There is nothing like an old-fashioned Christmas parade to boost holiday spirits.
Last week, The Covington News and the Main Street Program, for the second year, honored winners of the Thanksgiving essay contest.
This is supposed to be the season of joy and giving, a time for celebrating the birth of the Christ Child.
This week, we lost a real American hero.
The Covington/Newton County Chamber of Commerce has created a new position, a director of commercial development.
Not long ago, we were more than disappointed to read that an Atlanta builder was pulling up stakes here and heading back to Atlanta. He said that because of low appraisals, he could not build the type of home he needed to build to make a profit in Newton County. He said he would look our way again in two years.
The little town of Porterdale seems to be in the bull's-eye scope of Hollywood producers.
King Arthur: "Don't let it be forgot / That once there was a spot / For one brief shining moment / That was known as Camelot.''
Every year about this time, you can count on one of our major industries to ensure that a real Thanksgiving is enjoyed by many community nonprofits.
We were more than surprised to learn last week that all Newton County School System employees will receive in January what amounts to a one-time bonus of 1 percent of their salaries. The district called it a "pay adjustment.''
We applaud the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce's decision to bring in a professional Main Street consultant to talk with local business owners and to advise the chamber on how to make our Main Street program more effective.
"Anyway, no drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we're looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn't test people for drugs; we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power."
The power of stories to transcend time, culture and language is unequaled. Think of the Iliad, written over 3,000 years ago by Homer. Current movie versions have Brad Pitt as Achilles and Diane Kruger as Helen of Troy. You can download the movie to your iPod and watch it during your lunch break at work.
You know it's the holidays when the Publix commercials start playing - over and over and over.
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving  Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. Folks will be traveling over hill and dale to spend time with relatives and friends, and others will be enjoying time at home. Still others will be providing Thanksgiving dinner and caring for less fortunate people in our community. Some will think there is nothing to be thankful for this year. If that thought has crossed your mind, let us offer the following ...
We knew he was a great man when we featuring him as one of our 10 Men of Newton for 2008. Apparently many others know what a selfless, jovial person Flemmie Pitts is. Congratulations Mr. Pitts on being the honoree to light the Historic Courthouse in a special holiday tradition for Covington.
If you have some extra time on your hands, may we suggest that you consider working with some of the children in our community?
Years ago Billie and Louis Van Dyke had a dream and they opened the Blue Willow Inn, and with a little help from the late Lewis Grizzard and the best home-style cooking you will find anywhere the restaurant became a success. The inn had more than 200,000 visitors last year alone. Many who also spent money in Social Circle and Newton County.
On Wednesday, Newton County's new OpenSky Radio Network officially opened. The who's who of Newton County law enforcement and public safety officials were in attendance. State Homeland Security Director Charlie English praised the county's state-of-the-art-operation, which allows every law enforcement and safety organization in the county seamlessly and instantly to communicate with each other instantly.
If you've already stumbled across our new sports Web site, you might have initially thought you accidentally clicked on a site for professional sports. You didn't. For the past couple of months our Web and sports staff have worked diligently to prepare a comprehensive and interactive resource for athletes and fans of Newton County's prep sports.
In our editorial saying thanks and hello to our local politicians we left out two outstanding officials. Bob Wheeler chose not to run after serving 20 plus years as the coroner of Newton County. He performed his duties with professionalism. He will be missed.
The Newton County Board of Commissioners created a new historic preservation commission last week. We support this decision wholeheartedly.
This past year has been a year that most of us would like to forget.
Dysfunctional government   For the past year The Covington News has covered the Porterdale City Council with much disappointment. In that time we have watched the city dismiss a capable city clerk and downtown manager as well as run off a dedicated city council member and now a city manager who has worked for the city for more than a decade.  The city council ...
The Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration committee is seeking honorees for the "I have a Dream "award. There should be plenty of deserving nominees this year.
We will be printing a special keepsake holiday section on December 14.
Anytime there is a tragic death there is a shock and feeling of disbelief that settles in. These feelings are particularly felt when a child is involved.