In last Sunday's paper our publisher wrote a column on the positive effects of the county's 2050 plan.
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.
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.
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The Covington–Newton Chamber of Commerce has done much to promote the image of Covington as the new "Hollywood of the South."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Newton County Sheriff's Office held its annual awards ceremony last week.
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.
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.
One of the nicest parks in the area is Chimney Park, located adjacent to the county health building and behind the public library in Covington.
On Thursday night, Halloween night, the Covington square was filled with strange ghosts and goblins. They all seemed to be in miniature.
When the idea of building a Miracle League Field and playground was raised, especially at the beginning of the "great recession," it seemed, to be frank, like so much folly.
On Nov. 9, members of the American Legion Auxiliary will be handing out red paper poppies at the Kroger grocery story on U.S. 278 and at the Walmart on Industrial Boulevard.
In a recent report by the Chamber of Commerce to a group of business people, Hunter Hall, president of the local chamber, said that a well-trained workforce is needed to attract top-flight businesses to Newton County. We couldn't agree more.
We have a problem with the government spying on U.S. citizens, something our government has recently been accused of doing.
"If you're an underdog, mentally disabled, physically disabled, if you don't fit in, if you're not as pretty as the others, you can still be a hero."
Last week, Chamber President Hunter Hall appeared before Covington City Council to present a plan to enhance the promotion of tourism here.
We were glad to report this week that the Berry Family Farm, which has been in continuous operation off Almon Road in Newton County since 1894, recently received the coveted Centennial Family Farm Award presented by the Georgia DNR – Historic Preservation Division.
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.