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Our thoughts: Be fair and impartial

There was an unfortunate incident in our community last week where a man for reasons unknown at this time was seen in a quiet community wielding a sword of some type, harassing passing cars and trash cans.

July 26, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on recent local news items

The Covington City Council voted this past week to add a code officer to its staff. The city currently has only one officer.

July 24, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on 2050: Make changes now

It's time for a change on the 2050 Plan - both to the document itself and officials' approach in presenting it to the public.

July 22, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on community hospital

One of the cornerstones of pride in the Newton County community is that we have our own hospital; and throughout its existence the taxpayers have supported its development.

July 19, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on voting

We realize that voting Tuesday, four full days away, is the farthest thing from your mind right now. But you need to make it first in your mind.

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Locals speak out at 2050 hearing

The first public hearing for the 2050 Plan was held Monday night, giving the public an opportunity to let themselves be heard.

July 15, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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


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Archive By Section - Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... Community spirit

The spirit of the people who settled in this area and over the years contributed to the growth of Newton County never ceases to amaze us.

March 06, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Doubletalker with a heart of gold

 Durwood Fincher is one of the few people who actually loves telemarketing calls. One of his friends asked if his telephone number was on the "do not call" list.

March 06, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Our Thoughts


Good neighbors

 One of my favorite British comedies is "Good Neighbors." The basic story line concerns a couple where the husband had resigned his job so they could live the "simple" life in a suburban area. He had no experience with livestock, gardening, etc., so you can imagine the situations. Their next door

March 06, 2009 | Patrick Durusau | Our Thoughts


Keeping the arts alive

 We think that a dedication to the arts is a dynamic plus for a community like ours; supporting programs that support the arts is essential to keeping our culture alive and vibrant for future generations of the families of Newton County.

March 04, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | Our Thoughts


Survival of the fittest

 When we are invited to speak at different community forums, one of the questions always asked is "will our paper survive?"

March 04, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Right to privacy

If you were around during the Vietnam era you will remember the daily depiction of flag-draped coffins returning from that country to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.

It became a regular occurrence to see anti-war activists prey on these images, which should have been those of honor, and vilified these brave soldiers who had given their lives serving their country.

March 01, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Excellent leadership

Throughout Black History Month we have been proud to feature African-American leaders of our community, who by their actions and perseverance, have made our community a great place to live.

Friday we were honored to print the story and philosophy of Ezell Brown, our newly elected sheriff.

March 01, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... Paradoxical speech

"Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established, should not be changed for light and transient causes; and, accordingly, all experience [has] shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But, when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce [the people] under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security." -Thomas Jefferson: Declaration of Independence, 1776. ME ...

February 27, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... People first

Newton County employees breathed a sigh of relief as the Newton County Board of Commissioners voted not to cut manpower or hours at a special called meeting Wednesday.

February 27, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... Scam

In Sunday's paper there was a story about a Midwest company sending letters into our area, telling folks that they can get certified deeds to their property for only $59.60.

February 25, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... Proud of our judges

We are fortunate here in Newton County to have talented, caring and family-oriented people as our legal caretakers.

February 25, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... Gift of trees

"It is well that you should celebrate your Arbor Day thoughtfully, for within your lifetime the nation's need of trees will become serious. We of an older generation can get along with what we have, though with growing hardship; but in your full manhood and womanhood you will want what nature once so bountifully supplied and man so thoughtlessly destroyed; and because of that want you will reproach us, not for what we have used, but for what we have wasted." - Theodore Roosevelt, 1907 Arbor Day Message

February 22, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... Seconded motion

Dear Governor Perdue,

February 22, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Victims of the free market

Shirley Almer, an elderly Minnesota woman, had managed to live through lung cancer and a brain tumor before she died on Dec. 21. Cause of death: salmonella poisoning linked to food products from a Peanut Corporation of America plant in Blakely, Ga.

February 22, 2009 | By Tom Crawford | Our Thoughts


One down, 47 to go

I was a sophomore at what was then tiny Georgia Southern College down in Statesboro when a band known as The Who released a record, which still rocks today as the theme song for the popular "CSI" television series.

February 22, 2009 | Nat Harwell | Our Thoughts


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