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Happy Hal­loween

Hal­loween is a fa­vorite hol­i­day of Amer­i­cans be­cause for one day we get to pre­tend we are some­thing we’re not whether it be a princess, a su­per­hero or a blood­suck­ing mon­ster. Through the years we re­mem­ber our best cos­tumes, most ter­ri­fy­ing tricks and even the house in the neigh­bor­hood that gave raisins or the dreaded travel tooth­brush.

Slasher films and ur­ban leg­ends have al­tered our per­cep­tion of what the day and night should be — a chance to stay up late, watch Fear Fest on AMC and eat lots and lots of candy.

Around Hal­loween last year, a dis­mem­bered body was found in the woods of south­west­ern New­ton County, but no trick-or-treat­ing chil­dren where eaten by were­wolves and or swal­lowed by a haunted house.

Yes — real ghouls and gob­lins ex­ist, but if you walk with your child to trick-or-treat or know where your teen will be and set a cur­few, the worst in­jury they will likely end up with is an up­set stom­ach from overindulging in sweets.

We re­mem­ber how fun go­ing from door to door was, and re­ally, we can’t think of a sin­gle in­stance when one of our friends left school on Hal­loween to trick-or-treat and didn’t come back the next day.

To avoid end­ing up on our front page for the wrong rea­son af­ter Hal­loween here are a few sim­ple tips: don’t drink and drive, su­per­vise your younger chil­dren, lock up your black cats, make sure your teen has her cell phone on her and look out for your neigh­bors.

On be­half of The Cov­ing­ton News, have a safe and happy Hal­loween.

Shop smart and share

Here at The Cov­ing­ton News/Cov­News.com we are com­mit­ted to en­cour­ag­ing you in th­ese dif­fi­cult eco­nomic times to shop in our lo­cal area.

In ev­ery edi­tion we have started high­light­ing a lo­cal busi­ness that is wor­thy of your con­sid­er­a­tion.

Ev­ery edi­tion of this pa­per also is filled with in­for­ma­tion about bar­gains from lo­cal busi­nesses and our in­serts carry great coupons and dis­counts.

Our lo­cal gro­cery stores ad­ver­tise great sales ev­ery week that will help you keep your pantry and your wal­let filled.

By shop­ping at our area stores you help keep your neigh­bors em­ployed, which al­lows them in turn to shop for their needs at lo­cal es­tab­lish­ments as well.

We rec­og­nize that th­ese are not the best of times. Our pa­per has also had to tighten its belt and to dis­con­tinue some fea­tures you may have come to en­joy. It’s not some­thing we have been ex­cited about do­ing, and we are looking for­ward to the time when we can put them back into the pa­per. Any smart busi­ness per­son would do the same. We know there are great ways to save dur­ing th­ese times; we also know that many of you have great ideas about how to save money. We would love for you to share those ideas with us, and we will run those ideas in the pa­per so your neigh­bors can share your good prac­tices.

E-mail us at news@cov­news.com or drop us a note to The Cov­ing­ton News, 1166 Usher Street, Cov­ing­ton, Ga. 30014. You can also just stop by and share your thoughts.

We are for­tu­nate to live in a proud, solid com­mu­nity; to­gether we can en­sure it stays that way.

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