As the Covington YMCA’s primary fundraiser for the WHY IT MATTERS campaign, the Cheerios Challenge road race started with less than 50 participants nearly two decades ago and now averages 1,300 registrations annually.
Frederich L. Johnson for more than a decade has made it his mission to reclaim abandoned cemeteries in Newton County, preserving history with annual cleanups in conjunction with Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday.
Wayne Shelnutt was aboard the USS California in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on Dec. 7, 1941, the day Japan dragged the United States into World War II. Now 104 years old, the Newton County resident remembers those events with chilling clarity.
Dr. Darrell Daniel left Trinidad as a teenager in 1989 with a suitcase and $300 to his name. Today, he holds a PhD in Educational Leadership and serves as assistant principal at the Newton College and Career Academy.
Fifty years after he returned home from the Vietnam War,
three-time Purple Heart recipient Gary Price bears physical
and emotional wounds that will never fully heal. However,
he continues his sacrifice through the tales he lived to tell.