By all accounts, Covington Finance Director Leigh Anne Knight has helped put Covington's financial house back in better order than her predecessor, but the question before the Covington City Council is whether she's ready to take on the much bigger challenge of city manager.
Covington Police Capt. Craig Treadwell believes his 30 years with the city's police force have given him the leadership and management skills to lead Covington forward as the next city manager despite lacking practical experience outside of public safety.
The bus accident Tuesday that sent dozens of students to local hospitals is still being investigated. But concerns for the safety of students riding school buses are still fresh in the minds of many parents, as is what exactly happened to cause the accident.
Oel Wingo is the only city manager finalist with city manager experience, having worked as city manager or assistant city manager for four cities in Florida, but she also comes with some concerns, including the fact she got caught up in a political mess in one city.
This week, I spent a good bit of time wading through a ton of material to learn about historic preservation. This was after learning that Social Circle has received its designation as a Certified Local Government. The CLG Program is a federal-state-local program to promote historic preservation at the local level. The Historic Preservation Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources assists local governments in applying for a CLG designation, which also requires approval by the National Park Service.
An original 19th century building in Oxford has had a full restoration fit with 21st century technology. Reopening for spring semester 2013, Oxford College's Language Hall is thought to be one of the oldest buildings in the county, built in 1874 by craftsmen believed to have been from Covington and Newton County.