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April 9, 1990

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) _ With Easter just a week away, Georgia’s egg producers have a lot to cluck about.

For the first time since 1977, when native son Jimmy Carter was president, Georgia is providing eggs for the annual White House egg roll.

The state’s egg producers are sending 2,500 eggs, including a commemorative egg for first lady Barbara Bush, for the event in Washington.

The White House event, coordinated by the American Egg Board and the Georgia Egg Commission, traditionally takes place on the Monday after Easter Sunday.

The commemorative egg, made by Kay Harrison of Canton, sits on a small gold pedestal. Mrs. Harrison cut a hole in the side in the outline of the state. Inside are three dogwood blossoms carved from clay.

Georgia is the nation’s fifth-largest egg producing state, with 11.8 million commercial laying hens that lay nearly 3 billion eggs a year.

Eggs have figured into Easter celebrations for centuries.

″Eggs are a symbol of new life, and people believe eggs given at this time bring them good luck,″ said Robert Howell, executive director of the state’s Egg Commission. ″It’s been a custom to color, decorate and exchange eggs for hundreds of years.″

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COVINGTON, Texas (AP) - Political pundits who like to point out what a difference one vote can make can now use this small Texas town as an example.

Residents voted 51-50 on Saturday to allow the sales of package beer and wine in an election that drew more ballots than any in the town’s history. Only three registered voters did not participate.

And those three who failed to vote are bound to be badgered a bit by voters from the losing side, Mayor Jim Clinkscales said.

″I know one of those who didn’t vote,″ Clinkscales said. ″And it wouldn’t be too hard to narrow it down to find out the others.″

Opposition to beer and wine sales at the town’s two grocery stores came primarily from members of the town’s three churches.

Those arguing in favor of going ″wet″ tried to convince neighbors already struggling under hefty sewer tax bills that liquor and beer sales would provide badly needed revenue for the town of 282 people about 30 miles south of Fort Worth.

″I really didn’t take much of a stand on it,″ said Clinkscales, who refused to divulge which way he voted. ″But I will say I’m going to be glad to see more tax coming in from it.

″A lot of people said this is going to bring us heavier traffic and people throwing trash in our town. But there’s already a place that sells beer a half-mile west of our town now, and people drive through here and toss down trash and we don’t get any revenue from it.″

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