It's time for a change on the 2050 Plan - both to the document itself and officials' approach in presenting it to the public.
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.
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.
The first public hearing for the 2050 Plan was held Monday night, giving the public an opportunity to let themselves be heard.
Here's some of what we have heard from concerned citizens over the last two weeks:
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.
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.
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.
Our community is planning to celebrate the Fourth of July in a grand way today.
"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."
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.
On Wednesday, Newton County's new OpenSky Radio Network officially opened. The who's who of Newton County law enforcement and public safety officials were in attendance.
State Homeland Security Director Charlie English praised the county's state-of-the-art-operation, which allows every law enforcement and safety organization in the county seamlessly and instantly to communicate with each other instantly.
If you've already stumbled across our new sports Web site, you might have initially thought you accidentally clicked on a site for professional sports. You didn't.
For the past couple of months our Web and sports staff have worked diligently to prepare a comprehensive and interactive resource for athletes and fans of Newton County's prep sports.
In our editorial saying thanks and hello to our local politicians we left out two outstanding officials.
Bob Wheeler chose not to run after serving 20 plus years as the coroner of Newton County. He performed his duties with professionalism. He will be missed.
The Newton County Board of Commissioners created a new historic preservation commission last week. We support this decision wholeheartedly.
This past year has been a year that most of us would like to forget.
The Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration committee is seeking honorees for the "I have a Dream "award. There should be plenty of deserving nominees this year.
We will be printing a special keepsake holiday section on December 14.
Anytime there is a tragic death there is a shock and feeling of disbelief that settles in. These feelings are particularly felt when a child is involved.
Congratulations to the Eastside football team for bringing home the region 8 AAA championship. We know Coach Hurst and his assistants have worked hard to develop a team of both character and ability.
I've had some great memories in my life. I played golf with Arnold Palmer, I heard Willie Nelson sing "Precious Memories" in the back yard of the Carter White House. I once took the "Take It Off, Take it All Off" Noxzema shaving cream girl to dinner.
With very few exceptions we think anyone who chooses to run for public office is a fantastic public servant, who by running for a position in government shows a special concern for their community.
One of the cornerstones of a free society is a good education system. What makes a good education system is good teachers.
"However horrible the incidents of war may be, the soldier who is called upon to offer and to give his life for his country is the noblest development of mankind." - Douglas MacArthur, 1880 - 1964.
The Covington Rotary Club will be taking applications next week Nov. 10 through Nov. 14 at the Salvation Army, located at 5193 Washington Street, for their annual Christmas Stocking Fund.