This is supposed to be the season of joy and giving, a time for celebrating the birth of the Christ Child.
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 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.
Many of our husbands, fathers, sons and brothers in the military will soon ship out for training for Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.
In our Wednesday edition we had a thorough story on what our local state representatives' plans were for this upcoming session.
We are sad to see the Goody's store here in Covington close. It has been a mainstay of local shopping for years. Not only is this a loss for local consumers, but also it is a major loss of tax revenue for local government.
We had the opportunity to visit with Dr. Roderick Sams the principal of Newton High School this week. For those of you who have not had an opportunity to meet Dr. Sams we encourage you to do so. We continue to think he is a breath of fresh air in the education system and will be the change agent that Newton High needs. We also took a tour of the school and it was refreshing to see a clean environment and happy smiling faces of students, who showed respect and discipline.
In addition to celebrating the peaceful transition of our presidency and celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. this past week, our community took the time to honor some of our outstanding residents. First, Doug Bolton and the Rev. Willie J. Smith were honored with the prestigious "I Have a Dream Award."
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. About five months ago we met with Lewis' surviving widow Dedra Grizzard and asked her ...
A new year comes with new resolutions. We would like to take a moment to encourage our local county government to take up this New Year's Resolution for 2009.
For a person to spend 10 years doing anything is a major milestone. We are proud that one of our own has been churning out a weekly column for the past 10 years this week. His name is Nat Harwell and his thoughts appear every Sunday on this page to your right. Nat has been outspoken and to the point with his columns, he has brought our readers to tears, to laughter and occasionally even ...
The city of Porterdale is to be commended for creating an ordinance on dealing with pets. To read the whole ordinance, please go to www.covnews.com.  This ordinance is designed to protect pets and the residents of Porterdale. Unfortunately, ordinances such as this are already obeyed by responsible pet owners.
One of the strengths of a prosperous and stable community is whether that community has a strong Chamber of Commerce. Covington, Newton County is one such community.
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The buildup up for Santa Claus and the commercialism of Christmas is over. In a way, it is a relief. We pray though, that the true spirit of Christmas is not over for you. We hope that you can keep the holiday's spirit kindled in your life throughout the coming year. During the last few weeks we have encouraged each of you to remember your neighbor this season. Many of you have. Sometimes we forget ...
This past week we ran a story about a woman who shot in her yard a dog that she allegedly felt was a threat to her.