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Hometown Heroes
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The voting has begun for the 2012 Hometown Hero, the annual contest that looks for the brightest, everyday hero among us.

This year, four giving local residents are up for the coveted award: Sylvia Ashong, Travis Breedlove, Jason Cripps and Katy Johnson. They were each selected for a different reason, but the common thread was that they stepped outside themselves and did something selfless for another person.

The Covington News established this award three years ago as a way to honor local citizens who give of themselves every day with no expectation of receiving a pat on the back or public thank you. They do what needs to be done because it’s the right thing to do.

General Mills may be the most generous industry we have in Newton County, and the idea of sponsoring our Hometown Heroes contest really appealed to them. We’re glad to have a sponsor like them on board.

However, it’s ultimately up to you, the readers, the everyday heroes out there, to decide who should receive the top prize. Go to to see the candidates, read their stories and vote for who you think should be the Hometown Hero for 2012.

The polls will be open until March 30, and the winner will be announced May 1.