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County deserves stronger leadership

A simple question doesn't have an easy answer. But it should.

August 16, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on persecution

Religious and cultural bigotry has been around since, seemingly, the beginning of recorded time.

August 12, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: Politics might have ruined 2050 panel

Sometimes what starts out as a good idea gets hijacked along the way.

August 09, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


School bus stops: Stop

Now that school has started back, motorists on many of our county roads are finding their commute time extended because of the band of bright yellow school busses carrying our children to and from their homes and school.

August 07, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: When a panel gets too big

The concept of a working committee to study the 2050 Plan proposal and make recommendations to streamline it seemed until this week to be a workable solution.

August 05, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: Recognize improvements

Students and teachers returned to the classroom Friday, hopefully taking note of last year's improvements in many testing areas to do even more positive work this school year.

August 02, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: Citizens' panel

During a Rotary Club of Covington meeting Tuesday, Newton County Chairman Keith Ellis announced that the commissioners are planning to start a citizens' panel consisting of an appointed member by each commissioner and appointees from each city in the county and entities such as the chamber, water and sewage authority and school board.

July 31, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: NYT’s pro-marijuana stance is disappointing

The New York Times editorial board this past Sunday called for the federal government to legalize marijuana in the United States.

July 29, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: Be fair and impartial

There was an unfortunate incident in our community last week where a man for reasons unknown at this time was seen in a quiet community wielding a sword of some type, harassing passing cars and trash cans.

July 26, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on recent local news items

The Covington City Council voted this past week to add a code officer to its staff. The city currently has only one officer.

July 24, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on 2050: Make changes now

It's time for a change on the 2050 Plan - both to the document itself and officials' approach in presenting it to the public.

July 22, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on community hospital

One of the cornerstones of pride in the Newton County community is that we have our own hospital; and throughout its existence the taxpayers have supported its development.

July 19, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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Our thoughts... Still blessed

 Charles Dickens once wrote that these are the best of times and these are the worst of times and certainly when he penned these words in "A Tale of Two Cities" in 1859, the times seemed bleak for the people of that era.

December 19, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts ... For further review

For further review

December 18, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Pre-legislative breakfast

This week the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce hosted a pre-legislative meeting so their members could gain insight on the upcoming legislative year in Georgia. Sen. John Douglas and Rep. Doug Holt attended and gave the business community an update of what to expect.

The bottom line is - it doesn't look good as the state's revenue continues to decline.

December 16, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


A time to give

This is the time of year that good men and women will try to give a little extra if they can.

The first gifts should be for home and family but if you find yourself with a little extra this year, you might want to contribute to one of the area food banks.

December 13, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


The gift of safety

A few months ago the parents of Deputy Wesley Atha started a community campaign to raise funds to purchase vests for the deputies employed by the Newton County Sheriff's Department. The goal of this campaign is $113,000. So far, the good folks of Newton County have raised $62,434 to that end.

You too can make a tax deductible contribution to this great cause by sending what you can to NCSO c/o of Apryle Jones, 15151 Alcovy Road, Covington, Ga. 30014.

December 13, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Buy a brick

This year our local high school football team's successes did our community proud.

All Newton County teams play their home games at Homer Sharp Stadium.

December 13, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Tough but correct decision

Monday night the Porterdale City Council made a difficult but necessary decision to include a possible millage rate increase in order to balance the town's FY2010 budget.

December 11, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Sugar Plum standard

One of the joys of living in Newton County at Christmas time is the annual presentation of the Arts Association in Newton County's presentation of "The Nutcracker" as performed by the Covington Regional Ballet.

December 11, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... A drag or what?

The Social Circle Zoning Commission has approved and recommended for city council action the establishment of a drag racing business on 120 acres of land along the I-20 corridor.

December 11, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... A tragic loss

Last weekend a 12-year-old boy was killed accidentally by a gun with which he and a 13-year-old were playing.

December 11, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Help Santa out

Saturday is a big day if you want to help Santa make it to every child's house this Christmas.

The Social Circle Kruizers, a car club, will be holding a special Christmas car show in Social Circle starting at 1 p.m. and lasting until 5 p.m.

December 09, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


General Mills gives back

A round of applause is due to the General Mills Corporation for donating 4.4 million boxes of cereal across the nation. Last week employees of our local plant loaded 10,000 boxes of Honey Nut Cheerios for Atlanta area food banks.

The Covington Food Pantry will, of course, have first dibs on the great Christmas gift.

December 09, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Pilot pancakes, gifts

The Pilot Club of Covington will be holding their annual Pancake Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Santa this Saturday from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the First Methodist Church of Covington.

Tickets for this annual family event are only $5 for adults and $2 for children under 6.

December 09, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Chamber stalemate

There are some who believe that world is divided into four institutions - business, government, organized religion and the press.

The belief is that each one of those institutions keeps the other under control; when one of the estates gains more power, there is a disruption of coexistence.

December 06, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


NHS MCJROTC collects toys

The Newton High School Marine Corps JROTC are revving up for Christmas as they take on the task of being Santa's helpers in the Newton County area.

Again this year cadets will be collecting for the Toys for Tots drive in support of the nationwide Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program.

December 06, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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