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Times are tough, but we are blessed to be living in a community of caring, giving citizens.

We've honored a baker's dozen of such individuals in the past year who've made Newton County a better place as our Hometown Heroes.

On Friday, four of the Heroes, selected by you in online voting, were recognized with a celebratory breakfast. The winner, selected by a panel of judges, was Kelli Hopkins. You can read about Kelli and our other Heroes for 2010 on pages 4A and 5A.

The vote was close and all 13 Heroes are winners whose actions have helped brighten our world. Thanks and kudos to you all.

Thanks also to James Hamm, owner of Town House Cafe, for opening his business to the Hometown Hero celebration, and to the good community citizens at General Mills in Covington for serving as presenting sponsors for our Hometown Heroes.

Unemployment, foreclosures and even the price of gasoline remains too high in Newton County. We need to be able to celebrate small moments and accomplishments to see us through. And that's why Hometown Heroes matter, and that's why we're seeking nominations for more Hometown Heroes for 2011. Send information on nominees to Editor Tharon Giddens at

It's the little acts of unselfishness that often go unacknowledged that make our world better.

Help make those contributions known. Help us find more Hometown Heroes.