When the Newton County Leadership Collaborative kicked off a series of five meetings focused on letting people know what Newton County had to offer, we have to admit we thought this major undertaking was going to be a waste of time and effort that would only attract people who were already involved.
The first test meeting seemed to confirm our fears. After all, who would want to come to a school on a Saturday night to celebrate our county, when they could be relaxing at home or having a night out.
We are more than glad to say we've been proven wrong.
Kay Lee and her small band of dedicated volunteers never gave up faith that if they put together a traveling show of good will people would come. And come they did, as a few hundred residents, new and old, came out each time to learn about the good things that make our county so attractive to new businesses like Baxter International. Lee and others spent countless hours, including many late nights, organizing a bold venture.
If you haven't yet had the opportunity to come visit your neighbors and community leaders and see all the county has to offer you still have one more chance.
Tomorrow from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., take the whole family out to Live Oak Elementary School, located at 500 Kirkland Road, Covington. There will be free games for the children, free food and drinks, a chance to win door prizes and the opportunity to get any questions you've had about Newton County answered.
This is a great chance to learn about all the positive things Newton County has to offer and to become more connected and involved in the community you've chosen to call home.
So stop by, and be sure to visit our exhibit, featuring our video booth, where you can offer some thoughts that will become part of Newton County's history for many years to come.