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Newborn installing speed bumps, reducing speed limit

NEWBORN — Due to multiple car accidents at the intersection, the town of Newborn has installed speed bumps and reduced the speed limit on Highways 213 and 229 that meet at Ga. Highway 142, said Mayor Roger Sheridan.

The speed limit has been reduced from 45 to 35 miles per hour, he said.

Also to increase pedestrian safety, the town is installing a sidewalk along Ga. Highway 142 between Highway 229 and Duke Street.

Sheridan said bids will be solicited before the end of the year.

Pedestrians from Hilltop Drive walk along the roadway to get to Dollar General, he said.

The town is also installing surveillance cameras at the historic schoolhouse and maintenance shed after two break-ins at the school, he said.

Sheridan said thieves recently broke in on two occasions and stole copper pipes from the air conditioning unit at the schoolhouse “and that gets expensive. We’re putting cameras in so maybe that will stop it.”

In other Newborn news, the recent tour of homes hosted by the Newborn Garden Club raised $2,000 to beautify the town.

Garden Club member Linda Williams Woodworth said though plans haven’t been finalized, the money will likely be used to add plantings, art and seasonal color downtown.

“Our next meeting will be right after Thanksgiving with a wreath-making gathering, and we’ll start planning how to wow everyone in the spring,” she said.

The Newborn Garden Club is soliciting new members. Visit www.newbornga.com to sign up for email invitations.

Finally, the 530-page just-released history of Newborn, “Newborn, GA — Characters, Places, Tales,” sold out within a few days of publication. The book was compiled by eight members of The Happy History Committee.

The town owns the rights to the book and currently has a waiting list for the next printing. To get on the list, call 770-787-1660.