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.
Four area residents, including one Covington woman, were killed in three separate accidents this weekend in Newton and Walton counties.
At Sunday morning's 9/11 remembrance, Newton County leaders expressed sadness and were solemn, but they also asked residents to not lose hope in their fellow man and what can be accomplished when working together.
The 28th annual 5K Fuzz Run and Fun Run kicked off this morning in downtown Covington. The race is used to raise funds to support the Police Who Care Fund. To see the amount raised and to see who won in each division, check back to www.covnews.com.
A home on Kirk Street was robbed of several thousand dollars worth of jewelry and property while the owners were at church Tuesday afternoon.
The Rev. James T. Walden will be a write-in candidate for the Covington mayor seat.
The city charter was originally written in 1962 and council members agree it needs to be updated; they can't just agree on how.
Newton County's official remembrance of the 10th anniversary of 9/11 will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30a.m. Sunday in front of the Historic Courthouse.
For the ninth year Covington will set aside a time to promote and celebrate reading and the written word, with the annual Literacy Festival on the square.
Current and former residents of Sandhill and Texas Alley take a lot of pride in their neighborhoods as evidenced by the more than 500 people expected to attend a reunion celebration Saturday.
Richard Arthur Swift, 24, was killed Thursday afternoon when he lost control of his motorcycle.
The Newton County Board of Education and Snapping Shoals EMC helped out the county recently by donating used vehicles.
A Covington man was arrested Saturday evening and charged with molesting two boys.
An argument between two women turned physical Monday night when one woman smacked the other's false teeth out.
Annette Aikens was staying at a home on Emory Street with an acquaintance when that man's daughter, Sherry Hill-Devoe, came to the home to get a check. During that time the women got into an argument which is when Hill-Devoe slapped Aiken's false teeth out of her mouth.
A woman was arrested over the weekend after she allegedly stole several cases of beer from a local grocery store while her toddler was with her.
The Covington Police Department is on the lookout once again, but instead of searching for rule breakers, they are looking for record breakers for the 28th annual Fuzz Run.