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Our thoughts: The Square

Covington's Square Park, which has become world renown because of the movie industry that is attracted to its uniqueness, has recently been spruced up by the city of Covington. This valuable piece of earth has been one of the main reasons the city's tax base has remained fairly consistent when other municipalities have suffered loss of tax dollars.

September 16, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Amazing

The Ray Rice incident is an example of what's wrong with our new American society in so many ways.

September 13, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: Threats

Last week we ran a story that certain leaders of our large African-American community would call for a public march if their concerns about the Board of Commissioners' decision to strip Commissioner J.C. Henderson of many of his committee assignments was not properly addressed.

September 13, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Too much

The congressman who represents most of us here in Newton County is Hank Johnson, who in reality is elected for us by the voters of DeKalb County, his home base.

September 11, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Henderson did it to himself

No one can question the fact that there were a lot of fireworks at the last Newton County Board of Commissioners public meeting.

September 10, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


School fees?

School fees?

September 06, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Courage and change

"In whatever arena of life one may meet the challenge of courage, whatever may be the sacrifices he faces if he follows his conscience – the loss of his friends, his fortune, his contentment, even the esteem of his fellow men – each man must decide for himself the course he will follow."

September 04, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Mansfield

The Newton county town of Mansfield has always been a charming little place that most people just drive through on their way to somewhere else.

September 02, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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


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Archive By Section - 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


Run or walk for the YMCA

The YMCA, which was founded in England in 1844 by a group of evangelicals who wanted to assist the families and children suffering because of the sprawl created by the Industrial Revolution, started in this country in 1851. Since then the Y has grown into an organization that assists families from babies to grandparents.

Newton County is fortunate to have an active Y, which is located on Newton Drive in Covington. Our local Y provides programs for kids that include swimming, gymnastics, flag football, soccer and basketball. 

April 10, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Honoring a city's past

The city of Social Circle has some beautiful older buildings and homes that reflect our Southern heritage.

The city has been renovating one of these old homes, originally built in the 1840s, in order to establish a new city hall.

April 08, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Surprise announcement

We got jolted out of our malaise as we received an announcement from Chris Smith, co-owner of Newton Electric Supply, telling us that he has thrown his hat into the ring for the position of Covington city councilman.

After a brief breather from the longest national election campaign ever, we were taken aback by Mr. Smith's early announcement. For sure it's been cold enough the last few days to be election time, but the old calendar says it's Easter week.

April 08, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Good shepherds

The citizens of Newton County never cease to amaze us.

We have done editorials in the past encouraging people and groups to do what they can do during these economic time to help their neighbors.

April 05, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Slow down Mustang Sally

Until recently, driving through the quaint town of Porterdale was the equivalent of driving in the Grand Prix to some drivers.

It is fortunate no one has been killed.

April 05, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Doing necessary work

This past week we carried a story on our front page that described how a step-father took a belt to his teenage daughter; this action was and is inexcusable.

We believe that a parent has a right to discipline his or her child in a manner that works for the family, but this does not include belts and sticks or any other form of discipline that can cause bodily injury to a child.

April 03, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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