Newton County Chairman Keith Ellis keeps a small egg timer near his microphone to track the minutes when a resident speaks during the public comment portion of the Board of Commissioners meetings. Ellis knows that is not enough time for some problems. So this week, he launched bi-monthly Chats with the Chairman. Every Monday before the BOC meetings are held between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m., Ellis will be in his office so Newton County residents can privately air their concerns and views.
The Mystic Grill building on the Covington square is set to become a real restaurant as its new owners hope to play off the popularity the building has gained through the hit TV show "The Vampire Diaries" as the outside façade of the Mystic Grill restaurant.
Got a neighbor with a dog that barks all night, or want to know what new employers have jobs in Covington? On Saturday, March 23, Covington officials from a wide array of city agencies will be ready to help residents find solutions to problems and answers for questions.
Board of Commissioners Chairman Keith Ellis has a vision for Newton County and it comes in the form of a big map fastened to a 3x4-foot board. Thin purple lines form a huge diamond encompassing Newton, Jasper, Walton and Morgan counties. Ellis dreams that one day those counties will be what he calls a "Research Diamond," a hub for medical research, hospitals, medical device makers and bioscience giants like Baxter.
Bryant Thomas told the city council that his family first moved into their Robinson Street house 80 years ago. And today, "after paying our taxes on time all these years," they still are not connected to the city sewer line. Thomas explained at last night's meeting that his house is on a downslope. Decades ago, there was no way way to pump sewage uphill. Now, there is a pump, yet his home and about 27 nearby houses must rely on septic tanks that sometimes overflow.
Porterdale's March 16 Saint Patrick's Day parade will start at Porterdale Baptist Church and end downtown in a Hemlock Street party with battling pro wrestlers, country music, food, inflatable bouncy houses - and a colorful transformation of the Yellow River.
When the Newton County Board of Commissioners recently approved a bid by LB Recycling and Waste Services, one commissioner wondered whether the bold promise made in the bid to best any competitor's offer was legal.
Remember the days when Northeast factories and businesses laid off their union wage workers to move to the South where salaries were lower? Those days are gone, economic development expert Mark Lautman told a Covington workforce summit Tuesday. To coax big employers into Newton County, towns will need better amenities and a talented, educated workforce.
Chris Day studied as a hair and makeup artist; her gift for catching life-changing luck comes naturally. When the Air Force transferred her husband to Anchorage, the city's seven months of wintry gloom might seem grim for a woman who said she "loves pink, flowers, glitter and all things girly." But Day promptly landed a job in the Sheraton Hotel's luxury spa doing spray tans and makeovers.