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Columnist to speak at prayer breakfast
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Syndicated columnist Jackie Gingrich Cushman will be the featured speaker for the Newton County Legislature Prayer Breakfast at 7 a.m. Friday, Jan. 7, at the Turner Lake Recreation Complex in Covington.

The nondenominational, nonpartisan event is free and open to the community, but advance tickets are required. Tickets are available at The Covington News office, 1166 Usher St. N.W., and at the Newton Citizen office, 7121 Turner Lake Road. The event is co-hosted by the Covington Kiwanis and Covington Rotary clubs.

The event will feature local, state and federal government representatives joining in prayer concerns.

Cushman is the daughter of former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich. She will speak on "Life, Liberty and Pursuit of Happiness and the Responsibility of Our Elected Officials."

Cushman is syndicated through Creators Syndicate.

Her column appears Sundays on the editorial page of The News.

She is co-author with her father of the book "5 Principles for a Successful Life: From our Family to Yours,’’ and is the author of "The Essential American: 25 documents and Speeches that Every American Should Read."

She’s founder of the Learning Makes a Difference Foundation, which "tests innovative learning programs to help struggling students learn they can learn," according to her biography.

A cum laude graduate of Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C., Cushman earned a master’s in business administration from Georgia State University in Atlanta. She and her husband, Jimmy Cushman Jr., are Atlanta residents and parents to two children.