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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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Excellent leadership

Throughout Black History Month we have been proud to feature African-American leaders of our community, who by their actions and perseverance, have made our community a great place to live.

Friday we were honored to print the story and philosophy of Ezell Brown, our newly elected sheriff.

March 01, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... Paradoxical speech

"Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established, should not be changed for light and transient causes; and, accordingly, all experience [has] shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But, when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce [the people] under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security." -Thomas Jefferson: Declaration of Independence, 1776. ME ...

February 27, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... People first

Newton County employees breathed a sigh of relief as the Newton County Board of Commissioners voted not to cut manpower or hours at a special called meeting Wednesday.

February 27, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... Scam

In Sunday's paper there was a story about a Midwest company sending letters into our area, telling folks that they can get certified deeds to their property for only $59.60.

February 25, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... Proud of our judges

We are fortunate here in Newton County to have talented, caring and family-oriented people as our legal caretakers.

February 25, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... Gift of trees

"It is well that you should celebrate your Arbor Day thoughtfully, for within your lifetime the nation's need of trees will become serious. We of an older generation can get along with what we have, though with growing hardship; but in your full manhood and womanhood you will want what nature once so bountifully supplied and man so thoughtlessly destroyed; and because of that want you will reproach us, not for what we have used, but for what we have wasted." - Theodore Roosevelt, 1907 Arbor Day Message

February 22, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... Seconded motion

Dear Governor Perdue,

February 22, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Victims of the free market

Shirley Almer, an elderly Minnesota woman, had managed to live through lung cancer and a brain tumor before she died on Dec. 21. Cause of death: salmonella poisoning linked to food products from a Peanut Corporation of America plant in Blakely, Ga.

February 22, 2009 | By Tom Crawford | Our Thoughts


One down, 47 to go

I was a sophomore at what was then tiny Georgia Southern College down in Statesboro when a band known as The Who released a record, which still rocks today as the theme song for the popular "CSI" television series.

February 22, 2009 | Nat Harwell | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... Look in the mirror

Recently appointed United States Attorney General Eric Holder said in his acceptance speech: "Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial we have always been and I believe continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards."

February 20, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... Good move

Covington Mayor Kim Carter and City Manager Steve Horton did the wise thing by pulling discussions of a raise for city council from Monday's agenda.

February 20, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... Disappointing turn

There is no question that our country and county are in the toughest of economic times.

February 20, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


When brains go bonkers

 If a toddler touches a hot stove, it's because they don't know any better. Sure, maybe your Mama or Daddy warned you, but sometimes those concepts don't sink in with the very young.

February 20, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Our Thoughts


The right to know

 As citizens we should all be interested in local government all the time. As a matter of fact, most of us, myself included, only become interested when some event or report catches our attention.

February 20, 2009 | Patrick Durusau | Our Thoughts


A nose for the news

Before Fox News and other cable news stations, which today have overtaken the traditional news programs run by ABC, NBC and CBS, there was CNN.

CNN out of Atlanta set the pace for what TV news has become today.

February 18, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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