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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


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


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Our thoughts... A tragic loss

Last weekend a 12-year-old boy was killed accidentally by a gun with which he and a 13-year-old were playing.

December 11, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Help Santa out

Saturday is a big day if you want to help Santa make it to every child's house this Christmas.

The Social Circle Kruizers, a car club, will be holding a special Christmas car show in Social Circle starting at 1 p.m. and lasting until 5 p.m.

December 09, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


General Mills gives back

A round of applause is due to the General Mills Corporation for donating 4.4 million boxes of cereal across the nation. Last week employees of our local plant loaded 10,000 boxes of Honey Nut Cheerios for Atlanta area food banks.

The Covington Food Pantry will, of course, have first dibs on the great Christmas gift.

December 09, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Pilot pancakes, gifts

The Pilot Club of Covington will be holding their annual Pancake Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Santa this Saturday from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the First Methodist Church of Covington.

Tickets for this annual family event are only $5 for adults and $2 for children under 6.

December 09, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Chamber stalemate

There are some who believe that world is divided into four institutions - business, government, organized religion and the press.

The belief is that each one of those institutions keeps the other under control; when one of the estates gains more power, there is a disruption of coexistence.

December 06, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


NHS MCJROTC collects toys

The Newton High School Marine Corps JROTC are revving up for Christmas as they take on the task of being Santa's helpers in the Newton County area.

Again this year cadets will be collecting for the Toys for Tots drive in support of the nationwide Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program.

December 06, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


No courage

"I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of my mouth"

December 04, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Holiday cheer

The next few days in Newton County are filled with events designed to put residents and out-of-town guests into the holiday spirit.

Tonight Porterdale kicks off its third Christmas in the Village celebration at 7 p.m. The event will feature music, a tree lighting and Santa and his tiny reindeer.

December 04, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Run for the border, crooks

We can only assume that Michael Curtis Jackson of Ellenwood does not read newspapers. Just last week The News published an editorial suggesting that would be robbers and crooks not mess with our law enforcement officials here in Covington and Newton County.

Jackson is one of those suspected in the armed robbery of the local Taco Bell this weekend.

December 02, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Remembering Mr. Harris

The citizens of the city of Covington and Newton County have lost another stalwart leader.

Walker Harris, former mayor, businessman and extraordinary volunteer, died peacefully in his sleep Sunday.

December 02, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Dawgs v. Humble Bumble

I'm enjoying the lap of luxury today, for I'm ruminating on the annual display of "good old-fashioned hate," as the late Lewis Grizzard described gridiron battles between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Writing before Thanksgiving Day, knowing this will appear the day after the pigskin tilt, constitutes that luxury; I can express myself freely, unencumbered and unembarrassed by the final score.

November 29, 2009 | Nat Harwell | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... Walton what?

Recently some representatives of the newly formed Walton One appeared before the Social Circle City Council to request funds to the tune of $5,000 and council support their project.

November 29, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... Screening guideline shock

Recently the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force released new guidelines regarding the needed frequency of mammographies. The guidelines floored this editorial board.

November 29, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Leadership in education

Nov. 19 was my second class day in Leadership Newton. Since it was education day we toured various schools and colleges and learned as much as the students we met.

November 29, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | Our Thoughts


Wonderful couple

Congratulations to T.K. and Louise Adams for being honored to light the holiday decorations on the Newton County Historic Courthouse.

If there ever was a couple who deserved this honor it is T.K and Louise for their tireless dedication to the Newton County Community Band, the Newton County School System and the Washington Street Community Center.

November 29, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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