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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


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


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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


All the best John, good luck hiring committee

The Covington-Newton County Chamber President John Boothby resigned last Friday after a three-year leadership role with the local organization.

In his resignation letter he said that he thought it would be a good time to try some of the things he had always wanted to do.

September 16, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Burning for you

We are eagerly awaiting the launch of DeKalb Technical College's new Fire Academy.

This academy will boost DeKalb Tech's enrollment numbers as well as ensure that Newton County and Covington Fire Departments can hire highly

September 12, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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