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.
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.
Last Friday a burglary crime spree occurred locally that you usually only see in the movies. The folks who live in the River Walk Farms subdivision, a quiet Newton County community of rolling meadows and beautiful homes, had settled in for what they thought would be a peaceful weekend.
The city of Social Circle is an example of what old-time Georgia living was and is about.  It has one stop light, and if you blink twice you might miss it. If you visit, you best follow the speed limit restrictions.
The U.S. Senate approved the appointment of Timothy Geithner as our new treasury secretary Tuesday.
We think we live in one of the most beautiful areas of Georgia. Covington, Newton County and Social Circle are abundant with elegant homes and landscapes and rolling green farm land.
Sunday we broke a story that should have sent shockwaves not only here, but across the state.
I read an article not long ago about police in St., Petersburg, Florida, using a pig to sniff out drugs and other contraband.
The General Assembly was in recess this past week as some legislators traveled to Washington for the inauguration of our new president and then from Wednesday to Friday as many of us attended the annual state budget hearings.
At Tuesday night's Board of Commissioners meeting, three members of the board voted to put in place a partial spending freeze and a hiring freeze.
This is not going to be the best of years for the Newton County School System. The governor and federal government have cut funds because of astronomical amounts of foreclosures and growth stoppage. In the county, the anticipated local tax funds also are way below expectations. Some very tough decisions are going to have to be made this year regarding personnel. We feel the right leader for the Board of Education who will assist the ...
By now, we should not be surprised by the goings on at Porterdale City Council meetings. At Jan. 13's work session City Manager Tom Fox warned the council about future budget shortfalls if more expenses were not cut or if revenue did not increase. He further pointed out to the council that the 2010 shortfall was the equivalent of the salaries of five full-time employees. After all of that doom and gloom, plus much more, ...
In our opinion one of the greatest Southern humorists of all time was Lewis Grizzard. He loved Georgia and especially the University of Georgia. In his short life - he was only 48 when he died of heart complications ­ he authored 25 books, thousands of columns and was the sports editor of the Atlanta journal by age 23.
This is a week of excitement, of change, of new beginnings. We celebrate the peaceful exchange of power. We place the hopes of our future and our children's future on the shoulders of an untried new leader, but a leader who is filled with enthusiasm and optimism.
We celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. this week. Dr. King was a great, but not a perfect, man.
Four years ago there was a major outcry from liberal newspaper and television stations in this country that the Bush administration was spending $42 million on his inauguration. This year's inauguration is estimated to cost close to $150 million.