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Two Newton County Board of Education members took their oaths of office on Jan. 7. Shown, (l-r) are Superintendent Samantha Fuhrey, board member Eddie Johnson, board member Anderson Bailey and Probate Court Judge Melanie Bell.

COVINGTON — Newton County Board of Education members Eddie Johnson and Anderson Bailey were sworn in by Probate Court Judge Melanie Bell on Jan. 7 to begin their new terms of office. Each was elected without opposition in the November 2020 General Election.

Johnson, the longest-serving member of the Newton County Board of Education, is beginning his fourth term of office, having first been elected in 2008. Johnson earned a bachelor of business administration degree from Albany State University and held several managerial positions with AT&T before retirement. A military veteran, Johnson completed a three-year tour in the United States Army. In his retirement years, he drove a school bus for Newton County schools before being elected to serve on the Board of Education.

Bailey is beginning his first full term on the Newton County Board of Education this year. He was appointed by the board in September to fill the unexpired term of the late Almond Turner, who passed away unexpectedly.

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A native of Covington, Bailey graduated from Newton County Comprehensive High School in 1979. After graduation, he entered the U.S. Army, where he served three years in active duty. He then enlisted in the Georgia Army National Guard and served 20 years. Bailey is currently employed by the city of Covington as a city meter reader.

“Congratulations to Mr. Johnson and Mr. Bailey as they begin their new terms,” said Samantha Fuhrey, superintendent of Newton County School System. “I appreciate the hard work and commitment of our board members; the work of the school board is integral to the success of our students and our school system. The members of the Newton County Board of Education work tirelessly to ensure that the school system continues its forward progress. It is exciting that this team will continue to work together on behalf of our children and employees.”

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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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