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.
A man told Covington police he snatched a shotgun from a would-be bandit, early Sunday, then hit the gunman several times in the face and nose.
MARIETTA, - Cobb County Police say a motorcyclist was killed after he fled police at speeds up to 130 mph.
Small towns are full of talk. Gossip and rumor, sure, but also talk about family, God and politics.
DECATUR, Ga. - School officials say an argument between two students led to a stabbing on Monday at Southwest DeKalb High School east of Atlanta.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that a 17-year-old student was taken to Atlanta Medical Center after the Monday afternoon stabbing.
ATLANTA The Georgia Board of Regents is set to raise tuition during its monthly meeting.
LOGANVILLE - The city council has decided to put the issue of Sunday alcohol sales on the November ballot.
The Georgia Department of Labor today reported that the number of jobs available in the state increased in March for a second consecutive month while the jobless rate for the month fell .2 percent to 10 percent.
Two teens have been charged with arson after reportedly setting a wooded area afire across from Challenge Charter Academy on Wednesday.
ATHENS, Ga. - Authorities in Athens say two football players from Carver High School in Columbus and an unidentified juvenile have been charged in connection with thefts from the University of Georgia football locker room.
The Magistrate's Court in Athens said 18-year-old Deion Bonner and 17-year-old Marquise T. Hawkins were charged Monday with theft by taking. Authorities identified the third person arrested only as being younger than 17.
Invest $10 to $25 on a new board game for your family and you'll get quite a return on your money. As antiquated as it sounds, you'd be surprised by how much our children crave good old fashioned family time.
Local political representation in the western part of the county will likely undergo some major changes next year as the area's rapid growth necessitates county commission/school board districts being reapportioned.
Calls to the 911 center continue to increase, but a lack of employees to cover regular shifts has resulted in skyrocketing overtime costs, and 911 Director Mike Smith hopes to solve the issue by adding four employees next fiscal year.
Ready, set, run: Hundreds of runners of all ages took part Saturday in the 10th annual Cheerios Challenge in Covington. The event featured 10-K and 5-K races and a 1-mile fun run. There were record-breaking winners in the 5-K race: Janet Cherobon-Bangom, 32, who came in at 17:15, and the male overall winner, 27-year-old Robert Letting, who came in at 14:48. Both are from Rome.
The Newton/Rockdale chapter of the Georgia Federation of Democratic Women is holding its spring meeting from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday at Cameron Hall in Conyers, 1035 Green St. S.E.
Everyday folks doing extraordinary things for Newton County were honored on Friday when The Covington News and General Mills saluted the four finalists in the 2010 Hometown Heroes celebration.