The unemployment rate in Newton County declined for a second straight month in October, with the rate at 11.4 percent, a .5 percent drop from September, according to information released today by the Georgia Department of Labor.
During the holiday season it's easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle, to forget about being thankful for what we have and focus on other things. That won't be a problem this year For Jo Ellen Kimball. She is thankful just to be alive after recently surviving a double lung transplant.
Sharing a culture: The first African and African American Festival was held on Saturday, Nov. 13. Event Coordinator Mary (Terri) James said, "I feel we all should know our history after reading the book 'The Middle Passage.' I felt it was my duty to make a difference in educating people. The event was educational, informative, and enriching to all, history as we know it and live it, featuring African Folk Tales, Slave Ship dialog, local designers and hair stylists. Look for us in Feb. 2011 for Black History Month."
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Newly elected U.S. District 7 Representative Rob Woodall (R-Lawrenceville) will speak at the Newton County Republican Party's monthly meeting at 7 p.m. at the Covington Women's Club, located behind Amici's Italian Cafe on College Avenue.
A divided Board of Commissioners continued to disagree Friday about whether Thursday night's 3-2 consensus decision in favor of Commissioner Mort Ewing's SPLOST proposal was the result of backroom politics or a show of leadership.
Leading ladies: The Satsuki Garden Club of Covington recently held their first membership meeting of the year. Club officers from left to right: Elaine Luginbill and Ellen Drossman, Co-Secretaries; Beverly Copeland, 1st Vice President; Christy Lassiter, President; Mary Mansker, 2nd Vice President; Cora Tilley, Treasurer; Bettye Robertson, Chaplain; Susie Jefferson, Parliamentarian.
Winning ladies: Five Newton County girls were on cheer team that recently won second-place at a United Youth Football Conference Cheer Competition and was awarded the "Atlanta Falcon's Cheer Squad of the Week" in early November. The ladies are Mikenzie Armstead, fifth grade at Fairview Theme Elementary, N'kia Johnson, fifth grade at Ficquett Elementary, Kiara Cannon, fifth grade at Live Oak Elementary, Jamiah Giles, sixth grade at Cousins Middle School and Amayyah Smith-Browning, seventh grade at Indian Creek Middle School.
In 1980, JoAnn Sims dug up a 1-foot pine tree from the forest and moved it to a pot. Thirty years later, the tree is nearly twice as tall as her house and will soon find itself in front of the Governor's Mansion, where it will play a part in the annual state tree lighting ceremony.