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The city of Covington is looking for a new municipal court judge following last week's resignation of former judge Steven Hathorn.
(Note: Attached to this article is the audio recording of the speech Covington Municipal Court Judge Steven Hathorn gave to the city council, explaining and defending comments a court employee said were prejudiced against black defendants. Also, attached to the article is a PDF copy of a transcript (transcribed by The News) from part of the Jan. 22 municipal court session, which caused a court employee to accuse Judge Steven Hathorn of racial prejudice.)
Below is the agenda for the Covington City Council's Monday meeting, while the attached PDF contains information for some of the agenda items - the information is the same as that given to city council members.
Covington officials are considering revising the city's employee travel policy, to give more flexibility for overnight stays for training classes and conferences, but council members disagreed on whether the change was needed now or should be studied further.
This is the last weekend to see the inaugural Covington's Magical Lights of Christmas display downtown, as the lights will be taken down beginning Monday, weather permitting, according to Main Street Covington interim director Serra Phillips.
Amid all the talk about developing more qualified workers to handle the jobs of today and tomorrow, Newton County celebrated the grand opening of its newest workforce development center Thursday.
Covington will wait a little longer to invest in electric vehicles, as the Covington City Council voted Monday not to participate in a program from car manufacturer Nissan that would have given the city a free electric car charger.
Covington city officials want to make next year's July 4 fireworks event bigger and better, and Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnston said the goal is to put together a $20,000 show.
Transportation Project Manager Terry Savage is leaving the city of Covington after an eight-year career working on the city's roads, sidewalks and other projects.
Friends of Newton Parks and local sponsors have rescheduled the Twilights lighting festival at Chimney Park for 5-7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15.
Twilights at Chimney Park has been canceled tonight due to weather.
The Covington Lions Club /Main Street Covington Holiday Parade wound through the square Saturday morning. Mother Nature provided enough of a chill to get the crowd bundled up and in the holiday spirit.
Covington police are looking for a man they say robbed a convenience store at gunpoint early Thursday morning.
The Covington Police Department swore in its youngest member Monday night, one so young his oath of office included the unusual vow to "mind his mother and be the best student possible."