There is nothing like an old-fashioned Christmas parade to boost holiday spirits.
Last week, The Covington News and the Main Street Program, for the second year, honored winners of the Thanksgiving essay contest.
This is supposed to be the season of joy and giving, a time for celebrating the birth of the Christ Child.
This week, we lost a real American hero.
The Covington/Newton County Chamber of Commerce has created a new position, a director of commercial development.
Not long ago, we were more than disappointed to read that an Atlanta builder was pulling up stakes here and heading back to Atlanta. He said that because of low appraisals, he could not build the type of home he needed to build to make a profit in Newton County. He said he would look our way again in two years.
The little town of Porterdale seems to be in the bull's-eye scope of Hollywood producers.
King Arthur: "Don't let it be forgot / That once there was a spot / For one brief shining moment / That was known as Camelot.''
Every year about this time, you can count on one of our major industries to ensure that a real Thanksgiving is enjoyed by many community nonprofits.
We were more than surprised to learn last week that all Newton County School System employees will receive in January what amounts to a one-time bonus of 1 percent of their salaries. The district called it a "pay adjustment.''
We applaud the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce's decision to bring in a professional Main Street consultant to talk with local business owners and to advise the chamber on how to make our Main Street program more effective.
"Anyway, no drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we're looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn't test people for drugs; we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power."
We would like to congratulate the faculty and student body of Newton High School for raising nearly $9,000 for Newton County's annual Relay for Life. We would also like to applaud Newton English teacher George Miles for running to inspire students and teachers to give.
We believe, with every breath we take, in the sanctity of the First Amendment of our country's Constitution. That amendment guarantees every citizen of this country the right to free speech; we feel that same right applies to teachers and students as well. The Newton County School System's administration has instituted a policy that absolutely denies the right of its teachers, administrators and students to talk to the press unless it is cleared by one public relations official.
There was a time in the good old days when at this time of the year if you were a senior in high school, then it was your turn to be part of a traditional prank. You did this knowing full well there would be penalties and that you would have to deal face-to-face with your parents and your principal, which in itself was usually punishment enough. The pranks that were performed in those good ...
Monday some numbskull in the defense department authorized the president of the United States' plane, accompanied by a fighter jet, to fly low over the site of the 9/11 tragedy in New York.
The city and county governments recently held a joint session to discuss, among other things, the purchase of railroad right away and lines from Norfolk Southern.
The Newton County Recreation Commission and the Covington Rotary Club have taken on a massive project - the building of a new sports complex in the county. The complex will contain the "Miracle Field," which is a baseball diamond built specifically to handle the needs of our handicapped children who live in the county.
That's what we thought Two months ago we broke a story about an education study group put in place by the Gov. Sonny Perdue. The group was going to make a recommendation that the state's technical schools and junior colleges be merged. There was denial and outcry from state officials that this was not true. In Wednesday's paper the study was released and what we reported was true, although other options for Georgia's colleges were ...
We always extol the natural beauty of our communities; we encourage our readers to get out and enjoy that beauty.
T.K. Adams is a special man. For the past 50 years he has spent his life making other people, both young and old, better because they have had the opportunity to be touched by his kindness and dedication.
I love animals and hate to see them mistreated.
I don't often hope that any wish of former Vice-President Cheney is granted. But I do hope that his wish for the release of more memos on the results of Bush-Cheney-authorized torture is granted.
We were relieved to find out that Newton County was no longer under the severe drought conditions it has been under for months now.
If you haven't had a chance to step outside and observe the beautiful green carpet and bright flowers that nature has provided us here in Newton County, you need to do so.
In last Wednesday's paper there was an excellent column by local bike enthusiast Maurice Carter on the value of bike trails. If you missed it, we recommend you go to covnews.com to read it.
Newton County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Steve Whatley will make a recommendation to the school board on April 21 that students of Sharp Learning Center be required to wear uniforms. We couldn't agree more with the superintendent's recommendation and we urge the school board to pass it.