COVINGTON -- Newton Countians felt the scourge of Mother Nature during 2009 with unprecedented flooding, a category F-1 tornado and a snowstorm that caused havoc mostly in the eastern portion of the county.
COVINGTON -- The year 2009 was a historic one for politics in Newton County, as the first female Board of Commissioners chair, Kathy Morgan, and the first black sheriff, Ezell Brown, took office.
COVINGTON -- Newton County was not immune to the hard economic times that plagued the nation. The unemployment rate rose, the housing market declined and businesses closed up shop during 2009.
COVINGTON -- The murder rate for Newton County was reduced drastically in 2009 as officers had six cases added to their workload -- down from a total of 10 in 2008 -- which included both city of Covington and Newton County jurisdictions.
COVINGTON -- The city of Covington didn't face the same financial woes as the county in 2009, though it passed what Mayor Kim Carter called a "very lean" budget of $120.5 million, about $12 million less than the prior year's budget.
If you grew up in the South or have family below the Mason-Dixon line, the New Year is rung in with the smell of collard greens and black-eyed peas cooking and flavored with pork fatback.
The following charges and arrests were reported by the Newton County Sheriff's Office, Covington Police Department, Oxford Police Department and Porterdale Police Department: