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LETTER: Board of Education member Meadors plans forum Friday

I would like to invite all residents of Newton County and employees of all Newton County Schools to my third quarterly "School Board on Your Corner Forum" to be held at Alcovy High School on Friday, Jan. 6, at 3:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium. The forum will follow the Alcovy High College Studies Panel organized by the Alcovy High Tools for College Success class to take place from 1 to 3 p.m. in the media center of the school.

My forum will provide legal updates from the December 2011 annual conference of the Georgia School Board Association in Atlanta.

Topics will include: the recent decision of the Board of Community Health to increase health insurance rates over the next three fiscal years for non-certified system employees by a total per employee per month of $450, the Georgia College & Career Ready Performance Index, federal updates to anti-bullying legislation, implications of the Supreme Court decision in Gwinnett County School District v. Cox, the definition of "special schools," and topics as generated by the audience.

At the request of the community, I will return to my 7 p.m. time for the next forum as I did at the July 28, 2011, event to accommodate schedules for parents working in distant counties.

Please check city of Covington television and the Alcovy High School website for reminders of this event.

-- Jeff Meadors

District One,

Newton County Board of Education

jeffrey.meadors@gmail.com

Thanks to veterans for their stories -- and their service

To the 2011 veterans of "A Veteran's Story" -- Thank you for sharing your stories with all of us. It was my honor to interview you, call you my friend and to welcome you home.

World War II -- Grady Mullins, Val Archer, Jack Simpson, Commissioner Pete Wheeler, Gerald Hipps, Carl Hyde, Britt Jackson, Bill Edwardy, Roy Hector, Ralph Dunlap, Bud Sosebee, Ona Lester, Sheriff J.T. Wallace, Elizabeth McClain, Julius Rainwater, Dorothy Turner, Ambassador Ted Britton, Bob Kerr, Arlie Aukerman, Fred Johnson, and William Peterson.

Korea -- Ray Hambrick, John Meyers, and Bob Astalos.

Vietnam -- Superior Court Judge Sidney Nation, Tommy Clack, Frank Aiken, Joe May, Bill Campbell, Judson Caldwell, Ray Girardin, Vince Przybyszewski, Senator Max Cleland, Bob Atkinson, John Scroggs, John Joseph, and the Memorial for Pfc. Ted Britt.

The Gulf War and/or 9/11 -- Pastor Bud Onstad and Terri Prieto.

Iraq and/or Afghanistan -- Tommy Golden and Claire Crawford.

You ladies and gentlemen are my heroes. Thank you for your service. God bless.

-- Pete Mecca

Conyers

Sharing thoughts on true contentment

Late Thursday evening before Christmas, I sat in my recliner looking at the beautiful Christmas tree, the Christmas village my wife takes pride in, the manger scene, and listening to unbelievably marvelous music, great joy filled my soul. In a few minutes, my wife came into the den, and I said to her, "It doesn't get better than this: a good wife, a good family with three children and seven grandchildren, a roof over my head, good food to eat. This is all I need."

No amount of money in the bank or the surroundings of exotic places could have been better. This was enough, and I am grateful to be in a position where I can appreciate the things that really matter.

-- Roger P. Bolton

Conyers