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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


Learning from tragedy

A week ago, Newton County lost one of its young people in a gun accident. T.J. Dorsey was shot in the back by a friend when a gun he thought had the safety on fired.

February 08, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Last man in the woods

 I am on my soapbox today.

February 08, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Our Thoughts


Revisionist historians, source documents

One of the great dangers faced by contemporary historical researchers is that documents considered as absolutely trust-worthy may actually contain errors, or be criminally fraudulent.

February 08, 2009 | Nat Harwell | Our Thoughts


A day for couples

"So, Valentine's Day is coming up," I reminded my husband. "Have you given any thought to making plans?"

February 08, 2009 | Kari Apted | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... Community first

 The saga of redecorating the elected official's office/city of Covington meeting room has finally come to an end, we think.

February 06, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... A wise decision

Our editorial page is designed to spark public debate on issues facing our community. Any comments we make, for or against an issue facing our community, is just our opinion and no more. We extend you the invitation to respond on this same page, without comment from us.

February 06, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Here's looking at you, kid

If you like theater and you have not paid a visit to the Social Circle Theater to catch a play, a local entertainer's performance, or performances by the children in the community, then you have missed a real treat.

Recently, Social Circle Theater students participated in the 2009 Junior Theater Festival. The festival hosted more than 1,400 students this year. Social Circle was represented by a group of 19 young actors ages 8 to 16.

February 03, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Crooks and change

If you or a family member has ever not had enough money to pay your taxes and had to work out a payment plan, or received a letter from the IRS informing you that your taxes weren't figured correctly and you owed the government money - know there is no easy way to negotiate with the IRS.

No matter what plan you work out, you are going to pay a healthy penalty and a high rate of interest to pay this debt off. If you don't make your payments, the IRS has a division that is a kin to ...

February 03, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts...Have fun, be safe

 Super Bowl Sunday has become an American holiday. They should probably go ahead and add it to calendars so people can plan parties months prior to the event.

January 31, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts...Pull together

 The front page of our paper Friday screamed out bad news - unemployment in Newton County has reached 10.4 percent. This puts our county at No. 1 in unemployment in the extended metro area. The state of Georgia is currently reporting an average unemployment rate of 7.8 percent.

January 31, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts...Good work NCSO

 Last Friday a burglary crime spree occurred locally that you usually only see in the movies. The folks who live in the River Walk Farms subdivision, a quiet Newton County community of rolling meadows and beautiful homes, had settled in for what they thought would be a peaceful weekend.

January 29, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts...Liquor for Social Circle

The city of Social Circle is an example of what old-time Georgia living was and is about.

 It has one stop light, and if you blink twice you might miss it. If you visit, you best follow the speed limit restrictions.

January 29, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... Disturbing appointment

The U.S. Senate approved the appointment of Timothy Geithner as our new treasury secretary Tuesday.

January 27, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... Eyesore of the week

We think we live in one of the most beautiful areas of Georgia. Covington, Newton County and Social Circle are abundant with elegant homes and landscapes and rolling green farm land.

January 27, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... College collapse

Sunday we broke a story that should have sent shockwaves not only here, but across the state.

January 27, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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