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.
Councilman Mike Whatley spoke out Wednesday night against recent criticism directed toward the city council for their decision to have their annual retreat at Brasstown Valley Resort and Spa. Whatley said he thought media and public portrayal of the decision was unfair. His full speech is below:
The Covington Municipal Airport is finally opening after four months – at least for daytime operations. The airport closed Sept. 21 for runway, taxiway and apron construction, which was expected to take two months. Heavy rainfall and unusually cold temperatures delayed completion by two months.
The Covington City Council has moved its regularly scheduled meeting from tonight to Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m. at city hall. As usual, a work session will precede the meeting at 5:30 p.m. also at city hall.
Beginning on Jan. 28 Newton County Library employees will be asking everyone who comes into the library on Thursdays to be especially quiet. Staff members have had numerous requests to lower the noise from cell phones, loud conversations, children screaming and other disruptions that make it difficult to study.
Flames shot through the roof of two-story home on Trotter's Walk Thursday morning. As several neighbors watched in disbelief, the body of a female, in her mid-60s, was wheeled out of the home and into a waiting ambulance.