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Don't give up for Lent, just give

The official start of the Lenten season began this past week and we have heard many of our friends and colleagues talking about what they were going to give up for the 40 days leading up to the celebration of Christ's resurrection.

February 22, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


A New Era

This year The Covington News is celebrating our 150th birthday.

February 15, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Take Control

Our elected officials must retake control of Newton County's affairs and finances and stop relying on appointed employees to make decisions and oversee their implementation.

February 08, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Vaccinations save lives

It is really a sad sign of our times to read about the uproar about whether vaccinations should be mandatory for children or whether vaccines for certain diseases cause abnormalities like autism.

February 08, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


An embarrassment that needs action

The camera crews and on-air personality from Atlanta's Channel 11 were in Newton County last week for some in-your-face television journalism aimed at revealing to the world the sorry state of affairs in our local county government.

February 01, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


If it's broke, you should fix it

This week the Newton County Water Authority said it wants to sit down with the county and work on a solution to a problem before taking on a new venture. We believe this meeting should happen.

January 25, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: Taking charge

Last week in our editorial about the reappointment for a year of county Attorney Tommy Craig we said that none of the commissioners gave a reason for voting for Craig.

January 18, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: Congratulations Chamber

The Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce held its annual year-end banquet this past week.

January 18, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: Craig reappointment

The Newton County BOC held their first meeting of 2015 last week and among its agenda items was its annual appointments. One of those appointments was that of county attorney, and the reappointment was Tommy Craig.

January 10, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: Charlie Hebdo tragedy

Last week we were shocked by the violent attack on the office of a French satirical newspaper called Charlie Hebdo.

January 10, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: Hospital resolution

As we start the New Year we have a major dilemma facing us in in Newton County and that is the future of the Newton Medical Center.

January 03, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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A print proposal

Recently we helped a young man design an advertisement for The Covington News.

Michael Biddy had the biggest smile on his face while placing an ad in The News proposing to his love, Brittany Carter.

July 31, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Chief of chiefs

Stacey Cotton's excellent leadership skills exhibited over the past 12 years he has served as Covington's chief of police earned him the position of president of the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police.

July 31, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


No raises for the council

For the second time this year the majority of the Covington City Council voted not to increase their salaries.

We think this was the proper and prudent vote to take at this time.

July 31, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: School bells ringing

For some of us the end of summer was marked by the return to school a few days after Labor Day. As children, some of us looked at the calendar and hoped that Labor Day would be celebrated later in the month than earlier.

July 29, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: Proud of housing initiative?

We fully support the Covington City Council's effort to secure the Georgia Initiative for Community Housing grant. This grant doesn't provide money, but it does provide access to housing experts who in turn will help city officials turn the city's housing improvement goals into reality.

The city hastily applied for this grant last year but were not prepared; this year city officials have done their homework well.

July 29, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: Biting the hand that feeds

Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue announced this week that state school systems were to receive a 3 percent cut in their budget and mandated staff furloughs.

July 26, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: Miracle workers

In a letter to the editor, which can be read at CovNews.com, Kevin Carnes wrote a poignant piece describing an accident his father suffered after he fell down the stairs in his home. To compound his injuries, Kevin's father has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's.

July 26, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Editorial explanation

In today's edition we wanted to use our editorial space to explain to you who our editorial board is and how it works.

The Covington News editorial board consists of Publisher Charles Hill Morris Jr., General Manager T. Pat Cavanaugh and Editor Jennifer T. Long. We three discuss what we want to editorialize on for each edition, although one of us usually ends up writing the piece.

July 24, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Misguided apology

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been in India recently. She, as a member of the Obama administration, has continued the shameful tradition of apologizing for her countrymen.

Clinton actually had the nerve to tell the government officials of India, one of the world's worst polluting nations, that we the citizens of the United States were sorry to be one of the world's major polluters.

July 22, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Cooperation

In a story published in Sunday's paper, which can be seen on CovNews.com, it looks like efforts are being made by East Metro Health District officials to be more cooperative and understanding of how their scoring affects not only businesses but also public perception of a county.

The reason the scoring has been tightened by the state was due to national outbreaks of salmonella and other food viruses caused by improper storage of foods and the unhygienic habits of some restaurants and their employees.

July 22, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


An appropriate honor

Just as we were pleased last week when the Morgan family was honored by having a portion of U.S Highway 278 named for Jack and Davis Morgan, we are equally pleased by the efforts of State Sen. John Douglas and Rep. Doug Holt in having a portion of Ga. Highway 11 named in the honor of long time Mansfield community leader, Lamar B. Hays.

Hays, who passed away last March, was a local business man and was loved and admired by not only the folks of Mansfield but also people throughout the area and state.

July 22, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


A disappointing response

Recently, The News reported on the proposed budget for the City of Covington. One of this newspaper's concerns is a proposed position for a community/economic development director employed by city. Newton County was successful for years in attracting industries and businesses by utilizing a unified approach by the city, county, Industrial Development Authority and Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce.

When The News first heard about this position, we were not sold on its need, so we had our reporter talk to city officials, including the mayor, other community leaders and chamber of commerce officials.

July 19, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Remembering Mr. Carl

This week we lost another one of the true pioneers of our community. Carl Smith Jr. "Mr. Carl," as he was respectfully called by his many friends, passed away Monday at the age of 96.

Mr. Carl was a kind, honest man who was one of those family men and community activists who molded the very character of Newton County.

July 17, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


It can be done

We have to admit that we were disappointed upon hearing the results of the federally mandated Adequate Yearly Progress for our Newton County Schools.

Although these tests are cumbersome, flawed and not a true test of the quality of education offered in Newton County, they do reflect certain deficiencies.

July 17, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... Welcome Dr. Brown

 Last week we published a profile of the new Alcovy High School principal, Dr. LaQuanda Brown. If you missed it, you can review it on CovNews.com.

July 15, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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