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Show up for the 2050 Plan

Here's some of what we have heard from concerned citizens over the last two weeks:

July 12, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on passion

There is one person in town that we doubt that anyone who knows him could ever question his passion for the things he believes in.

July 10, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on the Fourth of July

We are grateful that the long holiday weekend passed, and despite all the people and activities occurring with the Fourth of July festivities, there were no major reports of injuries associated with beverage consumption, firework exhibitions or rowdy behavior.

July 08, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on outside vendors

We are never happy to see groups come into our community, especially on holidays, to set up shop for a week or two and sell products that rob profits from our local merchants who pay taxes on a regular basis.

July 05, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


OUr thoguhts: Celebrate your independence

Our community is planning to celebrate the Fourth of July in a grand way today.

July 03, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: Fourth of July

"Our founders got it right when they wrote in the Declaration of Independence that our rights come from nature and nature's God, not from government."

July 03, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on the runoff

During the recent primary election, many of Newton County's voters didn't show up. They paid no concern to who would represent them and a minority of the county's voters bothered to head toward the polls.

July 01, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on the CRCT: Back to square one

The final year of CRCT scores for grades three-eight throughout the state were released this week. Did we score high or low? It seems like a little bit of both.

June 28, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on the 250 Plan

Ten years ago a group of people got together, politicians and concerned citizens alike, and made a decision that Newton County, inevitably, was going to grow.

June 26, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on Georgia Perimeter

This past month the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools voted to reaffirm the accreditation of one of our local higher learning institutions, Georgia Perimeter College (GPC).

June 24, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on Vivian Harris's work

Kudos goes out to local community activist Vivian Harris. Through her determination and countless efforts, a part of Oxford – and America's history – has been preserved in print.

June 24, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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Archive By Section - Our Thoughts


Fast track to nowhere

Last week I saw firsthand just how backwards and impoverished our passenger rail system in this country is when I took an Amtrak train from Atlanta to Charlottesville, Va., to attend a conference on climate change.

December 29, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Our Thoughts


A lean Christmas?

I was amazed at the Wall Street Journal story about children selling toys "to some people who don't have much ..." to raise money so they can have $100 dolls for Christmas in "lean" financial times.

December 29, 2008 | Patrick Durusau Columnist | Our Thoughts


Musical torture

Recently some rock bands and other songwriters said they were outraged by the government's use of their songs for "musical torture" of terrorism suspects.

December 27, 2008 | T. Pat Cavanaugh | Our Thoughts


Strange world

Some folks would tell you that they think the world has turned upside down. The following two items might have you believing the same as them.

December 27, 2008 | T. Pat Cavanaugh | Our Thoughts


Santa's helpers

Saturday we had the opportunity to show some real Christmas Spirit. We gathered, bright and early, along with the other elves from the Covington Rotary and the Rotary Interact Club from Eastside High school bright and early, and helped Santa load up close to 900 bags of goodies for boys and girls of Newton County.

Santa is fortunate to have such a group as the Covington Rotary to organize and raise money from folks in our community in order to provide this service to families who are having a tough time this Christmas season.

December 27, 2008 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Leadership blessings

As this year comes to a close, we are fortunate to have had good management of our county. We have been blessed with leadership over the year that has managed to ensure that, with all the fiscal uncertainties swirling around us here in Georgia, Newton County stands tall and secure.

We are losing some very good leaders on Jan. 1, leaders in county government in our court system, our law enforcement, education and even our coroner's office.

December 27, 2008 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts...The office saga

 The ongoing saga on what to do with the mayor's office in Covington just might have come to a fruitful end this past week.

December 24, 2008 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts...Shame, shame

This certainly will be a bittersweet Christmas for former Alcovy High School teacher and coach Derrick Roberts as well as paraprofessional Nanette Surber.

December 24, 2008 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Christmas cheer in Social Circle

If you have been too busy this Christmas season to enjoy some time enjoying the parades and lighted homes of Christmas, then you have one final chance.

The city of Social Circle will be holding special Christmas activities Saturday starting at about 5:30 p.m.

December 22, 2008 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


A wise council

The city council of Covington made a wise decision in restructuring the management of the city, a recommendation made by City Manager Steve Horton.

Having an assistant city manager in a city the size of Covington does not make sense. Horton recognized that and his recommendation that the management of the city be split into three branches with three distinct and equal managers, allows the city manager and council to have the advice and direction of three talented leaders.

December 22, 2008 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts...Good job juniors

 With last week's stories about Newton County School System employees and students in trouble with the law, it is nice to hear some good news about our teachers and children.

December 20, 2008 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts...Time of need

 Christmas is, and should always be, a time of spiritual reflection and celebration.

December 20, 2008 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts...For the love of the library

 Newton Countians are blessed to have a library as vital and modern as ours is.

December 17, 2008 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts...Society off course

 In this yuletide season when we should be merry, we have instead had three distressing stories to report this past week.

December 17, 2008 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts...Pancakes by the Pilot Club

 We often praise the accomplishments of Rotary, Kiwanis and Lions who so generously serve our community. At times, we have neglected to honor and say thanks to another fine service organization in our county - the Pilot Club.

December 15, 2008 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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