After a discussion of a Bright from the Start grant, the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) voted 4-1 to shift organization of management for the Nelson Heights Community Center from county staff back to a 501c3 nonprofit run by the center.
Amanda Atkins was shot to death at 275 Deer Trail on Oct. 23, and her husband James Michael Atkins was found dead from self-inflicted gunshot wounds by SWAT team members at 454 Deer Trail later that day.
Who is Mike Whatley: Whatley, who is running for fifth term as Council member from Post 2 East Ward is a lifelong resident of Covington. At 64, he is retired, and serves as vice-chair for the Newton County Water and Sewer Authority Board. Governor Nathan Deal appointed Whatley to serve on the Water and Waste Water Certification Board, an agency that creates tests for operators at water and waste water plants.