In 1984, under the Reagan administration and as part of the breakup of AT&T, a special program called Lifeline was established.
We are fortunate to have a major state college located here in Newton County.
There is a nonprofit in this town that just refuses to give up. The Garden of Gethsemane Homeless Shelter seems to have more lives than a cat.
We've reached the time of year when some folks are starting their shopping for the holiday season.
As this year comes to a close, we are fortunate to have had good management of our county. We have been blessed with leadership over the year that has managed to ensure that, with all the fiscal uncertainties swirling around us here in Georgia, Newton County stands tall and secure. We are losing some very good leaders on Jan. 1, leaders in county government in our court system, our law enforcement, education and even our coroner's office.
The ongoing saga on what to do with the mayor's office in Covington just might have come to a fruitful end this past week.
This certainly will be a bittersweet Christmas for former Alcovy High School teacher and coach Derrick Roberts as well as paraprofessional Nanette Surber.
If you have been too busy this Christmas season to enjoy some time enjoying the parades and lighted homes of Christmas, then you have one final chance. The city of Social Circle will be holding special Christmas activities Saturday starting at about 5:30 p.m.
The city council of Covington made a wise decision in restructuring the management of the city, a recommendation made by City Manager Steve Horton. Having an assistant city manager in a city the size of Covington does not make sense. Horton recognized that and his recommendation that the management of the city be split into three branches with three distinct and equal managers, allows the city manager and council to have the advice and direction of three talented leaders.
With last week's stories about Newton County School System employees and students in trouble with the law, it is nice to hear some good news about our teachers and children.
Christmas is, and should always be, a time of spiritual reflection and celebration.
Newton Countians are blessed to have a library as vital and modern as ours is.
In this yuletide season when we should be merry, we have instead had three distressing stories to report this past week.
We often praise the accomplishments of Rotary, Kiwanis and Lions who so generously serve our community. At times, we have neglected to honor and say thanks to another fine service organization in our county - the Pilot Club.
If you haven't gotten in the holiday spirit yet, this weekend is your big chance to start.
We are more than pleased that the city of Covington, with the help of a grant from the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, has set aside 1.2 acres of land close to city hall for the development of a wetlands area. Wetlands create an ecosystem where water and land meet; this delicate ecosystem will help improve water quality by filtering toxins and will also provide a habitat for fish and other aquatic wildlife and endangered species.
All good things come to an end, we are told. The student athletes who bleed green and silver playing for the Eastside Eagles football team are proving that axiom wrong.
There is always a need for blood donors during the holiday season, and that need always increases.
Last weekend, a tragic fire at a home on College Avenue in Covington cost Aubrey Whelchel his life.