This story is the first in a series of Black History Month profiles The News will be featuring during February and also marks the beginning of our efforts to expand our video and multimedia coverage. Please visit covnews.com/reflections to see a video interview with James Hamm, owner of Town House Café. Look for an upcoming video interview and profile of community staples T.K. and Louise Adams.
Opening statements: Briana Clark, prosecutor, presents a witness statement to Jeffrey Jones, left, and Augustus German, defense attorneys, during Alcovy High School's mock trial practice Thursday evening. Newton County's three high schools will take their cases to court during the annual mock trial competition on Saturday.
Ways to cut costs: Approximately 75 people braved rainy weather Thursday night to attend a budget forum at Alcovy High School. Parents were told about the current state of the budget and given an overview of potential cuts to the 2011-2012 budget. They were also able to ask questions of school system officials. See Sunday's edition of The Covington News for the full story.
ATLANTA - Legislative leaders are moving redistricting operations in-house and tapping a prominent Republican lawyer to advise the effort.
Redistricting, in which new Census data is used to redraw congressional and legislative lines, had been handled through a state contract with the University of Georgia's nonpartisan Carl Vinson Institute of Government.
Eleven Newton football players signed college scholarships Wednesday as national signing day presented high school seniors throughout the country to officially choose the next stop of their playing career.