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.
"Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die."
We were more than disappointed to read about the fights earlier this week at the new Newton High School.
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.
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.
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.
We were shocked to learn last week that our newly appointed city manager, Leigh Anne Knight, had suffered a heart attack while on vacation in Florida.
We hope you had a pleasant holiday with your family, although rain put a damper on some of the major activities planned for our area.
It's an old adage that once you give a dog a bone, you are not going to be able to pull it back out of its mouth.
My God! How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy!
The city and chamber, according to reports, are studying the idea of moving money around in order to hire a full-time recruiter for retail.
In Friday's paper, we ran a front-page story about a city man who refuses to maintain or care for his property and who apparently has no respect for laws or neighbors.
"People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. ~ English idiom We don't know Paula Deen, the noted Southern chef, personally. We have eaten at one of her restaurants in Savannah, as we are sure many of you have. The food was no better or worse than the fare at many Southern restaurants that feature fried chicken, greens, mac and cheese, and good sweet tea. Deen, in a court deposition, admitted recently that in ...
The selection this week of Newton County High School Principal Craig Lockhart as the new deputy superintendent of the Newton County School System was a good move by new school Superintendent Samantha Fuhrey.
In Sunday's paper, there was a story about two new businesses coming to Covington. A used-car dealership and a seafood market are about to open on U.S. Highway 278. Although we are always glad to report about new businesses coming to the community, having these two businesses open up really isn't cause for much excitement. Neither were some recent announcements about more fast food or chain-type eating establishments opening their doors here. What Covington has ...
Any time a young person has his or her life cut short, it's a tragedy. Last week, a young man lost his life at Factory Shoals Recreation Park. Since his drowning, some have raised the question of whether swimming should be banned at the park. We don't agree that it should be, but we do agree that better safety measures could be adopted. Because of the changing water flow and currents in the Alcovy River, ...
"The very essence of leadership is that you have to have a vision. It's got to be a vision you articulate clearly and forcefully on every occasion. You can't blow a weak trumpet."
Covington is generally a quaint, picturesque and well-kept community. People who own homes here for the most part are meticulous in the care of their properties. Unfortunately, because of the high foreclosure rate we recently have endured, many homes are owned by banks and other investors and are not being kept up, falling by the wayside. It's shameful to see house after house with neatly groomed yards and then run across one or more with ...
Ernest Smith of Covington is a very fortunate man today. First, he apparently survived a heart attack. Second, he was most fortunate that three local heroes decided they weren't too busy to get involved. Catherine Stephens, a nurse at Grady Memorial Hospital, city police officer Brian Capps and off-duty sheriff's deputy Charlie Cook all converged in seconds around the wrecked vehicle that Smith had been driving. They began giving him CPR immediately. Smith, as of ...
Tighten county's belt Last week, we had a story about an Atlanta builder that pulled out of a proposed housing development in Covington because the appraisals came in $20,000 below its desired asking price. He said he'd check back in six months to a year, while another local builder said he expected it to take at least two years before building returns. While the information was encouraging because it confirmed things are trending up, it ...
"My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. "Mother would come out and say, 'You're tearing up the grass.' 'We're not raising grass,' Dad would reply. 'We're raising boys.''' -- Harmon Killebrew In case you have forgotten, today is Father's Day. Fathers rarely receive the same tokens of love and devotion that a mom does, but without a dad, the chances of your character being honest and your willpower strong, of ...