Over 1,300 geared-up bike riders crowded Elks Club Road in Covington early Saturday morning for the 21st Annual Covington Century Bike Ride to benefit Project Adventure Kids. Riders stretched anxiously and smiled encouragingly to one another as the final minutes of rest counted down. At 8:00 a.m., the waiting was over and they were off, pedaling away from what would eventually become their finish line.
Newton County residents who regularly drive along Alcovy Road and Ga. Highway 142 around Interstate 20, will notice something missing this afternoon. Every day for the last two and a half years those orange-and-white stripped barrels have lined the roads, slowing traffic, blocking lanes and causing delays.
For the second time this year, the city council decided not to raise their positions salaries for 2010. In an unofficial vote done by e-mail, Mayor Kim Carter said the council's consensus, by 4 to 2, was to not put the item on the council's agenda anytime soon - essentially to not vote for raises for next year.
Once again, the Covington Lions will hold a Covington Idol competition at their Oct. 9-10 Sherman's Last Burning Fall Festival and BBQ Cook-Off at Legion Field on Mill Street. This time, however, a Jr. Idol (for 17 and under) is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 9 at 6 p.m. The Covington Idol (for 18 and older) is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 10 at 2 p.m. The Lions promise these two events will be the highlight of the Fall Festival.
The man wanted for allegedly robbing a Covington Holiday Inn and Doster's Store in Newton County was arrested and is being held in Henry County, Ala. on multiple charges, including the beating of a guard in the Alabama jail.
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.