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Our thoughts: Dirty Politics

Throughout the generations, whenever there has been an election, there has been some form of dirty politics used to sway the voters mind.

October 25, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Teacher of the year

Congratulations Kenneth Hanson. It's a great honor and great testament to your hard work that you were named Newton County School System's 2015 Teacher of the Year.

October 18, 2014 | | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: Motion denied

At Tuesday's Board of Commissioners public meeting, Commissioner John Douglas made a motion to defund The Center for Community Preservation and Planning. Thank goodness there was no second, and this ill-conceived motion died.

October 11, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Political correctness

It seems that over the last six years, we as a country have had to endure one scandal after another; distrust in any government entity is at the highest it has been in most of our lifetimes.

October 04, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Thanks

Covington has a history of having some outstanding fire chiefs run its fire departments.

September 30, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Honor

Dr. William Dobbs was not only a good man and a great, caring doctor, but he was also an honorable politician. It was the right thing for the City of Covington to honor the memory of this respected man, just four months after his death.

September 30, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Manners

It's become common for Newton County residents to see roads blocked off with filming equipment and tents set up hosting production company personnel, or to turn on their televisions and see the Covington Historic Courthouse or other familiar homegrown sights.

September 27, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Curfew

Because we have no place for teens to hang out with their friends, such as a movie theater or a bowling alley, many of our Newton County teenagers visit local cities like Conyers to spend time with friends.

September 25, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Beauty

In spite of all the recent political upheaval in the county and the back-channel threats of more to come, Newton County is still a beautiful place to live.

September 23, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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


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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


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


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