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Prayer Breakfast to be held Jan. 6
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The second annual Legislative Prayer Breakfast will take place Jan. 6 from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at the Turner Lake Complex. Hosted by the Covington Kiwanis and Rotary clubs, the event is free to the public and will feature a guest speaker and light breakfast and coffee.

The prayer breakfast started as an off-shoot of a weekly men's prayer group started by Alcovy Circuit Superior Court Judges Samuel Ozburn, Horace Johnson, John Ott, Eugene Benton and Ken Wynne, along with some of their friends. The legislative prayer breakfast was born of those weekly meetings. All federal, state and local elected officials who represent Newton County are invited to attend the event, and several have confirmed as of press time.

Syndicated columnist Dick Yarbrough, whose column appears every Wednesday in The Covington News, will be the guest speaker. Yarbrough is a self-described "Southern philosopher, political pundit and straight-shooting humorist all rolled into one"; visit for more information.

Coffee will be available beginning at 7 a.m. when the doors open, then the invocation by the Rev. Maria Church Johnson of Richards Chapel United Methodist Church, followed by a light breakfast and an inspirational speech by Yarbrough. 

The event is free and open to the public, however those interested in attending are asked to get tickets, which can be picked up at the offices of The Covington News, 1166 Usher St., the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce, 2101 Clark St., and the Newton County Clerk of Courts office, 1132 Usher St.