We are more than fortunate to have a town square that, even in the toughest of times, has been the centerpiece of everyday life in the Newton County/Covington communities.
"Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die."
We were more than disappointed to read about the fights earlier this week at the new Newton High School.
For the past few years, the chamber and city officials have invested heavily in the growth of tourism in Covington, using the downtown square as a centerpiece of that investment.
When Estona Middlebrooks was elected mayor of Mansfield, we took it as a signal that the good folks of the community were going to be represented by a young, vibrant new leader who would help the town move into a new age.
One of the nicest parks in the area is Chimney Park, located adjacent to the county health building and behind the public library in Covington.
On Thursday night, Halloween night, the Covington square was filled with strange ghosts and goblins. They all seemed to be in miniature.
When the idea of building a Miracle League Field and playground was raised, especially at the beginning of the "great recession," it seemed, to be frank, like so much folly.
On Nov. 9, members of the American Legion Auxiliary will be handing out red paper poppies at the Kroger grocery story on U.S. 278 and at the Walmart on Industrial Boulevard.
In a recent report by the Chamber of Commerce to a group of business people, Hunter Hall, president of the local chamber, said that a well-trained workforce is needed to attract top-flight businesses to Newton County. We couldn't agree more.
We have a problem with the government spying on U.S. citizens, something our government has recently been accused of doing.
"If you're an underdog, mentally disabled, physically disabled, if you don't fit in, if you're not as pretty as the others, you can still be a hero."
Last week, Chamber President Hunter Hall appeared before Covington City Council to present a plan to enhance the promotion of tourism here.
We were glad to report this week that the Berry Family Farm, which has been in continuous operation off Almon Road in Newton County since 1894, recently received the coveted Centennial Family Farm Award presented by the Georgia DNR – Historic Preservation Division.
Many of you may remember that back in the late '60s and '70s many of our major rivers were nothing more than polluted cesspools. The Potomac River, which runs through our nation's capital, was a major example of this neglect.
We hear every day via the major news networks that the shutdown of the government is causing major harm to our country, especially to the poor federal government employees who have been laid off for the time being.
Anytime we lose a leader who learned in the good old days how to be a leader and who devoted considerable time and effort to making our community a better place for all of us, it is a major loss.
As a rule, Americans are giving and caring people. That's why we have safety nets such as unemployment benefits, food stamps and food banks, and social welfare programs and disability programs. It's also why it is always discouraging when we read about or hear about people who receive benefits unfairly, simply because they know how to game the system. Last Sunday night on ...
Porterdale is a small community, but it has a big heart. It wasn't that long ago that Porterdale, because of the antics of some of its elected officials, was the laughingstock of the county. The good people of Porterdale finally became tired of such foolishness, however, and elected a progressive City Council that, of late, has represented them with pride and dignity. And if you drive through Porterdale today, you can't help but notice a ...
"Then we'll figure out what to do about the depression and the inflation and the oil crisis. But first, get up out of your chairs, open the window, stick your head out, and yell, and say it: 'I'M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!'''
The Atlanta Zoo announced this week that it's asking the public to suggest names for its cute new panda twins.
Something about which we have always been puzzled is how police in DeKalb County choose who gets a ticket as cars whiz around the I-285 expressway.
"Property has its duties as well as its rights." -- –Thomas Drummond Last week, we saw an example of the law working: Municipal Judge Steven Hathorn finally had enough of Jack L. Moser Sr.'s defiance and refusal to keep up his property. For years, Moser, who owns the property and a former home at 6110 Sorrels St. in Covington, had defied court order after court order to improve the condition of his home and property. ...
This past week 2013 SAT scores were released and Newton County's scores decreased from last years' 2012 results in all subjects, which included Critical Reading, Math and Writing.
Cancer in itself is still a dangerous and scary scourge on mankind.
We are proud today to salute the teachers, students and parents of Middle Ridge Elementary School here in Newton County.
It's important to make a good impression on business leaders who visit our community to determine if they will make Covington and/or Newton County their businesses' home.
Congratulations go to the three teachers who are finalists for 2014 Teacher of the Year in the Newton County School System.
The Covington police are warning folks to lock their cars. Thieves have been especially active in our area.
One disturbing trend we have seen and heard about recently is the willingness of some employees, who might be in danger of losing their jobs due to poor performance, to almost dare their employers to dismiss them so they, the employees, can receive unemployment benefits and food stamps free and clear.