Nominations sought to light courthouse

COVINGTON -- The Arts Association in Newton County and Main Street Covington will once again honor a community "shining light" at the annual Lighting of Newton County's Historic Courthouse, which will take place this year at 6 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 17. Nominations are being sought to help a committee select the honoree. Qualified individuals or groups are those who give service to the community without wanting anything in return.

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.

The nomination form can be downloaded from www.downtowncovington.org. Nominations are to be postmarked or submitted to the Main Street Covington office, at 2104 Washington St., Covington, GA, 30014, by 5 p.m. Friday.

Nominations require an essay of 500 words or less explaining "Why I Am Nominating This Individual and/or Group." The winner will be selected and contacted on Nov. 12.

The deadline is also nearing to apply to participate in the Covington Christmas Parade on Dec. 3, hosted by the Covington Lion's Club and Main Street Covington. Applications can be downloaded from www.downtowncovington.org. The deadline for the submission of applications is Nov. 23.

To help make this year's Christmas Parade an even bigger success volunteers are needed to be parade marshals. Sign up by calling Main Street Covington or email mscovington@cityofcovington.

The parade begins at 10:30 am. Lineup is on Newton Drive as usual. Residents and businesses on Floyd, Conyers and Mill streets and the streets adjoining Floyd and Conyers can expect traffic delays between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. and are encouraged to plan accordingly.