There is nothing like an old-fashioned Christmas parade to boost holiday spirits.
Last week, The Covington News and the Main Street Program, for the second year, honored winners of the Thanksgiving essay contest.
This is supposed to be the season of joy and giving, a time for celebrating the birth of the Christ Child.
This week, we lost a real American hero.
The Covington/Newton County Chamber of Commerce has created a new position, a director of commercial development.
Not long ago, we were more than disappointed to read that an Atlanta builder was pulling up stakes here and heading back to Atlanta. He said that because of low appraisals, he could not build the type of home he needed to build to make a profit in Newton County. He said he would look our way again in two years.
The little town of Porterdale seems to be in the bull's-eye scope of Hollywood producers.
King Arthur: "Don't let it be forgot / That once there was a spot / For one brief shining moment / That was known as Camelot.''
Every year about this time, you can count on one of our major industries to ensure that a real Thanksgiving is enjoyed by many community nonprofits.
We were more than surprised to learn last week that all Newton County School System employees will receive in January what amounts to a one-time bonus of 1 percent of their salaries. The district called it a "pay adjustment.''
We applaud the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce's decision to bring in a professional Main Street consultant to talk with local business owners and to advise the chamber on how to make our Main Street program more effective.
"Anyway, no drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we're looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn't test people for drugs; we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power."
We hear every day via the major news networks that the shutdown of the government is causing major harm to our country, especially to the poor federal government employees who have been laid off for the time being.
Anytime we lose a leader who learned in the good old days how to be a leader and who devoted considerable time and effort to making our community a better place for all of us, it is a major loss.
As a rule, Americans are giving and caring people. That's why we have safety nets such as unemployment benefits, food stamps and food banks, and social welfare programs and disability programs. It's also why it is always discouraging when we read about or hear about people who receive benefits unfairly, simply because they know how to game the system. Last Sunday night on ...
Porterdale is a small community, but it has a big heart. It wasn't that long ago that Porterdale, because of the antics of some of its elected officials, was the laughingstock of the county. The good people of Porterdale finally became tired of such foolishness, however, and elected a progressive City Council that, of late, has represented them with pride and dignity. And if you drive through Porterdale today, you can't help but notice a ...
"Then we'll figure out what to do about the depression and the inflation and the oil crisis. But first, get up out of your chairs, open the window, stick your head out, and yell, and say it: 'I'M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!'''
The Atlanta Zoo announced this week that it's asking the public to suggest names for its cute new panda twins.
Something about which we have always been puzzled is how police in DeKalb County choose who gets a ticket as cars whiz around the I-285 expressway.
"Property has its duties as well as its rights." -- –Thomas Drummond Last week, we saw an example of the law working: Municipal Judge Steven Hathorn finally had enough of Jack L. Moser Sr.'s defiance and refusal to keep up his property. For years, Moser, who owns the property and a former home at 6110 Sorrels St. in Covington, had defied court order after court order to improve the condition of his home and property. ...
This past week 2013 SAT scores were released and Newton County's scores decreased from last years' 2012 results in all subjects, which included Critical Reading, Math and Writing.
Cancer in itself is still a dangerous and scary scourge on mankind.
We are proud today to salute the teachers, students and parents of Middle Ridge Elementary School here in Newton County.
It's important to make a good impression on business leaders who visit our community to determine if they will make Covington and/or Newton County their businesses' home.
Congratulations go to the three teachers who are finalists for 2014 Teacher of the Year in the Newton County School System.
The Covington police are warning folks to lock their cars. Thieves have been especially active in our area.
One disturbing trend we have seen and heard about recently is the willingness of some employees, who might be in danger of losing their jobs due to poor performance, to almost dare their employers to dismiss them so they, the employees, can receive unemployment benefits and food stamps free and clear.