The day after the country elected its first black president in what has been the nation's longest and most eventful election, residents of Newton County and Rockdale County gathered in the Covington square for an afternoon prayer circle. Led by Rev. Eric Lee of Springfield Baptist Church, the gathered – Republicans and Democrats, black and white – prayed for unity and healing from the recent years of a national divisiveness. They prayed for their counties' elected officials, civil servants, educators, first responders and fighting men and women abroad.
At the annual Pooch Paw Fest at Oxford College, graduates of the college's POOCH program mixed and mingled with their owners and former canine roommates on the grassy quad of the campus Saturday afternoon.
Parents of students at Middle Ridge Elementary School and Clements Middle School are invited to attend an informational meeting on Nov. 1 at Clements Middle School to review possible Supplemental Educational Services (SES) currently available for their children. This is the second informational meeting provided by the Office of Federal Programs of the Newton County School System. After the informational meeting, parents will have the opportunity to meet various qualified SES providers in the local area.
With Halloween coming on a Friday this year, law enforcement is urging citizens to beware of additional foot and motor traffic around Newton County as little ghosts and goblins scurry around town in search of treats.
Additionally, the Georgia State Patrol is cautioning drivers to be prepared, noting that traffic is expected to be heavier than normal this Halloween with more motorists on the roads for the weekend with trick-or-treating, high school football games and the Florida/Georgia game in Jacksonville.
Deputies from the Newton County Sheriff's Department responded to a call Saturday night when citizens reported that a silver Impala was wandering over the road on Interstate 20 East and slamming on its brakes.
Porterdale city council member Kay Piper announced her resignation from the council at a called meeting Thursday night, after three years on the council. She citied her health as the number one reason, but also noted she had been unhappy with the direction of the council this year.