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Leadership still lacking

Two weeks ago we editorialized that the Newton County Board of Commissioners should show some leadership, define the county's form of government, and identify its true manager. The BOC held a workshop on the topic, but left the meeting without a solution, or even clarity on how Newton County should be led.

August 30, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Recommendations to the BOC

The recent loan from Newton County Chairman Keith Ellis on behalf of Newton County to Commissioner J.C. Henderson was a huge problem for our local government.

August 30, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Thank you John Middleton

Thank you John Middleton for your 14 years of service as Newton County's Manager.

August 28, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Proposed park a great idea for Covington

Covington has a problem. And a cure.

August 26, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


'Hero' chief proves CPR works

Newton County Fire Chief Kevin O'Brien, like all firefighters, justly advocates for public CPR training.

August 23, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Good decisions made for 2050

We believe Tuesday's Board of Commissioners meeting was the most critical in recent memory, and we applaud the commissioners for their efforts.

August 21, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Williams proves nothing is impossible

Tichelle Florence is a walking, talking miracle - emphasis on walking.

August 19, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


County deserves stronger leadership

A simple question doesn't have an easy answer. But it should.

August 16, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on persecution

Religious and cultural bigotry has been around since, seemingly, the beginning of recorded time.

August 12, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: Politics might have ruined 2050 panel

Sometimes what starts out as a good idea gets hijacked along the way.

August 09, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


School bus stops: Stop

Now that school has started back, motorists on many of our county roads are finding their commute time extended because of the band of bright yellow school busses carrying our children to and from their homes and school.

August 07, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: When a panel gets too big

The concept of a working committee to study the 2050 Plan proposal and make recommendations to streamline it seemed until this week to be a workable solution.

August 05, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: Recognize improvements

Students and teachers returned to the classroom Friday, hopefully taking note of last year's improvements in many testing areas to do even more positive work this school year.

August 02, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: Citizens' panel

During a Rotary Club of Covington meeting Tuesday, Newton County Chairman Keith Ellis announced that the commissioners are planning to start a citizens' panel consisting of an appointed member by each commissioner and appointees from each city in the county and entities such as the chamber, water and sewage authority and school board.

July 31, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: NYT’s pro-marijuana stance is disappointing

The New York Times editorial board this past Sunday called for the federal government to legalize marijuana in the United States.

July 29, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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Archive By Section - Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... Dangerous beauty

We always extol the natural beauty of our communities; we encourage our readers to get out and enjoy that beauty.

April 24, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... A great conductor

T.K. Adams is a special man. For the past 50 years he has spent his life making other people, both young and old, better because they have had the opportunity to be touched by his kindness and dedication.

April 24, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Chicken dance is not animal cruelty

 I love animals and hate to see them mistreated.

April 24, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Our Thoughts


Orders are orders, American style

 I don't often hope that any wish of former Vice-President Cheney is granted. But I do hope that his wish for the release of more memos on the results of Bush-Cheney-authorized torture is granted.

April 24, 2009 | Patrick Durusau | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... Thankful for the rain

We were relieved to find out that Newton County was no longer under the severe drought conditions it has been under for months now.

April 22, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... Keeping the county sparkling

If you haven't had a chance to step outside and observe the beautiful green carpet and bright flowers that nature has provided us here in Newton County, you need to do so.

April 22, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... Trails for county families

In last Wednesday's paper there was an excellent column by local bike enthusiast Maurice Carter on the value of bike trails. If you missed it, we recommend you go to covnews.com to read it.

April 19, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... Uniforms a good idea

Newton County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Steve Whatley will make a recommendation to the school board on April 21 that students of Sharp Learning Center be required to wear uniforms. We couldn't agree more with the superintendent's recommendation and we urge the school board to pass it.

April 19, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


When does right to life end?

 President Obama has reversed a number of Bush administration policies on abortion and access to abortions. His actions rekindled debate, or rather shouting, about when does life, and the right to it begin?

April 17, 2009 | Patrick Durusau | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... An interesting enemy

We have been more than disappointed and puzzled by some of President Obama's picks for his cabinet.

April 17, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... Losing another member of the greatest generation

We make a living by what we do, but we make a life by what we give." - Winston Churchill

April 17, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Springtime imagination

 The beautiful spring weather has made me reflect on the springtimes of my childhood.

April 17, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Our Thoughts


The gift of books

We are always pleased when any organization takes on a major fund raising goal to help a child.

That is why we are more than pleased with the actions of the Social Circle Rotary Club.

April 15, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Look for the warning signs

In Sunday's paper, reporter Amber Pittman wrote an excellent but very scary story detailing activities some of our teens and adolescents are involved in right now in our community.

The piece called "Deadly Games" explained what chocking, sexting and cyber-bullying mean to our young children.

April 15, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Thank you for responding

As we have stated in the past, we are fortunate to have a well run library here in Newton County. We are fortunate, also, to have a very talented executive to run that library.

We recognize the fact that the library, like the other agencies in our county, has had to tighten its belt to meet budget deficits. One of the cost-cutting measures proposed by Greg Heid, the director of the Newton County Library, was to close on Saturday.

April 10, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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