See you at the camp
The world may be in a mess and the economy continues to struggle, but good things still happen.
That's evident this week as families from around the country and world return to Newton County to celebrate homecoming at the Salem Campground.
If you visit, you will see smiling faces of both the adults and children. If you choose to stay and eat there, you will be served some of the finest down-home food that you ever have had.
The best part of the annual homecoming is the folks who will be there to help feed your soul.
The Rev. Don Martin, pastor of Alpharetta First United Methodist Church, is one such nurturer of your soul. He will be celebrating a homecoming of his own, as he once served as pastor of Covington First United Methodist Church.
Dr. Don is sure to inspire and motivate with his winning personality and special outlook on life.
Dr. Brian Dunks proves that when you go to the Salem Church meeting, ecumenicalism is the word of the day.
Dr. Brian is a pastor of the Columbus Avenue Baptist Church in Waco, Texas.
Dr. Dunks promises to bring that added spunk needed to stir your hearts and keep that smile beaming.
Thomas Roberts will again be leading the camp-goers in song and praise. We can assure you that you will be wanting to tap those feet and shed a few tears of joy.
Roberts is assisted by the twin dynamos, Alice Walker and Becky Ramsey.
There is a little bit of everything for you to do at the annual Salem Camp meeting. Come visit.
Hats off to the Newton County Recreation Commission for finding a way to make youth sports pay for itself.
Like everyone else, the recreation commission is facing tough times, but last week the board worked out a plan that will allow the youth sports to fund themselves, including financial aid for the families that need it.
Fantastic. Sports are a great outlet for our youth and county programs are needed now more than ever.
They go about it the right way, too, letting the families pay back the aid by selling raffle tickets. We would suggest also having them help out and give back by helping to clean up or providing other help to the recreation facilities, but that's a quibble.
We also would suggest that families pay what they can for the programs they are using and reserve the financial aid for the families most in need. Such abuse could mean the end for a worthwhile program for those who truly need the help.