Shaping up: Residents resolved to live healthier in 2011 attended the Covington Family Y's open house Saturday, where instructors helped them meet their fitness goals. From 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., residents toured the Y, used its exercise equipment and participated in a group exercise class. The Y is at 2140 Newton Drive. Classes were offered on the hour and included Zumba, BodyPump, yoga, pilates and cycling. Drawings were held for three-month memberships. See cvy.ymcaatlanta.org or call (770) 787-3908 for more information or to see a schedule of the exercise classes.
As the year begins, so do trials in the Newton County Judicial System. And although many cases can be handled without one, the Sixth Amendment of the Constitution guarantees everyone the right to a trial by a jury of their peers.
Newton County officials believe they could receive federal stimulus money to open a health center in the county that would be able to more efficiently serve residents who have Medicaid or are uninsured.
Last week's winter storm caused havoc throughout Newton County. It has also put the county's basketball teams in a situation where they'll need to make up two and even three games in the case of Alcovy and Newton.
Climatologists had predicted a warmer-than- average winter, but that hasn't quite been the case. Changing weather patterns have caused a series of Arctic blasts to blow through Georgia bringing record cold and abundant snowfall.
U.S. Rep. Austin Scott (R-Macon) has been making the national media rounds the past two weeks, sharing his views on the upcoming year after being voted president of the largest Republican Congressional freshman class in U.S. history.
Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful has received $1,000 from Keep America Beautiful, part of a nationwide effort sponsored by Nestlé Waters North America to encourage plastic bottle recycling during the 2010 Great American Cleanup.
The county's recycling centers on Covington ByPass, McGiboney and Piper roads are all closing shortly because there is too much ice at those locations. They will reopen at noon on Friday, said Laurie Riley, with the Newton County Department of Development Services.