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."
We are more than fortunate to have a town square that, even in the toughest of times, has been the centerpiece of everyday life in the Newton County/Covington communities.
"Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die."
We were more than disappointed to read about the fights earlier this week at the new Newton High School.
Last week we had the opportunity to attend a weekend meeting with our peers in the Georgia Press Association. Traditionally, at the end of the banquet, awards are given to newspapers in the association for their efforts this past year.
I was talking to a very conservative friend recently about the concern of some Newton County commissioners over the possibility of raising taxes. He pointed out that his children and grandchildren had all attended private school so where was his return on all the taxes that went for education? I think that is a fair question and one that deserves a fair answer.
Two weeks ago there were two acts of unforgivable violence in our country. Dr. George Tiller, a well known late-term abortion doctor, was gunned down in his church.
This week officials from General Mills, the Rockefeller Group Development Corporation, community leaders and officials of Walton County and Social Circle gathered for a ground-breaking celebration in Social Circle. General Mills, which has operated a plant in Covington for the past 23 years where at least 24 percent of the company's cereal products are produced, will build a 35-acre distribution facility that will be the largest of its kind in the United States.
In Wednesday's paper we published a front page story detailing the new downtown revitalization project proposed to help invigorate the central business district of Social Circle. The proposed redesign was presented by the Urban Collage Company.
The dog days of summer are nearly upon us. The next two months for our business community are traditionally slow.
The folks of Social Circle are honoring one of their own Saturday night at the city's Welcome Center starting at 6 p.m. Mary Kate Tribble, a lifelong resident of the city, proudly traces her history back to her mother's family the Shipps, who homesteaded here after receiving property in the government lottery of the early 1800s.
It is a relief to know that we are now finally out of the long drought that has afflicted Georgia over the last few years. Here in Newton County, residents can now officially water their lawns and plants and wash their cars under the same odd-even schedule now in use.
We salute the actions of the Covington police department for their efforts in making sure another pervert does not bring harm to another youngster in our community.
Friday was the last day in the classroom for several of the 38 Newton County School System employees that retired this year. The retirees had a combined total of 915 years of service to our school system.
Last week eight adults, some parents of children at Oak Hill Elementary School, were arrested at the school awards ceremony because of a disagreement regarding a seat. How shameful is that?
In these tough economic times we are glad to record when local businesses reach into their own pockets and donate equipment or funds to our local schools. The folks at Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home and Crematory recently donated 10 Netbook mini-laptops to the four local high schools for their Academic Recourses classes.
In the good old days when you were in high school, if you were a problem child or enjoyed skipping school, then after a few warnings you were called to the office and summarily kicked out of school. If your infraction was bad enough, you never returned. If you were a young lady and became pregnant, you just disappeared. At that time the disappearance was a grand mystery. As we grew older, we realized that ...
While the great county budget crisis of 2009 is for the moment over, we would like to suggest a positive solution to ensure that we don't find ourselves in this situation again. One of the main reasons we have gone quickly from a surplus into a deficit of taxable revenue in Newton County is because over the years we have failed to attract enough viable industry to counter the fallback in the current housing and retail markets.
On Wednesday, after much anguish, criticism and concern, the Newton County Board of Supervisors balanced the county's budget for FY2010. Through the efforts of county management, county employees and elected officials, the final balance was accomplished without raising the current millage rate and resulted in the loss of a minimal amount of jobs. We have nothing but praise for the leadership of County Chair Kathy Morgan. She, along with administrative officer John Middleton, crafted a ...