Week­end events will al­ter traf­fic

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - GABRIEL KHOULI gkhouli@cov­news.com

Sev­eral events tak­ing place in Cov­ing­ton this week­end will af­fect traf­fic, in­clud­ing the square be­ing closed to cars Satur­day evening and other roads hav­ing tem­po­rary in­ter­rup­tions and con­ges­tion.

For­mer Cov­ing­ton city coun­cil­man Charles Wil­born’s visi­ta­tion is Fri­day af­ter­noon and evening, while Satur­day is packed with a bike ride be­gin­ning in the morn­ing, Wil­born’s fu­neral at noon, and the Com­mu­nity on Our Knees prayer event on the square from 7-8:30 p.m. Re­mem­ber­ing Wil­born

Wil­born’s visi­ta­tion will take place from noon to 9 p.m. Fri­day at Lester Lackey & Sons Fu­neral Home, 1163 Reynolds St. in Cov­ing­ton. A fu­neral home em­ployee said there will be no view­ing as both the visi­ta­tion and fu­neral will have a closed cas­ket. Friends and fam­ily will be al­lowed to come by and sign the reg­is­ter book. In lieu of flow­ers, do­na­tions can be made to Wil­born’s church, Life­Pointe Church of the Nazarene at P.O. Box 1338, Cov­ing­ton, Ga. 30015.

Wil­born’s fu­neral will take place at noon Satur­day at Cov­ing­ton First United Methodist Church, 1113 Cony­ers St. Friends and fam­ily will as­sem­ble at Wil­born’s home at 11 a.m. for the pro­ces­sion, the fu­neral home em­ployee said.

As of late Thurs­day evening, de­tails of where the pro­ces­sion would travel had not been fi­nal­ized, and the pro­ces­sion may go around the square.

Cov­ing­ton Po­lice Capt. Ken Mal­com said the city has no limit on the num­ber of cars that can be in­volved in a pro­ces­sion, and he said po­lice ex­pect Wil­born’s to be a long one.

The New­ton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice nor­mally leads a pro­ces­sion, with Cov­ing­ton Po­lice han­dling traf­fic con­trol along the route, Mal­com said.

Cov­ing­ton Po­lice will pro­vide an honor guard at the be­gin­ning of the fu­neral ser­vice.

Cov­ing­ton First United Methodist has a large park­ing lot, and ad­di­tional street park­ing is avail­able on Church, Cony­ers and Mon­ti­cello streets, said Serra Phillips, chair of the Main Street Cov­ing­ton pro­gram. Mal­com said park­ing is al­lowed on most streets as long as there isn’t yel­low curb­ing.

Bike ride

The Cov­ing­ton Cen­tury Ride kicks off at 7 a.m. Satur­day morn­ing with an ex­pected 1,500 bi­cy­clists leav­ing Ge­or­gia Pied­mont Tech­ni­cal Col­lege’s Bob Wil­liams Park­way cam­pus. Most of the rid­ers will then make their way down City Pond Road and take a right onto Al­covy Road to­ward Cov­ing­ton and split off in dif­fer­ent di­rec­tions on Floyd Street.

Mal­com said no roads will be blocked off for the event, but po­lice may block traf­fic in­ter­mit­tently in the city. Po­lice will also pro­vide an es­cort for the start of the ride.

For more de­tails on routes, go to cov­ing­ton­cen­tury.com.

Prayer event

Fi­nally, the square will play host to a 90-minute com­mu­nity prayer event Satur­day evening.

The square and sur­round­ing streets will be blocked off from 6-8:30 p.m. for the Com­mu­nity on Our Knees prayer event, which is from 78:30 p.m. There will be prayer events through­out the day on the square be­gin­ning at 9 a.m., but the streets will not be blocked off at that time.

For more de­tails, go to Cov­News.com and search for the event.

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