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Our thoughts...May of mirth
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You might be thinking that because of the economic times you may not be able to leave the area to enjoy some fun. Well, here's a piece of good news - you don't have to.

Thanks to our local non-profits and civic groups, you and your family can enjoy the month of May right here in Newton County.

• Starting May 4 and lasting until May 8, the American Legion will be hosting the annual Newton County Fair at the American Legion fairgrounds here in Covington. The prices are low, but the fun is big. By attending, you can help our local Legionaries raise money for their many worthy community programs.

• On May 8, the Arts Association in Newton County will be hosting their annual Art on The River and Dance at the Porterdale Mill Lofts beginning at 7 p.m. This is always an entertaining evening where you can bring your lawn chairs and blankets as well as a cooler filled with your favorite foods and beverages, and enjoy an evening beside the Yellow River and under the stars. Contact the arts association at (770) 786-8188 for details or to purchase tickets.

• May also is an exciting month for the arts association as they host Thursday luncheon concerts on the square. Every Thursday at noon a different artist will perform on the square beginning at noon. Best of all, the concerts are free.

• The Covington Rotary Club, in cooperation with the Covington Police Department, will offer a gun safety program to the public on May 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the FFA camp. For more details and cost contact, Doug Bolton at (678) 858-2080. You must be at least 21 to participate.

• Speaking of our Rotary, their annual Vidalia onion sale will be held at the end of May. Rotarians are taking orders now. The cost for a 25 pound bag is $18. If you don't know a Rotarian, please either call our general manager, T. Pat Cavanaugh, at (770) 750-5017 or e-mail him at He will see to it personally that you get your sweet Vidalia onions.

• The inaugural Fireman 5K run will take place on May 22. Proceeds will go to The Covington Fireman's Memorial Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships to graduating high school seniors in the Newton County School System. For more information, contact Capt. Tony Smith at the Covington Fire Department or go to and click on the advertisement for the event to down load your application.

• May also marks the beginning of strawberry picking time here in Newton County. Please continue to check the paper for ads and directions to locations where you can either buy or pick your own sweet, red treats this summer. This is great fun for the whole family.

• Please check out the many programs for children and families being offered by our local Recreation Department and YMCA. Again, look through the paper for the ads detailing their many enjoyable programs.