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.
Consolidated Copier Services, of Covington, Georgia, has received the Elite Dealer Award by OfficeDealer Magazine for Metro Atlanta. The award is presented annually by the magazine to the top office equipment, office products and office furniture dealers in the U.S. According to the publisher Rich Kunkel, the 110 dealers presented with the prestigious Elite Dealer awards were selected from a record number of entries. Consolidated Copier Services is among only three dealers in the state of Georgia and are the only dealer to receive the award located in the Metro Atlanta area. Kunkel said. "Among Elite Dealers, success is ...
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.