Jerry Lee Roberts was sworn into the Covington Police Department in August, but calling him a rookie wouldn't exactly be accurate. For starters he's 43 and a former pastor, so he has a good bit of life experience. But also, he's already been a CPD rookie - in 1987.
The Covington YMCA Winter Swim Team has been gearing up for their first meet of the season against Walter and Andrew YMCA at Oxford College on Saturday at 3 p.m. For three years the YMCA has offered a Summer Swim Team, but this is the first year swimming is offered as a year-round competitive sport.
The family of murder victim Erica Reed has brought suit against the Covington Housing Authority. Their argument: if convicted murderer Willie Gunn had not been allowed to live there, Reed would be alive today.
As part of its Neighborhood Stabilization Plan, Newton County is planning to build a public park in Fairview Estates, but several area residents told the county Tuesday night that they don't want a public park in their backyard.
Mary Arnwine, special projects chair of the Covington Garden Club, and her committee make flower arrangements monthly and deliver them to area nursing homes (Merryvale, Covington Manor and Riverside). Covington Garden Club members donate blooms and greenery from their gardens, and special projects committee spread cheer by forming these items into beautiful arrangements, which brighten the rooms and hallways of the three facilities. This project has been done for several months and is a continuing commitment of the Covington Garden Club. On Sept. 2, committee members delivered their arrangements to Merryvale Assisted Living.
A future leader in D.C. George Hart of Covington, a seventh-grade student at George Walton Academy, attended the Junior National Young Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C., in August. During the week the Jr. NYCL scholars examined leadership in a historical context, focused on applying critical leadership skills in their own lives and explored ways to make a difference when they returned home to their schools and communities.
The Newton County Sheriff's Office will receive decision-based drivers training for their deputies. It's called a driving simulator and it allows a driver to be put into everyday driving and emergency response situations without actually being out on the road and in their vehicle. Not only that, but the simulator is mobile and it comes, literally, right to the doorstep of the Newton County Sheriff's Office to provide the training.
The 6th Annual Newton County Literacy Festival, co-sponsored by The Learning Center and Main Street Covington, brings together organizations and agencies committed to educating families in a day of fun activities.The Literacy Festival will be held on Saturday, September 12 from 10:00 am until 1:30 pm on the Square in historic Covington.Booths will offer activities for children such as arts and crafts, games, sidewalk chalk art, and a book walk, while adults can learn more about services offered by each organization.New this year, Newton County Health Department will be offering seasonal flu shots at ...