It's time for a change on the 2050 Plan - both to the document itself and officials' approach in presenting it to the public.
One of the cornerstones of pride in the Newton County community is that we have our own hospital; and throughout its existence the taxpayers have supported its development.
We realize that voting Tuesday, four full days away, is the farthest thing from your mind right now. But you need to make it first in your mind.
The first public hearing for the 2050 Plan was held Monday night, giving the public an opportunity to let themselves be heard.
Here's some of what we have heard from concerned citizens over the last two weeks:
There is one person in town that we doubt that anyone who knows him could ever question his passion for the things he believes in.
We are grateful that the long holiday weekend passed, and despite all the people and activities occurring with the Fourth of July festivities, there were no major reports of injuries associated with beverage consumption, firework exhibitions or rowdy behavior.
We are never happy to see groups come into our community, especially on holidays, to set up shop for a week or two and sell products that rob profits from our local merchants who pay taxes on a regular basis.
Our community is planning to celebrate the Fourth of July in a grand way today.
"Our founders got it right when they wrote in the Declaration of Independence that our rights come from nature and nature's God, not from government."
During the recent primary election, many of Newton County's voters didn't show up. They paid no concern to who would represent them and a minority of the county's voters bothered to head toward the polls.
The final year of CRCT scores for grades three-eight throughout the state were released this week. Did we score high or low? It seems like a little bit of both.
Ten years ago a group of people got together, politicians and concerned citizens alike, and made a decision that Newton County, inevitably, was going to grow.
This past month the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools voted to reaffirm the accreditation of one of our local higher learning institutions, Georgia Perimeter College (GPC).
Kudos goes out to local community activist Vivian Harris. Through her determination and countless efforts, a part of Oxford – and America's history – has been preserved in print.
The announcement that a major department store, Ross, is planning to open up shop in Covington gives great hope to a community that has been suffering through a major economic slump for the past five years.
In a follow-up to our editorial about how the minority rules over the majority in this country, we are now looking at how new rules created by that minority give businesses and organizations no room to maneuver with personnel or children.
This week, we read that an Atlanta woman was petitioning Georgia legislators to ban the pitbull breed of dogs from the state.
Not only did our community lose a legend this past week, but females everywhere, from infants to adults, will forever owe a few of their freedoms to Betty Faith Jaynes.
The Covington Planning Commission met this past week to discuss whether to allow a zoning change for the iconic Twelve Oaks Bed and Breakfast so that owner Nicole Greer would be able to host weddings and other functions.
Last week, the CVS chain pharmacy announced that beginning later this year, it will no longer sell tobacco products in any stores.
This has been a week that communities can be proud of.
Those who are good at their jobs embody their work.
Judgment comes in many forms, including thinking carefully before one speaks and acts, handing down fair punishment to a person convicted of a crime, and making a sacrificial decision in the midst of a difficult situation.
David Bernd, the new retail recruiter for the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce, has hit the ground at full throttle, and we love to see the enthusiasm.
There is still mystery surrounding why former Newton High School principal Eclan David resigned from the flagship high school of our county.
We have heard some grumblings from people who didn't understand why county schools were closed Friday.
The county is working on a plan officials hope will improve its management structure and streamline reporting.
A great many of us grew up hearing that the mail must always go through: "Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night. ..."
Back in July, the Newton County Board of Commissioners voted to raise the millage/property tax rate, a move that allowed the county to collect an additional $1.16 million in property taxes.