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Our Thoughts: Tags sold, direction needed

Car tags for use of the county's trash collection convenience centers began being purchased by Newton County residents recently.

September 28, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Safe and sound

The promise of autumn coming this week seems to be bringing a certain sense of relief that our hottest days will soon be behind us ...

September 18, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: The importance of today

It is hard to imagine now the uncertainty of 15 years ago today. How everything stopped and we all watched in horror at the reality ...

September 11, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Hometown Heroes

This weekend we celebrate the contributions that workers have made towards the strength and well-being of our nation. Next weekend we look back and reflect ...

September 04, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Embrace all of Democracy

Winston Churchill once said "Democracy is the worst form of government, except all the others."

August 28, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Respect

A mosque and cemetery have been announced for Newton County, igniting a firestorm in our community this week.

August 21, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: A new season

This summer has been a difficult one for Newton County. Crime has increased, temperatures have been high and taxes were raised.

August 14, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: Information is key

This feels like a huge week for local government in our community, as well as our citizenry.

August 07, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Opportunity is knocking

After a long wait and anxious anticipation, the time has finally come. It is what many have worked very hard towards. It is long overdue ...

July 31, 2016 | Covington News Editorial Board | Our Thoughts


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Archive By Section - Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: It’s a new day

Each new day holds opportunity.

November 01, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Now what?

Members of the Newton County commission surprised everyone with last Tuesday's vote to suspend action on the Bear Creek reservoir and focus instead on other alternatives to meet future water demands.

October 25, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Don’t post, tweet or yik-yak wolf

Walking through the children's books section at the local big-box store there are a ton of cute stories for modern children with dinosaurs, witches and wizards, farm animals and other objects that are cool to generation X and millennials.

October 18, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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's not the scariest part of the freedom-of-speech-dampening motion.

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 County.

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 to a project that has been in the works for more than 15 years.

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 Diaries" has brought new notoriety to Covington; and the Covington tradition that is The Fuzz Run is utilizing the popularity of Newton County's filming industry by offering a meet and greet with Ian Somerhalder.

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 next four years. We don't get all that we were promised, or in some cases all we feel we are entitled to, so thank you, I think not.

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


A Newton County of the past or future?

The Historic Courthouse was packed Tuesday night, but not everyone was there for the same reason. The stark contrast between the two issues-a civic center and a humiliating scandal-was a reminder that our county is poised for greatness, but only if it can rid itself of its toxic political culture.

August 09, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Back to school

Newton County students had already made their way back to school before the calendar even turned to August. For those students it is a time of new beginnings, continued education, excitement and/or dread.

August 02, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Inexcusable

Once again Newton County has found itself in an embarrassing situation, and once again its leadership needs to be called into question.

July 26, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: The good, the bad and the ugly

The times are tumultuous lately and not much seems to be changing after a week full of heartbreaking, heart-wrenching and well just heart-shaped news.

July 19, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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