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Our Thoughts: Audit, citizenry can be a tool for change

For those who even just pay casual attention to their local government, this week brought some big news to Newton County.

December 04, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: A reason to unite

A week ago, the country struggled as divisiveness spread across America. Videos on television news networks showed angry groups protesting against what they felt was ...

November 20, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Post-election thoughts

Tuesday's election of Donald Trump as the President of the United States gripped the nation.

November 13, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: The time is now

This isn't the first time controversial candidates have run for president of the United States. This isn't the first time Newton County residents ...

November 06, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Trick or treat

This is the time of year that can be awe-inspiring. It can also be scary…scary as in a werewolf chasing you through a cemetery ...

October 30, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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


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Our Thoughts... Consolidating services?

The city of Oxford made a decision this week to pay Newton County to handle its fire service needs.

June 12, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... Generally excellent

 Last week we had the opportunity to attend a weekend meeting with our peers in the Georgia Press Association. Traditionally, at the end of the banquet, awards are given to newspapers in the association for their efforts this past year.

June 12, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Education ROI

I was talking to a very conservative friend recently about the concern of some Newton County commissioners over the possibility of raising taxes. He pointed out that his children and grandchildren had all attended private school so where was his return on all the taxes that went for education? I think that is a fair question and one that deserves a fair answer.

June 12, 2009 | Patrick Durusau | Our Thoughts


Reaction confusion

Two weeks ago there were two acts of unforgivable violence in our country.

Dr. George Tiller, a well known late-term abortion doctor, was gunned down in his church.

June 10, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Good for the area

This week officials from General Mills, the Rockefeller Group Development Corporation, community leaders and officials of Walton County and Social Circle gathered for a ground-breaking celebration in Social Circle.

General Mills, which has operated a plant in Covington for the past 23 years where at least 24 percent of the company's cereal products are produced, will build a 35-acre distribution facility that will be the largest of its kind in the United States.

June 10, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


A thriving community

In Wednesday's paper we published a front page story detailing the new downtown revitalization project proposed to help invigorate the central business district of Social Circle.

The proposed redesign was presented by the Urban Collage Company.

June 07, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Heat up our local economy

The dog days of summer are nearly upon us. The next two months for our business community are traditionally slow.

June 07, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Sister Mary Kate

The folks of Social Circle are honoring one of their own Saturday night at the city's Welcome Center starting at 6 p.m.

Mary Kate Tribble, a lifelong resident of the city, proudly traces her history back to her mother's family the Shipps, who homesteaded here after receiving property in the government lottery of the early 1800s.

June 05, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our rain dances worked

It is a relief to know that we are now finally out of the long drought that has afflicted Georgia over the last few years.

Here in Newton County, residents can now officially water their lawns and plants and wash their cars under the same odd-even schedule now in use.

June 05, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Expert work CPD

We salute the actions of the Covington police department for their efforts in making sure another pervert does not bring harm to another youngster in our community.

June 03, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Thank you for your service

Friday was the last day in the classroom for several of the 38 Newton County School System employees that retired this year.

The retirees had a combined total of 915 years of service to our school system.

June 03, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Five licks each

Last week eight adults, some parents of children at Oak Hill Elementary School, were arrested at the school awards ceremony because of a disagreement regarding a seat.

How shameful is that?

June 03, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


A gift from Caldwell & Cowan

In these tough economic times we are glad to record when local businesses reach into their own pockets and donate equipment or funds to our local schools.

The folks at Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home and Crematory recently donated 10 Netbook mini-laptops to the four local high schools for their Academic Recourses classes.

May 31, 2009 | Staff Report | 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


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