Rea­sons to be pos­i­tive

The Covington News - - Opinion -

New­ton County had a lot of pos­i­tive news to cel­e­brate over the week­end.

We cel­e­brated the achieve­ment of lo­cal res­i­dent Kelly Breedlove, who we hope has made the tran­si­tion to a bur­geon­ing artist. His wax and photo cre­ations, a form of en­caus­tic art, are a wel­come ad­di­tion to our lo­cal scene, and we wish all the best mov­ing for­ward.

On the other end of spec­trum, long­time forester Beryl Budd called it quits af­ter a ca­reer spent help­ing res­i­dents and lo­cal gov­ern­ments make the world a greener place. Budd started out in ru­ral forestry, help­ing res­i­dents care for the forests on their land, be­fore switch­ing to ur­ban forestry, where he worked with cities to pro­tect and re­store the trees that are so vi­tal to our world.

Budd will be missed, but, as he cau­tioned at this past week­end’s re­tire­ment cer­e­mony, he plans to stick around and continue to be in­volved.

Switch­ing to lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions, New­ton Med­i­cal Cen­ter re­cently par­tic­i­pated in a waste elim­i­na­tion and ef­fi­ciency pro­gram, which led to $2.1 mil­lion in sav­ings. Through a com­bi­na­tion of buy­ing generic drugs, ne­go­ti­at­ing bet­ter deals for med­i­cal prod­ucts and elim­i­nat­ing waste­ful prac­tices in the hospi­tal, of­fi­cials were able to save a lot of more, nearly dou­ble what they expected.

Though the sav­ings don’t solve the hospi­tal’s fi­nan­cial woes — as it’s los­ing money ev­ery month — they’re hope­fully a step in the right di­rec­tion. We have one of the few re­main­ing in­de­pen­dent hos­pi­tals in Ge­or­gia, over­seen by a pub­lic hospi­tal author­ity, and we’d hate to see that change if the only rea­son is a lack of money.

Fi­nally, the Cov­ing­ton Po­lice Depart­ment gave us a look at how they spend the money in their Po­lice Who Care fund, which re­ceives the pro­ceeds from the Fuzz Run and other fundrais­ers. The money is used to sup­port lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions and the fam­i­lies of of­fi­cers, in­clud­ing of­fi­cers who have lost a child or of­fi­cers who died in the line of duty.

Now the fund has $111,484, and we’re look­ing for­ward to see­ing that money in ac­tion mak­ing our community a bet­ter place.

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