With the D.A.R.E. program no longer operating, the Covington Police Department wanted to find an alternate way to help children in the community. On Friday, the CPD Chief Stacey Cotton presented a $9,332 check to the Washington Street Community to help support the numerous children's tutoring and enrichment programs provided by the center.
The City of Covington will not purchase the Norfolk Southern railroad. The council voted 5-1 to end any city involvement in the purchase of the railroad. Councilwoman Janet Goodman was the only member opposed.
A controversial piece of vacant property, 167 acres located northeast of SKC off Hazelbrand Road, was annexed by the city of Covington Monday night and rezoned from county agricultural residential to city heavy industrial. The council voted 3-2 in favor of the annexation and rezoning, with councilwomen Janet Goodman and Hawnethia Williams opposed, and Councilman Mike Whatley absent.
The Covington City Council has taken the position that its two monthly meetings are first and foremost business meetings, therefore, public comments will be limited to five minutes per individual or 10 minutes per group of individuals speaking on the same side of the same topic.
Honoring important women: On March 25, the Newton County Senior Center at Turner Lake sponsored their 2nd Pearls of Wisdom Luncheon, which was held at the Newton County Recreation and Senior Center, in honor of Women's History Month. Ten honorees, along with 65 guests, were entertained with a solo by Jackie Smith, a medley by members of the Voices of Wisdom Choir, words of appreciation, salutation, praise and great food.
The week of April 11 – 17 has been declared National Public Safety Telecommunications Week. Sponsored by the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International, this week honors the many telecommunications professionals who aid in providing 9-1-1 emergency assistance to citizens everywhere.