McIntosh Commercial Bank's four branches, including its Covington location, have failed and were taken over by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation late Friday afternoon. CharterBank, headquartered out of West Point, purchased all of McIntosh's $343 million in deposits and essentially all of its' $362.9 in assets, according to an FDIC press release.
For two and a half days the Covington City Council discussed how to direct the city government over the next three years, as part of their strategic planning retreat held at the Georgia FFA-FCCLA Camp. The council didn't create a strategic plan, but it learned the proper process for how to create one.
Newton Medical Center could soon be getting a $1.75 million da Vinci Si Robotic Surgery System and that could mean safer, quicker surgeries and shorter recovery times as well as less money spent by patients.
The desire of city officials to bring in more jobs and tax revenue through new industry clashed head on against the traffic, noise and pollution concerns of local residents at Tuesday night's Covington Planning Commission meeting. The additional jobs and tax revenue appear to have won.
Providing shelter: The Covington Police Department's Police Who Care Fund present Covington Rotary Club President Alice Queen with a check for $2,000. The donation is for the purchase of two Rotary Shelter boxes to provide shelter for up to 20 people in Haiti. The PWC donated the money to the Covington Club to increase the number of shelters donated by Covington from five to seven total shelters. Left to Right Front: Alice Queen and Chief Stacey L. Cotton Left to Right Rear: Officer Oscar Rogers, Officer John Seabolt, and Sergeant Chris Cain.
The Federal Aviation Administration has listened to the concerns of Covington officials and will not be making any major changes to the way planes fly into and out of Covington Municipal Airport.
Because of increased airplane traffic into Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the FAA is considering changing the controlled airspace around the airport, known as Class B airspace, to improve safety and efficiency for larger commercial traffic.
The city council cancelled its planning retreat reservation at Brasstown Resort Valley and Spa Wednesday after receiving continued criticism over the past two months. The retreat will now be held at a local location, which is still being determined.
Crepe myrtles find a new home: Workers from the Georgia Forestry Commission use the tree spade to move crepe myrtles from the median on Highway 278 to Sharp Stadium. The project is a collaborative effort taking place this week between Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful, the City of Covington, and the Newton County School System to beautify the area around the stadium and reuse plants. The crepe myrtles must be moved to allow for D.O.T.'s construction of a concrete wall and other intersection improvements.