MANSFIELD — Newton County’s most prestigious community service award was presented Thursday to a couple who has worked diligently to improve and protect the environment.

David and Connie Waller were not present at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center to accept the award from the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce. They were out of the country pursuing a new passion — preserving the habitat for the monarch butterfly.

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I have been editor of the Rockdale Citizen since 1996 and editor of the Newton Citizen since it began publication in 2004. I am also currently executive editor of the Clayton News Daily, Henry Daily Herald and Jackson Progress-Argus.

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