There is nothing like an old-fashioned Christmas parade to boost holiday spirits.
Last week, The Covington News and the Main Street Program, for the second year, honored winners of the Thanksgiving essay contest.
This is supposed to be the season of joy and giving, a time for celebrating the birth of the Christ Child.
This week, we lost a real American hero.
The Covington/Newton County Chamber of Commerce has created a new position, a director of commercial development.
Not long ago, we were more than disappointed to read that an Atlanta builder was pulling up stakes here and heading back to Atlanta. He said that because of low appraisals, he could not build the type of home he needed to build to make a profit in Newton County. He said he would look our way again in two years.
The little town of Porterdale seems to be in the bull's-eye scope of Hollywood producers.
King Arthur: "Don't let it be forgot / That once there was a spot / For one brief shining moment / That was known as Camelot.''
Every year about this time, you can count on one of our major industries to ensure that a real Thanksgiving is enjoyed by many community nonprofits.
We were more than surprised to learn last week that all Newton County School System employees will receive in January what amounts to a one-time bonus of 1 percent of their salaries. The district called it a "pay adjustment.''
We applaud the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce's decision to bring in a professional Main Street consultant to talk with local business owners and to advise the chamber on how to make our Main Street program more effective.
"Anyway, no drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we're looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn't test people for drugs; we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power."
If you have some time on your hands and you would like to help a child reach his or her full potential in life, the Washington Street Community Center needs your help. The center has an excellent tutorial program Monday through Thursday afternoons between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.
You can have the best law enforcement in the world, and ours is in that category, but they can only do so much in seeing that our community is safe. The West Street area of the city has been deteriorating aesthetically and presenting problems for law enforcement for years. Last year a man shot four others, killing one, over a dice game at a home on West Street.
We are glad to finally see the Nelson Heights Community Center finally is to become a reality. County Attorney James Griffin has suggested that a new director be a county employee; we disagree with this suggestion.
Last week we had a double tragedy in our community that could have ended much worse than it did.
This time of year is an exciting one for all of us. As days become shorter and shorter the promise of cooler weather makes the hottest of days more bearable, as does the promise of the nearing 2009 football season.
After publishing the story "New school, same challenges" last Sunday, we were left with more questions than answers. We understand that the Newton County School System wants to "revive" Clements Middle by making it a theme school. And while opening Liberty Middle in state-directed status because it has the same attendance zones as Clements makes sense, it still puzzles us.
We think the Porterdale City Council made a wise decision in approving an ordinance allowing "wine cafés" within the city limits.
This publication has a wonderful complement to its print version - CovNews.com. If you haven't had a chance to go online to review its contents, we welcome you to do so and think you will be pleased.
Will there ever be a light at the end of tunnel for all of the unemployed workers in Georgia? If the latest numbers are an indication, it won't be anytime soon.
I called Democratic Congressman Jim Marshall who represents Georgia's 8th Congressional District in Middle Georgia to check the status of health care reform currently lurching its way through Congress. I know what is being proposed. What I wanted to know was if this hydra-headed monster has a chance of passage. I had been told he was one person in Washington who would not give me the party line on this controversial issue. ...
The real victim of the controversy swirling around the breaking and entering case of Henry Louis Gates Jr., a Harvard professor who apparently misplaced his keys and was seen breaking into his own home in Cambridge, Mass., has turned out to be the Good Samaritan who reported the alleged breaking and entering. She has been vilified and called a racist by a large group of cowardly bloggers.
We are delighted that after almost a decade of work that District 2 will finally see work begin on a new park located across Ga. Highway 212 from Oak Hill Elementary.
Recently we helped a young man design an advertisement for The Covington News. Michael Biddy had the biggest smile on his face while placing an ad in The News proposing to his love, Brittany Carter.
Stacey Cotton's excellent leadership skills exhibited over the past 12 years he has served as Covington's chief of police earned him the position of president of the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police.
For the second time this year the majority of the Covington City Council voted not to increase their salaries. We think this was the proper and prudent vote to take at this time.