On Wednesday, the weather was supposed to be gray with a threat of sleet. Instead, the sun shone through and the sky was a beautiful blue, with plenty of wispy white clouds speeding by.
Medical marijuana, or cannabis, is a hot topic in the state right now, as the Georgia General Assembly is on the path to green lighting limited medical testing.
We have been up on our high horse recently, preaching about how the "vocal minority" is controlling our country. A story we saw on the TV news yesterday just added fuel to that fire.
Tonight the Newton County Historical Committee on Black Heritage will honor a gracious Covington lady, Janet Goodman, who has devoted her life to serving her community.
It was just last month that we wrote an editorial wishing Dave Bernd good luck in his new position as the chamber's retail recruiter.
The Newton County Sheriff's Office held its annual awards ceremony last week.
It looks like the BOC is going to sit down and decide soon if we are going to operate under a county manager form of government, or if we'll have a government run by the chairman of the BOC.
The announcement that a major department store, Ross, is planning to open up shop in Covington gives great hope to a community that has been suffering through a major economic slump for the past five years.
In a follow-up to our editorial about how the minority rules over the majority in this country, we are now looking at how new rules created by that minority give businesses and organizations no room to maneuver with personnel or children.
This week, we read that an Atlanta woman was petitioning Georgia legislators to ban the pitbull breed of dogs from the state.
Not only did our community lose a legend this past week, but females everywhere, from infants to adults, will forever owe a few of their freedoms to Betty Faith Jaynes.
The Covington Planning Commission met this past week to discuss whether to allow a zoning change for the iconic Twelve Oaks Bed and Breakfast so that owner Nicole Greer would be able to host weddings and other functions.
Last week, the CVS chain pharmacy announced that beginning later this year, it will no longer sell tobacco products in any stores.
This has been a week that communities can be proud of.
If you are reading this and are a part of what has been called the "Greatest Generation,'' or if you are reading this and are considered part of the "baby boomer generation," you must think that the world has turned upside-down.
It's always a good time to support our veterans, but this year is an important one, for it may be the final year to salute and thank the veterans of World War II.
Covington Police Department employees recently honored the best among them, voting three of their fellow workers as employees of the year: Sgt. Chuck Groover with support services, Officer Anthony Walden with the patrol division and administrative assistant Lerea Neely.
For the last five years we have suffered through a major recession with many losing their jobs and many more losing their homes.
We have always believed volunteers are the backbone of a successful and progressive community.
There is one thing you can always count on: When you include God in your life, positive things happen.
We have had the opportunity recently to praise both the local Lions Clubs and the Rotary Club for their outstanding service to our community.
Recently the Newton Medical Auxiliary, under the leadership of President Charlie Powell, donated $406,000 to the Newton Medical Center.
County commissioners voted this week to move forward with the relocation of Alcovy Trestle Road where it meets Ga. Highway 11 and sometimes causes confusion for south-bound drivers trying to take the westbound Interstate 20 ramp at exit 98.
An Irish Christmas Blessing
Five-year-old Morgan Steward is a little fighter who is blessed with a smile that is as big as the Grand Canyon.
"Rotary is so simple that many people do not understand it, and some even misunderstand it. Rotary is not a philosophy … not an all-embracing world point of view which answers every question … and satisfies all the dictates of the heart and mind. Rotary is merely an association of business and professional men united in the ideal of service."
We're sorry to see our head industrial recruiter, Courtney Bernardi, leave to go do the same work for the city of Johns Creek.
"Lose yourself in the service in others, then you will find your sense of purpose."
For the past three years, reports released by state education agencies have generally shown that test results for students in Newton County have been on the upswing.