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Posted: January 13, 2009 7:24 p.m.

BOE swears in veteran, newcomer

Photo by Tisa S. Washington/

Board of Education Member Eddie Johnson, left, is sworn in Tuesday evening by Judge Horace Johnson, right, as Eddie's wife Willinne Johnson holds the Bible during his swearing in.

Newton County Board of Education Chairman Almond Turner and new councilmember Eddie Johnson were sworn in at the board's Jan. 13 meeting.

Turner, who has been a member of the board since 2000, ran unopposed in last year's general election for the Dist. 4 seat. Johnson, a former NCSS bus driver and phone company manager, defeated 12-year veteran Rickie Corley for the Dist. 2 seat in the Nov. 4 election.

"It's an honor and a real pleasure to be a member of this board and I just hope I can fulfill the investment and thought the public has entrusted in me to do so," Johnson said.

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