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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


Our thoughts on being alert

This past week a father in Marietta loaded his 22-month-old son in his SUV to take to day care and forgot he had done it, instead driving to work.

June 21, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on the death sentence

This past week Marcus Wellons was put to death for the 1989 murder and rape of a 15-year-old girl.

June 19, 2014 | | Our Thoughts


Commercial Improvement District could be a good thing

In last Sunday's paper we carried a story on the front page that explained in great deal the pros and cons of creating a Commercial Improvement District (CID) for the Highway 278 corridor in Covington.

June 17, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on Jajuan Shaw’s winning agenda

Betty Ray Shaw explained to us that children of autism have their own agenda, and when they get something in their mind that they want to, or think they need to do, that's what they are going to do.

June 14, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on what to do with Nelson Heights

The Newton County Board of Commissioners had a lively debate this past week about what to do after a May 30 party at the Nelson Heights Community Center was marred by a gun reportedly being fired into the air by a passing car and hours of people milling about in the streets afterward.

June 12, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on a shift for volunteers

Volunteerism is ingrained in our county's foundation and has been the backbone of so many of our greatest successes on a nationwide and local level.

June 10, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


A positive should precede a negative

As a society, now more than ever, it seems, we dwell on the negative.

June 07, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on taxes

There's no question that anyone who owns property hates to pay taxes on it.

June 05, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on group homes

We can understand a community's concern on having group homes and residences in their neighborhoods.

June 03, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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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


Our thoughts...Christmas in Covington

 If you haven't gotten in the holiday spirit yet, this weekend is your big chance to start.

December 15, 2008 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Wonderful wetlands

We are more than pleased that the city of Covington, with the help of a grant from the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, has set aside 1.2 acres of land close to city hall for the development of a wetlands area.

Wetlands create an ecosystem where water and land meet; this delicate ecosystem will help improve water quality by filtering toxins and will also provide a habitat for fish and other aquatic wildlife and endangered species.

December 13, 2008 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Go Eagles

All good things come to an end, we are told.

The student athletes who bleed green and silver playing for the Eastside Eagles football team are proving that axiom wrong.

December 13, 2008 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... A top-notch teen

There is always a need for blood donors during the holiday season, and that need always increases.

December 07, 2008 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Protect you and yours

Last weekend, a tragic fire at a home on College Avenue in Covington cost Aubrey Whelchel his life.

December 07, 2008 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


The power of stories

The power of stories to transcend time, culture and language is unequaled. Think of the Iliad, written over 3,000 years ago by Homer. Current movie versions have Brad Pitt as Achilles and Diane Kruger as Helen of Troy. You can download the movie to your iPod and watch it during your lunch break at work.

December 07, 2008 | By Kirven Weekley | Our Thoughts


Thankful through thick and thin

You know it's the holidays when the Publix commercials start playing - over and over and over.

December 07, 2008 | By Terri Kimble | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts...Tomorrow is Thanksgiving

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving

December 06, 2008 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Lighting the way

We knew he was a great man when we featuring him as one of our 10 Men of Newton for 2008. Apparently many others know what a selfless, jovial person Flemmie Pitts is. Congratulations Mr. Pitts on being the honoree to light the Historic Courthouse in a special holiday tradition for Covington.

December 03, 2008 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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