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Our thoughts: Verge of growth

In a letter in The Covington News a week ago Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnston laid out some of the prospective industrial growth coming to Newton ...

October 03, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our Thoughts: Take a stand

The Army Corps of Engineers recently withdrew Newton County's 404 Permit for building the Bear Creek Supply Reservoir, adding more time and more money ...

September 27, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our Thoughts: Rainy day funds

The Covington branch of the Newton County Library System found itself in need after its 17-year-old HVAC system shut down.

September 20, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our Thoughts: Education for the future

When we ask a new face around town what they do, the response "I work at Baxalta" is getting more and more common.

September 13, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our Thoughts: Reaping the benefits of filming in Newton County

"A Coat of Many Colors" has transformed several downtown Covington businesses, taken over Gaither Plantation and brought some detours to the Covington Square; "The Vampire ...

September 06, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our Thoughts: Newton's citizens committees

Being an elected official is a thankless job. We are promised the moon every election season, and rarely ever see its full glow throughout the ...

August 30, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Accountability, transparency and leadership

Newton County officials, do you remember the citizens' outrage at a raise in taxes due to an increase in the county's budget?

August 23, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

A Newton County of the past or future?

The Historic Courthouse was packed Tuesday night, but not everyone was there for the same reason. The stark contrast between the two issues-a civic ...

August 09, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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Archive By Section - Our Thoughts

Our thoughts... Hometown heroes

As opportunities present themselves, we will editorially salute those who we cover in the paper and who we consider hometown heroes. Last Sunday we started the series by acknowledging the accomplishments of Detective Daniel Seals with the Covington Police Department and Blue Willow Inn owner Louis Van Dyke. Today we add two more heroes to The Covington News Hometown Heroes Hall of Fame.

May 14, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our Thoughts... Millage increase should be last resort

Last week the Newton County Board of Education met to discuss a variety of issues including the upcoming budget and in that discussion considered increasing the millage rate.

May 12, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

A mother's love

"Mothers hold their children's hands for a short while, but their hearts forever."

May 09, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Blessed with heroes

In these troubled times it's encouraging and refreshing to read stories that involve courage, perseverance and success. In Friday's paper we ran two such stories on the front page. If you missed them you can go to and read them.

May 09, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our thoughts... Run for fun, firemen

For years the Covington Police Department has conducted a very successful and poplar 5K run - the Fuzz Run - in September.

May 07, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our thoughts... Getting rid of waste

The Covington City Council recently agreed to pass an ordinance that for all practical purposes stopped non-essential, free pick up service for trash and waste in the city.

May 07, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our thoughts: Proud of the hopefuls

We are proud of the number of local citizens who have signed up to run for public office here in Newton County. Each candidate running only makes us stronger as a community, a state and a nation.

May 05, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our thoughts...May of mirth

You might be thinking that because of the economic times you may not be able to leave the area to enjoy some fun. Well, here's a piece of good news - you don't have to.

Thanks to our local non-profits and civic groups, you and your family can enjoy the month of May right here in Newton County.

May 02, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our thoughts...Offer suggestions, then support

The positive thing about our community is this - we may squabble, we may disagree, but when push comes to shove on any crisis that hits our county, there is a unity that has served us well in our existence.

There is no question that there is a major financial crisis affecting our school system. Many people and groups have strong ideas on how to correct the economic problems facing the Newton County School System, including our editorial board. Until the final decision is made on how almost $10 million is going to be cut, people have a right to offer ...

April 30, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our thoughts... Community connection

It is obvious that developments affecting children's educations are going to be a hot topic not only here in Newton County, but everywhere.

April 28, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our thoughts... Open dialogue

Our editorial policy is to encourage active participation and intelligent dialogue on our opinion pages.

April 28, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our thoughts...Shining example

For the second consecutive year, middle school students at the Montessori School of Covington have raised and donated $1,000 to local non-profit organizations.

We salute the administration of the Montessori school for instilling in their students the desire to be involved in and to give back to the community.

April 25, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our thoughts...Save the Blue Willow

The Blue Willow Inn and Social Circle are synonymous with each other; without the Blue Willow we believe that the city of Social Circle would be no more than a spot on the map of Georgia.

Two years ago we attended a ribbon cutting for the Blue Willow Village, which is located directly behind the famed inn.

April 25, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

The Dalton Gang

We were just as surprised as anyone when we learned that the "Dalton Gang" - composed of Covington City Council members Keith Dalton, Chris Smith, Ocie Franklin, Mike Whatley and Hawnethia Williams - voted to discontinue all discussion of the purchase of abandoned Norfolk Southern rail lines without notice to the community or the press.

April 23, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


This week the students in our local grade schools and middle schools are taking the CRCT test; students in grade 3-5 and 8 will have to pass the test to pass on to the next grade.

April 23, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

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