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Newton 101 graduation

NEWTON, N.C. (Oct. 30, 2015) –The seventh annual Newton 101 Citizens Academy came to a close with a celebration at Abernethy Laurels.

Newton  graduationNewton 101 is a free program that delves into local government and features presentations from all city departments. Participants toured City Hall, the Newton Recreation Center, Newton Police Department, Newton Fire Department, water treatment plant, wastewater treatment plant and raw water intake facility. The program began Sept. 10 and ran for seven consecutive Thursdays.

This year’s Newton 101 participants included Rosalyn Barker, Chris Benfield, Ron Black, Cecil Bost, Gretchen Bost, Karen Collins, David Crouse, Catherine Detter, Vivian Estep, Bob Griswold, April Hatley, Shannon Johnson, Homer Laube, David LeFevers, Chris LeFevers, Darlene Pitman, Pat Pohar, Richard Pohar, Elyse Robins, Bruce Rockett, Sandra Shuman, Catherine Smith, Roger Williams, Beverly Williams and Leslie Yount.

In past years, the Newton 101 closing celebration has been held at City Hall. Many of the participants in this year’s program live at Abernethy Laurels, so the retirement community graciously offered to host the closing celebration in their Community Center.

Newton Mayor Anne P. Stedman thanked each of the participants for devoting so much time to learning more about Newton. She encouraged the graduates to stay involved in local government by applying for positions on Newton’s boards and committees.

To view photos from this year's Newton 101, click here.

Anyone interested in participating in the next Newton 101, which will begin in the fall of 2016, may contact Alex Frick, Newton’s public information officer, at 828-695-4266 or africk@newtonnc.gov.