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.