We would like to congratulate the faculty and student body of Newton High School for raising nearly $9,000 for Newton County's annual Relay for Life. We would also like to applaud Newton English teacher George Miles for running to inspire students and teachers to give.
We believe, with every breath we take, in the sanctity of the First Amendment of our country's Constitution. That amendment guarantees every citizen of this country the right to free speech; we feel that same right applies to teachers and students as well.
The Newton County School System's administration has instituted a policy that absolutely denies the right of its teachers, administrators and students to talk to the press unless it is cleared by one public relations official.
There was a time in the good old days when at this time of the year if you were a senior in high school, then it was your turn to be part of a traditional prank. You did this knowing full well there would be penalties and that you would have to deal face-to-face with your parents and your principal, which in itself was usually punishment enough.
The pranks that were performed in those good old days, like food fights, hooking school to go to the beach or breaking school dress codes, did not harm anyone.
The Newton County Recreation Commission and the Covington Rotary Club have taken on a massive project - the building of a new sports complex in the county. The complex will contain the "Miracle Field," which is a baseball diamond built specifically to handle the needs of our handicapped children who live in the county.
T.K. Adams is a special man. For the past 50 years he has spent his life making other people, both young and old, better because they have had the opportunity to be touched by his kindness and dedication.
Newton County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Steve Whatley will make a recommendation to the school board on April 21 that students of Sharp Learning Center be required to wear uniforms. We couldn't agree more with the superintendent's recommendation and we urge the school board to pass it.