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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


Cleanliness is next to...

There is almost nothing worse when living in a county that is blessed with so many natural beauties - especially at this time of year - and see the litter that uncaring people have tossed everywhere.

March 25, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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Heat up our local economy

The dog days of summer are nearly upon us. The next two months for our business community are traditionally slow.

June 07, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Sister Mary Kate

The folks of Social Circle are honoring one of their own Saturday night at the city's Welcome Center starting at 6 p.m.

Mary Kate Tribble, a lifelong resident of the city, proudly traces her history back to her mother's family the Shipps, who homesteaded here after receiving property in the government lottery of the early 1800s.

June 05, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our rain dances worked

It is a relief to know that we are now finally out of the long drought that has afflicted Georgia over the last few years.

Here in Newton County, residents can now officially water their lawns and plants and wash their cars under the same odd-even schedule now in use.

June 05, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Expert work CPD

We salute the actions of the Covington police department for their efforts in making sure another pervert does not bring harm to another youngster in our community.

June 03, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Thank you for your service

Friday was the last day in the classroom for several of the 38 Newton County School System employees that retired this year.

The retirees had a combined total of 915 years of service to our school system.

June 03, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Five licks each

Last week eight adults, some parents of children at Oak Hill Elementary School, were arrested at the school awards ceremony because of a disagreement regarding a seat.

How shameful is that?

June 03, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


A gift from Caldwell & Cowan

In these tough economic times we are glad to record when local businesses reach into their own pockets and donate equipment or funds to our local schools.

The folks at Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home and Crematory recently donated 10 Netbook mini-laptops to the four local high schools for their Academic Recourses classes.

May 31, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Sharp successes

In the good old days when you were in high school, if you were a problem child or enjoyed skipping school, then after a few warnings you were called to the office and summarily kicked out of school. If your infraction was bad enough, you never returned.

If you were a young lady and became pregnant, you just disappeared. At that time the disappearance was a grand mystery. As we grew older, we realized that in actuality the pregnant young lady had usually been shipped off out of state to some relative's house because of the shame of it ...

May 31, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Be industrious

While the great county budget crisis of 2009 is for the moment over, we would like to suggest a positive solution to ensure that we don't find ourselves in this situation again.

One of the main reasons we have gone quickly from a surplus into a deficit of taxable revenue in Newton County is because over the years we have failed to attract enough viable industry to counter the fallback in the current housing and retail markets.

May 29, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Proud of our commissioners

On Wednesday, after much anguish, criticism and concern, the Newton County Board of Supervisors balanced the county's budget for FY2010. Through the efforts of county management, county employees and elected officials, the final balance was accomplished without raising the current millage rate and resulted in the loss of a minimal amount of jobs.

We have nothing but praise for the leadership of County Chair Kathy Morgan. She, along with administrative officer John Middleton, crafted a final proposal that was unanimously accepted by the county commissioners.

May 29, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Good luck graduates

During my second year of nursing school our professor gave us a quiz. I breezed through the questions until I read the last one: "What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?" Surely this was a joke. I had seen the cleaning woman several times, but how would I know her name I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank. Before the class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward our grade. "Absolutely," the professor said. "In your careers, you will meet many people. All are significant. They deserve your ...

May 27, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Goodbye to some friends

 One of the basic rules of daily journalism is that the reporter isn't the story - what's important is the news that is being reported.

May 27, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Our Thoughts


Guantanamo in Georgia

For once, I am going to have to (shudder) agree with the American Civil Liberties Union. They are busting their britches to have pictures released of some of the 240 detainees at Guantanamo being waterboarded by the CIA. That is a great idea. I believe most rank-and-file Americans would take much comfort in knowing that our government cares more about getting the truth out of potential terrorists in order to prevent another 9/11 attack than they do about hurting the feelings of a bunch of people who would gleefully dance on our graves.

May 27, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Our Thoughts


Keep an eye out at the pool

 A lot of folks in this area have pools. If you can't live on the ocean or a lake, then a pool is the next best thing to refresh yourself on our upcoming hot summer days

May 27, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Wars are not acts of Gods

"Wars are not acts of God. They are caused by man, by man-made institutions, by the way in which man has organized his society. What man has made, man can change."

May 24, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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