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Our thoughts: Verge of growth

In a letter in The Covington News a week ago Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnston laid out some of the prospective industrial growth coming to Newton ...

October 03, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our Thoughts: Take a stand

The Army Corps of Engineers recently withdrew Newton County's 404 Permit for building the Bear Creek Supply Reservoir, adding more time and more money ...

September 27, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our Thoughts: Rainy day funds

The Covington branch of the Newton County Library System found itself in need after its 17-year-old HVAC system shut down.

September 20, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our Thoughts: Education for the future

When we ask a new face around town what they do, the response "I work at Baxalta" is getting more and more common.

September 13, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our Thoughts: Reaping the benefits of filming in Newton County

"A Coat of Many Colors" has transformed several downtown Covington businesses, taken over Gaither Plantation and brought some detours to the Covington Square; "The Vampire ...

September 06, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our Thoughts: Newton's citizens committees

Being an elected official is a thankless job. We are promised the moon every election season, and rarely ever see its full glow throughout the ...

August 30, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Accountability, transparency and leadership

Newton County officials, do you remember the citizens' outrage at a raise in taxes due to an increase in the county's budget?

August 23, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

A Newton County of the past or future?

The Historic Courthouse was packed Tuesday night, but not everyone was there for the same reason. The stark contrast between the two issues-a civic ...

August 09, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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Archive By Section - Our Thoughts

Trouble with the term grown children

This is my 19th Father's Day. That is, if you count the one where we were anticipating an arrival in September of 1990.

June 19, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Our Thoughts

What type of union do we prefer?

 The U.S. Constitution lays out the foundations of our society. Its purpose, as stated in the preamble, is to "form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence [sic], promote the general Welfare." According to the preamble, the first goal is to form a more perfect union, that is, a society of individuals that shares the benefits of laws, that seeks justice rather than retribution, that ensures a domestic peace that protects us from foreign invasion and that establishes common services so that individuals can succeed to the extent that their talent, skill ...

June 19, 2009 | By J.J. Hayden | Our Thoughts

Our Thoughts... A senseless tragedy

Last week we learned that a body was found in Snapping Shoals Creek.

June 19, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

A fantastic revival

We applaud the unanimous vote of the Newton County Board of Education on requiring the students of the two new theme schools to wear a standard type of uniform and requiring parents of students who will attend the new schools - located at Fairview Elementary and Clements Middle schools - to sign a contract that requires, among other things, volunteer time.

We have said this before, and it is something that parochial and private schools have known for years, that requiring some type of uniform for all reduces the costs of proper school clothes for parents, prevents certain types of bullying and ...

June 17, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Strict but fair, please

We understand very well that rules are rules. During the last year the state of Georgia has revised and tightened the rules involving restaurant inspections. We also understand why this has been done.

Nobody wants to eat in an establishment that is not clean and that does not follow the rules regarding food preparation.

June 17, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

A caring community

The newly opened homeless shelter located at Turner Lake Circle is an encouraging example of how dreams can come true for good people.

Former mayor and local furniture store owner Sam Ramsey and the Rev. Clara Lett had a dream that a homeless shelter could be built in Covington.

June 14, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Creating a hub

The Covington Municipal Airport is scheduled to close at the end of July for runway repairs and upgrades.

We know that some residents will be cheered by this and probably wish that the airport would just go away completely; we sympathize with those who are bothered by the noise.

June 14, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

The other boys of summer

 There is a connection between summer and cars that remains in my mind.

June 12, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Our Thoughts

Our Thoughts... Consolidating services?

The city of Oxford made a decision this week to pay Newton County to handle its fire service needs.

June 12, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our Thoughts... Generally excellent

 Last week we had the opportunity to attend a weekend meeting with our peers in the Georgia Press Association. Traditionally, at the end of the banquet, awards are given to newspapers in the association for their efforts this past year.

June 12, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Education ROI

I was talking to a very conservative friend recently about the concern of some Newton County commissioners over the possibility of raising taxes. He pointed out that his children and grandchildren had all attended private school so where was his return on all the taxes that went for education? I think that is a fair question and one that deserves a fair answer.

June 12, 2009 | Patrick Durusau | Our Thoughts

Reaction confusion

Two weeks ago there were two acts of unforgivable violence in our country.

Dr. George Tiller, a well known late-term abortion doctor, was gunned down in his church.

June 10, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Good for the area

This week officials from General Mills, the Rockefeller Group Development Corporation, community leaders and officials of Walton County and Social Circle gathered for a ground-breaking celebration in Social Circle.

General Mills, which has operated a plant in Covington for the past 23 years where at least 24 percent of the company's cereal products are produced, will build a 35-acre distribution facility that will be the largest of its kind in the United States.

June 10, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

A thriving community

In Wednesday's paper we published a front page story detailing the new downtown revitalization project proposed to help invigorate the central business district of Social Circle.

The proposed redesign was presented by the Urban Collage Company.

June 07, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Heat up our local economy

The dog days of summer are nearly upon us. The next two months for our business community are traditionally slow.

June 07, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

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