"In whatever arena of life one may meet the challenge of courage, whatever may be the sacrifices he faces if he follows his conscience – the loss of his friends, his fortune, his contentment, even the esteem of his fellow men – each man must decide for himself the course he will follow."
The Newton county town of Mansfield has always been a charming little place that most people just drive through on their way to somewhere else.
Two weeks ago we editorialized that the Newton County Board of Commissioners should show some leadership, define the county's form of government, and identify its true manager. The BOC held a workshop on the topic, but left the meeting without a solution, or even clarity on how Newton County should be led.
The recent loan from Newton County Chairman Keith Ellis on behalf of Newton County to Commissioner J.C. Henderson was a huge problem for our local government.
Thank you John Middleton for your 14 years of service as Newton County's Manager.
Covington has a problem. And a cure.
Newton County Fire Chief Kevin O'Brien, like all firefighters, justly advocates for public CPR training.
We believe Tuesday's Board of Commissioners meeting was the most critical in recent memory, and we applaud the commissioners for their efforts.
We are more than glad to see that county officials have come to an agreement to put a 60-day moratorium on future requests for development and zoning for the Salem Road area.
In the last few weeks, we expressed our viewpoint on the bad use of social media, and especially using it behind amenity.
Where are we today in Newton County? Are we better off today than we were five years ago?
Last week there was a big to-do about the possibility that credit card information was stolen from some customers of a local restaurant, the Mystic Grill. Our first message is there is no proof that employees or management of the restaurant did anything wrong in processing the credit cards.
Every day in the national news and in our own paper, there are stories of possible world doom and insurance that's gone awry.
In the last couple of weeks we have had two of our local restaurants recieve poor health scores from state officials.
There is almost nothing worse when living in a county that is blessed with so many natural beauties - especially at this time of year - and see the litter that uncaring people have tossed everywhere.
There has been considerable time and effort put in to the Salem road overlay plan over the years.
It is hard enough in today's economy to operate a business, especially one that is heavily scrutinized by government bureaucrats.
The thought of having a gazebo built on the square is interesting.
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.
In last Sunday's paper our publisher wrote a column on the positive effects of the county's 2050 plan.
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.
Oxford's 175th anniversary
The Covington–Newton Chamber of Commerce has done much to promote the image of Covington as the new "Hollywood of the South."