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.
"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."
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.
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.
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.
Thank you John Middleton for your 14 years of service as Newton County's Manager.
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.
"God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers."
We didn't know Dr. Bill Dobbs very well at the paper because most of his grand accomplishments occurred before our time, but what we have heard said and what we know of his accomplishments tells us he truly was a man who had his eye on the future at all times.
The more we think about the county's conversations about what type of government the county should have going forward, the more we believe the ultimate authority should be returned to the people through the elected county chairman.
The county's Board of Commissioners are mulling over what type of government we will have here in Newton County.
This week we had the pleasure of awarding our annual Hometown Hero award with our partner General Mills.
Should the elected county chairman be the top person in charge of making decisions for Newton County's government?
Some people carry around a big brass drum on their backs to announce every time they do something good or special for people.
In Wednesday's paper we brought out front and center the school system's scores from the last two years, with a combined average.
The city council this week put a stake through the grand idea of a Gazebo being built on the town square.
Today we celebrate Easter; so, sure it is a day that there will be plenty of chocolate candy in the house and decorated eggs in the yard.
There were two crime briefs that were in Wednesday's edition of the paper that deserve mention.
An important primary election is coming up on May 20.