Joiner Smith shared this great memory of the old water tower and Newington: I grew up at Longwood Plantation about 5 miles from Newington. Graduated from Screven County High School in 1964. My mother taught grammar school in Newington. School has since burned. When I was in high school, Cairo Pickle Company would open a cucumber plant during the summer adjacent to this water tank for local farmers to sell their cucumbers About 8 of us boys worked there. The big deal was who could throw a cucumber over the water tank. I could. Newington used to have a theater, pharmacy/drug store, several service stations, grocery stores, doctor office, cafe, hardware store, ice house, wooden water tower for filling up the train, greyhound bus stop, barber shop and the Big Ape beer store just outside of town – time moves on.