The Covington-Newton County 911 Center has received its third accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.
The Covington-Newton County 911 Communications Center attended the CALEA Conference in Jacksonville, Fla., in November, where they received their Gold Standards accreditation, according to a release from the communications center.
Thirty-three local children received a special treat Thursday, after receiving gifts thanks to Walmart and the Covington Police Department, Newton County 911 Center, Georgia State Patrol and the Covington Fire Department during their annual Shop with a Hero event.
Previously called Shop with a Cop, this year expanded to include more city emergency workers.
The Covington Filming Committee met again on Monday morning and discussed a possible policy that will be established for filming in the city of Covington.
Mayor Ronnie Johnston and committee members Willie Davis, the city's human resources department training manager; columnist Barbara Morgan; John Howard, chairman of the Covington Municipal Airport Authority; Irene Smith local TV show host; Teresa Waters with the "About Covington to Madison" magazine; and Susan Kirk, owner of Scoops, attended the meeting.
The holiday spirit will be alive and well this weekend as locals ring in the season with several fun, family-friendly events.
Friday, Dec. 7, Porterdale will host its Annual Christmas Parade with Santa and his live tiny reindeer at 7 p.m. in Downtown Porterdale. Following the parade will be the lighting of Porterdale's Historic Star and Christmas Tree. There is no cost for the parade. For more information on the event call (770) 786-2217 or visit www.cityofporterdale.com.
A deputy responded to a call at a home on Pine Shadow Circle on Wednesday at 11:47 a.m. after a man reported that he saw three black males in a Gold Toyota Camry in his cousin's driveway. The man said the first time he passed by the home, the garage door of the house was closed.
When the man passed the house again leaving the subdivision, he observed the garage door had been opened and the men were leaving the house. The man said he believed he knew the man in the front passenger seat, but he ...
Editor's note: Few stories we've heard are as tragic as the one that saw a wife lose her husband on a wedding anniversary and two sons lose their father on a trip to see Santa. Our reporter Amber Pittman was moved to organize a special Christmas gift for the grieving Evans family. She contacted and coordinated with the Covington Police Department and the local Covington Santa to surprise the family with gifts and some Christmas joy in the midst of a tragedy.
Originally convicted in 2009 of the murder and dismemberment of his one-time girlfriend 49-year-old Leslyan Williams, Franklin Elliott Benson, 53, recently requested a new trial for the fourth time, once again citing ineffective legal counsel.