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.
If a toddler touches a hot stove, it's because they don't know any better. Sure, maybe your Mama or Daddy warned you, but sometimes those concepts don't sink in with the very young.
As citizens we should all be interested in local government all the time. As a matter of fact, most of us, myself included, only become interested when some event or report catches our attention.
Before Fox News and other cable news stations, which today have overtaken the traditional news programs run by ABC, NBC and CBS, there was CNN. CNN out of Atlanta set the pace for what TV news has become today.
For weeks we were bombarded on every TV station and in every major newspaper by the Obama administration's urgency on passing an economic stimulus package. We heard that if the bill wasn't rushed through Congress, we would doom the United States and our way of life.
Again, we are proud this month to be highlighting the accomplishments and leadership of our local black residents, who through their perserverance, have helped make Newton County a place that we are proud to call home. One such person is Forrest Sawyer Jr.
During the last few months, we have on many occasions heard of the surplus the city of Covington currently has. We salute the efforts and leadership of past councils as well as the current administration, and City Manager Steve Horton and his staff on their efforts in fostering this surplus.
Christmas came early this year for 19 local nonprofit groups.
The Newton County Board of Commissioners made a wise decision at their last meeting.
Do not despair. You haven't made reservations or romantic plans for tomorrow's big holiday? Maybe you're short on cash and need a fun alternative date idea? Better yet, you need a family-friendly option because all the baby sitters are taken. Congratulations: this column grants you free entry to the Newton Classic Livestock Show at 10 a.m. on Valentine's Day. That's right - everyone ...
We've been in our new house for three weeks and some folks have already found us.
In a recent interview Education Secretary Arne Duncan promised more data-gathering and testing as the way to improve academic performance.
We believe the hope and success of our country's future rests squarely on the shoulders of our young people.
The President of the United States and the leaders of the Democratic party in Congress and their staffs have been running around the country and sounding the alarm on the national airways, that if the stimulus program proposed by them and filled up with pork by them does not pass, that we as a country are doomed.
The 2009 legislative session completed day 15 on Feb. 6 with bills passing through the chamber this week which will provide for tax relief and child safety. I support these pieces of legislation and look forward to their implementation. Unfortunately, even with the good work in those areas, very bad budget news has dominated the week at your capitol.
I can pride myself on two recent, major accomplishments. Both have to do with my fondness for down-home Southern cooking. I favor down-home Southern cooking because I am from a down-home Southern home. That, and it tastes good.