It was announced last week that Newton County's unemployment rate for March had dropped to 9.4 percent, the lowest it has been since the economic downturn started in 2008.
Andrea Smith, owner of Square Perk Cafe, had an idea, as many of us do from time to time. However, she did something different - she acted on it.
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."
Unfortunately, in today's society, more attention is paid to the bad that our young people do than the good.
The folks who live in Mansfield received a real shock Friday as an unexpected smack from Mother Nature rolled through a portion of their small town. For more details, you can go to CovNews.com to see pictures and a video of the storm.
At its annual retreat, city officials talked about turning the American Legion Field located behind the YMCA into a place that could be used for entertainment and other social events that would benefit local citizens.
Last week, Dr. Gary Mathews, superintendent of schools for Newton County, reopened the search for a new principal for Alcovy High School.
The BOE of Newton County soon will have a tough choice to make as they vote to hire a new superintendent to replace Dr. Gary Mathews.
If you have not had a chance to catch the BOC show which appears bi-weekly on the CovNews.com website, you are missing a chance to see your government in action.
This past week, local company Triple Horse announced it was planning a 38 million dollar expansion here in Newton County.
"Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve."
Hunter Hall, president of the Covington/Newton Chamber of Commerce, announced this past week that current vice president for economic development Roger Harrison is leaving his position.
We are glad to see the Newton Board of Education has narrowed its choice to replace Dr. Gary Mathews.
The Covington City Council, at a work session this past week, decided to move forward with the idea of building a natural gas fueling station.
Prior to the Nelson Heights Community Center opening in 2010, there was a struggle for control between District 4 Commissioner J.C. Henderson and The Newton County Recreation Commission. Commissioner Henderson's attempts to be intimately involved in the operation of the center were ultimately rebuffed, however his aspirations to be the anointed leader never diminished.
For the second time this year the majority of the Covington City Council voted not to increase their salaries. We think this was the proper and prudent vote to take at this time.
For some of us the end of summer was marked by the return to school a few days after Labor Day. As children, some of us looked at the calendar and hoped that Labor Day would be celebrated later in the month than earlier.
We fully support the Covington City Council's effort to secure the Georgia Initiative for Community Housing grant. This grant doesn't provide money, but it does provide access to housing experts who in turn will help city officials turn the city's housing improvement goals into reality. The city hastily applied for this grant last year but were not prepared; this year city officials ...
Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue announced this week that state school systems were to receive a 3 percent cut in their budget and mandated staff furloughs.
In a letter to the editor, which can be read at CovNews.com, Kevin Carnes wrote a poignant piece describing an accident his father suffered after he fell down the stairs in his home. To compound his injuries, Kevin's father has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's.
In today's edition we wanted to use our editorial space to explain to you who our editorial board is and how it works. The Covington News editorial board consists of Publisher Charles Hill Morris Jr., General Manager T. Pat Cavanaugh and Editor Jennifer T. Long. We three discuss what we want to editorialize on for each edition, although one of us usually ends up writing the piece.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been in India recently. She, as a member of the Obama administration, has continued the shameful tradition of apologizing for her countrymen. Clinton actually had the nerve to tell the government officials of India, one of the world's worst polluting nations, that we the citizens of the United States were sorry to be one of the world's major polluters.
In a story published in Sunday's paper, which can be seen on CovNews.com, it looks like efforts are being made by East Metro Health District officials to be more cooperative and understanding of how their scoring affects not only businesses but also public perception of a county. The reason the scoring has been tightened by the state was due to national outbreaks of salmonella and other food viruses caused by improper storage of foods and ...
Just as we were pleased last week when the Morgan family was honored by having a portion of U.S Highway 278 named for Jack and Davis Morgan, we are equally pleased by the efforts of State Sen. John Douglas and Rep. Doug Holt in having a portion of Ga. Highway 11 named in the honor of long time Mansfield community leader, Lamar B. Hays. Hays, who passed away last March, was a local business man ...
Recently, The News reported on the proposed budget for the City of Covington. One of this newspaper's concerns is a proposed position for a community/economic development director employed by city. Newton County was successful for years in attracting industries and businesses by utilizing a unified approach by the city, county, Industrial Development Authority and Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce. When The News first heard about this position, we were not sold on its need, so ...
We have to admit that we were disappointed upon hearing the results of the federally mandated Adequate Yearly Progress for our Newton County Schools. Although these tests are cumbersome, flawed and not a true test of the quality of education offered in Newton County, they do reflect certain deficiencies.
This week we lost another one of the true pioneers of our community. Carl Smith Jr. "Mr. Carl," as he was respectfully called by his many friends, passed away Monday at the age of 96. Mr. Carl was a kind, honest man who was one of those family men and community activists who molded the very character of Newton County.
Last week we published a profile of the new Alcovy High School principal, Dr. LaQuanda Brown. If you missed it, you can review it on CovNews.com.
The candidates for governor (well, most of them) released their first campaign disclosure reports last week and the numbers may tell us something about the direction of the 2010 race.
July is kind of a slow news month traditionally, and that's good for our staff to have a little break from the rush of everyday community life.