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Honored in our community
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In addition to celebrating the peaceful transition of our presidency and celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. this past week, our community took the time to honor some of our outstanding residents.

First, Doug Bolton and the Rev. Willie J. Smith were honored with the prestigious "I Have a Dream Award."

B.C. Crowell was honored with the first MLK Trailblazer award.

At the annual Covington-Newton County Chamber dinner, Beaver Manufacturing founders Nonie and Ed Needham were honored with the coveted R.O. Arnold award for their community volunteerism during the past 40 years.

Ozburn Electrical Contractors were presented with the Dick James Small Business of the Year Award, and Andrea Hammond was honored with the Spirit of Excellence award.

In addition to these honors, a special recognition was given to three longtime pillars of the Covington/Newton County community by Chamber keynote speaker Brigadier General C. Stewart Rodeheaver - the commander of the 48th Brigade Combat team, Georgia National Guard.

The special honorees were Otis Spillers, Hugh Steele and B.C. Crowell.

The reason a community is deemed a great place to live is because of the people who live in that community. Our community has been blessed over the years with folks who have been willing to go the extra mile.

The folks who were honored this week have gone an extra 10 miles. We thank them, and we encourage you to give of yourself and help our community to continue to prosper.