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LOCAL PROFILE: Hard Labor Creek Spot

LOCAL PROFILE: Hard Labor Creek Spot

RUTLEDGE, Ga. – Who knew a state park, had so many attractions in such a small town? Who knew you could have big fun for little funds about 40 miles outside of the "big city"? The folks at Hard Labor State Park have figured out a way. Tucked away in quaint Rutledge, the park is best known for its golf course; however, it has many exciting attractions including a beach, boat rental, canoeing, pedal boating, campgrounds, a full stocked stable and 22 miles of equestrian trails.

The 18-hole-golf course is described as “beautiful and challenging” the green fee Monday-Thursday is $36, Friday it’s $46 and on weekends and holidays the fee is $45. The fee includes a golf cart. Call ahead for tee times.

Aside from golf, for families the parks biggest attraction is their lakeside beach. The “swimming beach” opens, next weekend, on May 14. The beach is free to park visitors who have already paid their $5 parking charge.

Community members to gather for benefit party

Community members to gather for benefit party

COVINGTON, Ga. – On Sunday, April 3, a benefit party will be held for Gary and Debbie Clark, who lost their home, last month, in a fire. The party will be held at 10291 Highway 278 in Covington.

According to the organizers, the party will feature: live music, a bake sale, a yard sale, crafts for children and, perhaps, a moonwalk. All proceeds will be donated to Gary and Debbie Clark.

Organizers are accepting all types of donations; their primary goal is to see community support.

Upton attends hearing for cadet who posted her information on porn site

COVINGTON, Ga. – Recently, Kelsey Upton stood face to face with the man who put her contact information on a pornographic website. Upton was a attendee during a recent hearing of the commandment board of The Citadel in South Caroline, where he is a cadet.

The cadet apologized for his actions but he has not been formally charged.

Late February, Kelsey Upton received a text from a 55-year-old Iowa man saying he found her name and number on a sexting website; she immediately called her boyfriend. Her boyfriend sent the man and test asking for the picture and he sent pack an “explicit” photo of a woman who slightly resembled Kelsey.

Kelsey then told her father, a retired GBI agent and police officer, who then contacted the GBI and District Attorney Layla Zon. The GBI agent asked Randy and Kelsey about two email addresses, one of which happened to be an acquaintance.

The cadet has not been publicly identified.

Covington Student DC Bound To Participate in National Program

Covington Student DC Bound To Participate in National Program

COVINGTON -- (www.covnews.com) Alexander Quinlan, a student at the Montessori School of Covington, has been accepted into the People to People World Leadership Forum.

Alexander will join a select group of students in Washington, D.C., next week to study leadership and explore the city's monuments and institutions. Stops will include Capitol Hill, the Smithsonian Institution, Mount Vernon and the National Museum of American History, according to a release.

Alexander will examine characteristics of American leadership during times of national challenge and prosperity. Forum delegates will also participate in discussions and exercises to experience firsthand how successful leaders develop strategies, make decisions, build consensus, and foster change.

Delegates will meet Mary Jean Eisenhower, granddaughter of Dwight D.

The Great Pumpkin Patch at Covington FMUC

The 4th Annual Great Pumpkin Patch will arrive on the lawn of Covington First United Methodist Church (1113 Conyers Street) on Friday, October 2nd. Church members and volunteers, young and old will be on hand, all afternoon, to unload the 1800 plus pumpkins.

On the first day of the Great Pumpkin Patch, Covington FUMC will be hosting a Chili Cook-Off and a viewing of Charlie Brown’s “It’s the Great Pumpkin”.

From October 2rd-31th, you can visit the Pumpkin Patch Monday-Friday from 3pm-7pm, Saturday from 11am-7pm and Sunday from 12:30pm-7pm.  Members of the Covington FUMC church family will be on hand to help you with your selections. Pumpkins range from fifty cents to about $25.

For questions about the Pumpkin Patch, please call the church office at 770-786-7305 or email communications@fumccovington.org

Last Summer Concert on the Square

Second Friday Summer Concert Series

7:00 pm, Historic Covington Square

Admission is FREE!

Sponsored by Main Street Covington & Arts Association


Friday, September 10th

Francine Reed -- Blues/Rock