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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


Our thoughts on voting

We realize that voting Tuesday, four full days away, is the farthest thing from your mind right now. But you need to make it first in your mind.

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Locals speak out at 2050 hearing

The first public hearing for the 2050 Plan was held Monday night, giving the public an opportunity to let themselves be heard.

July 15, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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


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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


Revisionist historians, source documents

One of the great dangers faced by contemporary historical researchers is that documents considered as absolutely trust-worthy may actually contain errors, or be criminally fraudulent.

February 08, 2009 | Nat Harwell | Our Thoughts


A day for couples

"So, Valentine's Day is coming up," I reminded my husband. "Have you given any thought to making plans?"

February 08, 2009 | Kari Apted | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... Community first

 The saga of redecorating the elected official's office/city of Covington meeting room has finally come to an end, we think.

February 06, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... A wise decision

Our editorial page is designed to spark public debate on issues facing our community. Any comments we make, for or against an issue facing our community, is just our opinion and no more. We extend you the invitation to respond on this same page, without comment from us.

February 06, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Here's looking at you, kid

If you like theater and you have not paid a visit to the Social Circle Theater to catch a play, a local entertainer's performance, or performances by the children in the community, then you have missed a real treat.

Recently, Social Circle Theater students participated in the 2009 Junior Theater Festival. The festival hosted more than 1,400 students this year. Social Circle was represented by a group of 19 young actors ages 8 to 16.

February 03, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Crooks and change

If you or a family member has ever not had enough money to pay your taxes and had to work out a payment plan, or received a letter from the IRS informing you that your taxes weren't figured correctly and you owed the government money - know there is no easy way to negotiate with the IRS.

No matter what plan you work out, you are going to pay a healthy penalty and a high rate of interest to pay this debt off. If you don't make your payments, the IRS has a division that is a kin to ...

February 03, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts...Have fun, be safe

 Super Bowl Sunday has become an American holiday. They should probably go ahead and add it to calendars so people can plan parties months prior to the event.

January 31, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts...Pull together

 The front page of our paper Friday screamed out bad news - unemployment in Newton County has reached 10.4 percent. This puts our county at No. 1 in unemployment in the extended metro area. The state of Georgia is currently reporting an average unemployment rate of 7.8 percent.

January 31, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts...Good work NCSO

 Last Friday a burglary crime spree occurred locally that you usually only see in the movies. The folks who live in the River Walk Farms subdivision, a quiet Newton County community of rolling meadows and beautiful homes, had settled in for what they thought would be a peaceful weekend.

January 29, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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