If Newton County is to preserve its large swaths of rural land while at the same time continuing its economic development, one possible solution is to encourage the opening of more agritourism businesses. Another solution is to foster more small farms with a focus on growing produce for local consumption.
The News recently ran a story about local ministries being out of funding to provide those in need with shelter, food and utility bill assistance. Several businesses and community organizations have started collecting donations and canned goods for these ministries.
To make a donation send a check to the following local ministries.
The day after Barack Obama's historical presidential win and the close of what has been one of the most divisive and tense political seasons in decades, Newton County residents came together to pray for unity and healing for the nation in the days ahead.
Sheriff-Elect Lt. Ezell Brown will have little time to rest after the election, heading straight back to school Monday morning in order to learn the ins and outs of becoming Newton County's next sheriff.
The King of rock 'n' roll will be in the house for the third annual Green Getaway, beginning at 6 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center. The night includes a dinner, a traditional auction, silent auction and musical entertainment.
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.