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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.

Good sports

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.

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