Three Newton County non-profit organizations were presented grants of $5,000 each by the Newton Fund at the Georgia Wildlife Federation building on Hazelbrand Road during Wednesday's Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce's lunch link.
Floyd Street Northeast between Elm Street Northeast and Anderson Avenue Northeast will be closed between 6 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. on Monday, March 14 for the filming of "The Vampire Diaries'"Episode 721, "Requiem for a Dream."
All or part of the Downtown Square will be closed for upcoming events ranging from a riding club's cruise to a agricultural event. The closures were approved at the Covington City Council meeting Monday night.
The eighth annual K9 memorial was held Saturday in Porterdale Georgia. This event which honors fallen police dogs is hosted by "we ride to provide" A nonprofit organization founded by Holly Cripps this event which pays tribute to an officers K9 partner started in 2009. Officers and public from all over the nation filled the old gym in Porterdale Saturday. Highlights from this event included a K9 handlers and officers from Switzerland as well as a helicopter flyover provided by The Gwinnett and Dekalb County Sheriffs Office.
This week the Georgia General Assembly hit an important deadline, Crossover Day. All of the bills which originated in either the House or the Senate are now seeking the approval of the opposite chamber. The Senate voted and approved almost 50 different bills to send to the House on legislative days 29 and 30. There is much more work to be done in the remaining nine legislative days and I look forward to working with my colleagues as we debate and vote on important legislation.
Crossover Day is now behind us as we wrap up days 30 and 31 of the 2016 legislative session. We had a short week, but that didn't stop us from passing a significant amount of legislation. We are also eager to begin working our way through bills passed out of the House, a task that will keep us busy for the rest of the session.
Crossover Day was very long this year as the House passed nearly 50 bills. Unfortunately, most of those bills will probably not clear the Senate as they simply do not have enough time in 10 days to do the work we have done over the last 30 days. The Founding Fathers made it hard, not easy, to pass bills - in the hope that the laws we create will be good ones.