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The Covington News - - Opinion -

A ter­ri­ble pall had been cast over the land. Nights seemed longer, and the days less full of life. Peo­ple re­treated into their homes, avoid­ing the eyes of their neigh­bors.

As New­ton County dark­est hour seemed to ex­tend for­ever, a knight in shin­ing ar­mor from the north rode into the dark­ness and drove it back.

The knight promised to build a great cas­tle near the springs of Stan­ton and to hire 1,500 lucky cit­i­zens to join him at his new court. He promised a new reign that would last for many years and would bring many more great men to the land.

We could carry out this anal­ogy fur­ther, but you don’t pur­chase this pa­per for its qual­ity fic­tion writ­ing.

By choos­ing our community, Bax­ter In­ter­na­tional not only brought hope through its ar­rival, but its de­ci­sion al­lowed us to dream that Bax­ter might only be the be­gin­ning. Is New­ton County is ready to re­sume its place as a man­u­fac­tur­ing mecca?

Cham­ber Pres­i­dent Hunter Hall re­ported to elected of­fi­cials last week that 21 com­pa­nies are cur­rently con­sid­er­ing New­ton County as a land­ing spot.

In ad­di­tion to that pos­i­tive news, the Med­i­cal Col­lege of Ge­or­gia is in­ter­ested in help­ing de­velop the I-20 cor­ri­dor as a life sci­ence cor­ri­dor.

Given life sciences are some of the most ad­vanced, best pay­ing, sus­tain­able jobs around, these re­cent developments bring a wide smile to our face, as we’re sure they do to ev­ery small busi­ness owner and home­owner in the area.

We re­al­ize Bax­ter’s ar­rival won’t be for an­other few years and that it may be many years be­fore an­other large in­dus­try chooses New­ton County, but we en­cour­age you who have hung in this long to keep the faith that Cov­ing­ton and New­ton County can some­day reach their po­ten­tial and bring a new level of civic pride to its cit­i­zens.

Let’s keep this pos­i­tive mo­men­tum go­ing, by putting our re­newed en­er­gies into to con­tin­u­ing to im­prove our schools and de­velop our young peo­ple. If you have chil­dren in school, help them be­come the most well rounded students pos­si­ble. If you don’t, con­sider men­tor­ing or tu­tor­ing youth who des­per­ately need your help.

The fu­ture is bright, but the path for­ward is paved with your hard work.

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