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Accountability, transparency and leadership

Newton County officials, do you remember the citizens' outrage at a raise in taxes due to an increase in the county's budget?

August 23, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


A Newton County of the past or future?

The Historic Courthouse was packed Tuesday night, but not everyone was there for the same reason. The stark contrast between the two issues-a civic ...

August 09, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Back to school

Newton County students had already made their way back to school before the calendar even turned to August. For those students it is a time ...

August 02, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Inexcusable

Once again Newton County has found itself in an embarrassing situation, and once again its leadership needs to be called into question.

July 26, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: The good, the bad and the ugly

The times are tumultuous lately and not much seems to be changing after a week full of heartbreaking, heart-wrenching and well just heart-shaped news.

July 19, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Transparency and vetting

After information on Green Hill P3 and East Georgia Land and Development, Inc. came out this week it seems that the Newton County Board of ...

July 12, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Celebrate, remember, unite

Birthdays are a time to celebrate, reflect, be with those close to us and look toward another year of growth.

July 06, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: Pension plan

The Covington City Council made a smart move last week when it voted to back off a hastily conceived plan to change city policy on ...

June 28, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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Archive By Section - 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


Goodbye to some friends

 One of the basic rules of daily journalism is that the reporter isn't the story - what's important is the news that is being reported.

May 27, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Our Thoughts


Guantanamo in Georgia

For once, I am going to have to (shudder) agree with the American Civil Liberties Union. They are busting their britches to have pictures released of some of the 240 detainees at Guantanamo being waterboarded by the CIA. That is a great idea. I believe most rank-and-file Americans would take much comfort in knowing that our government cares more about getting the truth out of potential terrorists in order to prevent another 9/11 attack than they do about hurting the feelings of a bunch of people who would gleefully dance on our graves.

May 27, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Our Thoughts


Keep an eye out at the pool

 A lot of folks in this area have pools. If you can't live on the ocean or a lake, then a pool is the next best thing to refresh yourself on our upcoming hot summer days

May 27, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Wars are not acts of Gods

"Wars are not acts of God. They are caused by man, by man-made institutions, by the way in which man has organized his society. What man has made, man can change."

May 24, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Graduation guidance

This is a happy time of year for our young people - it's almost time for that summer break.

It is also the time for the adults of the community to be ever so vigilant. Drivers watch our little ones as they exit from busses; their minds are not going to be on watching for you.

May 22, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


The slippery slope

There was a time that we were taught to save money, pay our bills on time and invest wisely; this philosophy helped America prosper since the days we first became a nation more than 233 years ago.

That philosophy, is for all practical purposes, gone with the times of plenty. It is said we are on the slippery slope of socialism since the Obama administration and the Democrats have come to power. Being on the slippery edge is no longer true either; we are now in a headfirst slide down the mountainside.

May 22, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Thank you, governor

 Sonny Perdue has been an easy target for the media during the years he has headed state government.

May 20, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... In a stalemate?

For the commissioners of Newton County there are not simple solutions or easy decisions to be made on the 2010 budget. Monday night's four-and-a half-hour meeting clearly showed all those in attendance that the days of milk and honey are long behind us, and now we must work hard in order to overcome the current financial crisis that we are all enduring.

Cutting county personnel and services or raising taxes were the two main points dividing our board of elected commissioners on their path to reach a budgetary equilibrium. So if not tax, what other revenue streams can be ...

May 20, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Sonny snaps out of it

Perhaps we had Gov. Sonny Perdue all wrong. When we said Perdue was a do-nothing governor, maybe he wasn't really doing nothing. He was just waiting for something to happen - something big and awful so he could really show his stuff.

May 20, 2009 | Bill Shipp | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... Unsung heroes

 In Friday's edition we published articles about two extraordinary women in our community - Shirley Smith and Martha Taylor.

 Smith serves as the CEO of Repairers of the Breach which helps severely economically disadvantaged families get back on their feet by providing them with food, clothing and shelter. The nonprofit operates a thrift store on Washington Street to help offset the costs of their good work, especially during the winter holidays when they allow certain applicants to shop for gifts free of charge.

May 17, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... Thank goodness for Ginn

We are more than relieved to know that an 87-year-old family business - Ginn Motors, which has been an anchor of our community, has survived the closings that were instituted by Chrysler and General Motors.

May 17, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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