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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


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


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Archive By Section - 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


Our Thoughts... Hoop dreams

If you have some extra time on your hands, may we suggest that you consider working with some of the children in our community?

December 03, 2008 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


A dream is a wish your heart makes

Years ago Billie and Louis Van Dyke had a dream and they opened the Blue Willow Inn, and with a little help from the late Lewis Grizzard and the best home-style cooking you will find anywhere the restaurant became a success. The inn had more than 200,000 visitors last year alone. Many who also spent money in Social Circle and Newton County.

December 03, 2008 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts...Seamless interaction

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.

December 01, 2008 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts...Enter the FanZone

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.

December 01, 2008 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts...OOPs

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.

December 01, 2008 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts...Protecting our heritage

 The Newton County Board of Commissioners created a new historic preservation commission last week. We support this decision wholeheartedly.

November 29, 2008 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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