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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


Williams proves nothing is impossible

Tichelle Florence is a walking, talking miracle - emphasis on walking.

August 19, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


County deserves stronger leadership

A simple question doesn't have an easy answer. But it should.

August 16, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on persecution

Religious and cultural bigotry has been around since, seemingly, the beginning of recorded time.

August 12, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: Politics might have ruined 2050 panel

Sometimes what starts out as a good idea gets hijacked along the way.

August 09, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


School bus stops: Stop

Now that school has started back, motorists on many of our county roads are finding their commute time extended because of the band of bright yellow school busses carrying our children to and from their homes and school.

August 07, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: When a panel gets too big

The concept of a working committee to study the 2050 Plan proposal and make recommendations to streamline it seemed until this week to be a workable solution.

August 05, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: Recognize improvements

Students and teachers returned to the classroom Friday, hopefully taking note of last year's improvements in many testing areas to do even more positive work this school year.

August 02, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: Citizens' panel

During a Rotary Club of Covington meeting Tuesday, Newton County Chairman Keith Ellis announced that the commissioners are planning to start a citizens' panel consisting of an appointed member by each commissioner and appointees from each city in the county and entities such as the chamber, water and sewage authority and school board.

July 31, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: NYT’s pro-marijuana stance is disappointing

The New York Times editorial board this past Sunday called for the federal government to legalize marijuana in the United States.

July 29, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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Education ROI

I was talking to a very conservative friend recently about the concern of some Newton County commissioners over the possibility of raising taxes. He pointed out that his children and grandchildren had all attended private school so where was his return on all the taxes that went for education? I think that is a fair question and one that deserves a fair answer.

June 12, 2009 | Patrick Durusau | Our Thoughts


Reaction confusion

Two weeks ago there were two acts of unforgivable violence in our country.

Dr. George Tiller, a well known late-term abortion doctor, was gunned down in his church.

June 10, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Good for the area

This week officials from General Mills, the Rockefeller Group Development Corporation, community leaders and officials of Walton County and Social Circle gathered for a ground-breaking celebration in Social Circle.

General Mills, which has operated a plant in Covington for the past 23 years where at least 24 percent of the company's cereal products are produced, will build a 35-acre distribution facility that will be the largest of its kind in the United States.

June 10, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


A thriving community

In Wednesday's paper we published a front page story detailing the new downtown revitalization project proposed to help invigorate the central business district of Social Circle.

The proposed redesign was presented by the Urban Collage Company.

June 07, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Heat up our local economy

The dog days of summer are nearly upon us. The next two months for our business community are traditionally slow.

June 07, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Sister Mary Kate

The folks of Social Circle are honoring one of their own Saturday night at the city's Welcome Center starting at 6 p.m.

Mary Kate Tribble, a lifelong resident of the city, proudly traces her history back to her mother's family the Shipps, who homesteaded here after receiving property in the government lottery of the early 1800s.

June 05, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our rain dances worked

It is a relief to know that we are now finally out of the long drought that has afflicted Georgia over the last few years.

Here in Newton County, residents can now officially water their lawns and plants and wash their cars under the same odd-even schedule now in use.

June 05, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Expert work CPD

We salute the actions of the Covington police department for their efforts in making sure another pervert does not bring harm to another youngster in our community.

June 03, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Thank you for your service

Friday was the last day in the classroom for several of the 38 Newton County School System employees that retired this year.

The retirees had a combined total of 915 years of service to our school system.

June 03, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Five licks each

Last week eight adults, some parents of children at Oak Hill Elementary School, were arrested at the school awards ceremony because of a disagreement regarding a seat.

How shameful is that?

June 03, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


A gift from Caldwell & Cowan

In these tough economic times we are glad to record when local businesses reach into their own pockets and donate equipment or funds to our local schools.

The folks at Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home and Crematory recently donated 10 Netbook mini-laptops to the four local high schools for their Academic Recourses classes.

May 31, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Sharp successes

In the good old days when you were in high school, if you were a problem child or enjoyed skipping school, then after a few warnings you were called to the office and summarily kicked out of school. If your infraction was bad enough, you never returned.

If you were a young lady and became pregnant, you just disappeared. At that time the disappearance was a grand mystery. As we grew older, we realized that in actuality the pregnant young lady had usually been shipped off out of state to some relative's house because of the shame of it ...

May 31, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Be industrious

While the great county budget crisis of 2009 is for the moment over, we would like to suggest a positive solution to ensure that we don't find ourselves in this situation again.

One of the main reasons we have gone quickly from a surplus into a deficit of taxable revenue in Newton County is because over the years we have failed to attract enough viable industry to counter the fallback in the current housing and retail markets.

May 29, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Proud of our commissioners

On Wednesday, after much anguish, criticism and concern, the Newton County Board of Supervisors balanced the county's budget for FY2010. Through the efforts of county management, county employees and elected officials, the final balance was accomplished without raising the current millage rate and resulted in the loss of a minimal amount of jobs.

We have nothing but praise for the leadership of County Chair Kathy Morgan. She, along with administrative officer John Middleton, crafted a final proposal that was unanimously accepted by the county commissioners.

May 29, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Good luck graduates

During my second year of nursing school our professor gave us a quiz. I breezed through the questions until I read the last one: "What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?" Surely this was a joke. I had seen the cleaning woman several times, but how would I know her name I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank. Before the class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward our grade. "Absolutely," the professor said. "In your careers, you will meet many people. All are significant. They deserve your ...

May 27, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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