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Presenting the numbers

In Wednesday's paper we brought out front and center the school system's scores from the last two years, with a combined average.

April 24, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


No gazebo for now

The city council this week put a stake through the grand idea of a Gazebo being built on the town square.

April 22, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Happy Easter

Today we celebrate Easter; so, sure it is a day that there will be plenty of chocolate candy in the house and decorated eggs in the yard.

April 19, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Crime

There were two crime briefs that were in Wednesday's edition of the paper that deserve mention.

April 17, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Election

An important primary election is coming up on May 20.

April 16, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Lies and more lies

It's no wonder that a majority of the American people think that our legislators, and the people they appoint to run commissions and the like, are morally deficit in the art of telling the truth.

April 12, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


How to Assist Evil

"Engineering Evil" is a documentary recently shown on the Military History channel. It's a story of Nazi Germany's murder campaign before and during World War II. According to some estimates, 16 million Jews and other people died at the hands of Nazis.

April 12, 2014 | Walter Williams | Our Thoughts


More presence

You might have wondered why you are seeing more police cars on city streets and in your neighborhood in Covington.

April 10, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Good decision

We are more than glad to see that county officials have come to an agreement to put a 60-day moratorium on future requests for development and zoning for the Salem Road area.

April 08, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


For sure

You know it's for sure springtime in Covington as the local Y prepares for the 13th annual Cheerios Challenge.

April 08, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Here we go again

In the last few weeks, we expressed our viewpoint on the bad use of social media, and especially using it behind amenity.

April 06, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Light at the end of the tunnel

Where are we today in Newton County? Are we better off today than we were five years ago?

April 03, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Credit card theft

Last week there was a big to-do about the possibility that credit card information was stolen from some customers of a local restaurant, the Mystic Grill. Our first message is there is no proof that employees or management of the restaurant did anything wrong in processing the credit cards.

April 01, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Bright spots

Every day in the national news and in our own paper, there are stories of possible world doom and insurance that's gone awry.

March 29, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Looking for trouble

In the last couple of weeks we have had two of our local restaurants recieve poor health scores from state officials.

March 27, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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Archive By Section - Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... Happy Father's Day

"4 years: My Daddy can do anything!

June 21, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Path to bipartisanship

There is a decided lack of bipartisanship in Washington. Perhaps it would be easier to agree on what should be done rather than the reasons for doing it. Everyone is then free to invent whatever explanations will excite their "base" supporters.

June 19, 2009 | Patrick Durusau | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... An honorable judge

 In an earlier editorial we extolled the virtues of Superior Court Judge Samuel D. Ozburn who has been nominated by Sen. John Douglas to fill a soon to be vacant spot on the Georgia Supreme Court.

June 19, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Trouble with the term grown children

This is my 19th Father's Day. That is, if you count the one where we were anticipating an arrival in September of 1990.

June 19, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Our Thoughts


What type of union do we prefer?

 The U.S. Constitution lays out the foundations of our society. Its purpose, as stated in the preamble, is to "form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence [sic], promote the general Welfare." According to the preamble, the first goal is to form a more perfect union, that is, a society of individuals that shares the benefits of laws, that seeks justice rather than retribution, that ensures a domestic peace that protects us from foreign invasion and that establishes common services so that individuals can succeed to the extent that their talent, skill ...

June 19, 2009 | By J.J. Hayden | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... A senseless tragedy

Last week we learned that a body was found in Snapping Shoals Creek.

June 19, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


A fantastic revival

We applaud the unanimous vote of the Newton County Board of Education on requiring the students of the two new theme schools to wear a standard type of uniform and requiring parents of students who will attend the new schools - located at Fairview Elementary and Clements Middle schools - to sign a contract that requires, among other things, volunteer time.

We have said this before, and it is something that parochial and private schools have known for years, that requiring some type of uniform for all reduces the costs of proper school clothes for parents, prevents certain types of bullying and ...

June 17, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Strict but fair, please

We understand very well that rules are rules. During the last year the state of Georgia has revised and tightened the rules involving restaurant inspections. We also understand why this has been done.

Nobody wants to eat in an establishment that is not clean and that does not follow the rules regarding food preparation.

June 17, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


A caring community

The newly opened homeless shelter located at Turner Lake Circle is an encouraging example of how dreams can come true for good people.

Former mayor and local furniture store owner Sam Ramsey and the Rev. Clara Lett had a dream that a homeless shelter could be built in Covington.

June 14, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Creating a hub

The Covington Municipal Airport is scheduled to close at the end of July for runway repairs and upgrades.

We know that some residents will be cheered by this and probably wish that the airport would just go away completely; we sympathize with those who are bothered by the noise.

June 14, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


The other boys of summer

 There is a connection between summer and cars that remains in my mind.

June 12, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... Consolidating services?

The city of Oxford made a decision this week to pay Newton County to handle its fire service needs.

June 12, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... Generally excellent

 Last week we had the opportunity to attend a weekend meeting with our peers in the Georgia Press Association. Traditionally, at the end of the banquet, awards are given to newspapers in the association for their efforts this past year.

June 12, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Education ROI

I was talking to a very conservative friend recently about the concern of some Newton County commissioners over the possibility of raising taxes. He pointed out that his children and grandchildren had all attended private school so where was his return on all the taxes that went for education? I think that is a fair question and one that deserves a fair answer.

June 12, 2009 | Patrick Durusau | Our Thoughts


Reaction confusion

Two weeks ago there were two acts of unforgivable violence in our country.

Dr. George Tiller, a well known late-term abortion doctor, was gunned down in his church.

June 10, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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