The front page of our paper Friday screamed out bad news - unemployment in Newton County has reached 10.4 percent. This puts our county at No. 1 in unemployment in the extended metro area. The state of Georgia is currently reporting an average unemployment rate of 7.8 percent.
Political science professors for years have been teaching their students that Georgia's affairs are managed by the traditional three branches of government: the executive, the legislative, and the judicial.
Social Circle Theater students and instructors came home from the 2009 Junior Theater Festival with priceless memories, new skills and accolades, including Outstanding Individual Female and Best Director.
George (Stump) Cown, age 70 of Loganville passed away Jan. 30, 2009. Mr. Cown was a longtime member of Chestnut Grove Baptist Church and was a member of Grayson United Methodist Church. Mr. Cown graduated from Grayson High in 1956, served in the U.S. Navy for two years and retired from AT&T and C.R. Bard Medical in Covington. After retirement, he became known in the Grayson Community as "Santa" to many children.
Quite a sight: This edition's "Eyesore of the Week" is an abandoned structure located on U.S. Highway 278 just west of the intersection with Emory Street.
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January 31, 2009|
|Eyesore of the Week
Mr. James Perry Atkinson, 65, of Madison, died Jan. 12 at his home. The son of the late Herman and Louise Jones Atkinson, he was born in Morgan County in 1943. Mr. Atkinson served in the United States Navy and later worked in sales of construction supplies. Mr. Atkinson was currently employed by Hallman Wood Products in Eatonton. Mr. Atkinson enjoyed fishing and wood working and restoring antique tractors.
Last Friday a burglary crime spree occurred locally that you usually only see in the movies. The folks who live in the River Walk Farms subdivision, a quiet Newton County community of rolling meadows and beautiful homes, had settled in for what they thought would be a peaceful weekend.
Recently Matthew Parris wrote in the "London Times," "Missionaries, not aid money are the solution to Africa's biggest problem - the crushing passivity of the people's mindset." He says he has "become convinced of the enormous contribution that Christian evangelism makes in Africa." Wherever missionaries lived, he wrote, "something changed in the faces of the people we passed and spoke to. They see themselves as individuals who stand in direct relationship to God - not as subservient subordinates who must kowtow to tyrants." He concludes, "In Africa Christianity changes people's hearts. It brings spiritual transformation. The rebirth is real ...
Dear editor: As a nation, we are watching our elected representatives and media shred the U.S. Constitution on a daily basis, and we deserve it.
You always get the government you ask for. Our great nation's populace has turned into a collection of "Sheeple." We follow any elected official blindly without realizing that he or she is more responsible for the current financial and political calamities that we now face.
January 29, 2009|
Andrew B. Senn
Dear Editor: There's a kind of stench hanging over our country. It is the stink of corruption on a grand scale with a large admixture of incompetence thrown in. It's not new; we've always had our Bernie Cornfields, the 'pump and dump' thugs of New York boiler room infamy, the Jack Abramoffs, Duke Cunninghams, Rod Blagojevichs, Bernie Madoffs, Hughey Longs, etc. These crumb bums now permeate American business and government at all levels. That's the new part; they're everywhere.
Beyond that - and this has gone largely without comment- - corporate boards of directors seemingly no longer ...
January 29, 2009|
Ron Slade Sr.
ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue has asked the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to look into the south Georgia peanut butter plant at the heart of the salmonella outbreak.
The governor has instructed the GBI to see whether the state has jurisdiction under Georgia law to investigate violations at the Georgia plant. Lawmakers have called on federal authorities to launch a criminal investigation.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (blah-GOY'-uh-vich) has been convicted at his impeachment trial and thrown out of office.
His removal comes nearly two months after his arrest on charges of trying to sell Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat. He becomes the first U.S. governor in more than 20 years to be removed by impeachment.