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Our thoughts: Manners

When you're paid by taxpayers, be nice to those taxpayers.

September 20, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: The Square

Covington's Square Park, which has become world renown because of the movie industry that is attracted to its uniqueness, has recently been spruced up by the city of Covington. This valuable piece of earth has been one of the main reasons the city's tax base has remained fairly consistent when other municipalities have suffered loss of tax dollars.

September 16, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Amazing

The Ray Rice incident is an example of what's wrong with our new American society in so many ways.

September 13, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: Threats

Last week we ran a story that certain leaders of our large African-American community would call for a public march if their concerns about the Board of Commissioners' decision to strip Commissioner J.C. Henderson of many of his committee assignments was not properly addressed.

September 13, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Too much

The congressman who represents most of us here in Newton County is Hank Johnson, who in reality is elected for us by the voters of DeKalb County, his home base.

September 11, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Henderson did it to himself

No one can question the fact that there were a lot of fireworks at the last Newton County Board of Commissioners public meeting.

September 10, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


School fees?

School fees?

September 06, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Courage and change

"In whatever arena of life one may meet the challenge of courage, whatever may be the sacrifices he faces if he follows his conscience – the loss of his friends, his fortune, his contentment, even the esteem of his fellow men – each man must decide for himself the course he will follow."

September 04, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Mansfield

The Newton county town of Mansfield has always been a charming little place that most people just drive through on their way to somewhere else.

September 02, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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


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Hypersensitive society

The real victim of the controversy swirling around the breaking and entering case of Henry Louis Gates Jr., a Harvard professor who apparently misplaced his keys and was seen breaking into his own home in Cambridge, Mass., has turned out to be the Good Samaritan who reported the alleged breaking and entering. She has been vilified and called a racist by a large group of cowardly bloggers.

August 02, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


A walk in the park

We are delighted that after almost a decade of work that District 2 will finally see work begin on a new park located across Ga. Highway 212 from Oak Hill Elementary.

August 02, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


A print proposal

Recently we helped a young man design an advertisement for The Covington News.

Michael Biddy had the biggest smile on his face while placing an ad in The News proposing to his love, Brittany Carter.

July 31, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Chief of chiefs

Stacey Cotton's excellent leadership skills exhibited over the past 12 years he has served as Covington's chief of police earned him the position of president of the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police.

July 31, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


No raises for the council

For the second time this year the majority of the Covington City Council voted not to increase their salaries.

We think this was the proper and prudent vote to take at this time.

July 31, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: School bells ringing

For some of us the end of summer was marked by the return to school a few days after Labor Day. As children, some of us looked at the calendar and hoped that Labor Day would be celebrated later in the month than earlier.

July 29, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: Proud of housing initiative?

We fully support the Covington City Council's effort to secure the Georgia Initiative for Community Housing grant. This grant doesn't provide money, but it does provide access to housing experts who in turn will help city officials turn the city's housing improvement goals into reality.

The city hastily applied for this grant last year but were not prepared; this year city officials have done their homework well.

July 29, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: Biting the hand that feeds

Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue announced this week that state school systems were to receive a 3 percent cut in their budget and mandated staff furloughs.

July 26, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: Miracle workers

In a letter to the editor, which can be read at CovNews.com, Kevin Carnes wrote a poignant piece describing an accident his father suffered after he fell down the stairs in his home. To compound his injuries, Kevin's father has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's.

July 26, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Editorial explanation

In today's edition we wanted to use our editorial space to explain to you who our editorial board is and how it works.

The Covington News editorial board consists of Publisher Charles Hill Morris Jr., General Manager T. Pat Cavanaugh and Editor Jennifer T. Long. We three discuss what we want to editorialize on for each edition, although one of us usually ends up writing the piece.

July 24, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Misguided apology

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been in India recently. She, as a member of the Obama administration, has continued the shameful tradition of apologizing for her countrymen.

Clinton actually had the nerve to tell the government officials of India, one of the world's worst polluting nations, that we the citizens of the United States were sorry to be one of the world's major polluters.

July 22, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Cooperation

In a story published in Sunday's paper, which can be seen on CovNews.com, it looks like efforts are being made by East Metro Health District officials to be more cooperative and understanding of how their scoring affects not only businesses but also public perception of a county.

The reason the scoring has been tightened by the state was due to national outbreaks of salmonella and other food viruses caused by improper storage of foods and the unhygienic habits of some restaurants and their employees.

July 22, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


An appropriate honor

Just as we were pleased last week when the Morgan family was honored by having a portion of U.S Highway 278 named for Jack and Davis Morgan, we are equally pleased by the efforts of State Sen. John Douglas and Rep. Doug Holt in having a portion of Ga. Highway 11 named in the honor of long time Mansfield community leader, Lamar B. Hays.

Hays, who passed away last March, was a local business man and was loved and admired by not only the folks of Mansfield but also people throughout the area and state.

July 22, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


A disappointing response

Recently, The News reported on the proposed budget for the City of Covington. One of this newspaper's concerns is a proposed position for a community/economic development director employed by city. Newton County was successful for years in attracting industries and businesses by utilizing a unified approach by the city, county, Industrial Development Authority and Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce.

When The News first heard about this position, we were not sold on its need, so we had our reporter talk to city officials, including the mayor, other community leaders and chamber of commerce officials.

July 19, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Remembering Mr. Carl

This week we lost another one of the true pioneers of our community. Carl Smith Jr. "Mr. Carl," as he was respectfully called by his many friends, passed away Monday at the age of 96.

Mr. Carl was a kind, honest man who was one of those family men and community activists who molded the very character of Newton County.

July 17, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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