There are good people doing great things in Newton County, even in these tough economic times.
On Thursday, the Covington/Newton Chamber of Commerce handed out three honors in recognition of excellence at its annual meeting.
Its most prestigious honor, the R.O. Arnold Award went to Covington dentist Melvin O’Neal Baker.
Dr. Baker has been a guiding light for our county, the consummate renaissance man who gives of himself to his business, church and the community at large.
The Oxford resident has earned accolades all around, and has also been recognized with the 2010 Martin Luther King I Have A Dream Award and a 2010 Legends award from Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.
Merryvale Assisted Living was awarded the Dick James Small Business Award. Gena McClendon, Merryvale’s director, accepted the honor.
The chamber also honored Ric Burnette of Wheeler Funeral Home with its Spirit of Excellence Award for extraordinary volunteer service.
Congratulations to each of the honorees. They are examples of the entrepreneurial spirit and community boosterism that will pull Newton County through the economic doldrums.
Proms are supposed to be special nights, but it’s hard to feel the magic when you can’t dress the part.
For many teen girls, prom night is just another night at home, because they can’t afford a formal gown and are too embarrassed to go.
Four local women are trying to make prom affordable for everyone by offering pretty prom gowns at no cost for the girls who need one.
The project is called Share the Dress, and it’s the work of Jamie Farley, Melissa Kitchens, Miranda Tamaska and Kristine Gosse.
They want to make sure every junior and senior girl in Newton and Rockdale counties who can’t afford a formal can get one.
To that end, they held a dress collection drive on Saturday. They’re also in need of financial donations.
They will have dresses available to give away on Feb. 26 and on April 2.
We applaud this quartet for taking on a project that will mean so much to these girls. It’s a great idea and a fantastic way to recycle an expensive gown that would likely otherwise hang forgotten in the back of the closet. You can read about the project at covnews.com. You can also learn more about the project and how you can help at the Share the Dress Facebook page at facebook.com/share.dress, or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.