One of the best ways for Covington residents to become involved in government is to join one of the city's several authorities, boards and commissions. These groups play an important role in shaping city development and provide direction to the city council.
The county has hundreds of millions of dollars in road projects it wants to complete over the next several years, making it a challenge to choose only $17.28 million worth of projects to complete with SPLOST funds if the 2011 SPLOST is passed in March.
Dorothy Piedrahita, a 64-year-old Covington resident who was present when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave a speech at the start of the Montgomery, Ala., bus boycott in 1955 and who became the first black woman to run for mayor of Montgomery, will speak for free at the Newton County Public Library on Floyd Street at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
In 1960, the University of Georgia denied admittance to T.K. Adams, because he was black. Five decades later, his son Timothy K. Adams Jr. is now a music professor with tenure. For T.K., his family's shared history with the school is a pretty good summary of black history.
The Newton County District Attorney's Office recently welcomed a new assistant district attorney, hired to lead the prosecution of cases of child abuse, felony sexual assault cases against adults and crimes against the elderly.
U.S. District 7 Rep. Rob Woodall (R) recently toured Radiotherapy Centers of Georgia-Newton County to meet with physicians, care specialists, patients and family members and learn more about radiation therapy offerings in the area.