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Ode to Southern Fun: Annual Cherry Blossom Charity Croquet Tournament at Oxford College

Ode to Southern Fun: Annual Cherry Blossom Charity Croquet Tournament at Oxford College

COVINGTON – On Saturday, March 12th, the Heartland Woman’s Club will host their 20th Annual Cherry Blossom Charity Croquet Tournament at the Oxford College of Emory University.

The cost is $50 per player and includes a continental breakfast, lunch and a . Participants are asked to dress in all-white and there will be prizes for the best dressed man and woman.

Registration for this event will begin, promptly, at 9:30AM. For more information call (770) 786-5002.

Newton County's unemployment rate rises to 12.5 percent

ATLANTA – According to State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler the preliminary unadjusted unemployment rate in the metro Atlanta area increased to 10.4 percent in January, up three-tenths of a percentage point from a revised 10.1 percent in December.

Previously, in 2010, the jobless rate in the metro Atlanta area was 10.7 percent. Unemployment in Newton County, currently, sits at 12.5 percent. The rate increased because of layoffs in manufacturing, construction and administrative and support services.  

For more information on the Georgia labor market visit www.dol.state.ga.us 

Citizens have the opporunity to assit officers, with new program

Citizens have the opporunity to assit officers, with new program

COVINGTON – Recently, Police Chief Geoff Jacobs was to enforce the city’s house code after the elimination of the “part-time code enforcement officer” position with the 2011 budget. And since then, he has decided to ask for help from area residents and other agencies in the area.

According to Jacobs, the department will, first, focus on the external appearance of properties in the area; he’s calling this effort a Quality of Life Community Improvement Program. Infractions include: accumulation of junk, inoperative/abandoned vehicles, homes that are in disrepair and/or in need of paint and uncut grass, among other issues.

Officers or enforcers will send a letter to the offender with a deadline and compliance is expected, in these matters.

Conyers Historical Society to host Olde Town Jail Tour

Conyers Historical Society to host Olde Town Jail Tour

CONYERS – This weekend, the Conyers Historical Society will hold their “Olde Town Jail Tour” from 10:00 a.m. until 2 p.m. This tour, which is held on the first Saturday of the month, is an exhibit of what the jail looked like in the late 1800’s. The jail doubles as a museum, which displays different Conyers artifacts.

The tour includes starts downstairs I the sheriff’s house and ends upstairs in the prisoner’s dormitory. The museum is home to many artifacts from Conyers and Milstead: like the first electric stove or the first TV/radio in Conyers.

The jail is located on Milstead Avenue.

 

Newton County Chamber of Commerce Coffee Call

Newton County Chamber of Commerce Coffee Call

COVINGTON – The Newton County Chamber of Commerce will host its monthly breakfast at LeafStone Apartments. This breakfast is a networking opportunity, exclusively, for members of the chamber.

The Newton Chamber of Commerce is mainly comprised of small businesses but does include large corporations. Membership is offered at different levels but starts at $200/annually.

Representative from the LeafStone Apartments will speak, briefly. Coffee and light refreshments will be served.   

Horace Johnson: Living in Changing Times

Horace Johnson: Living in Changing Times

COVINGTON – (www.covnews.com) Judge Horace Johnson has made a lot of memories since being born in Newton County Hospital in the late 50s. But the one that stands out most clearly happened at Ficquett Elementary School when he was one of the first black students to be integrated in Newton County.

"I can vividly remember walking out of school between a row of state patrol officers to block our view of the protests that were going on about integration," said Johnson. "I don't remember what grade I was in at the time but I remember that vividly."

Johnson grew up in the Sand Hill community, where his father taught math at Washington Street Elementary School.

Covington Community Bike Ride, February 4th

Covington Community Bike Ride, February 4th

As it does every Sunday, the Covington Community Bike Ride will leave from the Square Park in Downtown Covington at 3:00 p.m. Join fellow cyclists for the First Sunday Covington Community Bike Ride hosted by C4 Cycling Club, Main Street Covington and the Tourism/Visitors Center.

The bike ride is open to all ages and abilities and takes a route through the downtown, the adjoining historic neighborhoods and communities.

All cyclists must wear a helmet.