A warm welcome: The Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce held their new member reception Dec. 7 at LongHorn Steakhouse of Covington. The reception was sponsored by American Pest Control, LongHorn and United Bank. Ron Carter, the chamber's director of membership, said 61 new members joined the chamber in 2009.
Nicole Jackson had a heartbreaking task this year - she had to tell her children there was no Santa Claus. The economic downturn didn't spare the Jackson household, and Nicole has been surviving on part-time temporary work. Her current job ends on Tuesday.
In response to Commissioner J.C. Henderson's criticism of the county and its handling of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program, Chairman Kathy Morgan said the county does not have a double standard and has acted appropriately.
Covington spent all of its $428,000 of Neighborhood Stabilization Program money this week by purchasing eight townhomes, and the city is hoping its success will prompt the state to send even more money Covington's way.
Pancakes and presents: The Pilot Club of Covington is making plans for another Pancake Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus from 8 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Covington's First United Methodist Church. Tickets are $5 and $2 for children 6 and under. At the same time, children will have an opportunity to shop in the "Secret Santa's Shop." Each adult gift will be $5. All tickets will be available at the door. The proceeds from the event will go toward two scholarships for two Anchor members: one at Newton High and one at Alcovy ...
The Covington city council voted to increase its investment in the Chamber of Commerce by $66,500 in an effort to recruit a highly-qualified president and bring in more business.
Chamber President John Boothby resigned in Sept., but the chamber has been unable seriously to pursue replacements, because it has been in discussion with the city and county about the future direction of and level of spending on economic development.
The Covington Athletic Club shut down Friday, but a group of local members are trying to band together to purchase and reopen their beloved gym.
The club has been a community staple since it opened 22 years ago, but current owner Philip Johnson, a local lawyer, had to close it as membership continued to drop. In 2006, the club had more than 2,000 members, but as of last week that number had dropped to 1,400.
Stocking stuffers: South Carolina resident Margo Macdonald picked up some gifts at Mayfield's Hardware on the square while visiting with her long-time friend Linda Wade. The two women met when they were in first grade and remain close to this day. Mayfield's is also one of the many shops on the square participating in the Elf on a Shelf Treasure Hunt this holiday season. Find all the elves perched on the shelves of participating merchants and be entered in a drawing for a stocking filled with more than $500 in gift certificates to spend in downtown Covington. Entry ...