Syndicated columnist Jackie Gingrich Cushman will be the featured speaker for the Newton County Legislature Prayer Breakfast at 7 a.m. Friday, Jan. 7, at the Turner Lake Recreation Complex in Covington.
Keep the beat: Dancers from Mainstream Dance visited Porterdale Elementary Thursday afternoon. The dances demonstrated for the students included samples from The Nutcracker Ballet, a solo and a jazz routine. Students also got a chance to learn a few ballet terms and positions. Check mainstreamdance.com to learn how you can get involved in local performances, including The Little Mermaid, which will be performed in the spring.
Braving the cold: Sarai Baker enjoyed a steaming cup of hot cocoa and marshmallows in the festive Covington News store on the square Thursday evening. The Hometown Holiday Celebration, a Mainstreet Covington event to promote holiday shopping and festivities on the square, happens every Thursday evening and includes caroling, horse and carriage rides and extended shopping hours.
County Commissioner Mort Ewing's $57.6 million Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax proposal is expected to gain formal approval of the commission when it meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Historic Courthouse.
An alleged would-be robber shot and killed on Saturday in a grocery store parking lot had rotated in and out of Rockdale County jail for nearly a decade on charges ranging from simple battery to posession and selling of drugs.