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Students view Civil War artifacts

Covington resident Austin Aldridge visited Heard-Mixon Elementary School to present Civil War artifacts to fifth-graders last week. Students pictured looking at the U.S. flag include Kenslie Vaeth, McKenzie Dailey, Claire Bradford, Bryce Pilgrim and Melanie Thompson. Staff Photos: Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith

Covington resident Austin Aldridge visited Heard-Mixon Elementary School to present Civil War artifacts to fifth-graders last week. Students pictured looking at the U.S. flag include Kenslie Vaeth, McKenzie Dailey, Claire Bradford, Bryce Pilgrim and Melanie Thompson. Staff Photos: Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith

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Students got to look at and touch some of the items, including money used at the time.

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Aldridge brought in many items that he has collected. The historical hobbyist has obtained the artifacts by having them either passed down through his family or being gifted to him.