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Our thoughts on 2050: Make changes now

It's time for a change on the 2050 Plan - both to the document itself and officials' approach in presenting it to the public.

July 22, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on community hospital

One of the cornerstones of pride in the Newton County community is that we have our own hospital; and throughout its existence the taxpayers have supported its development.

July 19, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on voting

We realize that voting Tuesday, four full days away, is the farthest thing from your mind right now. But you need to make it first in your mind.

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Locals speak out at 2050 hearing

The first public hearing for the 2050 Plan was held Monday night, giving the public an opportunity to let themselves be heard.

July 15, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Show up for the 2050 Plan

Here's some of what we have heard from concerned citizens over the last two weeks:

July 12, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on passion

There is one person in town that we doubt that anyone who knows him could ever question his passion for the things he believes in.

July 10, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on the Fourth of July

We are grateful that the long holiday weekend passed, and despite all the people and activities occurring with the Fourth of July festivities, there were no major reports of injuries associated with beverage consumption, firework exhibitions or rowdy behavior.

July 08, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on outside vendors

We are never happy to see groups come into our community, especially on holidays, to set up shop for a week or two and sell products that rob profits from our local merchants who pay taxes on a regular basis.

July 05, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


OUr thoguhts: Celebrate your independence

Our community is planning to celebrate the Fourth of July in a grand way today.

July 03, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: Fourth of July

"Our founders got it right when they wrote in the Declaration of Independence that our rights come from nature and nature's God, not from government."

July 03, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on the runoff

During the recent primary election, many of Newton County's voters didn't show up. They paid no concern to who would represent them and a minority of the county's voters bothered to head toward the polls.

July 01, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on the CRCT: Back to square one

The final year of CRCT scores for grades three-eight throughout the state were released this week. Did we score high or low? It seems like a little bit of both.

June 28, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on the 250 Plan

Ten years ago a group of people got together, politicians and concerned citizens alike, and made a decision that Newton County, inevitably, was going to grow.

June 26, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on Georgia Perimeter

This past month the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools voted to reaffirm the accreditation of one of our local higher learning institutions, Georgia Perimeter College (GPC).

June 24, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on Vivian Harris's work

Kudos goes out to local community activist Vivian Harris. Through her determination and countless efforts, a part of Oxford – and America's history – has been preserved in print.

June 24, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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Our Thoughts... Disgraceful post

 Someone or some group put a poll on Facebook Saturday, which has since been taken down because of its offensive nature, asking if the president of the United States should be assassinated.

September 30, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


A time for healing

"You keep carrying that anger, it'll eat you up inside…" Those lyrics from Don Henley (who I happen to think is the greatest singer/songwriter of all time as well as a modern day sage), are true to the very core. During a concert with The Eagles he said (referring to the song from which the lyrics are quoted), "This song took me 42 years to write and about four minutes to sing." I can totally relate.

September 30, 2009 | By Paul Casola | Our Thoughts


A sign of waste

If you are driving down a Georgia highway and you see a big green sign touting the fact that work being done in that area is being provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, a federal stimulus program being paid for by your federal taxes, note that each one of those signs cost about $1,200. At least 250 plus projects are planned in the state according to a report in the AJC recently.

September 27, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Keep on inVESTing

The goal to raise $113,000 in community donations to purchase updated safety vests for the sheriff's department is rolling along. As of Friday, a bit more than $24,000 had been raised.

September 27, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Nature’s fury

You might have noticed that today's paper is larger than usual and has more color in it.

September 27, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


A community asset

In these tough economic times the nonprofits in our area are taking a real hit, which is putting some of their good works in jeopardy.

We are glad to say that the Newton Fund, a local fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta, is still viable and willing to help our local charitable agencies in any way they can.

September 25, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Here comes the sun

Here in Georgia, we have desperately needed rain. For the last seven months, we have had fair to moderate precipitation - enough to take us off the drought list.

This past week we have received more rain than we ever could have imagined. It has rained so hard and so much that the soil could not absorb any more. As a result there has been major flooding across north Georgia as well as the property damage and, unfortunately, loss of life that accompanies such natural disasters.

September 25, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Not again

The Vietnam era in this country was one of highs and lows. At first, it was patriotic to be in Southeast Asia to protect the world against the spread of communism. Then through the blunders of the both the Johnson and Nixon administration, who both handcuffed their military commanders and refused to have a policy that assured winning, this country was almost torn asunder.

We are heading down that path again; President Obama made the winning of the war in Afghanistan a cornerstone of his campaign policy. Since he has taken office, the death rate of our troops, which is ...

September 23, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Welcome Rep. Marshall

We are pleased that Congressman Jim Marshall has listened to the requests of his local constituents and will hold a town hall meeting here in Newton County this Saturday from 10 a.m. until noon at Alcovy High School.

Marshall, who is considered a Blue Dog Democrat by some, has given his time to be with us, and we appreciate that. We think he should be even more visible, so this is a good start.

September 23, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


A good suggestion

There has been much debate and concern about what entity should be placed in charge of the new Nelson Heights Community Center. We think that the suggestion that the Newton County Recreation Commission be in charge of running the center is a good one and a sound one.

September 20, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


You’re not alone

We have been pleased that in these tough economic times that our locally elected officials in Covington, Social Circle and Newton County have tried their best to keep their budgets balanced without raising taxes and putting a further burden on the tax payers in those communities.

September 20, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Stick to peanuts, Jimmy

Former president Jimmy Carter expressed a view point the other day that basically said that if you are against the policies of the Obama presidency and have the courage to speak out about those polices, you are a racist. To his credit, the president publicly disagrees with Carter's viewpoint.

Carter and his ilk are afraid of the truth. A majority of the American people are concerned about the policies of this administration, as they were when by some freak of political nature, Carter was elected our president.

September 18, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Be cautious of scammers

It's time for another warning about scams.

September 18, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Kissing the Blarney Stone : The silent majority speaks up

This past weekend good friends Mike and Sherry Scott and my wife Molly and I took a little trip into history.

September 16, 2009 | T. Pat Cavanaugh | Our Thoughts


Source of pride

There was a genuine sense of pride in the air last Thursday as the Friday night warriors of old came out to celebrate the dedication of Wolverine Field.

R.L. Cousins High School was Newton County's black high school during the time of segregation. While that time is a scar on the South and this community's past, the memory of Cousins remains an immense source of pride for not only the black community of the county but for all residents as well.

September 16, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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