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Continue to shop local

In last Sunday's paper our publisher wrote a column on the positive effects of the county's 2050 plan.

March 18, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Governed by rules, not men

I argue that the best rules to govern our lives are those that we'd be satisfied with if our very worst enemy were in charge of decision making. The foundation for such rules was laid out by my mother. Let's look at her wise lessons.

March 18, 2014 | Walter Williams | Our Thoughts


Telling it straight

Last Wednesday, as we were reading our home-delivered local newspaper, we were shocked to find out county officials were moving forward with a plan to pay up to $20,000 of taxpayer money to hire a firm to write press releases and handle social media.

March 15, 2014 | Covington News Editorial Board | Our Thoughts


Oxford's 175th anniversary

Oxford's 175th anniversary

March 13, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


'Hollywood of the South'

The Covington–Newton Chamber of Commerce has done much to promote the image of Covington as the new "Hollywood of the South."

March 11, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Meet the candidates

In today's paper – and on our website since Friday – is the full list of folks who have qualified to run for local, state and federal political seats for 2014, representing Newton County.

March 08, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Pierce Cline Garden

On Wednesday, the weather was supposed to be gray with a threat of sleet. Instead, the sun shone through and the sky was a beautiful blue, with plenty of wispy white clouds speeding by.

March 06, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Medical? Sure, but not recreational

Medical marijuana, or cannabis, is a hot topic in the state right now, as the Georgia General Assembly is on the path to green lighting limited medical testing.

March 04, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Good news

Good news

March 01, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


A vocal minority

We have been up on our high horse recently, preaching about how the "vocal minority" is controlling our country. A story we saw on the TV news yesterday just added fuel to that fire.

February 27, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


A well-deserved honor

Tonight the Newton County Historical Committee on Black Heritage will honor a gracious Covington lady, Janet Goodman, who has devoted her life to serving her community.

February 27, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Quick promotion

It was just last month that we wrote an editorial wishing Dave Bernd good luck in his new position as the chamber's retail recruiter.

February 25, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Sheriff's Department honors

The Newton County Sheriff's Office held its annual awards ceremony last week.

February 25, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


BOC to decide

It looks like the BOC is going to sit down and decide soon if we are going to operate under a county manager form of government, or if we'll have a government run by the chairman of the BOC.

February 22, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Good news

The announcement that a major department store, Ross, is planning to open up shop in Covington gives great hope to a community that has been suffering through a major economic slump for the past five years.

February 22, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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Fantastic news

Not long ago, we were more than disappointed to read that an Atlanta builder was pulling up stakes here and heading back to Atlanta. He said that because of low appraisals, he could not build the type of home he needed to build to make a profit in Newton County. He said he would look our way again in two years.

December 03, 2013 | Covington News Editorial Board | Our Thoughts


Paving praise

Two years ago, a majority vote by the Newton County Board of Commissioners stripped then-Chairwoman Kathy Morgan of most of her powers and created a county manager form of government.

November 30, 2013 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Saluting Porterdale

The little town of Porterdale seems to be in the bull's-eye scope of Hollywood producers.

November 28, 2013 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Why our nation celebrates Thanksgiving

When we saw this Thanksgiving message, we knew we wanted to share it with our readers. The perspectives offered truly explain the meaning of this most American of holidays.

November 26, 2013 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Happy Thanksgiving

The fun part of the year is upon us; this week we celebrate Thanksgiving.

November 23, 2013 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


In remembrance

King Arthur: "Don't let it be forgot / That once there was a spot / For one brief shining moment / That was known as Camelot.''

November 21, 2013 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Thanks

Every year about this time, you can count on one of our major industries to ensure that a real Thanksgiving is enjoyed by many community nonprofits.

November 19, 2013 | Covington News Editorial Board | Our Thoughts


Pay ‘adjustment’

We were more than surprised to learn last week that all Newton County School System employees will receive in January what amounts to a one-time bonus of 1 percent of their salaries. The district called it a "pay adjustment.''

November 16, 2013 | By Editorial Board news@covnews.com | Our Thoughts


Sound business moves

We applaud the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce's decision to bring in a professional Main Street consultant to talk with local business owners and to advise the chamber on how to make our Main Street program more effective.

November 16, 2013 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Say a prayer

"Anyway, no drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we're looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn't test people for drugs; we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power."

November 14, 2013 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


The square

We are more than fortunate to have a town square that, even in the toughest of times, has been the centerpiece of everyday life in the Newton County/Covington communities.

November 12, 2013 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Veterans Day

"Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die."

November 09, 2013 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Don’t tolerate it

We were more than disappointed to read about the fights earlier this week at the new Newton High School.

November 07, 2013 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Facilities long overdue

For the past few years, the chamber and city officials have invested heavily in the growth of tourism in Covington, using the downtown square as a centerpiece of that investment.

November 07, 2013 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Mess in Mansfield

When Estona Middlebrooks was elected mayor of Mansfield, we took it as a signal that the good folks of the community were going to be represented by a young, vibrant new leader who would help the town move into a new age.

November 05, 2013 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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