Dear Editor: As mayor of Covington, I had the pleasure of working with John Grotheer, city of Covington finance director and city clerk, for over 10 years.
We worked together to create over ten budgets for the City of Covington. This process is never an easy one, because it is hard to estimate the income and outgo in a $122 million budget, with its many variables. However, during the 10 years that John served the City of Covington, we came within 2 percent of estimating income versus expenditures, and we also ended each year with a small surplus.
Dear Editor: Seniors over age of 65 should not be paying county school taxes. We have already satisfied our duties and obligations to schools during the years of raising our own children. Most counties around Newton have already paid respect to their senior citizens, for I know Walton County has eliminated school taxes for all seniors over 65. Most of us live on a very small fixed income, and by eliminating this school tax, we would have a little more to spend on medicines, doctor bills, groceries & other necessities.
In our case, our home is assessed at $100,000 plus ...
January 20, 2009|
Dear Editor: This week I read in your newspaper, wherby Senator John Douglas, from District 17, was going to try and get a law passed, whereby, anyone that had any kind of a sex conviction, could not never be on any school board in The State Of Georgia, even after the person had served all of their court ordered time as well has having to wait 10 year's, to show the state that they have been a good person and stayed out of trouble for the ten years.
So, I ask this newspaper to please do some research and ...
Mrs. Dorothy M. Brown, 81, a lifelong resident of Newton County, died Jan. 19. The daughter of the late Boyce and Willie Mae (Harper) Johnson, she was born in Newton County in 1927. Mrs. Brown was retired from The Bibb Manufacturing Company where she worked as a spinner. She loved to travel and enjoyed gardening. Mrs. Brown was preceded in death by her parents, husband Lawson T. Brown, daughter Shirley Brown, brother Charles Johnson and sister Elizabeth Simmons.
Surviving are children Julia Hood of Buckhead, Robert Brown, Thomas Brown, Peggy Brown, Willie Brown and Virginia Smith, all of Covington; grandchildren ...
WASHINGTON - Stepping into history, Barack Hussein Obama grasped the reins of power as America's first black president on Tuesday, saying the nation must choose "hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord" to overcome the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.
In frigid temperatures, an exuberant crowd of more than a million packed the National Mall and parade route to celebrate Obama's inauguration in a high-noon ceremony. They filled the National Mall, stretching from the inaugural platform at the U.S. Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial in the distance.
January 20, 2009|
By Terence Hunt
The Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - Braving frigid temperatures, an exuberant crowd of hundreds of thousands packed the National Mall on Tuesday to celebrate the inauguration of Barack Hussein Obama as America's first black president. He grasps the reins of power in a high-noon ceremony amid grave economic worries and high expectations.
It was the first change of administrations since the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Crowds filled the National Mall from the Lincoln Memorial to the U.S. Capitol for a glimpse of the proceedings and, in the words of many, simply "to be here."
January 20, 2009|
Associated Press Writer
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In our opinion one of the greatest Southern humorists of all time was Lewis Grizzard.
He loved Georgia and especially the University of Georgia. In his short life - he was only 48 when he died of heart complications he authored 25 books, thousands of columns and was the sports editor of the Atlanta journal by age 23.
On Tuesday, history will be made. According to the 20th Amendment to the Constitution of these United States of America, at 12 noon on the 20th of January, President Elect Barack Obama will raise his right hand and speak the 36 word oath of office to become the 44th President of our proud country. It's a big day, costing tens of millions of dollars when it's all said and done. There's pomp, circumstance, and so much more. Why? Well, we want all the world to know that this guy is the guy we picked. This guy is ...
January 19, 2009|
Jonathan E. Scharf
Pastor, Abiding Grace Lutheran Church
Mrs. Angel DeAnn Hammonds Clark, 32, a lifelong resident of Newton County died Jan. 18. She was born in Newton County on June 29, 1976 to Larry and Priscilla (Shannon) Hammonds. Mrs. Clark was a member of High Point Baptist Church and was a loving mother.
She is survived by her husband, Mr. Brooks Clark of Covington; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Larry and Priscilla Hammonds of Covington; daughters, Natalie Boutelle of Covington and Brooklyn Clark of Covington; a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, other family and friends.
The article "Sears manager steals to pay lawyer," printed in the Sunday, Jan. 18, 2009 edition of The Covington News, incorrectly identified the arrested manager of the store. The arrested on-site manager was, in fact, Scott Henderson. The Covington News strives to have its news reports be fair and accurate. It is our policy to promptly correct all factual mistakes. If you find an error, please report it to us by calling (770) 787-6397.
William "Bill" Henry Knight passed away at his home in Port Orange, Fla. on December 29, 2008. Mr. Knight was born on December 31, 1933 in Staunton, Va., the son of James and Mary (Bowen) Knight. He retired in 1972 from the United States Army after serving his country for 23 years. He enjoyed traveling and cooking for friends and family. Bill was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, a life time member of the VFW and the American Legion.
This is a week of excitement, of change, of new beginnings. We celebrate the peaceful exchange of power. We place the hopes of our future and our children's future on the shoulders of an untried new leader, but a leader who is filled with enthusiasm and optimism.