together here simply for one reason and one reason only: To very reverently and respectfully pray up a storm." Governor Sonny Perdue made this announcement at the State Capital, Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 13, at a gathering of political leaders and ministers. A national news organization covered the meeting and posted their report onto their web page. Readers online can add a comment on the various stories. Few get more than a dozen comments. By 10 a.m. Wednesday morning, there were 281 comments on the Governor Perdue prayer meeting. Here are a few of them.

November 16, 2007 | John Donaldson | Archives


Use it or Lose it!

Have you ever heard that phrase? If you're like me, it kind of haunts you, thinking of all the things I've lost through lack of use, whether that's the ability to speak German, play the piano, run faster or lift more.

November 16, 2007 | The Rev. Jonathan E. Scharf | Archives


The Church of Thyatira, Then and Now

 In Revelation, chapters 2 and 3, there are seven letters to seven churches from Christ. To each church He had a message. He still does today.

November 16, 2007 | The Rev. Wayne Rutherford | Archives


Missing church

My friends had an opportunity to realize a long awaited dream of building their own home. For years, she and her husband had been instrumental in keeping the nursery and working in the Sunday school department at church. But when the building process started, they gradually gave excuses why they couldn't serve.

November 16, 2007 | Colleen Capes Jackson | Archives


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