Tighten county's belt
"My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard.
There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread.
"The flag of the United States has not been created by rhetorical sentences in declarations of independence and in bills of rights. It has been created by the experience of a great people, and nothing is written upon it that has not been written by their life. It is the embodiment, not of a sentiment, but of a history."
Even though not much notice was given, Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnston has set up a town hall meeting this afternoon to discuss recent happenings in the downtown district, primarily involving the Main Street program, the resignation of its director and the involvement of the Chamber of Commerce.
The Church is not a gallery for the exhibition of eminent Christians, but a school for the education of imperfect ones."
In Sunday's paper, there were two stories that should be read because both affect your pocketbook.
The 13-year-old Newton County girl who was missing for a month has been found safe. See the story at CovNews.com.
Newborn is such a small town in Newton County that if you blink your eyes twice as you pass through, you will miss it.
There was a time, before the age of Facebook and Kindle and tweets, that public libraries were the pride and centerpiece of every thriving and growing community.
Even though there's hope of finally seeing light at the end of our long, dark, economically-depressed tunnel, we know the county likely remains years away from significant improvement.
In Friday's paper, there was an update on the construction progress at the Baxter International site on the Newton-Walton County border.
We are glad to see that the bypass around Social Circle is to be completed. (See our story at Covnews.com.)
The Covington City Council is giving itself a nice raise next year.
We said goodbye this past month to three very good civic leaders.
The Newton County Board of Commissioners recently gave a five-year extension of its lawn maintenance contract to locally owned Durden's Lawn Maintenance.
One of the most exciting times for a community is the announcement of a brand new industry coming to town. The excitement about new jobs and more tax money is thrilling, particularly in this economy.
Here we go again. If you haven't already noticed a big hole in your pocketbook, you will the next time you fill up. Gas prices are once again approaching the $4 mark.
Thomas Jefferson was an American patriot and our country's third president, but, like all of us, he had his personal faults. However, Jefferson lived in a period of time where people were more easily able to separate their personal failings from their ability to lead in public.
Covington has hired a new city manager and when Leigh Anne Knight officially takes over, she'll be the first female city manager in Covington's history.
If you've seen any shiny, new Covington police cars around town or parked overnight in your neighborhood, you've noticed the effects of a new program instituted by Police Chief Stacey Cotton.
We take a lot of pleasure in congratulating Cousins Middle School student McKenzie Snyder for winning the Newton County Spelling Bee contest for the second year in a row. She's obviously a bright girl with a love of words, and we hope she carries that passion throughout her life and career.
The Newton County Board of Commissioners had a great opportunity last week to show the taxpayers - the commissioners' bosses - that a fresh board with new perspective was not going to conduct business as usual. Sadly, it failed to do so.
The Covington City Council finally made a decision on its next city manager Thursday, making Finance Director Leigh Anne Knight the first female city manager in the city's history.
"You're never a loser until you quit trying." ~ Mike Ditka It's easy to get discouraged when so often our focus is on the negative and the impossible. Yet so often, those who would seem to have the most to complain about are the ones who take the most joy in life. If you need a pick-me-up, we suggest you read the story of young Jonah Barnett, a miraculous survivor, who had his wish granted ...
At the end of last week, the Newton County School System announced an agreement reached between the Newton County Board of Education and Dennis and LaQuanda Carpenter, who are leaving for a school system in Kansas City, Mo., where Dennis Carpenter will take over as superintendent. The agreement was passed by a unanimous vote of all members of the school board.
Newly-christened County Chairman Keith Ellis received an unsettling letter from the state just more than two weeks into his term in office. The letter said the bridge on Brown Bridge Road over the Yellow River would have to be closed to bus and large truck traffic if structural repairs weren't made within 90 days.
The city of Covington recently commissioned an outside firm to review the performance of the Main Street Covington program, which is responsible for promoting and developing the downtown district.
In general, we sincerely appreciate the citizens who choose to run for public office, because the push and pull of public and private interests is relentless.
The Newton County Board of Education is giving all residents an opportunity to give their suggestions on what the school board should look for when it hires a replacement for retiring Superintendent Gary Mathews.