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.
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.
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.
The folks of Social Circle are honoring one of their own Saturday night at the city's Welcome Center starting at 6 p.m.
Mary Kate Tribble, a lifelong resident of the city, proudly traces her history back to her mother's family the Shipps, who homesteaded here after receiving property in the government lottery of the early 1800s.
In the good old days when you were in high school, if you were a problem child or enjoyed skipping school, then after a few warnings you were called to the office and summarily kicked out of school. If your infraction was bad enough, you never returned.
If you were a young lady and became pregnant, you just disappeared. At that time the disappearance was a grand mystery. As we grew older, we realized that in actuality the pregnant young lady had usually been shipped off out of state to some relative's house because of the shame of it ...
While the great county budget crisis of 2009 is for the moment over, we would like to suggest a positive solution to ensure that we don't find ourselves in this situation again.
One of the main reasons we have gone quickly from a surplus into a deficit of taxable revenue in Newton County is because over the years we have failed to attract enough viable industry to counter the fallback in the current housing and retail markets.