Nods sought for lighting ceremony

COVINGTON -- If you know someone who deserves a little recognition, here's your chance to help that person shine.

Main Street Covington, the Arts Association in Newton County and local governments are seeking nominations for the honor of lighting the Newton County Historic Courthouse during the annual ceremony kicking off the holiday season in downtown Covington on Nov. 18.

"The Lighting of the Courthouse is such a wonderful holiday tradition we have here in Newton County," said Abigail Morgan Coggin with the Arts Association. "Through involvement with other organizations downtown, it was decided that we need to share this experience with others, and one way to do that was by allowing people to be nominated to flip the switch. This is a great way to honor someone in our community who is deserving."

Nominees should give service to the community and "give without wanting anything in return," according to a press release from the Arts Association.

Past honorees include retired educators T.K. and Louise Adams; community activist Flemmie Pitts; former mayors of Covington; the Newton County Special Olympics Equestrian Team; and Alan Fowler, band director at Eastside High School.

Nomination forms can be downloaded from www.downtowncovington.org and www.newtoncountyarts.org. The nomination form requires an essay of 500 words or less describing why the individual or group is being nominated.

The Lighting of the Courthouse Committee will review nominations and select the winning entry. Nominations must arrive at Main Street Covington, 2104 Washington St., Covington, GA, 30014 by 5 p.m. Nov. 11, to be considered. For more information, call Main Street Covington at 770-385-2077.