"Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt."
"I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles."
One of the highlights of every spring in Covington is to hear the sound of music on the square at noon every Thursday in May.
It was announced last week that Newton County's unemployment rate for March had dropped to 9.4 percent, the lowest it has been since the economic downturn started in 2008.
Andrea Smith, owner of Square Perk Cafe, had an idea, as many of us do from time to time. However, she did something different - she acted on it.
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."
Unfortunately, in today's society, more attention is paid to the bad that our young people do than the good.
The folks who live in Mansfield received a real shock Friday as an unexpected smack from Mother Nature rolled through a portion of their small town. For more details, you can go to CovNews.com to see pictures and a video of the storm.
At its annual retreat, city officials talked about turning the American Legion Field located behind the YMCA into a place that could be used for entertainment and other social events that would benefit local citizens.
Last week, Dr. Gary Mathews, superintendent of schools for Newton County, reopened the search for a new principal for Alcovy High School.
The BOE of Newton County soon will have a tough choice to make as they vote to hire a new superintendent to replace Dr. Gary Mathews.
If you have not had a chance to catch the BOC show which appears bi-weekly on the CovNews.com website, you are missing a chance to see your government in action.
This past week, local company Triple Horse announced it was planning a 38 million dollar expansion here in Newton County.
"Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve."
Hunter Hall, president of the Covington/Newton Chamber of Commerce, announced this past week that current vice president for economic development Roger Harrison is leaving his position.
Debates over gun control never cease to stir up emotions on both sides of the issue, but the talk in 2013 seems to be among the most vehement in recent memory.
"We have met the enemy and he is us." - Pogo comic strip We here at The News aren't Pollyannas, yet we keep hoping that every day, normal Americans will get fed up with the screwed up world around them and step up and take control of their communities. Whether it's the vociferous national debate over more intense gun control measures or our own nasty debate locally about safety and discipline at Alcovy High School, ...
One of the real gems that we have in our community is the Covington Y, formerly known as the YMCA.
On the November ballot, there was a non-binding question for the voters of Georgia. It was simple; it asked if the voters wanted the legislature to vote a cap on gifts received in the performance of their duties.
The first political blood of 2013 was spilled Thursday night at the year's first meeting of the Newton County Board of Commissioners. Denny Dobbs, a longtime member of the Joint Development Authority, was replaced on that board by Mort Ewing, who served for 12 years as District 1 commissioner and also spent much of that time on the JDA as well.
The city of Covington recently paid for a consulting group to come in and study ways that Main Street Covington could become an even greater asset to the economic growth of downtown. The consultants, NewTown Partners, represented by Christopher Jones made their presentation this week to the city council; you can read the highlights by finding the story "New plan for downtown Covington?" on CovNews.com.
A true tragedy occurred in neighboring Rockdale County this week when four children's lives were snuffed out in a devastating house fire. In the midst of the mourning, we urge people to use this reminder to ensure they're being safe with their home and family.
Even though many stores had their Valentine's Day wares out the day after Christmas, the real sign of a new year is seeing the smiling, green-clothed smiles of the young and exuberant young ladies of our community out in force in front of grocery stores and other major shopping outlets hawking our favorite sweet treat - Girl Scout cookies.
As the New Year begins, we would like to offer you a few words of advice that might save you some money and a lot of headache.
While we're confident many of you fit under the $400,000 income threshold, above which earners will be taxed higher than in years past, your take-home pay is shrinking nonetheless.
Prayer is not getting man's will done in heaven, but getting God's will done on earth. It is not overcoming God's reluctance but laying hold of God's willingness.
In the midst of everything else Congress had to worry about this week, the senate tried its best to jam a $60.4 million relief package for the victims of Hurricane Sandy, which devastated the coast of the Northeast, down the throats of American taxpayers. Anyone with even a shred of decency is concerned about the victims of Hurricane Sandy and would likely be willing to help out in any way possible, including the use of the tax dollars.
Every man should be born again on the first day of January. Start with a fresh page. Take up one hole more in the buckle if necessary, or let down one, according to circumstances; but on the first of January, let every man gird himself once more, with his face to the front, and take no interest in the things that were and are past.
Last week, it was announced that Deputy Superintendent for Operations for the Newton County School System, Dennis Carpenter, had accepted a job as Superintendent of the Hickman Mills C-1 School district located in Kansas City, Mo.
We are fortunate here in our community to have active civic clubs that are still willing to work and contribute their money and time for the betterment of the community.