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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

Our Thoughts: Take a stand

The Army Corps of Engineers recently withdrew Newton County's 404 Permit for building the Bear Creek Supply Reservoir, adding more time and more money ...

September 27, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our Thoughts: Rainy day funds

The Covington branch of the Newton County Library System found itself in need after its 17-year-old HVAC system shut down.

September 20, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our Thoughts: Education for the future

When we ask a new face around town what they do, the response "I work at Baxalta" is getting more and more common.

September 13, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our Thoughts: Reaping the benefits of filming in Newton County

"A Coat of Many Colors" has transformed several downtown Covington businesses, taken over Gaither Plantation and brought some detours to the Covington Square; "The Vampire ...

September 06, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our Thoughts: Newton's citizens committees

Being an elected official is a thankless job. We are promised the moon every election season, and rarely ever see its full glow throughout the ...

August 30, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Accountability, transparency and leadership

Newton County officials, do you remember the citizens' outrage at a raise in taxes due to an increase in the county's budget?

August 23, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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Archive By Section - 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

Honoring heroes

The Covington Rotary does a lot of positive things for our community.

One of those positive things is naming the club's pick for Public Safety Employee of the Year; this year there were some very worthy nominees.

June 24, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

A sizzling summer

Goodness, it's hot. Our wet, cool spring saved us a bunch on air-conditioning bills and broke the drought that held Georgia in such a stranglehold for the last several years. But, traditional Georgia summertime heat and humidity have arrived, and it's pretty close to miserable.

June 21, 2009 | Nat Harwell | Our Thoughts

Our Thoughts... Good news from the library

We were extremely pleased to hear that the Newton County Library will be re-opened on Saturdays starting July 11.

June 21, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our Thoughts... Happy Father's Day

"4 years: My Daddy can do anything!

June 21, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our Thoughts... Administration changes

High schools are like miniature cities; the principals of high schools have duties not much unlike the mayor of a large city.

June 21, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Path to bipartisanship

There is a decided lack of bipartisanship in Washington. Perhaps it would be easier to agree on what should be done rather than the reasons for doing it. Everyone is then free to invent whatever explanations will excite their "base" supporters.

June 19, 2009 | Patrick Durusau | Our Thoughts

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