Hollywood is coming back to downtown Covington, this time in the form of feature drama "Selma" about Martin Luther King Jr.'s 1965 voting rights campaign in Selma, Alabama, which is regarded as the peak of the U.S. Civil Rights movement.
Newton County formally denied allegations that it illegally breached its contract with former landscaper Billy Durden, who is suing the county and seeking at least $150,000 in damages plus legal costs.
Sharon Sawyer is taking a second shot at unseating Democratic incumbent state Rep. Pam Dickerson in the May 20 Primary, and Sawyer's campaign message is simple: vote for Sawyer, because she actually lives in Newton County.
County commissioners agree the county needs both a full-time election chairman and a full-time county manager or administrator, but they still need to decide which official will have ultimate firing and hiring authority and to whom county employees are ultimately responsible.
Commissioners got some good news Tuesday night at their budget work session, including learning the county's health insurance bill will be at least $339,660 lower next fiscal year and hearing that rising property values make it likely the board will be able to make good on its promise to lower the millage rate.