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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


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


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Archive By Section - Our Thoughts


Thank you for responding

As we have stated in the past, we are fortunate to have a well run library here in Newton County. We are fortunate, also, to have a very talented executive to run that library.

We recognize the fact that the library, like the other agencies in our county, has had to tighten its belt to meet budget deficits. One of the cost-cutting measures proposed by Greg Heid, the director of the Newton County Library, was to close on Saturday.

April 10, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Run or walk for the YMCA

The YMCA, which was founded in England in 1844 by a group of evangelicals who wanted to assist the families and children suffering because of the sprawl created by the Industrial Revolution, started in this country in 1851. Since then the Y has grown into an organization that assists families from babies to grandparents.

Newton County is fortunate to have an active Y, which is located on Newton Drive in Covington. Our local Y provides programs for kids that include swimming, gymnastics, flag football, soccer and basketball. 

April 10, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Honoring a city's past

The city of Social Circle has some beautiful older buildings and homes that reflect our Southern heritage.

The city has been renovating one of these old homes, originally built in the 1840s, in order to establish a new city hall.

April 08, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Surprise announcement

We got jolted out of our malaise as we received an announcement from Chris Smith, co-owner of Newton Electric Supply, telling us that he has thrown his hat into the ring for the position of Covington city councilman.

After a brief breather from the longest national election campaign ever, we were taken aback by Mr. Smith's early announcement. For sure it's been cold enough the last few days to be election time, but the old calendar says it's Easter week.

April 08, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Good shepherds

The citizens of Newton County never cease to amaze us.

We have done editorials in the past encouraging people and groups to do what they can do during these economic time to help their neighbors.

April 05, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Slow down Mustang Sally

Until recently, driving through the quaint town of Porterdale was the equivalent of driving in the Grand Prix to some drivers.

It is fortunate no one has been killed.

April 05, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Doing necessary work

This past week we carried a story on our front page that described how a step-father took a belt to his teenage daughter; this action was and is inexcusable.

We believe that a parent has a right to discipline his or her child in a manner that works for the family, but this does not include belts and sticks or any other form of discipline that can cause bodily injury to a child.

April 03, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Pick another day

We support the county's effort to tighten its belt during this current fiscal crisis.

We appreciate the efforts of every manager and employee who has come up with cost-saving measures to help county employees keep their jobs or not have their earnings cut.

April 03, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Leading future leaders

We are more than pleased to see that teacher Sara Vinson, of the Covington Montessori School, has taken the time to teach her students the value of not only learning about the great jobs that non-profits do in our community, but also about the added value of learning how to help support them.

Mrs. Vinson's class spent time talking with Tamara Richardson, who is the director of the Newton Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta.

April 01, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Taxing those who tax us

Taxes and increased fines are highlights of last week's legislative talks in Congress as well as the Georgia General Assembly.

Tobacco users across the country will now have to offer a few more silver coins for every pack or carton they buy as federal lawmakers are increasing tobacco taxes to help fund children's healthcare initiatives across the country.

April 01, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Keeping his word, working with others

Sen. John Douglas promised last year that he would have legislation passed that would help protect school children from sexual predators.

He sponsored Senate Bill No. 14, which would prohibit anyone who is on a national or state sex offender registry from serving on local school boards.

March 30, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Unemployment still rising

Sadly Newton County's unemployment rate has jumped to 11.7 percent, up from 10.4 percent in December.

In January, the last report from the Georgia Department of Labor showed that 1,195 people had applied for unemployment benefits in the county.

March 30, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


On volunteerism

The last two administrations under Bill Clinton and George W. Bush both recognized the need for volunteerism; they both created new volunteerism bureaucracies.

We have civic groups in this country like the Kiwanis, Rotary and Lions that have been the backbone of civic volunteerism in this country and around the world for at least 100 years.

March 27, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Pure baloney, smoke in mirrors

The president made it clear in his speech Tuesday night that it was his intention in his proposed budget to end the tax breaks given to businesses and people who earn more than $250,000 a year for the contributions they make to charity.

The president, for some reason, thinks that the government can take that tax money and provide for the needs of groups like the YMCA, Boys and Girls Clubs or community food banks better. That thinking by the president is pure baloney.

March 27, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


A bad move

The Democrats in congress, including the president, have been pushing with all of their might to pass the Employee Free Choice Act, which would amend the National Labor Act of 1935 - a law that helped establish the labor movement in this country.

Democrats are pushing this legislation because they owe their elections to the giant labor unions of this country.

March 27, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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