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Fly­ing high

“If you think you can win, you can. Faith is nec­es­sary to vic­tory.”

- Wil­liam Ha­zlitt

East­side High School’s soar­ing foot­ball Ea­gles af­ter a rocky start have bat­tled back to play in the sec­ond round of the play­offs tonight on the road against their neme­sis, Cairo High School.

Cairo knocked the Ea­gles out of the semi­fi­nal round of the play­offs two years ago and then went on to win the AAA state cham­pi­onship.

Our Ea­gles seem to have reached their full fight­ing stride and have a good chance to come home with a win.

We wish the Ea­gles well in their quest for vic­tory tonight. They are car­ry­ing with them the pride and hopes of our whole com­mu­nity.

Go Ea­gles!

Build­ing bridges

Cov­ing­ton and Ox­ford are sis­ter cities, each with unique per­son­al­i­ties, but sis­ters nonethe­less.

The sib­ling cities are linked by the Ga. High­way 81 bridge over I-20. It’s a heav­ily-used route by mo­torists, and it’s also reg­u­larly used by pedes­tri­ans. We’ve seen a lot of younger folks walk­ing across that bridge, some­times with child in hand.

It’s a long way down to the In­ter­state, and the guard rail is at a level to pro­tect a car from go­ing over the edge, but would do lit­tle to pro­tect a slip­ping pedes­trian.

That’s why the city of Cov­ing­ton’s pur­suit of a grant and state money to build a $700,000 foot­bridge there seems like a good idea.

The foot­bridge would be to the west (the At­lanta side) of the ex­ist­ing struc­ture and would pro­vide a safer way for walk­ers and bi­cy­clists to travel be­tween the cities. It would be built off­site and could be in­stalled within hours, we re­ported on­line on Tues­day at our web­site, Cov­news.com.

It also would en­cour­age Ox­ford Col­lege stu­dents to stroll down to Cov­ing­ton’s com­mer­cial cor­ri­dor.

We know money is tight now. Govern­ment should never spend our money frivolously, but a project that would en­hance safety and draw two sib­ling com­mu­ni­ties closer is worth pur­su­ing.

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