Who is Mike Whatley: Whatley, who is running for fifth term as Council member from Post 2 East Ward is a lifelong resident of Covington. At 64, he is retired, and serves as vice-chair for the Newton County Water and Sewer Authority Board. Governor Nathan Deal appointed Whatley to serve on the Water and Waste Water Certification Board, an agency that creates tests for operators at water and waste water plants.
The Bear Creek Water Supply Reservoir project has been a hot topic for its questions of validity and expenses. But the overlying issue is the county's water supply. We begin to take a look at some of those questions, and where the county will go next concerning its water.
Snapping Shoals EMC awarded $15,000 in grants to 21 projects in Newton County through the co-op's Bright Ideas program. The grants, which are allocated from unclaimed capital credit funds, are designed to help teachers who wish to extend educational opportunities and activities for students by developing student interests and abilities.
The suspension of Newton County Fire Chief Kevin O'Brien pending investigation into the misuse of county purchasing cards, or P-cards, last week seemed to be on commissioners' minds at Tuesday night's Board of Commissioners meeting.