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Leadership still lacking

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.

August 30, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Recommendations to the BOC

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.

August 30, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Thank you John Middleton

Thank you John Middleton for your 14 years of service as Newton County's Manager.

August 28, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Proposed park a great idea for Covington

Covington has a problem. And a cure.

August 26, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


'Hero' chief proves CPR works

Newton County Fire Chief Kevin O'Brien, like all firefighters, justly advocates for public CPR training.

August 23, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Good decisions made for 2050

We believe Tuesday's Board of Commissioners meeting was the most critical in recent memory, and we applaud the commissioners for their efforts.

August 21, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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


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Cold spell

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.

January 11, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Travel

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.

January 09, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Global warming?

With no apologies to those who still believe the Earth is going through a period of warming, you're misguided.

January 07, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


A need to stand up

If you are reading this and are a part of what has been called the "Greatest Generation,'' or if you are reading this and are considered part of the "baby boomer generation," you must think that the world has turned upside-down.

January 04, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Salute veterans now

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.

January 02, 2014 | Covington News Editorial Board | Our Thoughts


Special salute

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.

January 02, 2014 | Covington News Editorial Board | Our Thoughts


Here we come 2014

For the last five years we have suffered through a major recession with many losing their jobs and many more losing their homes.

December 31, 2013 | Covington News Editorial Board | Our Thoughts


Well-earned time off

We have always believed volunteers are the backbone of a successful and progressive community.

December 31, 2013 | Covington News Editorial Board | Our Thoughts


Prayer breakfast

There is one thing you can always count on: When you include God in your life, positive things happen.

December 28, 2013 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Service clubs

We have had the opportunity recently to praise both the local Lions Clubs and the Rotary Club for their outstanding service to our community.

December 26, 2013 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Great news

Recently the Newton Medical Auxiliary, under the leadership of President Charlie Powell, donated $406,000 to the Newton Medical Center.

December 26, 2013 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


A head-scratcher

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.

December 21, 2013 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Christmas 2013

An Irish Christmas Blessing

December 21, 2013 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Hometown Hero

Five-year-old Morgan Steward is a little fighter who is blessed with a smile that is as big as the Grand Canyon.

December 19, 2013 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Christmas cheer

"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."

December 19, 2013 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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