The Newton County Emergency Medical Services and Paramedics were busy training Thursday. The team had their HAZMAT gear and tent set up in front of the EMS Department, located behind Newton Medical Center.
Carl Smith Jr. was generous. He was generous with his time, his money and his kindness. Smith died on Monday, but throughout his 96 years in Covington, he touched many lives; whether he was secretly donating money to a family in need, donating his time to make repairs at a friend's home or his church or sharing his wealth of knowledge and love with his family.
Don F. Campbell, CFSP, of Covington, employee of Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home, has recently qualified for recertification of Certified Funeral Service Practitioner by the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice.
This week, The News begins a weekly series looking at what has become of those convicted of murder in Newton County and touching base with the victims' loved ones. The cases span nearly four decades. Information was gathered from the archives of The News and records from the Newton County Clerk of Courts office as well as through interviews and written correspondence with involved parties.
Riding for a good cause: Many members of the Juvenile Court of Newton County participated in the for Ride for Reading on Saturday, July 11, to benefit The Learning Center in Oxford. The ride began at 10 a.m. at the Martin's Crossing Shopping Center and ended at 11:30 a.m. at Jimbo's Grill at the Mill in Porterdale. All proceeds from rider registration went to The Learning Center. The ride was escorted by the Newton County Sheriff's Office.
The Georgia Department of Transportation will be milling down and resurfacing the part of Highway 36 that runs through Covington, including the section around the square. In preparation for that milling, the city must lower its manholes and water and gas valves.
Newton County's western residents will finally have their own park and should be able to set foot in Denny Dobbs Park in early spring 2010. The Board of Commissioners approved plans for the first phase of the District 2 park on Tuesday night.
Rodney Pierce of Covington received several citations on Tuesday, June 30, after an officer responded to an accident at the intersection of Ga. Highway 212 and Ga. Highway 36. The officer arrived on the scene shortly before 5:30 p.m. to find Pierce's car in the ditch. After approaching Pierce the officer reportedly noticed that he was allegedly unsteady on his feet, verbally combative and that there was a strong odor of alcohol coming from Pierce's person.
On the morning on July 3 officers from the Covington Police Department responded to Westview Cemetery to meet with family members of Lanny Perry Barnes. The family members had called because someone had placed two signs of a protest nature on Barnes' grave. No damage was done to the grave or the grave marker. Officers removed the signs and reassured the Barnes family that the family of Barnes' victims would be contacted and advised not to return. Officers determined that no criminal offenses had occurred.