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Our thoughts: Manners

When you're paid by taxpayers, be nice to those taxpayers.

September 20, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: The Square

Covington's Square Park, which has become world renown because of the movie industry that is attracted to its uniqueness, has recently been spruced up by the city of Covington. This valuable piece of earth has been one of the main reasons the city's tax base has remained fairly consistent when other municipalities have suffered loss of tax dollars.

September 16, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Amazing

The Ray Rice incident is an example of what's wrong with our new American society in so many ways.

September 13, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: Threats

Last week we ran a story that certain leaders of our large African-American community would call for a public march if their concerns about the Board of Commissioners' decision to strip Commissioner J.C. Henderson of many of his committee assignments was not properly addressed.

September 13, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Too much

The congressman who represents most of us here in Newton County is Hank Johnson, who in reality is elected for us by the voters of DeKalb County, his home base.

September 11, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Henderson did it to himself

No one can question the fact that there were a lot of fireworks at the last Newton County Board of Commissioners public meeting.

September 10, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


School fees?

School fees?

September 06, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Courage and change

"In whatever arena of life one may meet the challenge of courage, whatever may be the sacrifices he faces if he follows his conscience – the loss of his friends, his fortune, his contentment, even the esteem of his fellow men – each man must decide for himself the course he will follow."

September 04, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Mansfield

The Newton county town of Mansfield has always been a charming little place that most people just drive through on their way to somewhere else.

September 02, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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


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Our thoughts: We wish you a merry Christmas

One day this week the night sky was brilliant featuring a crescent moon and a few very bright stars. It was cold, but the night air was crisp and clean.

The scene caused us to pause and think of that night 2,010 years ago when such a sky also was visible. It was not quite as cold, but we can imagine a star so bright that it illuminated both heaven and earth. We could almost hear the sound of songs so happy and cheerful that we could not help but smile.

December 23, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Glad tidings

As we head down the home stretch of the Christmas season, traditionally people tend to let their hair down and celebrate the good feelings of the season.

December 20, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Still blessed

 Charles Dickens once wrote that these are the best of times and these are the worst of times and certainly when he penned these words in "A Tale of Two Cities" in 1859, the times seemed bleak for the people of that era.

December 19, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts ... For further review

For further review

December 18, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Pre-legislative breakfast

This week the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce hosted a pre-legislative meeting so their members could gain insight on the upcoming legislative year in Georgia. Sen. John Douglas and Rep. Doug Holt attended and gave the business community an update of what to expect.

The bottom line is - it doesn't look good as the state's revenue continues to decline.

December 16, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


A time to give

This is the time of year that good men and women will try to give a little extra if they can.

The first gifts should be for home and family but if you find yourself with a little extra this year, you might want to contribute to one of the area food banks.

December 13, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


The gift of safety

A few months ago the parents of Deputy Wesley Atha started a community campaign to raise funds to purchase vests for the deputies employed by the Newton County Sheriff's Department. The goal of this campaign is $113,000. So far, the good folks of Newton County have raised $62,434 to that end.

You too can make a tax deductible contribution to this great cause by sending what you can to NCSO c/o of Apryle Jones, 15151 Alcovy Road, Covington, Ga. 30014.

December 13, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Buy a brick

This year our local high school football team's successes did our community proud.

All Newton County teams play their home games at Homer Sharp Stadium.

December 13, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Tough but correct decision

Monday night the Porterdale City Council made a difficult but necessary decision to include a possible millage rate increase in order to balance the town's FY2010 budget.

December 11, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Sugar Plum standard

One of the joys of living in Newton County at Christmas time is the annual presentation of the Arts Association in Newton County's presentation of "The Nutcracker" as performed by the Covington Regional Ballet.

December 11, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... A drag or what?

The Social Circle Zoning Commission has approved and recommended for city council action the establishment of a drag racing business on 120 acres of land along the I-20 corridor.

December 11, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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


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