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Time to plan is now
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Although it doesn't seem like it now, just a few short years ago, Newton County was the 11th fastest growing county in the nation.

As families poured into Newton to experience the good schools and the pleasant quality of life, local community leaders became concerned that the county - because of this rapid growth - would lose its picturesque beauty and identity. So they gathered and created a group called the 2050 initiative which in turn has set plans in motion to unite community groups in order to effectively plan for Newton County's future.

In order for the county's residents to understand the concept and plan for our future, the group, which includes county and city municipalities and the Newton County Chamber of Commerce, has set up a series of informal gatherings to explain the plan in greater detail and hopefully unite residents.

The first of these meetings is scheduled for Saturday and will be held at Eastside High School. The doors open at 4 p.m. and close at 8 p.m.

This is an opportunity for you to bring your family, meet your elected officials and community volunteers and to give your opinion on how the county should grow.

The projection for our county's growth is that by 2050, 400,000 people will call Newton County home. Currently 99,000 of us do that. While we understand all 99,000 of you won't make it out to one of these gatherings, we strongly urge as many of you who can to come out.

The Covington News will be there with a video booth to collect stories about the county's rich history and to learn why the average resident loves this great place we call home. Stop by and visit us and leave some comments for prosperity. The event is free.