Two weeks ago we editorialized that the Newton County Board of Commissioners should show some leadership, define the county's form of government, and identify its true manager. The BOC held a workshop on the topic, but left the meeting without a solution, or even clarity on how Newton County should be led.
The recent loan from Newton County Chairman Keith Ellis on behalf of Newton County to Commissioner J.C. Henderson was a huge problem for our local government.
Thank you John Middleton for your 14 years of service as Newton County's Manager.
Covington has a problem. And a cure.
Newton County Fire Chief Kevin O'Brien, like all firefighters, justly advocates for public CPR training.
We believe Tuesday's Board of Commissioners meeting was the most critical in recent memory, and we applaud the commissioners for their efforts.
Tichelle Florence is a walking, talking miracle - emphasis on walking.
A simple question doesn't have an easy answer. But it should.
Religious and cultural bigotry has been around since, seemingly, the beginning of recorded time.
Sometimes what starts out as a good idea gets hijacked along the way.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The New York Times editorial board this past Sunday called for the federal government to legalize marijuana in the United States.
The county is working on a plan officials hope will improve its management structure and streamline reporting.
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. ..."
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.
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.
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.
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.
The hope for change that swept Barack Obama into the Oval Office has resulted in actions of shame.
Everywhere Bill Loeble turns these days, he's being honored, and we're happy to join the chorus.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., had he lived, would have been 85 years old this year.
We ran a story this week, taken from a police report, alleging that a man named Qunitterius Hawk allowed a 2-year-old in his care to become intoxicated. The report also stated that after he was confronted by the child's mother, Hawk attacked her.
We are pleased to see, after further investigation, that officials at Newton High School found the right records and now know that Newton High School's graduation rates are indeed up, and, in fact, exceed state averages.
We are seeing more crimes committed by young people than ever in our history. And in many cases, these are not petty crimes; they're felonies that will follow children for the rest of their lives.
Newton County's switch to a county manager form of government in late 2011 was a messy, contentious affair that transferred much of the day-to-day authority and responsibility from the elected county chairman to an appointed county manager.
Whew! It was a cold one last week , so cold that we imagine 50 years from now folks will be talking about how they lived through the big freeze of 2014.
Training is valuable and often required, but we haven't seen any practical reasons presented for the Covington City Council to change the city's travel policy for employees.