In today's paper – and on our website since Friday – is the full list of folks who have qualified to run for local, state and federal political seats for 2014, representing Newton County.
On Wednesday, the weather was supposed to be gray with a threat of sleet. Instead, the sun shone through and the sky was a beautiful blue, with plenty of wispy white clouds speeding by.
Medical marijuana, or cannabis, is a hot topic in the state right now, as the Georgia General Assembly is on the path to green lighting limited medical testing.
We have been up on our high horse recently, preaching about how the "vocal minority" is controlling our country. A story we saw on the TV news yesterday just added fuel to that fire.
Tonight the Newton County Historical Committee on Black Heritage will honor a gracious Covington lady, Janet Goodman, who has devoted her life to serving her community.
It was just last month that we wrote an editorial wishing Dave Bernd good luck in his new position as the chamber's retail recruiter.
The Newton County Sheriff's Office held its annual awards ceremony last week.
It looks like the BOC is going to sit down and decide soon if we are going to operate under a county manager form of government, or if we'll have a government run by the chairman of the BOC.
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.
The Atlanta Zoo announced this week that it's asking the public to suggest names for its cute new panda twins.
Something about which we have always been puzzled is how police in DeKalb County choose who gets a ticket as cars whiz around the I-285 expressway.
"Property has its duties as well as its rights." -- –Thomas Drummond
This past week 2013 SAT scores were released and Newton County's scores decreased from last years' 2012 results in all subjects, which included Critical Reading, Math and Writing.
Cancer in itself is still a dangerous and scary scourge on mankind.
We are proud today to salute the teachers, students and parents of Middle Ridge Elementary School here in Newton County.
It's important to make a good impression on business leaders who visit our community to determine if they will make Covington and/or Newton County their businesses' home.
Congratulations go to the three teachers who are finalists for 2014 Teacher of the Year in the Newton County School System.
The Covington police are warning folks to lock their cars. Thieves have been especially active in our area.
One disturbing trend we have seen and heard about recently is the willingness of some employees, who might be in danger of losing their jobs due to poor performance, to almost dare their employers to dismiss them so they, the employees, can receive unemployment benefits and food stamps free and clear.
We read the other day that the big-box stores are already beginning their promotions for the holiday season. So, we suppose it's OK to talk about the bright holiday season that Covington is going to experience this year.
Low math scores on recent End of Course tests were disappointing not only to the Newton County School System, but to the community as well.
Every day, in countless ways, teachers make a difference.
They choose to serve.
Newton County is blessed with natural beauty.