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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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Have you ever been to your own funeral

I'm not afraid of dying, but I assure you I'm in no rush to prove that point to anyone. So, you can imagine how I reacted years ago when I visited a nice, grassy cemetery plot I'd just acquired and found a freshly-dug grave, all decked out for a funeral. Earlier that week, I'd accepted the plot as a benefit of church membership and had considered it a rather nice gesture. However, I didn't recall a "use it or lose it" clause in the deal. This particular denomination isn't known for those kinds of ...

January 08, 2010 | David McCoy | Our Thoughts


Nutjob roundup

There was a time in Georgia when two people could walk into what was then called the Ordinary's office and swear that somebody was crazy. An order would be issued and the sheriff would haul them off to Milledgeville. Some of them would stay locked up for the rest of their lives.

January 08, 2010 | Harris Blackwood | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Airport authority agreement, disagreement

We wholeheartedly agree with Covington City Council's decision to appoint an authority to oversee our local airport.

January 06, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Lilly-livered

We certainly have questioned several of President Obama's decisions since his inauguration; we have been very clear and to the point in our disagreements.

January 06, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


The boys are back in town

The General Assembly is back in session as of Jan. 11, but it's going to be very different this year when our lawmakers gather under the Gold Dome.

January 06, 2010 | Tom Crawford | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... New judge in town

We are pleased to see that Newton County District Attorney Ken Wynne has been appointed by the governor to fill the fifth judgeship position for the Superior Court of the Alcovy Judicial Circuit.

January 03, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Protect us

After last week's attempted bombing of a Delta airliner over Detroit by a Nigerian, al Qaida connected terrorist, our president - in the most casual of ways - addressed the nation.

January 03, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


No more bread and circuses

The start of a new year, a new decade no less, should be marked by a pause in our daily lives. Time to get rid of what is dragging us down and to focus on what is working in our lives. While others are gnashing their teeth at the year they are leaving behind - the decade that they are getting rid of (naughty aughties, anyone?), a few of us are optimistically anticipating the year and the decade to come.

January 03, 2010 | By Jackie Ginrich Cushman | Our Thoughts


Looking back, looking ahead

Awakening Jan. 1, 2010, I gave thanks that the difficult 2009 was really over. As one of the herd, I had dutifully welcomed the New Year in at the stroke of midnight, but even as the ball dropped in New York's Times Square, it seemed like a dream. Or, more accurately, like a nightmare.

January 03, 2010 | Nat Harwell | Our Thoughts


Dawn of a new decade

"Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each New Year find you a better man."

January 01, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Honorable mention

We want to make special mention of the Honorable Judge Horace Johnson Jr.

Judge Johnson has been named chairman of the 2010 board of trustees of Leadership Georgia.

December 30, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Terrible with terror

By the grace of God, a bomb malfunctioned and 300 human beings were spared on Christmas day.

A Nigerian national tried his best to kill those innocent people on a Delta flight from Amsterdam. According to British authorities, 25 more such operatives lay in wait, desiring to accomplish what this bum failed to do.

December 30, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Thanks for 16 years

John Howard, a Covington city councilman for the past 16 years, has decided to ride off into the sunset with his boots strapped and his political guns securely holstered.

December 27, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

DEAR EDITOR: I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, 'If you see it in THE SUN it's so.' Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus?

Virginia O'Hanlon

December 25, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


The reason for the season

Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ[a] the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."

December 25, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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