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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


Support a good cause

The Washington Street Community Center is a busy place that is the heart and soul and pride of the communities surrounding the Washington Street corridor.

May 31, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Retiring a great

Newton county is about to lose one of its finest public officials.

May 31, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: Lack of Leadership

This week the president, the commander in chief of our military, addressed the graduating class at West Point.

May 29, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Safety

It's time for our annual reminder on safety and the safety of our children.

May 27, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on Memorial Day

"The United States and the freedom, for which it stands, the freedom for which they died, must endure and prosper. Their lives remind us that freedom is not bought cheaply. It has a cost; it imposes a burden. And just as they whom we commemorate were willing to sacrifice, so too must we - in a less final, less heroic way - be willing to give of ourselves."

May 24, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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Archive By Section - Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... College collapse

Sunday we broke a story that should have sent shockwaves not only here, but across the state.

January 27, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Eternally grateful for pigs’ sacrifice

 I read an article not long ago about police in St., Petersburg, Florida, using a pig to sniff out drugs and other contraband.

January 27, 2009 | Lewis Grizzard | Our Thoughts


The inauguration, budget proposals

 The General Assembly was in recess this past week as some legislators traveled to Washington for the inauguration of our new president and then from Wednesday to Friday as many of us attended the annual state budget hearings.

January 27, 2009 | By Sen. John Douglas | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts...Power mongers

At Tuesday night's Board of Commissioners meeting, three members of the board voted to put in place a partial spending freeze and a hiring freeze.

January 24, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts...Excellent chairperson choice

This is not going to be the best of years for the Newton County School System.

January 24, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Porterdale paradox

By now, we should not be surprised by the goings on at Porterdale City Council meetings. At Jan. 13's work session City Manager Tom Fox warned the council about future budget shortfalls if more expenses were not cut or if revenue did not increase. He further pointed out to the council that the 2010 shortfall was the equivalent of the salaries of five full-time employees.

After all of that doom and gloom, plus much more, the council told Fox to put merit raises for eight city employees on the consent agenda for the February meeting.

January 20, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... In his own words

In our opinion one of the greatest Southern humorists of all time was Lewis Grizzard.

He loved Georgia and especially the University of Georgia. In his short life - he was only 48 when he died of heart complications ­ he authored 25 books, thousands of columns and was the sports editor of the Atlanta journal by age 23.

January 20, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts...A new beginning

This is a week of excitement, of change, of new beginnings. We celebrate the peaceful exchange of power. We place the hopes of our future and our children's future on the shoulders of an untried new leader, but a leader who is filled with enthusiasm and optimism.

January 17, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts...King's legacy

 We celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. this week. Dr. King was a great, but not a perfect, man.

January 17, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts...Historical, hysterical

 Four years ago there was a major outcry from liberal newspaper and television stations in this country that the Bush administration was spending $42 million on his inauguration. This year's inauguration is estimated to cost close to $150 million.

January 17, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Operation Patriot’s Call

 Many of our husbands, fathers, sons and brothers in the military will soon ship out for training for Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

January 15, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Do-nothing

In our Wednesday edition we had a thorough story on what our local state representatives' plans were for this upcoming session.

January 15, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Support in tough times

We are sad to see the Goody's store here in Covington close. It has been a mainstay of local shopping for years.

Not only is this a loss for local consumers, but also it is a major loss of tax revenue for local government.

January 13, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Impressive leader

We had the opportunity to visit with Dr. Roderick Sams the principal of Newton High School this week. For those of you who have not had an opportunity to meet Dr. Sams we encourage you to do so.

We continue to think he is a breath of fresh air in the education system and will be the change agent that Newton High needs. We also took a tour of the school and it was refreshing to see a clean environment and happy smiling faces of students, who showed respect and discipline.

January 13, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Honored in our community

In addition to celebrating the peaceful transition of our presidency and celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. this past week, our community took the time to honor some of our outstanding residents.

First, Doug Bolton and the Rev. Willie J. Smith were honored with the prestigious "I Have a Dream Award."

January 12, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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