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Make your voice heard on landfill

The Newton County Board of Commissioners agreed Thursday to postpone a vote on a contentious landfill settlement after several hundred citizens turned out to voice their opposition to an overly hasty resolution.

March 15, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Pitch in

If in your travels around the Newton Community and the Social Circle community and you have been ashamed to see the trash that litters our highways and byways, next Saturday is your chance to not only get involved but in the process do something positive for our communities.

March 15, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Where's the transparency?

The Association County Commissioners of Georgia is once again trying to get the state's General Assembly to make it harder for Georgia's residents to keep up with what is going on in the governments they support.

March 08, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: Proud of our Rams

Courage is inner power to make you fight for your very existence and trying, when you know you may lose. Courage and determination makes a fighter.

March 01, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Don't give up for Lent, just give

The official start of the Lenten season began this past week and we have heard many of our friends and colleagues talking about what they were going to give up for the 40 days leading up to the celebration of Christ's resurrection.

February 22, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


A New Era

This year The Covington News is celebrating our 150th birthday.

February 15, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Take Control

Our elected officials must retake control of Newton County's affairs and finances and stop relying on appointed employees to make decisions and oversee their implementation.

February 08, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Vaccinations save lives

It is really a sad sign of our times to read about the uproar about whether vaccinations should be mandatory for children or whether vaccines for certain diseases cause abnormalities like autism.

February 08, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


An embarrassment that needs action

The camera crews and on-air personality from Atlanta's Channel 11 were in Newton County last week for some in-your-face television journalism aimed at revealing to the world the sorry state of affairs in our local county government.

February 01, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


If it's broke, you should fix it

This week the Newton County Water Authority said it wants to sit down with the county and work on a solution to a problem before taking on a new venture. We believe this meeting should happen.

January 25, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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Our Thoughts... The age of transparency

After a bitter fight, the Georgia General Assembly did the right thing and passed a bill that orders the Department of Revenue to report the public lawmakers who do not pay their taxes. The governor has now signed this bill into law.

May 08, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... A good man

 In Newton County there is a man named Jim Dial.

May 08, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Mentors for us all

Speaking of young minds, last year Newton Mentoring started a program to place trained adult mentors with children in the community to provide support, tutoring and counseling and also to exemplify a constructive role model.

We are more than pleased that more than 30 folks volunteered for this program. This past week their efforts were honored with a reception at the Newton County Schools' administration building.

May 06, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Blocking driveways or education choices

Thanks to Mayor Kim Carter's tie breaking vote, the Covington City Council approved the special use permit for the proposed Peachtree Academy to be located in the McGuirts Bridge Road area of the city.

The main issue seems to be possible traffic increases for the area. One resident said before school and during afternoon dismissal that his driveway would be blocked.

May 06, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Entrepreneurial spirit

On the front page of Sunday's paper there was a story about how some local people, who were having a hard time making ends meet, struck out on a bold new venture - we call it entrepreneurism.

If you missed it, you can read it on CovNews.com.

May 06, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... Where have all the math teachers gone?

In Friday's paper we ran a story on how the Newton County School System was recruiting math and science teachers in India. At first blush this seems, well, not right.

May 03, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... Run, George, run

We would like to congratulate the faculty and student body of Newton High School for raising nearly $9,000 for Newton County's annual Relay for Life. We would also like to applaud Newton English teacher George Miles for running to inspire students and teachers to give.

May 03, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


The right to speak, to know

We believe, with every breath we take, in the sanctity of the First Amendment of our country's Constitution. That amendment guarantees every citizen of this country the right to free speech; we feel that same right applies to teachers and students as well.

The Newton County School System's administration has instituted a policy that absolutely denies the right of its teachers, administrators and students to talk to the press unless it is cleared by one public relations official.

May 01, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Senior pranks not what they used to be

There was a time in the good old days when at this time of the year if you were a senior in high school, then it was your turn to be part of a traditional prank. You did this knowing full well there would be penalties and that you would have to deal face-to-face with your parents and your principal, which in itself was usually punishment enough.

The pranks that were performed in those good old days, like food fights, hooking school to go to the beach or breaking school dress codes, did not harm anyone.

May 01, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... President or tourist?

Monday some numbskull in the defense department authorized the president of the United States' plane, accompanied by a fighter jet, to fly low over the site of the 9/11 tragedy in New York.

April 29, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... Buying the rails

The city and county governments recently held a joint session to discuss, among other things, the purchase of railroad right away and lines from Norfolk Southern.

April 29, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... The better choice

The Newton County Recreation Commission and the Covington Rotary Club have taken on a massive project - the building of a new sports complex in the county. The complex will contain the "Miracle Field," which is a baseball diamond built specifically to handle the needs of our handicapped children who live in the county.

April 29, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts...

That's what we thought

April 25, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... Dangerous beauty

We always extol the natural beauty of our communities; we encourage our readers to get out and enjoy that beauty.

April 24, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... A great conductor

T.K. Adams is a special man. For the past 50 years he has spent his life making other people, both young and old, better because they have had the opportunity to be touched by his kindness and dedication.

April 24, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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