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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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Our Thoughts... An optimistic BOC

The Newton County Board of Commissioners made a prudent decision last week.

August 23, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... Parental involvement?

Lately, there has been much discussion about the new Newton County theme schools. Unfortunately, most of it has been negative. However, the bad news has been about administration and parental issues rather than academics.

August 23, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts...Golf for good

For 82 years the Kiwanis Club of Covington has held up the club's mission "to serve the children of the world."

August 21, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts...We want you

This page is titled the "Opinion"; we believe it should reflect our community's thoughts and actions.

We reserve the right to express our viewpoints in this space as you reserve the right to express yours, even if we don't agree with you.

August 21, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Expensive extracurriculars

In a letter to the editor in Friday's paper, K. Miller made some very interesting points on the escalating costs of students' extracurricular activities, both in our schools and in other community programs.

If you missed the letter, we suggest that you read it on CovNews.com.

August 19, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Following through

We greatly anticipated the opening of two new Newton County Parental Involvement Theme Schools. This type of teaching atmosphere is, in our opinion, ideal for students striving toward higher education. We applauded required uniforms (that are simple enough for students to wear outside of school). Uniforms put all students on a level playing field so that materialistic teasing is squelched, and uniforms take unnecessary distractions out of the classroom.

Our favorite tenet of the new schools was that parents had to sign a letter of commitment for volunteer service for the school as well as a promise to abide other ...

August 19, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Lessons in credit

We hope that our elected officials from the federal government down to the local level are starting to understand that the credit system in this country had become out of control.

August 16, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Radio woes

When we heard that public safety departments in Newton County would be able to intercommunicate digitally with a brand new, state-of-the-art radio system, we were thrilled. The addition of top-notch technology to our top-notch law enforcement, fire and emergency services would add another perk to living in the area.

Little did we know, our paper would be denied access to the time-honored tradition of having a working newsroom scanner to alert us to local emergency situations. But, that wasn't the worst surprise we got.

August 14, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Raising millage rates

We are dead set against raising taxes in this year of economic distress.

We have two local municipalities whose councils are talking about raising millage rates.

August 14, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Support boys and girls

These are hard times for local non-profits as they struggle to make up funds cut by groups such as United Way.

August 12, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Volunteer opportunity

If you have some time on your hands and you would like to help a child reach his or her full potential in life, the Washington Street Community Center needs your help.

The center has an excellent tutorial program Monday through Thursday afternoons between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.

August 12, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Taking a stand

You can have the best law enforcement in the world, and ours is in that category, but they can only do so much in seeing that our community is safe.

The West Street area of the city has been deteriorating aesthetically and presenting problems for law enforcement for years. Last year a man shot four others, killing one, over a dice game at a home on West Street.

August 12, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Let the board handle it

We are glad to finally see the Nelson Heights Community Center finally is to become a reality.

County Attorney James Griffin has suggested that a new director be a county employee; we disagree with this suggestion.

August 12, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Praise and sorrow

Last week we had a double tragedy in our community that could have ended much worse than it did.

August 09, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Give a boost to booster clubs

This time of year is an exciting one for all of us. As days become shorter and shorter the promise of cooler weather makes the hottest of days more bearable, as does the promise of the nearing 2009 football season.

August 09, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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