Courage is inner power to make you fight for your very existence and trying, when you know you may lose. Courage and determination makes a fighter.
The official start of the Lenten season began this past week and we have heard many of our friends and colleagues talking about what they were going to give up for the 40 days leading up to the celebration of Christ's resurrection.
This year The Covington News is celebrating our 150th birthday.
Our elected officials must retake control of Newton County's affairs and finances and stop relying on appointed employees to make decisions and oversee their implementation.
It is really a sad sign of our times to read about the uproar about whether vaccinations should be mandatory for children or whether vaccines for certain diseases cause abnormalities like autism.
The camera crews and on-air personality from Atlanta's Channel 11 were in Newton County last week for some in-your-face television journalism aimed at revealing to the world the sorry state of affairs in our local county government.
This week the Newton County Water Authority said it wants to sit down with the county and work on a solution to a problem before taking on a new venture. We believe this meeting should happen.
Last week in our editorial about the reappointment for a year of county Attorney Tommy Craig we said that none of the commissioners gave a reason for voting for Craig.
The Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce held its annual year-end banquet this past week.
The Newton County BOC held their first meeting of 2015 last week and among its agenda items was its annual appointments. One of those appointments was that of county attorney, and the reappointment was Tommy Craig.
Last week we were shocked by the violent attack on the office of a French satirical newspaper called Charlie Hebdo.
As we start the New Year we have a major dilemma facing us in in Newton County and that is the future of the Newton Medical Center.
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We think it's safe to say that for most people, 2014 was not the best of years. For those of you that it has been good for, we are pleased for you and hope 2015 is even better.
It's hard to believe that we have less than two weeks left until Christmas day … after all we been reminded that it was coming since August at many places.
Last week the Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority stepped up to the plate and hit a home run.
The way we see it there is plenty of blame to go around in regards to the Ferguson issue.
We are taking the advice of Newton football announcer Bill Dolan when he says "Ram fans get on your feet," and we urge the rest of Newton County to do the same.
Some good decisions by Newton County in the past have led to a current situation where we have a reliable water supply. The supply is such that if the theoretical doors of the county were to be shut right now, we probably would have plenty of water for the use of our children and grandchildren.
"Regard your soldiers as your children, and they will follow you into the deepest valleys. Look on them as your own beloved sons, and they will stand by you even unto death!"
"Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present or a compliment to please an individual - or at least that he ought not so to do; but that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country."
Throughout the generations, whenever there has been an election, there has been some form of dirty politics used to sway the voters mind.
Congratulations Kenneth Hanson. It's a great honor and great testament to your hard work that you were named Newton County School System's 2015 Teacher of the Year.
At Tuesday's Board of Commissioners public meeting, Commissioner John Douglas made a motion to defund The Center for Community Preservation and Planning. Thank goodness there was no second, and this ill-conceived motion died.
It seems that over the last six years, we as a country have had to endure one scandal after another; distrust in any government entity is at the highest it has been in most of our lifetimes.
Covington has a history of having some outstanding fire chiefs run its fire departments.
Dr. William Dobbs was not only a good man and a great, caring doctor, but he was also an honorable politician. It was the right thing for the City of Covington to honor the memory of this respected man, just four months after his death.
It's become common for Newton County residents to see roads blocked off with filming equipment and tents set up hosting production company personnel, or to turn on their televisions and see the Covington Historic Courthouse or other familiar homegrown sights.