Libraries have long been viewed as vital cornerstones of communities, a necessary public service, but as Newton County remains mired in a near-lifeless economy, county officials believe the time of free library service may be over.
Scholarship winners: Two local high school students were honored with the B.C. Crowell Scholarship. Madison Raynor of Eastside High School and Tre Simms of Newton County High School were presented with the annual scholarship.
Helping the Red Cross: Piedmont Academy held a blood drive for the American Red Cross the week of May 9. During the school's outdoor movie night and at their annual parents' meeting, the school collected money for a donation to the American Red Cross to help with its support efforts in Georgia and around the world.
Project complete: An eyesore has been turned into a green space downtown, thanks to First Presbyterian Church of Covington. The old site of the Community Food Pantry at Brown and Clark streets has been transformed into a public park, which will be dedicated at 6:45 p.m. today. Project coordinator was Gene Wallace, and there's a mural providing a background that was done by Oxford College students working with Maria Veliotis, according to a release. Left, Bolivar Macedo of Robbins Lawn Maintenance puts the finishing touches on the park on Tuesday evening.
May is Foster Care Month and the Georgia Department of Human Services' Division of Family and Children Services is stepping up their efforts to urge more Georgians to become foster parents. DFCS county offices across the state are sponsoring foster parent appreciation and family activities, information fairs, seminars and training sessions to recruit future foster parents.