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.
For the past few years, the chamber and city officials have invested heavily in the growth of tourism in Covington, using the downtown square as a centerpiece of that investment.
The President of the United States and the leaders of the Democratic party in Congress and their staffs have been running around the country and sounding the alarm on the national airways, that if the stimulus program proposed by them and filled up with pork by them does not pass, that we as a country are doomed.
The 2009 legislative session completed day 15 on Feb. 6 with bills passing through the chamber this week which will provide for tax relief and child safety. I support these pieces of legislation and look forward to their implementation. Unfortunately, even with the good work in those areas, very bad budget news has dominated the week at your capitol.
I can pride myself on two recent, major accomplishments. Both have to do with my fondness for down-home Southern cooking. I favor down-home Southern cooking because I am from a down-home Southern home. That, and it tastes good.
A wise friend reminded me recently of an old saying: "Dogs don't bark at parked cars." It was my friend's way of telling me that criticism, while never pleasant, is a sign you are doing something and trying to get things done. No action pleases everyone. So, the only way to never be criticized is to never do anything. Leave the car parked, if you don't want to hear the barking.
In 1926, historian Carter Woodson helped set aside the second week in February as week he called "Negro History Week" to celebrate the accomplishments of black Americans in this country.
A week ago, Newton County lost one of its young people in a gun accident. T.J. Dorsey was shot in the back by a friend when a gun he thought had the safety on fired.
I am on my soapbox today.  I'm going to say at the outset that I fully understand that there are people who have serious allergic reactions to certain things and I appreciate that. I also understand that there are bad people in the world who will do bad things to others.  Having said that let me begin my diatribe for today.  We have allowed ourselves to become a nation that ...
One of the great dangers faced by contemporary historical researchers is that documents considered as absolutely trust-worthy may actually contain errors, or be criminally fraudulent.
"So, Valentine's Day is coming up," I reminded my husband. "Have you given any thought to making plans?"
The saga of redecorating the elected official's office/city of Covington meeting room has finally come to an end, we think.
Our editorial page is designed to spark public debate on issues facing our community. Any comments we make, for or against an issue facing our community, is just our opinion and no more. We extend you the invitation to respond on this same page, without comment from us.
If you like theater and you have not paid a visit to the Social Circle Theater to catch a play, a local entertainer's performance, or performances by the children in the community, then you have missed a real treat. Recently, Social Circle Theater students participated in the 2009 Junior Theater Festival. The festival hosted more than 1,400 students this year. Social Circle was represented by a group of 19 young actors ages 8 to 16.
If you or a family member has ever not had enough money to pay your taxes and had to work out a payment plan, or received a letter from the IRS informing you that your taxes weren't figured correctly and you owed the government money - know there is no easy way to negotiate with the IRS. No matter what plan you work out, you are going to pay a healthy penalty and a high ...
Super Bowl Sunday has become an American holiday. They should probably go ahead and add it to calendars so people can plan parties months prior to the event.
The front page of our paper Friday screamed out bad news - unemployment in Newton County has reached 10.4 percent. This puts our county at No. 1 in unemployment in the extended metro area. The state of Georgia is currently reporting an average unemployment rate of 7.8 percent.