COVINGTON — Amid the coronavirus outbreak, the Newton County community has responded like many small towns across America where residents reach out to help one another. Local organizations and groups joined hands this week to provide sack lunches to children in need while the school system is closed.

On Monday, March 16, the Newton County Sheriff’s Office partnered with the Housing Authority of the City of Covington – alongside other concerned citizens – to provide sack lunches to children living at the Housing Authority. This partnership provided more than 100 sack lunches handed out on Monday.

Since then, the number of provided lunches has grown to more than 700. All the food included in the sack lunches were donated.

“On a normal Monday or Tuesday, our C.H.A.M.P.S. and Community Outreach divisions would be in the Newton County School System working with students. This week is far from normal,” Sheriff Ezell Brown said. “Those students are not in school; they are at home. Unfortunately, many of those students rely on school lunches to meet their

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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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