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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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Our thoughts...Suggestions for schools

We have been receiving numerous comments on our Web site, on our Facebook page as well as through e-mail about the Newton County School System cuts released by Superintendent Steve Whatley.

Interestingly enough the memo was sent out to faculty and staff at 5 p.m. on Friday, after teachers had left for the weekend. Although the school system was not kind enough to include our paper on the e-mail list, some school employees thought we should have it and were kind enough to pass it along. Other employees probably didn't even see Whatley's memo until they read ...

April 21, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our thoughts... Be a big shot

Recently you may have enjoyed our weekly feature, Friday Scrapbook. For the most part, the images you see on our scrapbook page are taken and submitted by people who do not work for the newspaper. Many photo submissions are taken by amateurs, yet they are just as beautiful as those taken by professionals.

April 18, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our thoughts... Ugly task at hand

Superintendent of the Newton County School System, Dr. Steve Whatley, is retiring at the end of this school year.

April 18, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

When Doolittle did much

225 feet. 75 yards. The distance between the goal line on one end of a football field and the 25 yard line at the other end. 225 feet. Four ship lengths of a World War II B-25 Mitchell bomber end-to-end.

April 18, 2010 | Nat Harwell | Our Thoughts

Our thoughts... Absurd address

In a speech this week at the farce of a nuclear conference held in Washington, D.C., President Obama addressed the delegates saying, "Whether we like it or not, we remain a dominant military super power."

April 16, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our thoughts... Tuskegee heroes

Recently we were honored to have some surviving members of the famed Tuskegee Airmen visit our community.

April 16, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Play ball

A few months ago we announced that we were going back to our roots and the roots of this county by covering the agribusiness community more thoroughly; this has been a success and has struck a special chord with our readers both out in the county as well as within the city.

Sunday we continued to cover events that are signs of happier days for our community.

April 14, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Sweetness of the season

Despite astronomical pollen level, this spring has been truly beautiful and pleasant. This is the time of year when you can ride in the car and sleep at night with the windows open.

Saving money on gasoline and electricity affords most a bit of extra cash during the spring months that disappears once the heat of the summer has arrived.

April 14, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our thoughts...Entrance eyesore

The Covington News publishes a Sunday feature called the "Eyesore of the Week." It generally highlights abandoned homes or unkempt property.

We run that for the sole purpose of encouraging the owners into cleaning up the mess they have left for all to see - even our visitors.

April 11, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our thoughts...New chamber leadership

This week the leadership of the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce announced the selection of local businessman, Hunter Hall, as its new president.

Hall replaces John Boothby, who left the organization in September.

April 11, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our thoughts... The silent taxed majority

There was disturbing report put out this past week that stated 47 percent of United States citizens will not have to pay federal income taxes for 2009.

April 09, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our thoughts... Streamlining meetings

The Covington City Council voted this week 3-2 to restrict the time in which citizens who have not signed up to be on the agenda can express their concerns or wants.

April 09, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Arm yourself with facts

Update: The informational meeting has been moved from April 7 to April 29 at 5:30 p.m. It is tentatively scheduled to be held at city hall.

April 07, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Election season heats up

We are glad that some qualified candidates have either thrown their hats in the ring or are thinking about running for the three soon to be vacant seats on the Newton County Board of Education.

With a new superintendant, we need intelligent, visionary leadership on the board - people who know and are passionate about the success of our community.

April 07, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our thoughts... Easter wishes

"Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and I have founded empires. But on what did we rest the creations of our genius? Upon force. Jesus Christ founded his empire upon love; and at this hour millions of men would die for him."

April 04, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

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