Keith Newcomer and his son Christopher were killed in a plane crash last week near the Monticello airport; a memorial service is being held in their honor at 10 a.m., Saturday at the Covington Municipal Airport. The service is open to the public.
First United Methodist Church will demolish the historic house at 2129 Monticello St. to create a gravel parking lot to accommodate expansion, but a nearby neighbor argued the house should be preserved.
The Covington City Council voted 3-1 on Monday to allow the demolition to take place. Councilwoman Hawnethia Williams opposed the motion and Councilman Chris Smith abstained, because he is a church member. Councilwoman Ocie Franklin was absent. The council's vote affirmed the decision made by Covington's Historic Preservation Committee, which approved the demolition in a split vote.
The county has proposed requiring pet owners to pay for a license for each of their cats and dogs. The license fees would help fund Newton County Animal Control and allow the county to create a database of pets to ensure that all pets receives rabies vaccinations.
The Covington Historic Society brought several of the spirits buried in the Covington Cemetery to life Thursday night to speak on the history of the town and it's people. Proceeds go to Historical Society to benefit the history center to be establish the museum in the Old Jail.