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Williams proves nothing is impossible

Tichelle Florence is a walking, talking miracle - emphasis on walking.

August 19, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


County deserves stronger leadership

A simple question doesn't have an easy answer. But it should.

August 16, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on persecution

Religious and cultural bigotry has been around since, seemingly, the beginning of recorded time.

August 12, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: Politics might have ruined 2050 panel

Sometimes what starts out as a good idea gets hijacked along the way.

August 09, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


School bus stops: Stop

Now that school has started back, motorists on many of our county roads are finding their commute time extended because of the band of bright yellow school busses carrying our children to and from their homes and school.

August 07, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: When a panel gets too big

The concept of a working committee to study the 2050 Plan proposal and make recommendations to streamline it seemed until this week to be a workable solution.

August 05, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: Recognize improvements

Students and teachers returned to the classroom Friday, hopefully taking note of last year's improvements in many testing areas to do even more positive work this school year.

August 02, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: Citizens' panel

During a Rotary Club of Covington meeting Tuesday, Newton County Chairman Keith Ellis announced that the commissioners are planning to start a citizens' panel consisting of an appointed member by each commissioner and appointees from each city in the county and entities such as the chamber, water and sewage authority and school board.

July 31, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: NYT’s pro-marijuana stance is disappointing

The New York Times editorial board this past Sunday called for the federal government to legalize marijuana in the United States.

July 29, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: Be fair and impartial

There was an unfortunate incident in our community last week where a man for reasons unknown at this time was seen in a quiet community wielding a sword of some type, harassing passing cars and trash cans.

July 26, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on recent local news items

The Covington City Council voted this past week to add a code officer to its staff. The city currently has only one officer.

July 24, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on 2050: Make changes now

It's time for a change on the 2050 Plan - both to the document itself and officials' approach in presenting it to the public.

July 22, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on community hospital

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.

July 19, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on voting

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.

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Locals speak out at 2050 hearing

The first public hearing for the 2050 Plan was held Monday night, giving the public an opportunity to let themselves be heard.

July 15, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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Betty Faith Jaynes

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.

February 15, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Celebrating compromise

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.

February 13, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Smoking

Last week, the CVS chain pharmacy announced that beginning later this year, it will no longer sell tobacco products in any stores.

February 10, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Saluting STAR students

This has been a week that communities can be proud of.

February 08, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Heroic nurses

Those who are good at their jobs embody their work.

February 08, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Judgment

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.

February 06, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Informational meeting

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.

February 04, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


NHS principal

There is still mystery surrounding why former Newton High School principal Eclan David resigned from the flagship high school of our county.

February 04, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Closed schools

We have heard some grumblings from people who didn't understand why county schools were closed Friday.

February 01, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


County restructuring

The county is working on a plan officials hope will improve its management structure and streamline reporting.

February 01, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Braving the snowstorm

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. ..."

January 30, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Tax cut?

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.

January 30, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Encouraging news

On Sunday, we ran a very positive story on new retail plans for Newton County. If you missed it, you can read it at covnews.com.

January 28, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


County manager

To tell you the truth, we were taken aback by the sudden appointment of a successor to County Manager John Middleton, who recently announced that he intends to step down at the end of the year.

January 25, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Progress

We really have come a long way since the days when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. brought to the forefront of the American dream the fact that all men are truly created equal.

January 23, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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