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Round­about ways

New­ton County is set for a sec­ond round­about.

As we re­ported first on­line Wed­nes­day at Cov­news.com, a round­about traf­fic con­trol struc­ture is planned for U.S. High­way 278 at Ga. High­way 142, with the state pay­ing for con­struc­tion and the county pay­ing for light­ing and main­te­nance. Ev­ery­one wins. The Turner Lake Road round­about has been a great, safe suc­cess.

Round­abouts are cheaper than tra­di­tional sig­nals at in­ter­sec­tions and work well in keep­ing traf­fic flow­ing smoothly.

The High­way 278 and High­way 142 in­ter­sec­tion is well-trav­eled, es­pe­cially on Sun­days. When church lets out, the county has had to pay to sta­tion a deputy there to work the traf­fic. The round­about also will al­le­vi­ate this ex­pense.

Now, if we can just get driv­ers to main­tain a con­stant speed and not stop in the round­about to let an­other car in, we’ll all be happy.

Hav­ing a blast

It was a fan­tas­tic Fourth of July here in New­ton County.

The city of Cov­ing­ton put on a great show on the square on Sun­day, with en­ter­tain­ment and beau­ti­ful fire­works, and the city of Por­terdale waited out a down­pour on Mon­day to put on a fun fire­works dis­play of its own.

Ox­ford had its down-home com­mu­nity pa­rade on Mon­day be­fore storm clouds gath­ered.

You can see pho­tos from the Fourth events at Cov­news.com.

These fam­ily-friendly events proved that you don’t have to travel far to have fun, and you don’t have to spend very much, ei­ther.

Thanks to the or­ga­niz­ers for the flaw­less stag­ing of some fine patriotic cel­e­bra­tions. Your ef­forts were much ap­pre­ci­ated and ap­plauded.

If you missed out on Sun­day and Mon­day, you have an­other chance to catch a fire­works show. So­cial Cir­cle had a bit of bad luck as a thun­der­storm ba­si­cally hung over­head for much of the af­ter­noon on Mon­day, so they’ll set off their fire­works Satur­day night.

Y’all come.

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