Throughout the last seven days there was plenty to celebrate, with a big week of appreciation coming on the heels of Mother's Day.
There is one thing that is as certain as anything can be - that our mothers, whether we are close to them or not, will always have a special place in our hearts.
For 76 years a local civic group has been involved, through its monies and volunteerism, in almost every worthwhile project that has helped Covington and Newton County become the great place that it is to raise a family.
For the last six years we have had the honor to recognize people in our community who through their actions and deeds have gone the extra mile to help their neighbors or their family.
There is no question that we are suffering from a general lack of quality leadership in Newton County at this time. Can that be turned around? We think so, but it is going to take our current leadership to be willing to communicate and cooperate with other community officials to start the process.
Easter is early this year and that is appropriate because the renewal of the earth's splendor has also arrived early.
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It's no wonder that a majority of the American people think that our legislators, and the people they appoint to run commissions and the like, are morally deficit in the art of telling the truth.
You might have wondered why you are seeing more police cars on city streets and in your neighborhood in Covington.
You know it's for sure springtime in Covington as the local Y prepares for the 13th annual Cheerios Challenge.
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.