Those who are good at their jobs embody their work.
Judgment comes in many forms, including thinking carefully before one speaks and acts, handing down fair punishment to a person convicted of a crime, and making a sacrificial decision in the midst of a difficult situation.
David Bernd, the new retail recruiter for the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce, has hit the ground at full throttle, and we love to see the enthusiasm.
There is still mystery surrounding why former Newton High School principal Eclan David resigned from the flagship high school of our county.
We have heard some grumblings from people who didn't understand why county schools were closed Friday.
The county is working on a plan officials hope will improve its management structure and streamline reporting.
A great many of us grew up hearing that the mail must always go through: "Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night. ..."
Back in July, the Newton County Board of Commissioners voted to raise the millage/property tax rate, a move that allowed the county to collect an additional $1.16 million in property taxes.
On Sunday, we ran a very positive story on new retail plans for Newton County. If you missed it, you can read it at covnews.com.
To tell you the truth, we were taken aback by the sudden appointment of a successor to County Manager John Middleton, who recently announced that he intends to step down at the end of the year.
We really have come a long way since the days when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. brought to the forefront of the American dream the fact that all men are truly created equal.
The hope for change that swept Barack Obama into the Oval Office has resulted in actions of shame.
Everywhere Bill Loeble turns these days, he's being honored, and we're happy to join the chorus.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., had he lived, would have been 85 years old this year.
We ran a story this week, taken from a police report, alleging that a man named Qunitterius Hawk allowed a 2-year-old in his care to become intoxicated. The report also stated that after he was confronted by the child's mother, Hawk attacked her.
Many of you may remember that back in the late '60s and '70s many of our major rivers were nothing more than polluted cesspools. The Potomac River, which runs through our nation's capital, was a major example of this neglect.
"If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen."
We are fortunate in our communities to have some very good civic groups. Their members' efforts are vital to many local organizations.
There has been some controversy regarding the appointment of a new recreation director for Newton County. Some were adamant about going outside the community to search for a replacement when longtime director Tommy Hailey retired.
In 1984, under the Reagan administration and as part of the breakup of AT&T, a special program called Lifeline was established.
We are fortunate to have a major state college located here in Newton County.
There is a nonprofit in this town that just refuses to give up. The Garden of Gethsemane Homeless Shelter seems to have more lives than a cat.
We were glad to see that the city of Covington and Newton County governments have agreed to share the cost of keeping clean the main exits off Interstate 20 leading into Covington. That involves cutting grass and keeping trash picked up.
We've reached the time of year when some folks are starting their shopping for the holiday season.
We hear every day via the major news networks that the shutdown of the government is causing major harm to our country, especially to the poor federal government employees who have been laid off for the time being.
Anytime we lose a leader who learned in the good old days how to be a leader and who devoted considerable time and effort to making our community a better place for all of us, it is a major loss.
As a rule, Americans are giving and caring people.
Porterdale is a small community, but it has a big heart.
"Then we'll figure out what to do about the depression and the inflation and the oil crisis. But first, get up out of your chairs, open the window, stick your head out, and yell, and say it: 'I'M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!'''
The Atlanta Zoo announced this week that it's asking the public to suggest names for its cute new panda twins.