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Former Newton planner finalist for Rockdale job

Former Newton planner finalist for Rockdale job

CONYERS, Ga. — A former Newton County department head has been named a finalist by Rockdale County in the search for a planning director.

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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.

Ex-Councilwoman Bertha Goss Dies at 87

Ex-Councilwoman Bertha Goss Dies at 87

COVINGTON -- (CovNews) Goss died Thursday night at the age of 87. She had been on dialysis and suffered from kidney and liver problems, son Curtis Goss said Friday.

She was one of Covington's first black business owners and her deceased husband Henry Goss was one of Newton County's first black sheriff's deputies.

"She was a strong woman and was willing to help anybody. She did a lot of things for a lot of the ladies who wanted to go into the hair business," Curtis said. "She showed me if you’re willing you can do anything you want to do. You have to stay strong no matter what… she was a fighter."


Goss also was a Covington city councilwoman for 12 years from 1994 to 2005.

Covington To Get New Fire Chief , Early Summer

Covington To Get New Fire Chief , Early Summer

COVINGTON -- (covnews.com) Covington will hire a new fire chief to replace Chief Don Floyd whose last day will be June 15.

The position is being advertised in The News and is posted on the city's website and will pay between $62,296 and $83,491, depending on an applicant's experience.

The city is looking for applicants with a bachelor's degree in public management, business administration, fire science technology or fire safety engineering or who have a related degree and have taken college level courses in fire administration. Applicants should also have 10 years of high level command experience, three years of which must have been equivalent to fire captain or higher rank, including at least one year performing administrative type work.

Last Summer Concert on the Square

Second Friday Summer Concert Series

7:00 pm, Historic Covington Square

Admission is FREE!

Sponsored by Main Street Covington & Arts Association


Friday, September 10th

Francine Reed -- Blues/Rock