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At last: Ghost trains will no longer im­pede traf­fic in Cov­ing­ton.

The bumpy in­ter­sec­tions where city streets cross the aban­doned Nor­folk South­ern rail line are about to get a coat of pave­ment. Even bet­ter, many of those stop signs that force mo­torists to brake for noth­ing ex­cept their con­sciences will soon come down.

As we re­ported Mon­day at Cov­news.com, the city has agreed to pave 23 cross­ings. When the project is done, they will de­cide on which stop signs to re­move and re­place with “Tracks Out of Ser­vice” sig­nage. Some may re­main to keep speeds down in some neigh­bor­hoods, which will help keep pets and chil­dren safer. See the front for a list of the in­ter­sec­tions to be repaved.

That’s great news. It’s a mi­nor project that will take a min­i­mal amount of time (30 days or so) that will pos­i­tively im­pact any­one who drives through the city. It also will give all you over­stressed driv­ers out there who men­tally fume at the stu­pid­ity at hav­ing to stop for a phan­tom freight train one less thing to “rail” against.

Com­mon prayer and val­ues

By its very na­ture, our po­lit­i­cal sys­tem is di­vi­sive, as each fac­tion strives to pre­vail both at the bal­lot box and in mak­ing laws.

But there are times and events that draw us to­gether, cel­e­bra­tions of our democ­racy and the cul­ture and val­ues we hold in com­mon.

One such event is The Newton County Leg­is­la­ture Prayer Break­fast, which will be held at 7 a.m. Fri­day at the Turner Lake Recre­ation Com­plex in Cov­ing­ton.

It’s non­par­ti­san, non­de­nom­i­na­tional and will bring to­gether lo­cal, state and fed­eral govern­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tives of all stripes and lo­cal res­i­dents to join in prayer con­cerns.

Colum­nist Jackie Gin­grich Cush­man will be the fea­tured speaker. Very much the par­ti­san in her col­umns that run on this page on Sun­days, she will set aside pol­i­tics for the event and in­stead will dis­cuss “Life, Lib­erty and Pur­suit of Hap­pi­ness and the Re­spon­si­bil­ity of Our Elected Of­fi­cials.”

The prayer break­fast is a joint ef­fort of the Ki­wa­nis and Ro­tary clubs of Cov­ing­ton, ser­vice groups that have long brought good things to our com­mu­nity.

It’s an out­growth of a break­fast prayer club of civic lead­ers in­clud­ing Judge Sa­muel Ozburn, Judge Ken Wynne, Judge Ho­race John­son, Bob Rut­land, Hunter Hall and Ruel Parker.

Tough eco­nomic times con­tinue for Newton County, and it’s go­ing to take us all work­ing to­gether to craft a sus­tain­able re­cov­ery and move us for­ward. An event such as the prayer break­fast is a great start to the year.

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