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Our thoughts: Dirty Politics

Throughout the generations, whenever there has been an election, there has been some form of dirty politics used to sway the voters mind.

October 25, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Teacher of the year

Congratulations Kenneth Hanson. It's a great honor and great testament to your hard work that you were named Newton County School System's 2015 Teacher of the Year.

October 18, 2014 | | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: Motion denied

At Tuesday's Board of Commissioners public meeting, Commissioner John Douglas made a motion to defund The Center for Community Preservation and Planning. Thank goodness there was no second, and this ill-conceived motion died.

October 11, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Political correctness

It seems that over the last six years, we as a country have had to endure one scandal after another; distrust in any government entity is at the highest it has been in most of our lifetimes.

October 04, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Thanks

Covington has a history of having some outstanding fire chiefs run its fire departments.

September 30, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Honor

Dr. William Dobbs was not only a good man and a great, caring doctor, but he was also an honorable politician. It was the right thing for the City of Covington to honor the memory of this respected man, just four months after his death.

September 30, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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


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Don't drink and drive

Tonight is generally considered a night of fun and revelry as people gather to celebrate the end of one year and the start of another. It's a night that sane people sometimes do unsafe things.

It's also a night when people sometimes have a few more toasts of the toddy than they usually do.

December 30, 2008 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Blank pages

"We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day." - Edith Lovejoy Pier

Tomorrow is the beginning of a new year, nature doesn't recognize it, and the world still goes spinning merrily along.

December 30, 2008 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Fast track to nowhere

Last week I saw firsthand just how backwards and impoverished our passenger rail system in this country is when I took an Amtrak train from Atlanta to Charlottesville, Va., to attend a conference on climate change.

December 29, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Our Thoughts


A lean Christmas?

I was amazed at the Wall Street Journal story about children selling toys "to some people who don't have much ..." to raise money so they can have $100 dolls for Christmas in "lean" financial times.

December 29, 2008 | Patrick Durusau Columnist | Our Thoughts


Musical torture

Recently some rock bands and other songwriters said they were outraged by the government's use of their songs for "musical torture" of terrorism suspects.

December 27, 2008 | T. Pat Cavanaugh | Our Thoughts


Strange world

Some folks would tell you that they think the world has turned upside down. The following two items might have you believing the same as them.

December 27, 2008 | T. Pat Cavanaugh | Our Thoughts


Santa's helpers

Saturday we had the opportunity to show some real Christmas Spirit. We gathered, bright and early, along with the other elves from the Covington Rotary and the Rotary Interact Club from Eastside High school bright and early, and helped Santa load up close to 900 bags of goodies for boys and girls of Newton County.

Santa is fortunate to have such a group as the Covington Rotary to organize and raise money from folks in our community in order to provide this service to families who are having a tough time this Christmas season.

December 27, 2008 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Leadership blessings

As this year comes to a close, we are fortunate to have had good management of our county. We have been blessed with leadership over the year that has managed to ensure that, with all the fiscal uncertainties swirling around us here in Georgia, Newton County stands tall and secure.

We are losing some very good leaders on Jan. 1, leaders in county government in our court system, our law enforcement, education and even our coroner's office.

December 27, 2008 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts...Shame, shame

This certainly will be a bittersweet Christmas for former Alcovy High School teacher and coach Derrick Roberts as well as paraprofessional Nanette Surber.

December 24, 2008 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts...The office saga

 The ongoing saga on what to do with the mayor's office in Covington just might have come to a fruitful end this past week.

December 24, 2008 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Christmas cheer in Social Circle

If you have been too busy this Christmas season to enjoy some time enjoying the parades and lighted homes of Christmas, then you have one final chance.

The city of Social Circle will be holding special Christmas activities Saturday starting at about 5:30 p.m.

December 22, 2008 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


A wise council

The city council of Covington made a wise decision in restructuring the management of the city, a recommendation made by City Manager Steve Horton.

Having an assistant city manager in a city the size of Covington does not make sense. Horton recognized that and his recommendation that the management of the city be split into three branches with three distinct and equal managers, allows the city manager and council to have the advice and direction of three talented leaders.

December 22, 2008 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts...Good job juniors

 With last week's stories about Newton County School System employees and students in trouble with the law, it is nice to hear some good news about our teachers and children.

December 20, 2008 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts...Time of need

 Christmas is, and should always be, a time of spiritual reflection and celebration.

December 20, 2008 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts...For the love of the library

 Newton Countians are blessed to have a library as vital and modern as ours is.

December 17, 2008 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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