Mayor Kim Carter and other city officials have made it clear that improving Covington's housing situation is a top priority. With the city's newly created Urban Redevelopment Plan in hand and the corresponding Covington Redevelopment Auth-ority in the process of being formed, city officials are confident they'll now be in line for more state and federal funding and support.
A few members of the Newton County chapter of NAACP Youth received the gift of a lifetime when local businesses and individuals donated the funds for the girls to attend the celebration of 100 years of bold dreams and big victories in New York.
Officers from the Covington Police Department were called to an apartment in the Magnolia Heights complex in the early morning hours of July 22 when a concerned citizen alerted them to a domestic disturbance.
Mayor Pro Tem Hawnethia Williams was a teacher for 33 years and was used to learning and teaching in a structured environment, but when she entered politics she discovered there wasn't anybody waiting with a helping hand.
The Newton County Emergency Medical Services and Paramedics were busy training Thursday. The team had their HAZMAT gear and tent set up in front of the EMS Department, located behind Newton Medical Center.
Carl Smith Jr. was generous. He was generous with his time, his money and his kindness. Smith died on Monday, but throughout his 96 years in Covington, he touched many lives; whether he was secretly donating money to a family in need, donating his time to make repairs at a friend's home or his church or sharing his wealth of knowledge and love with his family.
Don F. Campbell, CFSP, of Covington, employee of Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home, has recently qualified for recertification of Certified Funeral Service Practitioner by the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice.
This week, The News begins a weekly series looking at what has become of those convicted of murder in Newton County and touching base with the victims' loved ones. The cases span nearly four decades. Information was gathered from the archives of The News and records from the Newton County Clerk of Courts office as well as through interviews and written correspondence with involved parties.
Riding for a good cause: Many members of the Juvenile Court of Newton County participated in the for Ride for Reading on Saturday, July 11, to benefit The Learning Center in Oxford. The ride began at 10 a.m. at the Martin's Crossing Shopping Center and ended at 11:30 a.m. at Jimbo's Grill at the Mill in Porterdale. All proceeds from rider registration went to The Learning Center. The ride was escorted by the Newton County Sheriff's Office.