Mansfield resident Joseph Griffin, 49, was killed on Christmas Eve in Kabul, Afghanistan by a policewoman who reportedly shot him when she decided her plans to kill the governor, police chief or an investigator would be too difficult.
As most people are aware, because I remind them regularly, I'm pretty awesome. I have handled this whole single mom thing like a champ. Christmas, however, was a lot harder than I thought it would be. It was hard to keep up the whole Elf on the Shelf, baking cookies, looking at lights (to whoever had the huge light display on Forrest Drive, thank you!), happy time that my son is used to. At least this first Christmas as a single mom/divorcee (almost) is over, and I am bound and determined that 2013 will not suck like 2012 ...
Civil Rights icon and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Rev. Dr. Joseph E. Lowery will be the keynote speaker at the Sesquicentennial Emancipation Proclamation Community Worship Service hosted at Springfield Baptist on Dec. 30, at 4:30 p.m.
The Kiwanis Club of Covington donated $500 in cash and 43 Kiwanians each sponsored a child for the Salvation Army's Angel Tree giveaway and spent around $50 a piece on each child. The Angel Tree Program is designed to provide everyday necessities, clothing and Christmas gifts to disadvantaged young children and the elderly. The local Salvation Army is located at 5193 Washington Street SW in Covington.
While dining recently at Outback Steakhouse in Conyers, my wife and I were having our usual pleasant chitchat with Shannon Smith, a long-time Outback employee and family friend, when he conveyed his admiration of "A Veteran's Story." Shannon said he loved the articles, especially the stories of our aging warriors of World War II, and asked if I'd consider writing a story about his grandfather, a British fighter pilot. You bet'cha.
The SunCrest Healthcare family, based out of Madison, Tenn., joined together to hold a Soup for Seniors soup drive this December. For the past month, more than 70 branch locations collected canned soups, along with other canned goods and boxed items that can be used to make soup, such as noodles, canned vegetables, beans and broth.