As we frantically tune ourselves up to plan for that Christmas dinner or party and rush from store to store to purchase gifts for our loved ones, we need to take a few minutes to reflect on our neighbors and friends who might not be as fortunate as we are.
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.
Porterdale appears to be turning a corner. In past years, Porterdale was known as the county's laughingstock for its dysfunctional council and poor management. However, most of the recent news regarding Porterdale appears to be positive. The leadership of Mayor Arline Chapman and City Manager Bob Thomson has improved the city's standing, and we're just as likely to hear about a new plan to improve downtown as we are a dispute over dilapidated housing. Officials ...
"Of all the properties which belong to honorable men, not one is as highly prized as that of character.''
* We are pleased to see that the Newton County Board of Commissioners has placed signs at Factory Shoals Recreation Park that warn swimmers and waders to be careful about being in the Alcovy River.
Recently there seems to be an upswing in local folks being scammed, either in traditional ways or now in even more devious ways.
The 185th version of the old Salem Camp Meeting has come to an end In spite of the rain, from all accounts it was the biggest and best so far. One of the bright spots of the camp meeting that we rarely focus on is its economic impact for the Newton and Rockdale communities. Once again, we were amazed at the energy and enthusiasm of Sam Ramsey and his family, Sam personally assures that the ...
Salaries of the county's elected officials are a hot topic, and we hope commissioners will use the opportunity to examine the salary structure of multiple positions.
We still are a nation of laws. Unfortunately, there are many groups who have forgotten that. Before we go any further, let us make this point: It is tragic when anyone dies unnecessarily, be it a teenager or adult, black or white or brown. Every day you can read stories about unnecessary and violent acts carried out against blacks, whites and browns. Many of those crimes are black on black, white on white, or brown ...
These are exciting times for students and faculty of Newton High as they prepare for the opening of the new Newton High School in a few weeks.
One thing small business owners particularly resent is being saddled with local laws that government officials don't enforce equally or at all.
"He is the kind of politician who would cut down a redwood tree, then mount the stump and make a speech for conservation."
It might be hard for some of our baby boomer readers to believe that they have lived to see their local hometown newspaper welcome "vampires" to town.
In only its second year of existence, the Newton County Recreation Commission's Little League team has taken a giant step in its quest to represent the region and Georgia at the Williamsport, Pa., Little League World Series.
As surely as the swallows head back to Capistrano every year, we can be assured that all is well when a smiling former Covington Mayor Sam Ramsey pops into our offices at this time of year. We know that he has come to announce that the Salem Camp Meeting is about to reconvene.
The Alcovy River, especially with all the rain we have had lately, is an alluring attraction. But hidden by that beauty is a dangerous flow of water that has caused the death of one young soul recently and could easily have claimed three more lives last weekend.
We are glad that City of Covington officials made the decision to have a Fourth of July family day, capped off by a very good display of fireworks.