Lake Varner

The Covington News - - Opinion -

We have sev­eral scenic gems in New­ton County, in­clud­ing Turner Lake, City Pond, Fac­tory Shoals Park and Lake Varner.

The last one may of­fer the best vis­tas (though Fac­tory Shoals is one of our per­sonal fa­vorites); how­ever, if you wanted to have a pic­nic at Lake Varner, you had to set­tle for sit­ting on the grass. We agree that’s how a pic­nic should be, but it’s not so suit­able for larger, or more am­bi­tious, gath­er­ings. Plus, those pesky ants are al­ways a con­cern. Just ask our Fri­day front-page photo sub­jects, who suf­fered a few bites

The New­ton County Board of Com­mis­sion­ers re­cently voted to spend $40,977 to build two ope­nair pavil­ions at the lake, in a move that will make the lake more ac­com­mo­dat­ing for cel­e­bra­tions of all types.

Yes, even $41,000 is a lot to spend in a down econ­omy, and we un­der­stand com­mis­sion­ers ap­proach­ing the topic with cau­tion; how­ever, we com­mend them for spend­ing the money to en­hance a lo­cal des­ti­na­tion spot.

Just like the county, fam­i­lies have been hurt by the long-de­pressed econ­omy, and fam­ily trips are end­ing up closer to home these days, while stay­ca­tions are be­com­ing the cost-con­scious rage. Stay­ing at home doesn’t have to be such a drag if there are pretty places to see in your back­yard.

Once the pavil­ions are com­pleted later this year, we’ll look for­ward to see­ing you out there.

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