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.
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.
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.
Covington has a history of having some outstanding fire chiefs run its fire departments.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When you're paid by taxpayers, be nice to those taxpayers.
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.
The Ray Rice incident is an example of what's wrong with our new American society in so many ways.
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.
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.
No one can question the fact that there were a lot of fireworks at the last Newton County Board of Commissioners public meeting.
Betty Ray Shaw explained to us that children of autism have their own agenda, and when they get something in their mind that they want to, or think they need to do, that's what they are going to do.
The Newton County Board of Commissioners had a lively debate this past week about what to do after a May 30 party at the Nelson Heights Community Center was marred by a gun reportedly being fired into the air by a passing car and hours of people milling about in the streets afterward.
Volunteerism is ingrained in our county's foundation and has been the backbone of so many of our greatest successes on a nationwide and local level.
As a society, now more than ever, it seems, we dwell on the negative.
There's no question that anyone who owns property hates to pay taxes on it.
We can understand a community's concern on having group homes and residences in their neighborhoods.
Newton county is about to lose one of its finest public officials.
The Washington Street Community Center is a busy place that is the heart and soul and pride of the communities surrounding the Washington Street corridor.
This week the president, the commander in chief of our military, addressed the graduating class at West Point.
It's time for our annual reminder on safety and the safety of our children.
"The United States and the freedom, for which it stands, the freedom for which they died, must endure and prosper. Their lives remind us that freedom is not bought cheaply. It has a cost; it imposes a burden. And just as they whom we commemorate were willing to sacrifice, so too must we - in a less final, less heroic way - be willing to give of ourselves."
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
Whatever political party you are affiliated with should not cloud how you deal with the welfare of our veterans.
We have watched for years as different councils and mayors have talked about developing Legion Field into a community center that included an entertainment center and a park.
Lines wrap around the building, newly registered voters are brought to polling places and "I voted" stickers become the biggest fashion statement of the season every time a presidential election takes place.