September, 1970: I was finally home after 2½ years in Southeast Asia fighting a war our government had written off before I ever arrived in Vietnam. My skin still reeked of Southeast Asia, a musky scent no soap could lather off, but with enough time finally wore off. My mom and dad and a few relatives welcomed me home at Memphis International Airport and offered hugs and kisses and a few touchy-feely slights of hand to see if all my appendages were still intact. No Purple Hearts; didn't want any.
In a story found on covnews.com, "A Veteran's Story" writer Pete Mecca details what it was like when he returned home from his service in the Vietnam War in 1970.
The City of Porterdale is hosting a town hall meeting, Nov. 13 from 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. The event space and catering are sponsored by the Porterdale Mill Lofts. The primary reason for the meeting is for the Start-Up Main Street Program that is trying to get accredited for in 2015.
Divisions over how to address Newton County's future water needs resurfaced this week, pitting proponents of the proposed Bear Creek Reservoir against critics who question its necessity and timing.
Speed Bumps have been approved to be installed throughout Newborn after Monday's city council meeting. The total cost of speed bumps for the city is $5,625.59. Seven speed bumps will be installed on South Johnson Street, Pitts Chapel Road and Spring Street. Speed bumps will be placed in areas based on safety needs.
The Newborn City Council came to a consensus on a $381,635.04 budget for the 2015 fiscal year at Monday night's meeting.
Water was a hot topic of conversation in Newton County this week, capped by a very public Board of Commissioners work session Wednesday.
A celebratory crowd shared laughs, heart-felt stories and good will at the General Mills Covington plant Thursday.
The Covington Garden Club
Voting in Tuesday's midterm elections was down slightly from the last cycle in 2010.
A Covington man was shot in the hip and his right arm from a gunshot wound at 7223 Lakeview Drive was flown to an Atlanta hospital early Wednesday morning.
Board of Commissioner Lanier Sims will represent District 2 for four more years.
Jody Hice will represent District 10 in the Hosue of Representatives.
Dave Belton won the State House District 112 seat, defeating Patsy Harris Tuesday night.
A man who was subbing through a temp agency at West Newton Elementary School was arrested for possession of drugs after a bag of marijuana was found on their person Friday.
Foreign high school students are scheduled to arrive soon for academic semester homestay programs, and the sponsoring organization needs a few more local host families. The students are anxiously awaiting news of their new families. These young ambassadors are looking forward to fulfilling their life-long dreams.
The Miracle League of Newton County continues raise funds and build awareness for the need for a Miracle Field, which would serve more than 2,500 children with mental and/or physical disabilities.
Investigators are looking for a masked intruder who reportedly broke into a woman's house and attacked her with a gun Wednesday afternoon.
A middle school boy was found with a shank on the bus Wednesday afternoon.
A 20-year-old Newton County man has been charged with eight counts of vehicular homicide after a single car wreck in May 2010 claimed the life of two men who were passengers in his vehicle.
James Aikens, violation of probation, 180-240 days detention center suspended into six months work release if proof of viable employment is provided.
Sen. Rick Jeffares (R-Locust Grove) has been named Chairman of the Senate State Institutions and Property Committee for the 2011-2012 Term by the Committee on Assignments. Jeffares replaces Sen. Earl "Buddy" Carter (R-Pooler), who was appointed Chairman of the Senate Higher Education Committee.
In order to get water to flow into the county's pump station on the Alcovy River, the county had to build a 2-foot-high weir (or rock dam) in the river more than 20 years ago to raise the level of the river. The river bank was severely eroded during the 2009 flood, allowing water to flow around the weir instead of over it as intended.
Michael Dylan Dunn, 19, of Covington was the person killed in Tuesday afternoon's crash on Interstate 20.
The intersection of U.S. Highway 278 and Hazelbrand Road, on the southern side of U.S. 278, will close for 30 days as Pittman Construction continues its work on the $15 million widening of the U.S. 278, Ga. Highway 142 North intersection.
Covington residents will be able to get free flu shots without a wait this Friday at the Covington Wal-Mart, by visiting a drive-thru flu clinic sponsored by the East Metro Health District.
Covington resident Travis Glenn Lynch, 21, lost control of his 1986 Corvette while rounding a curve on Gum Creek Road near Dial Mill Road Saturday at 3:55 p.m., eventually going airborne, returning to the ground and striking a tree.
A 16-year-old female Alcovy High School student lost control of her car as she was leaving school Monday afternoon and her car flipped over, trapping her inside.
Eastside dropped its second straight region game Saturday, putting its chance of earning the second-seed and a home playoff game in peril. Based on the way the Eagles played in their 28-21 loss to Drew, just earning a playoff berth may prove to be an accomplishment.