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Our Thoughts: Teacher of the year

Congratulations Kenneth Hanson. It's a great honor and great testament to your hard work that you were named Newton County School System's 2015 Teacher of the Year.

October 18, 2014 | | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: Motion denied

At Tuesday's Board of Commissioners public meeting, Commissioner John Douglas made a motion to defund The Center for Community Preservation and Planning. Thank goodness there was no second, and this ill-conceived motion died.

October 11, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Political correctness

It seems that over the last six years, we as a country have had to endure one scandal after another; distrust in any government entity is at the highest it has been in most of our lifetimes.

October 04, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Thanks

Covington has a history of having some outstanding fire chiefs run its fire departments.

September 30, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Honor

Dr. William Dobbs was not only a good man and a great, caring doctor, but he was also an honorable politician. It was the right thing for the City of Covington to honor the memory of this respected man, just four months after his death.

September 30, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Manners

It's become common for Newton County residents to see roads blocked off with filming equipment and tents set up hosting production company personnel, or to turn on their televisions and see the Covington Historic Courthouse or other familiar homegrown sights.

September 27, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Curfew

Because we have no place for teens to hang out with their friends, such as a movie theater or a bowling alley, many of our Newton County teenagers visit local cities like Conyers to spend time with friends.

September 25, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Beauty

In spite of all the recent political upheaval in the county and the back-channel threats of more to come, Newton County is still a beautiful place to live.

September 23, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: Manners

When you're paid by taxpayers, be nice to those taxpayers.

September 20, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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


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Archive By Section - 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


Grant writer granted

The Covington City Council made a wise decision in approving a grant writer position for the city. There is so much federal stimulus money floating around right now that it will take a fulltime employee to keep up with what is available and to complete the necessary paperwork.

We are not happy that the government has put the taxpayers of this country into so much debt to create these funds, but it is equally wrong for our community leaders not to try to capture them if they are available.

October 09, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Way to go, sarge

We are all grateful for the actions taken by Newton County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Tommy Thompson while he was on patrol last week.

Sgt. Thompson saw a call for an EMS vehicle pop up on his computer saying an infant was in distress. Since he was near the address, he made a decision to see if he could be of help.

October 09, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


4-H Week

Today marks the end of National 4-H Week. Our local extension agent, Terri Kimble, has written three front page articles for us this week highlighting activities of Newton County's club.

Most children today would rather spend their time on the computer or play video games rather than taking care of animals or growing produce. However, Newton County has a vibrant 4-H Club.

October 09, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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