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.
The Covington City Council voted this past week to add a code officer to its staff. The city currently has only one officer.
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.
It's always a good time to support our veterans, but this year is an important one, for it may be the final year to salute and thank the veterans of World War II.
Covington Police Department employees recently honored the best among them, voting three of their fellow workers as employees of the year: Sgt. Chuck Groover with support services, Officer Anthony Walden with the patrol division and administrative assistant Lerea Neely.
For the last five years we have suffered through a major recession with many losing their jobs and many more losing their homes.
We have always believed volunteers are the backbone of a successful and progressive community.
There is one thing you can always count on: When you include God in your life, positive things happen.
We have had the opportunity recently to praise both the local Lions Clubs and the Rotary Club for their outstanding service to our community.
Recently the Newton Medical Auxiliary, under the leadership of President Charlie Powell, donated $406,000 to the Newton Medical Center.
County commissioners voted this week to move forward with the relocation of Alcovy Trestle Road where it meets Ga. Highway 11 and sometimes causes confusion for south-bound drivers trying to take the westbound Interstate 20 ramp at exit 98.
An Irish Christmas Blessing
Five-year-old Morgan Steward is a little fighter who is blessed with a smile that is as big as the Grand Canyon.
"Rotary is so simple that many people do not understand it, and some even misunderstand it. Rotary is not a philosophy … not an all-embracing world point of view which answers every question … and satisfies all the dictates of the heart and mind. Rotary is merely an association of business and professional men united in the ideal of service."
We're sorry to see our head industrial recruiter, Courtney Bernardi, leave to go do the same work for the city of Johns Creek.
"Lose yourself in the service in others, then you will find your sense of purpose."
For the past three years, reports released by state education agencies have generally shown that test results for students in Newton County have been on the upswing.
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.