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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


Williams proves nothing is impossible

Tichelle Florence is a walking, talking miracle - emphasis on walking.

August 19, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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Does anybody care about these races?

You would think people would be fired up about the congressional races on tap for next year, considering that Republicans will be trying to reverse their election losses of 2006 and 2008 while Democrats will be trying to protect their majority status.

October 28, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Test drive local

This time last year we were concerned that we might lose our local car dealerships because of the recession.

October 25, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Bombared by billboards

If you have had the opportunity to spend some time traveling our nation's interstate highway system, you know that it travels through some beautiful countryside. Depending on what state or community you are traveling through, that drive can be aesthetically pleasing or utter ugliness with billboard after billboard.

October 25, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... New senior housing complex

This week we're pleased to hear that Affordable Equity Partners out of Missouri is planning to build a $ 9 million affordable senior housing facility in the Harristown neighborhood.

October 23, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Eventful weekend

As the weather becomes milder and foliage morphs into to blazing autumn shades, weekends in the area come to life with activity.

October 23, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Send us your letters

 It is our belief that a good community newspaper should present a strong opinion page.

October 21, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Make a decision

 Two weeks ago we said that the president should either provide troops suggested by his generals in the war in Afghanistan or bring our troops home now.

October 21, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Grave desecration a disgrace

In Wednesday's paper we published a letter to the editor from Linda Bruce. In the letter she described the hurt she and her family felt as they have discovered that the Georgia Bulldog flags they had left at the grave site of her father had been stolen. The family also has seen their special arrangements destroyed.

October 18, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Housing boom

We are all aware that the housing bubble bursting has caused Newton County and the rest of the country to plunge into a deep recession.

October 18, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Happy birthday NMC

In February 1952 the Newton General Hospital Authority was established to meet the health care needs of Newton County.

October 16, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Trees for neighbors

"Trees are the earth's endless effort to speak to the listening heaven."

October 16, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Voices from the past

Covington has a rich history. Our predecessors have helped shape the vibrant community of the city today.

The Covington/Newton County Chamber of Commerce is offering a unique experience for residents to learn more about the fascinating people of Covington's past through a guided walking tour of the historic city cemetery.

October 14, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Spousal abuse a serious problem

We were saddened to hear of the weekend arrest of District 4 County Commissioner J.C. Henderson. He has been charged with battery under the Family Violence Act.

Henderson has not yet been convicted and we hope for the sake of the community that details proving his innocence surface.

October 14, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Men of Newton

On Sunday, Oct. 25 The News will publish its annual Men of Newton special section. Since 2005, the editorial board has selected 10 men who have significantly contributed to this community to be featured in the autumn special section.

This year's 10 men have accomplished everything from being the first black sheriff of Newton County to winning national storytelling awards to working his way up to the top of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

October 11, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Kiss and make up

We thought that the management issues of the Nelson Heights Community Center had been solved last week. We commended the commissioners' actions on their decision to have the Recreation Department facilitate the center.

This facility, in our opinion, should fall under the direction and guidance of the Newton County Recreation Department - we said that last week and we maintain our position.

October 11, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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