Joseph Griffin, 49, the Mansfield man killed Christmas Eve in Afghanistan, was honored with a hero's escort Monday afternoon, when members of the Newton County Sheriff's Office, the Patriot Guard, Henry County Sheriff's Office, Covington and Newton County Fire and EMS and others escorted his body from Atlanta to Covington.
At more than $3 a gallon, buying 300 gallons of diesel fuel isn't cheap, but it's necessary for Scott Glover to run his dairy and creamery. After Jan. 1, the price tag for all that fuel - along with any other products used in production at Mountain Fresh Creamery and Glo-Crest Dairy in Clermont - will be tax exempt.
When it comes to keeping Newton County clean and promoting environmental friendliness, there are a handful of local superstars who lead the charge, and a few of them got some extra recognition this year at the Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation awards ceremony.Keep Covington-Newton Beautiful volunteer Lee Aldridge won the state's woman of the year volunteer award, while the county's landfill manager James Peters won the Public Works Employee of the Year award and Newton County 4-H took second place in the waste reduction recycling category.
Statistically, 45 percent of Americans make New Year's resolutions. Of that, only 8 percent actually keep those resolutions, according to the University of Scranton's Journal of Clinical Psychology. The most common is, of course, to lose weight; another popular one is to fall in love. Every year I resolve to drink more water and usually end up only drinking more coffee and wine.
Honey Boo Boo, aka Alana Thompson, of TLC's reality show spin-off "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo," came to Conyers with her family and a TLC film crew on Thursday for a little holiday fun. Thompson took a spin on the ice at the ice skating rink at the Olde Town Pavilion as onlookers and fans watched from the sides. Gina Hartsell, Conyers-Rockdale's Camera Ready Liaison, said TLC producers called that day looking for places to stop by for holiday activities. The episode with the ice skating scenes might air sometime in January or February, she said.
The dedicated public servant leaves behind a legacy of being the voice of reason in tough situations and the father-figure of Covington who makes important decisions in helping to move the city forward.