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."
We were more than disappointed to read about the fights earlier this week at the new Newton High School.
I was a sophomore at what was then tiny Georgia Southern College down in Statesboro when a band known as The Who released a record, which still rocks today as the theme song for the popular "CSI" television series.
Recently appointed United States Attorney General Eric Holder said in his acceptance speech: "Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial we have always been and I believe continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards."
Covington Mayor Kim Carter and City Manager Steve Horton did the wise thing by pulling discussions of a raise for city council from Monday's agenda.
There is no question that our country and county are in the toughest of economic times.
If a toddler touches a hot stove, it's because they don't know any better. Sure, maybe your Mama or Daddy warned you, but sometimes those concepts don't sink in with the very young.
As citizens we should all be interested in local government all the time. As a matter of fact, most of us, myself included, only become interested when some event or report catches our attention.
Before Fox News and other cable news stations, which today have overtaken the traditional news programs run by ABC, NBC and CBS, there was CNN. CNN out of Atlanta set the pace for what TV news has become today.
For weeks we were bombarded on every TV station and in every major newspaper by the Obama administration's urgency on passing an economic stimulus package. We heard that if the bill wasn't rushed through Congress, we would doom the United States and our way of life.
Again, we are proud this month to be highlighting the accomplishments and leadership of our local black residents, who through their perserverance, have helped make Newton County a place that we are proud to call home. One such person is Forrest Sawyer Jr.
During the last few months, we have on many occasions heard of the surplus the city of Covington currently has. We salute the efforts and leadership of past councils as well as the current administration, and City Manager Steve Horton and his staff on their efforts in fostering this surplus.
Christmas came early this year for 19 local nonprofit groups.
The Newton County Board of Commissioners made a wise decision at their last meeting.
Do not despair. You haven't made reservations or romantic plans for tomorrow's big holiday? Maybe you're short on cash and need a fun alternative date idea? Better yet, you need a family-friendly option because all the baby sitters are taken. Congratulations: this column grants you free entry to the Newton Classic Livestock Show at 10 a.m. on Valentine's Day. That's right - everyone ...
We've been in our new house for three weeks and some folks have already found us.
In a recent interview Education Secretary Arne Duncan promised more data-gathering and testing as the way to improve academic performance.