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Fourth annual Scrabble Fest raises money for adult literacy

Forty-four players competed for prizes in Newton Reads' fourth annual Scrabble Fest fundraiser for adult literacy on April 18 at Oxford College's Card Student Center.

The family-friendly event attracted 22 two-player teams from as far away as Atlanta and included several students in Newton Reads' adult literacy program. Contestants played three 30-minute rounds of Scrabble, with teams changing opponents after each round.

First place went to the team of Barbara Meyer of Atlanta and Nan Orrock, a state senator from Atlanta. Lori Justus and her daughter Kali Justus of Covington won second place. The third place winners were Josephine Kelly and Cathy Dobbs of Covington.

"We deeply appreciate the support of the community in making the 2009 Scrabble Fest a success," Newton Reads Director Janet Hodges said. "The tournament was a lot of fun, and the proceeds will help us keep our educational programs strong."

This event was sponsored in part by Good Shepherd Episcopal Church Outreach Ministry; Greer, Stansfield & Turner, LLP; the Henderson Family; the Jefferson Inn; the Oliver Family; Snapping Shoals EMC and Wooden It Be Lovely. A number of local artists and businesses contributed items for the silent auction held in conjunction with the tournament.

Newton Reads is a nonprofit organization in Covington whose volunteer tutors help adults learning to read or seeking a high school equivalency degree.