2014 Hornyhead Fest Helps Save the Old Schoolhouse!
You could say these nice folks are royalty in Newborn: our 2014 Hornyhead Fish Queen Christy Vandervoet and her Prince Charming Mark Vandervoet, winner of the adult category of Hornyhead Fishing.
Over 200 folks came to enjoy the crafts (most booths ever!) the music (who doesn't love Johnny Roquemore's Hornyhead song!!!) the fishing tournament (congrats to our winners - see slide show below) and of course the Hornyhead QUEEN! Here's a link to a video from Covington News which features some of the music and quotes from Councilperson Martha Ellwanger. (requires flash).
New Mayor Gregg Ellwanger sworn in March 3.
Newborn on the Radio!
Recently WABE (90.1 FM) rebroadcast a story on The Economics of Farm to Table.
"In 2003, there were nine farmers markets in Atlanta. By last year, that number had jumped to 85, according to figures from Georgia Organics. A new study from that organization claims that more food from local sources could be an economic boon to the state."
"Kate Sweeney took a closer look at the economics of farm- to-table in Georgia?from farm, to farmers' market, to plate. The journey began in Newborn, Georgia."
Listen to the whole story here.
Newborn Mourns the Loss of Mayor Roger Sheridan, 92.
Roger suffered a massive heart attack, passing away on December 3, 2013.
He was the oldest mayor in the state, but despite his age was an active leader and advocate for our community. As a retired engineer, he was proud of accomplishments such as road paving and support for the Old Schoolhouse structure. As a business person, he was diligent in seeking new businesses such as Dollar General, and as a visionary he supported the county's 2050 plan as well as the Rails to Trails effort in the county as ways to increase business and the quality of life in our town.
He had a long and interesting life, always seeking to contribute where he could. He ran for a second term of mayoral office, saying, "Everybody needs a challenge, and you don’t want to throw all of your experience away. This has been a situation where I can take my experience and put it to use. It’s a challenge to me." He was honored with a Purple Heart in World War II, and earned a very large place in the heart of Newborn. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Newborn UMC, veteran's organizations or the Newborn Schoolhouse.
Read the newspaper article here.
Resolve to Get Involved
Town meetings are held the first Monday of each month at Town Hall. Come at 7 pm and have your say! Agendas are posted prior to the meetings, as well as minutes from recent meetings. Check the schedule here.
Speed Humps in Downtown
After numerous attempts to slow down speeders the Town Council voted to install several speed humps around town. They seem to be getting the desired attention!
Arbor Day Fun!
Declared to be the best Arbor Day celebration in recent memory, on February 22 almost 200 folks enjoyed a free hotdog, met Smoky Bear, and took home their choice of dogwood or Georgia Oak seedling.
Here's a great video (flash required) by Covington News' Darrell Everidge featuring Dennis Fincher and a few other Newborn Pickers Circle buddies who provided music.
Several people spoke in appreciation of late Mayor Roger Sheridan when a tree and stone marker were dedicated in his memory. Mayor Sheridan led Newborn's recovery efforts after the tornado of 2011 destroyed dozens of trees in town.
Beryl Budd, retired Forester, demonstrated how to plant a new tree successfully. A representative of the Georgia Forestry Commission presented Newborn with a 14th Tree City designation for ongoing participation in this program.
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Town Yahoo Group
Click below to join - you'll be able to share information via email with the rest of the group. Post a yard sale, find a lost dog, or get a recommendation for a repairperson from your neighbors. If there is a safety concern or neighborhood meeting you'll get an email alert.
Town Of Newborn's E-Verify ID #: 151331
Date of authorization: September 11, 2008
October 19th was a BIG Day in Newborn this year!!!
1) Tour of Homes
The Newborn Garden Club (OK, that's really not us in the picture!) held a very successful event thanks to lots of volunteers! Watch for the ways we'll be prettying up downtown soon. Get info re next meetings here.
2) Newborn Schoolhouse Reunion According to all, it was the best yet! Thanks as always to those who faithfully organize it each year.
3) Newborn United Methodist Church Homecoming had a good crowd to welcome and hear the message of Jody Webb.
This is a great plan to work collaboratively with the whole county to make Newton an even better place to live by the year 2050!