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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


County deserves stronger leadership

A simple question doesn't have an easy answer. But it should.

August 16, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on persecution

Religious and cultural bigotry has been around since, seemingly, the beginning of recorded time.

August 12, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: Politics might have ruined 2050 panel

Sometimes what starts out as a good idea gets hijacked along the way.

August 09, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


School bus stops: Stop

Now that school has started back, motorists on many of our county roads are finding their commute time extended because of the band of bright yellow school busses carrying our children to and from their homes and school.

August 07, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: When a panel gets too big

The concept of a working committee to study the 2050 Plan proposal and make recommendations to streamline it seemed until this week to be a workable solution.

August 05, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: Recognize improvements

Students and teachers returned to the classroom Friday, hopefully taking note of last year's improvements in many testing areas to do even more positive work this school year.

August 02, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: Citizens' panel

During a Rotary Club of Covington meeting Tuesday, Newton County Chairman Keith Ellis announced that the commissioners are planning to start a citizens' panel consisting of an appointed member by each commissioner and appointees from each city in the county and entities such as the chamber, water and sewage authority and school board.

July 31, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: NYT’s pro-marijuana stance is disappointing

The New York Times editorial board this past Sunday called for the federal government to legalize marijuana in the United States.

July 29, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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Fall festivals

The last few days after a miserable past week have been pretty near perfect as far as weather goes. We know a lot of folks are anxious to get out this weekend to enjoy our grand fall weather in Georgia.

October 02, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Speak now or forever hold your peace

We are for taxpayers having their opinions heard at public meetings, in particular, meetings held to conduct city and county business.

If people would keep their comments concise and on-point, then we would shout from the rooftops that this should be done.

October 02, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... Vital organizations

We are fortunate to have civic groups like our local Kiwanis and Rotary in these times of major economic distress.

September 30, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Government is bad — unless you need it

One of the themes underlying this year's waves of political protests - whether anti-tax, anti-Obama, anti-healthcare reform, whatever - is that government in all its forms should be abolished.

September 30, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... A visit from Marshall

We were glad to see Congressman Jim Marshall in town Saturday to address his local constituents face to face.

September 30, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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


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