For the commissioners of Newton County there are not simple solutions or easy decisions to be made on the 2010 budget. Monday night's four-and-a half-hour meeting clearly showed all those in attendance that the days of milk and honey are long behind us, and now we must work hard in order to overcome the current financial crisis that we are all enduring.
Cutting county personnel and services or raising taxes were the two main points dividing our board of elected commissioners on their path to reach a budgetary equilibrium. So if not tax, what other revenue streams can be ...
Perhaps we had Gov. Sonny Perdue all wrong. When we said Perdue was a do-nothing governor, maybe he wasn't really doing nothing. He was just waiting for something to happen - something big and awful so he could really show his stuff.
In Friday's edition we published articles about two extraordinary women in our community - Shirley Smith and Martha Taylor.
Smith serves as the CEO of Repairers of the Breach which helps severely economically disadvantaged families get back on their feet by providing them with food, clothing and shelter. The nonprofit operates a thrift store on Washington Street to help offset the costs of their good work, especially during the winter holidays when they allow certain applicants to shop for gifts free of charge.
We are more than relieved to know that an 87-year-old family business - Ginn Motors, which has been an anchor of our community, has survived the closings that were instituted by Chrysler and General Motors.
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.