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County deserves stronger leadership

A simple question doesn't have an easy answer. But it should.

August 16, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on persecution

Religious and cultural bigotry has been around since, seemingly, the beginning of recorded time.

August 12, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: Politics might have ruined 2050 panel

Sometimes what starts out as a good idea gets hijacked along the way.

August 09, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


School bus stops: Stop

Now that school has started back, motorists on many of our county roads are finding their commute time extended because of the band of bright yellow school busses carrying our children to and from their homes and school.

August 07, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: When a panel gets too big

The concept of a working committee to study the 2050 Plan proposal and make recommendations to streamline it seemed until this week to be a workable solution.

August 05, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: Recognize improvements

Students and teachers returned to the classroom Friday, hopefully taking note of last year's improvements in many testing areas to do even more positive work this school year.

August 02, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: Citizens' panel

During a Rotary Club of Covington meeting Tuesday, Newton County Chairman Keith Ellis announced that the commissioners are planning to start a citizens' panel consisting of an appointed member by each commissioner and appointees from each city in the county and entities such as the chamber, water and sewage authority and school board.

July 31, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: NYT’s pro-marijuana stance is disappointing

The New York Times editorial board this past Sunday called for the federal government to legalize marijuana in the United States.

July 29, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: Be fair and impartial

There was an unfortunate incident in our community last week where a man for reasons unknown at this time was seen in a quiet community wielding a sword of some type, harassing passing cars and trash cans.

July 26, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on recent local news items

The Covington City Council voted this past week to add a code officer to its staff. The city currently has only one officer.

July 24, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on 2050: Make changes now

It's time for a change on the 2050 Plan - both to the document itself and officials' approach in presenting it to the public.

July 22, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on community hospital

One of the cornerstones of pride in the Newton County community is that we have our own hospital; and throughout its existence the taxpayers have supported its development.

July 19, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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A bold stance by a brave man

Again, we are proud this month to be highlighting the accomplishments and leadership of our local black residents, who through their perserverance, have helped make Newton County a place that we are proud to call home.

One such person is Forrest Sawyer Jr.

February 15, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Gone with the wind

During the last few months, we have on many occasions heard of the surplus the city of Covington currently has.

We salute the efforts and leadership of past councils as well as the current administration, and City Manager Steve Horton and his staff on their efforts in fostering this surplus.

February 15, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


A gift for local nonprofits

Christmas came early this year for 19 local nonprofit groups.

February 13, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Prudent review

The Newton County Board of Commissioners made a wise decision at their last meeting.

February 13, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Free entry with this column

 Do not despair.

February 13, 2009 | Terri Kimble | Our Thoughts


Juan doesn’t live here

We've been in our new house for three weeks and some folks have already found us.

February 13, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Our Thoughts


Those who can’t change, measure

 In a recent interview Education Secretary Arne Duncan promised more data-gathering and testing as the way to improve academic performance.  

February 13, 2009 | Patrick Durusau | Our Thoughts


A valuable program

We believe the hope and success of our country's future rests squarely on the shoulders of our young people.

February 11, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Not targeted or temporary

The President of the United States and the leaders of the Democratic party in Congress and their staffs have been running around the country and sounding the alarm on the national airways, that if the stimulus program proposed by them and filled up with pork by them does not pass, that we as a country are doomed.

February 11, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


More bad budget news in Georgia

 The 2009 legislative session completed day 15 on Feb. 6 with bills passing through the chamber this week which will provide for tax relief and child safety. I support these pieces of legislation and look forward to their implementation. Unfortunately, even with the good work in those areas, very bad budget news has dominated the week at your capitol.

February 11, 2009 | By John Douglas | Our Thoughts


No sugar in the cornbread, please

 I can pride myself on two recent, major accomplishments. Both have to do with my fondness for down-home Southern cooking. I favor down-home Southern cooking because I am from a down-home Southern home. That, and it tastes good.

February 11, 2009 | Lewis Grizzard | Our Thoughts


The meter’s running

 A wise friend reminded me recently of an old saying: "Dogs don't bark at parked cars." It was my friend's way of telling me that criticism, while never pleasant, is a sign you are doing something and trying to get things done. No action pleases everyone. So, the only way to never be criticized is to never do anything. Leave the car parked, if you don't want to hear the barking.

February 11, 2009 | By Kim Carter | Our Thoughts


A dark past, a bright future

In 1926, historian Carter Woodson helped set aside the second week in February as week he called "Negro History Week" to celebrate the accomplishments of black Americans in this country.

February 08, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Learning from tragedy

A week ago, Newton County lost one of its young people in a gun accident. T.J. Dorsey was shot in the back by a friend when a gun he thought had the safety on fired.

February 08, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Last man in the woods

 I am on my soapbox today.

February 08, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Our Thoughts


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