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Our Thoughts: A win for residents

Five mayors and several county managers gathered around a table Tuesday and asked for one item.

October 23, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our Thoughts: Time to vote

This may be the toughest year yet for the voter.

October 16, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our Thoughts: Trust and respect need to be earned back

Former Newton County Fire Services Chief Kevin O'Brien served the residents of this county for eight years. He led the county's fire department ...

October 09, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our Thoughts: Hometown Hero

Today we get the privilege of celebrating our Hometown Hero.

October 02, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our Thoughts: Tags sold, direction needed

Car tags for use of the county's trash collection convenience centers began being purchased by Newton County residents recently.

September 28, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our Thoughts: Safe and sound

The promise of autumn coming this week seems to be bringing a certain sense of relief that our hottest days will soon be behind us ...

September 18, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our Thoughts: The importance of today

It is hard to imagine now the uncertainty of 15 years ago today. How everything stopped and we all watched in horror at the reality ...

September 11, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our Thoughts: Hometown Heroes

This weekend we celebrate the contributions that workers have made towards the strength and well-being of our nation. Next weekend we look back and reflect ...

September 04, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our Thoughts: Embrace all of Democracy

Winston Churchill once said "Democracy is the worst form of government, except all the others."

August 28, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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Marshall’s not convinced

 I called Democratic Congressman Jim Marshall who represents Georgia's 8th Congressional District in Middle Georgia to check the status of health care reform currently lurching its way through Congress. I know what is being proposed. What I wanted to know was if this hydra-headed monster has a chance of passage. I had been told he was one person in Washington who would not give me the party line on this controversial issue. He would tell it like it is. And he did.

August 05, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Our Thoughts

Hypersensitive society

The real victim of the controversy swirling around the breaking and entering case of Henry Louis Gates Jr., a Harvard professor who apparently misplaced his keys and was seen breaking into his own home in Cambridge, Mass., has turned out to be the Good Samaritan who reported the alleged breaking and entering. She has been vilified and called a racist by a large group of cowardly bloggers.

August 02, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

A walk in the park

We are delighted that after almost a decade of work that District 2 will finally see work begin on a new park located across Ga. Highway 212 from Oak Hill Elementary.

August 02, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

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, 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


In a story published in Sunday's paper, which can be seen on, 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

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