Tighten county's belt
"My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard.
There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread.
"The flag of the United States has not been created by rhetorical sentences in declarations of independence and in bills of rights. It has been created by the experience of a great people, and nothing is written upon it that has not been written by their life. It is the embodiment, not of a sentiment, but of a history."
Even though not much notice was given, Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnston has set up a town hall meeting this afternoon to discuss recent happenings in the downtown district, primarily involving the Main Street program, the resignation of its director and the involvement of the Chamber of Commerce.
The Church is not a gallery for the exhibition of eminent Christians, but a school for the education of imperfect ones."
In Sunday's paper, there were two stories that should be read because both affect your pocketbook.
The 13-year-old Newton County girl who was missing for a month has been found safe. See the story at CovNews.com.
Newborn is such a small town in Newton County that if you blink your eyes twice as you pass through, you will miss it.
There was a time, before the age of Facebook and Kindle and tweets, that public libraries were the pride and centerpiece of every thriving and growing community.
Even though there's hope of finally seeing light at the end of our long, dark, economically-depressed tunnel, we know the county likely remains years away from significant improvement.
In Friday's paper, there was an update on the construction progress at the Baxter International site on the Newton-Walton County border.
We are glad to see that the bypass around Social Circle is to be completed. (See our story at Covnews.com.)
The Covington City Council is giving itself a nice raise next year.
We said goodbye this past month to three very good civic leaders.
We think that a dedication to the arts is a dynamic plus for a community like ours; supporting programs that support the arts is essential to keeping our culture alive and vibrant for future generations of the families of Newton County.
When we are invited to speak at different community forums, one of the questions always asked is "will our paper survive?"
If you were around during the Vietnam era you will remember the daily depiction of flag-draped coffins returning from that country to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. It became a regular occurrence to see anti-war activists prey on these images, which should have been those of honor, and vilified these brave soldiers who had given their lives serving their country.
Throughout Black History Month we have been proud to feature African-American leaders of our community, who by their actions and perseverance, have made our community a great place to live. Friday we were honored to print the story and philosophy of Ezell Brown, our newly elected sheriff.
"Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established, should not be changed for light and transient causes; and, accordingly, all experience [has] shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But, when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce [the people] under absolute despotism, it is ...
Newton County employees breathed a sigh of relief as the Newton County Board of Commissioners voted not to cut manpower or hours at a special called meeting Wednesday.
In Sunday's paper there was a story about a Midwest company sending letters into our area, telling folks that they can get certified deeds to their property for only $59.60.
We are fortunate here in Newton County to have talented, caring and family-oriented people as our legal caretakers.
"It is well that you should celebrate your Arbor Day thoughtfully, for within your lifetime the nation's need of trees will become serious. We of an older generation can get along with what we have, though with growing hardship; but in your full manhood and womanhood you will want what nature once so bountifully supplied and man so thoughtlessly destroyed; and because of that want you will reproach us, not for what we ...
Dear Governor Perdue,  State Sen. John Douglas sent you a nomination for Judge Samuel D. Ozburn to fill the soon-to-be-vacant Georgia Supreme Court Justice seat.  Judge Ozburn was appointed as Judge of the Alcovy Judicial Circuit by Governor Zell Miller in 1995. Since that time the good citizens of our judicial circuit have reelected him four times, and he has yet to face opposition.  Judge Ozburn ...
Shirley Almer, an elderly Minnesota woman, had managed to live through lung cancer and a brain tumor before she died on Dec. 21. Cause of death: salmonella poisoning linked to food products from a Peanut Corporation of America plant in Blakely, Ga.
I was a sophomore at what was then tiny Georgia Southern College down in Statesboro when a band known as The Who released a record, which still rocks today as the theme song for the popular "CSI" television series.
Recently appointed United States Attorney General Eric Holder said in his acceptance speech: "Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial we have always been and I believe continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards."
Covington Mayor Kim Carter and City Manager Steve Horton did the wise thing by pulling discussions of a raise for city council from Monday's agenda.
There is no question that our country and county are in the toughest of economic times.