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Former Newton top teacher dies

Photo by Ginny Sampson

Photo by Ginny Sampson

Bill Aiken, Newton County School System's 2002 Teacher of the Year, passed away last week. After attending Heard-Mixon Elementary School as a young child and retiring from the army in 1986, he came back to Heard-Mixon to pursue his teaching career. He taught at Heard-Mixon for

16 years until his retirement in 2005. Aiken was a passionate supporter of the 4-H and D.A.R.E programs. Visitation and funeral services were held earlier this week. After Aiken was announced as TOTY, he was able to drive a canary, yellow convertible from Covington Ford for a while.