Kathy Morgan wasn't born in Newton County, but she was born in Covington. Covington County, Ala. that is. It's an appropriate hometown for Morgan, who in January became the top elected official for Newton County.
Not only was she born in the right place, she also found her place in the right family, as she followed in her husband and father-in-law's footsteps as chairperson of Newton County.
Hawnethia Williams was born in Harristown to Nathaniel "Professor" Sr. and Ruby Mae Mitchell. Her father was principal of the Washington Street School for many years and many of her other relatives were or are educators.
She said during her time growing up in Newton County, the Harristown community was very close-knit and truly exemplified the saying "it takes a village to raise a child."
Arleshia Little was taught early to contribute. As a child, her parents instilled in her a desire to do as they did and help others, and that desire has carried over into her adult life today.
As a leader-bank officer with BB&T she helps others achieve their financial goals, and as a minister's wife she works with people on their spiritual goals as well. Little's husband serves as pastor of Springfield Missionary Baptist Church in Newborn and Little works as a youth assistant and director of the church's dance ministry.
Growing up Shannon Davis thought of Newton County as one thing only - a rival, as a student and cheerleader in Rockdale County. Now, however, she can't imagine being anywhere else.
"Everyone knew who you were, where you had been and pretty much where you were going," she said. "Covington is still a lot like that and I hope my kids will one day feel that special sense of belonging. My parents were always very involved in the community," she continued, "wanting to make it a better place for everyone. I think they passed that attitude on to me."
Town Center Breads Coffeehouse co-owner and manager Linda Skrobot took an enormous leap of faith when she agreed to support her husband Charlie's decision to leave the corporate world to open a bakery in 2003.
"I cried," she admits, laughing now at the memory. "I knew it would bring huge changes in our life. I liked my home. I liked my life the way it was. I knew it was going to completely change everything. It was the unknown."
Kendra Mayfield is one of those people who enjoys doing "a little bit of everything," which is why she entered the retail business and began working at Mayfield Hardware Company in 1994.
Mayfield was originally born in Maryland but moved to Newton County to attend Oxford College and then Emory University. She originally expected to go into publishing, so she majored in English literature and economics. She discovered that publishing wasn't a great fit for her, but she didn't have another career path in mind at the time.
For Deana Graham the "most amazing part of teaching is being with a child when he first learns to read. It's literally like a bulb comes on." Graham loves being around children, whether they are the 80 she works with in the morning or the three of her own, to whom she devotes most of her evenings.
Graham also has a strong faith and is married to the Rev. Tim Graham, pastor of The Church of the Good Shepherd Episcopal. So, it's a natural fit for her to be the director of the Early Leaning Center at the ...
Layla Zon is not the kind of person who can sit still for long. Whether it's straightening out a desk, tossing an apple or twirling a pen, her hands - and her mind - are always on the go. And that's a good thing. As the chief assistant district attorney in Newton County's District Attorney's office, Alcovy Circuit, and the second in command of an office that opened about 3,800 cases last year, she needs to be able to handle many pots on the stove at once, so to speak.
Zon, who grew up running around outdoors ...
If things had been just a little different, C.C. Bates would have never been an educator or served on Newton County's Board of Education. She might have been your guide if you decided to take a river trip down the Rio Grande.
For all her educational accomplishments, Bates says she floundered her senior year of college at the University of South Carolina, and a whitewater kayaking class with a roommate turned out to be something she adored.
Some people never tire of learning new things or wearing enough hats to fill a closet - Louly Fowler Hay is one of those people.
Hay was born in 1934 at Emory University Hospital and was brought home to live in Covington. She comes from a long line of Newton Countians and much of her family still resides in Covington.
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