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Our thoughts: There should be no end to the gratitude

On Wednesday, Covington, Newton County and the country honored the men and women who have defended us. There were celebrations of remembrance, local establishments giving ...

November 15, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our Thoughts: It’s a new day

Each new day holds opportunity.

November 01, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our Thoughts: Now what?

Members of the Newton County commission surprised everyone with last Tuesday's vote to suspend action on the Bear Creek reservoir and focus instead on ...

October 25, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our Thoughts: Don’t post, tweet or yik-yak wolf

Walking through the children's books section at the local big-box store there are a ton of cute stories for modern children with dinosaurs, witches ...

October 18, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our thoughts: Freedom of speech and transparency

A proposed motion during the recent Board of Commissioners meeting would have stifled citizens from speaking about certain topics at the public meeting, but that ...

October 10, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our thoughts: Verge of growth

In a letter in The Covington News a week ago Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnston laid out some of the prospective industrial growth coming to Newton ...

October 03, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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Archive By Section - Our Thoughts

What a world

It's amazing to us that city of Los Angeles, which has a budget shortfall of $5 billion, is going to spend a minimum of $2.5 million to facilitate the extravagant funeral of a man who did nothing but waste money on himself.

It certainly is a an amazing world in which we live.

July 08, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Taking a DARE

The D.A.R.E. program, which was established in 1983, has been successful in helping communities across the nation educate young people on the dangers of drugs and alcohol.

Because of tight budgets across the country, the program has been cut in a great deal of communities and also has lost its effectiveness.

July 08, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Phone Perdue please

Judge Sammy Ozburn has made the final cut and is on the governor's short list for the vacant Georgia Supreme Court post. We suggest that if you agree with us in thinking Judge Ozburn will make an excellent justice, then you should drop the governor a line in the next two weeks and tell him your thoughts about our judge.

The governor can be reached at

July 08, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Citizen of the year

Tom Turner moved to Oxford nine years ago in order to get away from the snowy winter of New York.

He must have saved a lot of energy not having to shovel that snow because he has put it to good use in his adopted city of Oxford.

July 08, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

It takes a village

Heaps of praise goes to the little cities of Porterdale and Social Circle for the first class fireworks displays that both communities hosted last Saturday.

It shows that these types of celebrations can be held with the cooperation of local business and local donors.

July 08, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

New civic leaders

We are fortunate to have a large group of non-profit and civic groups here in Newton County and in Social Circle.

July 05, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Dangerous teens

We don't know what's going on here; it seems like every day we are publishing stories of our younger people killing each other, being arrested for drug abuse and carelessly leaving children in hot parked cars.

There are reports coming in that teenagers are roaming around quiet scenic roads in our county, in broad daylight, throwing full jars of mustard and ketchup into unsuspecting passing cars.

July 05, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

We need news other than MJ

Last week pop icon Michael Jackson died. A possible cause of his untimely death has been linked to an alleged misuse of pain killers.

July 03, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Declaration of hope

Tomorrow, as a community and with our nation, we celebrate the 233rd year since the signing of the Declaration of Independence from England. In honor of that day and for the courage undertaken by 40 brave men, on page 4A we are running a copy of this great masterpiece.

July 03, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

How precious our blessings

 "My God! How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy!"

July 01, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Good Samaritan, bad dad

Last week in this space we editorialized about the dangers of leaving children in locked cars, especially in the middle of the Georgia summer.

In Friday's paper there was a story of another incident of this kind in our own community.

June 28, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Celebrating the USA's birth

Next Saturday we celebrate our nation's biggest holiday; it will be marked by celebrations across the land.

In next Wednesday's paper and at, we will tell you where all of the municipal celebrations will be held in Newton County and Social Circle.

June 28, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Amen and thank you

In Wednesday's paper we published a front page picture and story about the life of Mary Frances Hays Wofford, who turned 100 years old in April. If you missed it you can see it on

Reading the story of her life was like taking a step backward into history.

June 26, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Ms. Mary Jo will be missed

As we celebrate the 100 year birthday of Mary Frances Hays Wofford, we celebrate the life spirit of Mary Jo Dally Whitley, who died this past week at the age of 86.

Ms. Mary Jo was born to the Dally family - a family rich in the heritage of Jersey, Social Circle and Walton County.

June 26, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Warm weather reminders

Now that we are in the throes of our sweltering Georgia summer, we offer these reminders for safety.

Last week a mother of twins was arrested for leaving her 4-month-old child locked in her car while she went in to shop at a local discount store.

June 24, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

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