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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


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Our Thoughts... Losing another member of the greatest generation

We make a living by what we do, but we make a life by what we give." - Winston Churchill

April 17, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Springtime imagination

 The beautiful spring weather has made me reflect on the springtimes of my childhood.

April 17, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Our Thoughts


The gift of books

We are always pleased when any organization takes on a major fund raising goal to help a child.

That is why we are more than pleased with the actions of the Social Circle Rotary Club.

April 15, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Look for the warning signs

In Sunday's paper, reporter Amber Pittman wrote an excellent but very scary story detailing activities some of our teens and adolescents are involved in right now in our community.

The piece called "Deadly Games" explained what chocking, sexting and cyber-bullying mean to our young children.

April 15, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Thank you for responding

As we have stated in the past, we are fortunate to have a well run library here in Newton County. We are fortunate, also, to have a very talented executive to run that library.

We recognize the fact that the library, like the other agencies in our county, has had to tighten its belt to meet budget deficits. One of the cost-cutting measures proposed by Greg Heid, the director of the Newton County Library, was to close on Saturday.

April 10, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Run or walk for the YMCA

The YMCA, which was founded in England in 1844 by a group of evangelicals who wanted to assist the families and children suffering because of the sprawl created by the Industrial Revolution, started in this country in 1851. Since then the Y has grown into an organization that assists families from babies to grandparents.

Newton County is fortunate to have an active Y, which is located on Newton Drive in Covington. Our local Y provides programs for kids that include swimming, gymnastics, flag football, soccer and basketball. 

April 10, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Honoring a city's past

The city of Social Circle has some beautiful older buildings and homes that reflect our Southern heritage.

The city has been renovating one of these old homes, originally built in the 1840s, in order to establish a new city hall.

April 08, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Surprise announcement

We got jolted out of our malaise as we received an announcement from Chris Smith, co-owner of Newton Electric Supply, telling us that he has thrown his hat into the ring for the position of Covington city councilman.

After a brief breather from the longest national election campaign ever, we were taken aback by Mr. Smith's early announcement. For sure it's been cold enough the last few days to be election time, but the old calendar says it's Easter week.

April 08, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Good shepherds

The citizens of Newton County never cease to amaze us.

We have done editorials in the past encouraging people and groups to do what they can do during these economic time to help their neighbors.

April 05, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Slow down Mustang Sally

Until recently, driving through the quaint town of Porterdale was the equivalent of driving in the Grand Prix to some drivers.

It is fortunate no one has been killed.

April 05, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Doing necessary work

This past week we carried a story on our front page that described how a step-father took a belt to his teenage daughter; this action was and is inexcusable.

We believe that a parent has a right to discipline his or her child in a manner that works for the family, but this does not include belts and sticks or any other form of discipline that can cause bodily injury to a child.

April 03, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Pick another day

We support the county's effort to tighten its belt during this current fiscal crisis.

We appreciate the efforts of every manager and employee who has come up with cost-saving measures to help county employees keep their jobs or not have their earnings cut.

April 03, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Leading future leaders

We are more than pleased to see that teacher Sara Vinson, of the Covington Montessori School, has taken the time to teach her students the value of not only learning about the great jobs that non-profits do in our community, but also about the added value of learning how to help support them.

Mrs. Vinson's class spent time talking with Tamara Richardson, who is the director of the Newton Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta.

April 01, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Taxing those who tax us

Taxes and increased fines are highlights of last week's legislative talks in Congress as well as the Georgia General Assembly.

Tobacco users across the country will now have to offer a few more silver coins for every pack or carton they buy as federal lawmakers are increasing tobacco taxes to help fund children's healthcare initiatives across the country.

April 01, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Keeping his word, working with others

Sen. John Douglas promised last year that he would have legislation passed that would help protect school children from sexual predators.

He sponsored Senate Bill No. 14, which would prohibit anyone who is on a national or state sex offender registry from serving on local school boards.

March 30, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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