Christmas is probably the last thing on your mind right now, so we would like to get you in the holiday spirit by talking about the Covington Rotary's Christmas Stocking Drive, which has been the joy of many Newton County families for more than 50 years.
In Sunday's paper, in a story that is now on CovNews.com, we reported on another scam in our area. Desperate times bring out the scum of the earth in force. Make no mistake - people who try to take advantage of other people in hard times are the worst of the worst.
"A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts." - Washington Irving
Today is Mothers Day. If by chance you forgot, there is still a chance for you to go get a card or just give her a big hug.
After a bitter fight, the Georgia General Assembly did the right thing and passed a bill that orders the Department of Revenue to report the public lawmakers who do not pay their taxes. The governor has now signed this bill into law.
Speaking of young minds, last year Newton Mentoring started a program to place trained adult mentors with children in the community to provide support, tutoring and counseling and also to exemplify a constructive role model.
We are more than pleased that more than 30 folks volunteered for this program. This past week their efforts were honored with a reception at the Newton County Schools' administration building.
Thanks to Mayor Kim Carter's tie breaking vote, the Covington City Council approved the special use permit for the proposed Peachtree Academy to be located in the McGuirts Bridge Road area of the city.
The main issue seems to be possible traffic increases for the area. One resident said before school and during afternoon dismissal that his driveway would be blocked.
We would like to congratulate the faculty and student body of Newton High School for raising nearly $9,000 for Newton County's annual Relay for Life. We would also like to applaud Newton English teacher George Miles for running to inspire students and teachers to give.
We believe, with every breath we take, in the sanctity of the First Amendment of our country's Constitution. That amendment guarantees every citizen of this country the right to free speech; we feel that same right applies to teachers and students as well.
The Newton County School System's administration has instituted a policy that absolutely denies the right of its teachers, administrators and students to talk to the press unless it is cleared by one public relations official.
There was a time in the good old days when at this time of the year if you were a senior in high school, then it was your turn to be part of a traditional prank. You did this knowing full well there would be penalties and that you would have to deal face-to-face with your parents and your principal, which in itself was usually punishment enough.
The pranks that were performed in those good old days, like food fights, hooking school to go to the beach or breaking school dress codes, did not harm anyone.