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Our thoughts: Congratulations Rams

We are taking the advice of Newton football announcer Bill Dolan when he says "Ram fans get on your feet," and we urge the rest of Newton County to do the same.

November 22, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: Bear Creek

Some good decisions by Newton County in the past have led to a current situation where we have a reliable water supply. The supply is such that if the theoretical doors of the county were to be shut right now, we probably would have plenty of water for the use of our children and grandchildren.

November 15, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Thank you

"Regard your soldiers as your children, and they will follow you into the deepest valleys. Look on them as your own beloved sons, and they will stand by you even unto death!"

November 08, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Some Sunday thoughts

"Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present or a compliment to please an individual - or at least that he ought not so to do; but that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country."

November 01, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: Dirty Politics

Throughout the generations, whenever there has been an election, there has been some form of dirty politics used to sway the voters mind.

October 25, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Teacher of the year

Congratulations Kenneth Hanson. It's a great honor and great testament to your hard work that you were named Newton County School System's 2015 Teacher of the Year.

October 18, 2014 | | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: Motion denied

At Tuesday's Board of Commissioners public meeting, Commissioner John Douglas made a motion to defund The Center for Community Preservation and Planning. Thank goodness there was no second, and this ill-conceived motion died.

October 11, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Political correctness

It seems that over the last six years, we as a country have had to endure one scandal after another; distrust in any government entity is at the highest it has been in most of our lifetimes.

October 04, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Thanks

Covington has a history of having some outstanding fire chiefs run its fire departments.

September 30, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Honor

Dr. William Dobbs was not only a good man and a great, caring doctor, but he was also an honorable politician. It was the right thing for the City of Covington to honor the memory of this respected man, just four months after his death.

September 30, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Manners

It's become common for Newton County residents to see roads blocked off with filming equipment and tents set up hosting production company personnel, or to turn on their televisions and see the Covington Historic Courthouse or other familiar homegrown sights.

September 27, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Curfew

Because we have no place for teens to hang out with their friends, such as a movie theater or a bowling alley, many of our Newton County teenagers visit local cities like Conyers to spend time with friends.

September 25, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Beauty

In spite of all the recent political upheaval in the county and the back-channel threats of more to come, Newton County is still a beautiful place to live.

September 23, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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Archive By Section - Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Welcome to Newton

We welcome Dr. Gary Mathews, the newly hired superintendent of the Newton County School System, to our community.

March 28, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Strengthening tough

 When the going gets tough, the tough get going. That saying is a true reflection of the mentality of our local residents.

March 28, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


NMC stays ahead

We are more than pleased in these very hard economic times - and with the uncertainty of the fallout from the recently passed Health bill - that our local hospital is still thinking and planning for the future needs of our community.

March 26, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Newton County Schools

We have said this before but it's worthy of a repeat, the Newton County school Board is about to lose three of its most productive and brightest members.

March 26, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Sidetracked

It's not very often that a community has the opportunity to wrest prime land from a railroad company.

March 24, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Back in business

We see and hear every day the bad news that one local business after another is either struggling or closing.

March 24, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts...Stepping on city, county rights

Last week we stated that we were opposed to the efforts of Rep. Doug Holt to introduce a bill that would allow the state of Georgia to interfere with the decisions of local communities in regards to land issues, specifically Newton County and Social Circle.

The state should not be in the business of annexing or de-annexing land from one municipality in order to give to another municipality, all because of the whims of some elected official.

March 21, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts...Menace to society

During the last two weeks there have been two tragic incidents involving stalking that have resulted in the loss of life.

Last week a beautiful, vivacious young woman - Audrey Atkinson - was gunned down unmercifully by a jilted boyfriend, who later took his own life. The death of the couple leaves their toddler son an orphan.

March 21, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Revitalizing a community

A year ago we rode through the Walker's Bend subdivision off Ga. Highway 81. At best, it was a sad sight to behold with home after empty home.

We had visions of it turning into a community of eyesores as empty houses were starting to fray badly.

March 19, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Great American Cleanup

Volunteerism is something we feel strongly about at The Covington News.

March 17, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts...BOE turnover

There were 51 and now there are three - candidates for Newton County Schools superintendent that is.

All three look very promising; you can see their résumés at CovNews.com.

March 14, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts...Tell us something we don't know

We are pleased to note that the Northeast Georgia Regional Commission, a 12-county planning group that has been working on a year 2035 plan, has recognized the fact that Newton County is a great place to live as it is filled with natural resources and historic areas.

Of course, those of us that live here have known that all along.

March 14, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts...Consider carefully

The Covington Planning Commission has approved the annexation and re-zoning of the 167 acres of land belonging to Gil Gainer.

This recommendation by the planning commission has been sent to city council for final approval.

March 14, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts...A job well done

Our Newton Rams brought our community some great excitement this winter as they hustled and fought their way to the final four in the state basketball championship.

Even though they lost to Milton, a team built on recruited players in the Atlanta metro area, they never stopped showing a special determination and pride for their community.

March 14, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... An absurd idea

The request to build a drag strip in Social Circle was put on temporary hiatus this week as drag strip developer Donnie Clack withdrew his request to build the project - for now.

March 12, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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