Wel­come back

The Covington News - - OPINION -

It might be hard for some of our baby boomer read­ers to be­lieve that they have lived to see their lo­cal home­town news­pa­per wel­come “vam­pires” to town.

Grow­ing up in the baby boomer age, vam­pires were crea­tures to be feared, es­pe­cially on a dark, moon­less night.

For­tu­nately, our vam­pires aren’t to be feared. They’re the ones we look for­ward to hav­ing back in town, since their pres­ence means that mer­chants’ cash reg­is­ters are ring­ing and the City of Cov­ing­ton’s cof­fers are be­ing filled with the tourist dollars that they bring.

The CW Net­work show “The Vam­pire Di­aries” is back in town to film for its fifth suc­cess­ful sea­son.

This year, in ad­di­tion to “Vam­pire Di­aries,’’ a spinoff se­ries called “The Orig­i­nals” will be filmed in nearby Rock­dale County, with some ac­tion tak­ing place right here.

So be pre­pared for a lit­tle in­con­ve­nience. If you think it is too much to bear, think of the tax and tourist cash that’s be­ing spent. Those dollars help to keep our taxes down and help lo­cal mer­chants sur­vive in our still strug­gling econ­omy.

To our “Vam­pire,” friends, we don’t want to kiss your necks; we want to hug your necks and tell you thanks for mak­ing Cov­ing­ton your myth­i­cal Mys­tic Falls, Va., home.

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