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 are more than fortunate to have a town square that, even in the toughest of times, has been the centerpiece of everyday life in the Newton County/Covington communities.
"Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die."
Speaking of our representatives not paying taxes, Senator Robert Brown, a Democrat representing Macon, wondered whether he was on the list of senators not paying his back taxes. He claimed to the Atlanta-Journal Constitution that he has filed an extension for his 2006-2007 taxes.
This week the Newton County Commissioners voted not to help fund the annual Fourth of July fireworks display. It's hard to say no to anything patriotic, but with the current budget constraints that the county is facing, it was the right and courageous thing to do. The vote was 3-2 not to share the costs of the event with the city of Covington this year.
A pat on the back again goes to the Newton County Sheriff's Office. The department's efforts with the cooperation of Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce, the Alaska Bureau of Investigation, the Ketchikan (Alaska) police force and the Anchorage (Alaska) police department, have taken another pervert off of the streets.
The spirit of the people who settled in this area and over the years contributed to the growth of Newton County never ceases to amaze us.
Durwood Fincher is one of the few people who actually loves telemarketing calls. One of his friends asked if his telephone number was on the "do not call" list.
One of my favorite British comedies is "Good Neighbors." The basic story line concerns a couple where the husband had resigned his job so they could live the "simple" life in a suburban area. He had no experience with livestock, gardening, etc., so you can imagine the situations. Their next door
We think that a dedication to the arts is a dynamic plus for a community like ours; supporting programs that support the arts is essential to keeping our culture alive and vibrant for future generations of the families of Newton County.
When we are invited to speak at different community forums, one of the questions always asked is "will our paper survive?"
If you were around during the Vietnam era you will remember the daily depiction of flag-draped coffins returning from that country to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. It became a regular occurrence to see anti-war activists prey on these images, which should have been those of honor, and vilified these brave soldiers who had given their lives serving their country.
Throughout Black History Month we have been proud to feature African-American leaders of our community, who by their actions and perseverance, have made our community a great place to live. Friday we were honored to print the story and philosophy of Ezell Brown, our newly elected sheriff.
"Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established, should not be changed for light and transient causes; and, accordingly, all experience [has] shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But, when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce [the people] under absolute despotism, it is ...
Newton County employees breathed a sigh of relief as the Newton County Board of Commissioners voted not to cut manpower or hours at a special called meeting Wednesday.
In Sunday's paper there was a story about a Midwest company sending letters into our area, telling folks that they can get certified deeds to their property for only $59.60.
We are fortunate here in Newton County to have talented, caring and family-oriented people as our legal caretakers.
"It is well that you should celebrate your Arbor Day thoughtfully, for within your lifetime the nation's need of trees will become serious. We of an older generation can get along with what we have, though with growing hardship; but in your full manhood and womanhood you will want what nature once so bountifully supplied and man so thoughtlessly destroyed; and because of that want you will reproach us, not for what we ...