We are more than fortunate to have a town square that, even in the toughest of times, has been the centerpiece of everyday life in the Newton County/Covington communities.
"Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die."
We were more than disappointed to read about the fights earlier this week at the new Newton High School.
For the past few years, the chamber and city officials have invested heavily in the growth of tourism in Covington, using the downtown square as a centerpiece of that investment.
When Estona Middlebrooks was elected mayor of Mansfield, we took it as a signal that the good folks of the community were going to be represented by a young, vibrant new leader who would help the town move into a new age.
One of the nicest parks in the area is Chimney Park, located adjacent to the county health building and behind the public library in Covington.
On Thursday night, Halloween night, the Covington square was filled with strange ghosts and goblins. They all seemed to be in miniature.
When the idea of building a Miracle League Field and playground was raised, especially at the beginning of the "great recession," it seemed, to be frank, like so much folly.
On Nov. 9, members of the American Legion Auxiliary will be handing out red paper poppies at the Kroger grocery story on U.S. 278 and at the Walmart on Industrial Boulevard.
In a recent report by the Chamber of Commerce to a group of business people, Hunter Hall, president of the local chamber, said that a well-trained workforce is needed to attract top-flight businesses to Newton County. We couldn't agree more.
We have a problem with the government spying on U.S. citizens, something our government has recently been accused of doing.
"If you're an underdog, mentally disabled, physically disabled, if you don't fit in, if you're not as pretty as the others, you can still be a hero."
Last week, Chamber President Hunter Hall appeared before Covington City Council to present a plan to enhance the promotion of tourism here.
We were glad to report this week that the Berry Family Farm, which has been in continuous operation off Almon Road in Newton County since 1894, recently received the coveted Centennial Family Farm Award presented by the Georgia DNR – Historic Preservation Division.
Many of you may remember that back in the late '60s and '70s many of our major rivers were nothing more than polluted cesspools. The Potomac River, which runs through our nation's capital, was a major example of this neglect.
We are dead set against raising taxes in this year of economic distress. We have two local municipalities whose councils are talking about raising millage rates.
These are hard times for local non-profits as they struggle to make up funds cut by groups such as United Way.
If you have some time on your hands and you would like to help a child reach his or her full potential in life, the Washington Street Community Center needs your help. The center has an excellent tutorial program Monday through Thursday afternoons between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.
You can have the best law enforcement in the world, and ours is in that category, but they can only do so much in seeing that our community is safe. The West Street area of the city has been deteriorating aesthetically and presenting problems for law enforcement for years. Last year a man shot four others, killing one, over a dice game at a home on West Street.
We are glad to finally see the Nelson Heights Community Center finally is to become a reality. County Attorney James Griffin has suggested that a new director be a county employee; we disagree with this suggestion.
Last week we had a double tragedy in our community that could have ended much worse than it did.
This time of year is an exciting one for all of us. As days become shorter and shorter the promise of cooler weather makes the hottest of days more bearable, as does the promise of the nearing 2009 football season.
After publishing the story "New school, same challenges" last Sunday, we were left with more questions than answers. We understand that the Newton County School System wants to "revive" Clements Middle by making it a theme school. And while opening Liberty Middle in state-directed status because it has the same attendance zones as Clements makes sense, it still puzzles us.
We think the Porterdale City Council made a wise decision in approving an ordinance allowing "wine cafés" within the city limits.
This publication has a wonderful complement to its print version - CovNews.com. If you haven't had a chance to go online to review its contents, we welcome you to do so and think you will be pleased.
Will there ever be a light at the end of tunnel for all of the unemployed workers in Georgia? If the latest numbers are an indication, it won't be anytime soon.
I called Democratic Congressman Jim Marshall who represents Georgia's 8th Congressional District in Middle Georgia to check the status of health care reform currently lurching its way through Congress. I know what is being proposed. What I wanted to know was if this hydra-headed monster has a chance of passage. I had been told he was one person in Washington who would not give me the party line on this controversial issue. ...
The real victim of the controversy swirling around the breaking and entering case of Henry Louis Gates Jr., a Harvard professor who apparently misplaced his keys and was seen breaking into his own home in Cambridge, Mass., has turned out to be the Good Samaritan who reported the alleged breaking and entering. She has been vilified and called a racist by a large group of cowardly bloggers.
We are delighted that after almost a decade of work that District 2 will finally see work begin on a new park located across Ga. Highway 212 from Oak Hill Elementary.
Recently we helped a young man design an advertisement for The Covington News. Michael Biddy had the biggest smile on his face while placing an ad in The News proposing to his love, Brittany Carter.