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Covington-Newton County 911 blood drive collects 17 pints

Covington-Newton County 911 Center Director Mike Smith supported the Center’s blood drive at Oxford City Hall by giving on Wednesday. (Special photo)

Covington-Newton County 911 Center Director Mike Smith supported the Center’s blood drive at Oxford City Hall by giving on Wednesday. (Special photo)

OXFORD — Covington-Newton County 911 Center hosted a blood drive at Oxford City Hall on Wednesday gathering 17 pints for the American Red Cross.

The Center’s communications officer Nate Stykes said he tries to host a blood drive every eight weeks. He plans to host the next one in downtown Covington.

Serving as the emergency communications hub for all public safety agencies within the county, the Center is comprised of people dedicated to preserving the value of life of residents. They respond to emergency and non-emergency situations, providing the link between public safety and the citizens who need assistance.