As the character Cecily said to Miss Fairfax in a play written by Oscar Wilde entitled "The Importance of being Earnest": "When I see a spade I call it a spade."
(Unedited letter from Newton County Commission Chairman Keith Ellis sent to The News and to Newton commissioners regarding the Aug. 27 article, "County cuts Henderson pay advance")
Earlier this month, about 30,000 of our county's population returned to school. Whether starting kindergarten, returning for their seventh grade year, or heading off to college, there is a lot that goes into preparing a student to start school. School supplies, new shoes, uniforms, new technology, new backpacks and lunchboxes, dorm room fixtures… the list goes on and on. On that list sometimes is a visit to your pediatrician for an update to your child's immunizations. It should be on all our lists, whether we have small children, grown children or no children.
As Hannah Arendt foresaw, we are once again up against the question of evil. An American photojournalist, James Foley, was presented to the camera and methodically decapitated. The instrument was not the ax reserved for royalty or the whooshing blade prompted by that reformer Joseph-Ignace Guillotin, but an ordinary looking knife. Death would be neither swift nor painless. This, somewhere in the bleached desert, was pure evil.
Nothing tastes better than foods picked fresh from the garden. Even if you don't have a garden yourself, you may have a neighbor or a co-worker who shares their garden goodies. Your local grocery store is also likely to feature home-grown produce this time of year.
The structure of county government is once again on the agenda of the Board of Commissioners (BOC), which has scheduled a work session for Aug. 26, 2014. As readers may recall, this has been a topic of discussion for several months and the BOC has met with experts from both the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) and the regional planning agency. Representatives of both clearly have indicated that the current "hybrid" system of having both a full time Commission needs to be changed to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of county government.
On the cusp of the 2014 college football season, SEC Banter had the privilege recently of touring the new College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience.
Point University Skyhawks / NAIA (5-12-2 in 2013) / Appalachian Athletic Conference
The Newton High School football didn't disappoint its spirited fans during the Rams' 2014 season opener Friday, dominating Berkmar from start to finish to the tune of a 48-21 victory.
On a beautiful sunny day for soccer at the RYSA complex in Conyers, coach Ken Van Ness and his 2014 Peachtree Academy Panthers took down conference foe Furtah Prep 7-0, in a home game that saw the Panthers excel in every phase of the game.
The Panther volleyball team kicked off the 2014 season in high fashion with three -straight wins at home this past week.
Established in 1911, Mansfield Baptist Church has been serving their community for over 95 years. In the next upcoming months the ministry will be celebrating their 100th birthday.
The familiar hum of the customers meets the sound of the vintage milkshake machine as it spins up a strawberry shake. Townhouse Café makes the old time milkshakes - thick, not foamy. They are just thin enough to sip through a straw.
Rockdale's highest officials have decided that it's best if they move forward with forming a collective that'll work together to benefit the community.
The Salem Campmeeting will begin to stir again July 8 and will continue through July 15. This gathering began in 1828, and this year will be the 183rd time it happens.
Strong storms rocked Newton County and environs on Thursday, dropping the temperature into the low 80s in a brief respite from the two weeks of 90-degree heat.
The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning effective until 5 p.m. for Walton County.
A grand opening and a mini farmers market will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at Noring Farms on Glass Springs Road.
You can be part of the Fourth of July celebration in Oxford and possibly win a prize for your efforts.
The city of Covington has announced its new proposed budget, and it appears that the city is in good financial shape.
The people of Newton County and the five cities located here have suffered dramatically during this great recession that seems to have no end.
Dear Sirs: The Covington News has just entered upside down land when it comes to Medicare (June 1). When the Democrats point out, quite rightly, that the Republican plan ends Medicare as we know it, The News calls them fear mongers.
Interstate 20 westbound is backed up as emergency responders work on clearing an accident that involved at least two vehicles on the left shoulder near exit 80 for West Avenue in Conyers. Drivers are advised to find an alternate route for at least the next half hour.
Look around many older homes in the South and you will likely find a bigleaf hydrangea. Most of them started out as gifts that were taken outside and planted. They're popular landscape plants and easy to grow. The large flowering blooms are easy ways to earn compliments for your "green thumb."
"Finally, all of you should be of one mind. Sympathize with each other. Love each other as brothers and sisters. Be tenderhearted, and keep a humble attitude. Don't repay evil for evil. Don't retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and he will bless you for it."
Dear Sirs: Now that all of our congressmen have voted to end government funded Medicare and Medicaid, I think that they should practice what they preach. They should stop their government funded health insurance and health care and either self-insure or self-fund their health costs for themselves and their families (including parents). They should shop around when they or family members get sick to make sure they get the best deals. They should go it alone and give up their "free" health plans that are paid for by our taxes. Also they shouldn't steal from us by using their ...
Dear Sirs: Libraries are an important resource for many segments of our society, but especially for children and the less fortunate. In these hard economic times, they have become an important part of searching and applying for jobs as that function goes electronic.
Dear Sirs: (The June 1) editorial about the scare tactics being used by our local officials in all walks of government is spot on in its assessment. We, the public, have absolutely no way of knowing what is true and what is a statement stretching the truth and what is absolute misstatements of the facts. This makes it virtually impossible to find any real truths coming from our so-called leaders.
Hot weather will continue through the week for Covington residents.