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Our Thoughts: Manners

It's become common for Newton County residents to see roads blocked off with filming equipment and tents set up hosting production company personnel, or to turn on their televisions and see the Covington Historic Courthouse or other familiar homegrown sights.

September 27, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Curfew

Because we have no place for teens to hang out with their friends, such as a movie theater or a bowling alley, many of our Newton County teenagers visit local cities like Conyers to spend time with friends.

September 25, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Beauty

In spite of all the recent political upheaval in the county and the back-channel threats of more to come, Newton County is still a beautiful place to live.

September 23, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: Manners

When you're paid by taxpayers, be nice to those taxpayers.

September 20, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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


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Archive By Section - 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


Perplexing package

For weeks we were bombarded on every TV station and in every major newspaper by the Obama administration's urgency on passing an economic stimulus package.

We heard that if the bill wasn't rushed through Congress, we would doom the United States and our way of life.

February 18, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


A bold stance by a brave man

Again, we are proud this month to be highlighting the accomplishments and leadership of our local black residents, who through their perserverance, have helped make Newton County a place that we are proud to call home.

One such person is Forrest Sawyer Jr.

February 15, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Gone with the wind

During the last few months, we have on many occasions heard of the surplus the city of Covington currently has.

We salute the efforts and leadership of past councils as well as the current administration, and City Manager Steve Horton and his staff on their efforts in fostering this surplus.

February 15, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


A gift for local nonprofits

Christmas came early this year for 19 local nonprofit groups.

February 13, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Prudent review

The Newton County Board of Commissioners made a wise decision at their last meeting.

February 13, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Free entry with this column

 Do not despair.

February 13, 2009 | Terri Kimble | Our Thoughts


Juan doesn’t live here

We've been in our new house for three weeks and some folks have already found us.

February 13, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Our Thoughts


Those who can’t change, measure

 In a recent interview Education Secretary Arne Duncan promised more data-gathering and testing as the way to improve academic performance.  

February 13, 2009 | Patrick Durusau | Our Thoughts


A valuable program

We believe the hope and success of our country's future rests squarely on the shoulders of our young people.

February 11, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Not targeted or temporary

The President of the United States and the leaders of the Democratic party in Congress and their staffs have been running around the country and sounding the alarm on the national airways, that if the stimulus program proposed by them and filled up with pork by them does not pass, that we as a country are doomed.

February 11, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


More bad budget news in Georgia

 The 2009 legislative session completed day 15 on Feb. 6 with bills passing through the chamber this week which will provide for tax relief and child safety. I support these pieces of legislation and look forward to their implementation. Unfortunately, even with the good work in those areas, very bad budget news has dominated the week at your capitol.

February 11, 2009 | By John Douglas | Our Thoughts


No sugar in the cornbread, please

 I can pride myself on two recent, major accomplishments. Both have to do with my fondness for down-home Southern cooking. I favor down-home Southern cooking because I am from a down-home Southern home. That, and it tastes good.

February 11, 2009 | Lewis Grizzard | Our Thoughts


The meter’s running

 A wise friend reminded me recently of an old saying: "Dogs don't bark at parked cars." It was my friend's way of telling me that criticism, while never pleasant, is a sign you are doing something and trying to get things done. No action pleases everyone. So, the only way to never be criticized is to never do anything. Leave the car parked, if you don't want to hear the barking.

February 11, 2009 | By Kim Carter | Our Thoughts


A dark past, a bright future

In 1926, historian Carter Woodson helped set aside the second week in February as week he called "Negro History Week" to celebrate the accomplishments of black Americans in this country.

February 08, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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