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Recommendations to the BOC

The recent loan from Newton County Chairman Keith Ellis on behalf of Newton County to Commissioner J.C. Henderson was a huge problem for our local government.

August 30, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Thank you John Middleton

Thank you John Middleton for your 14 years of service as Newton County's Manager.

August 28, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Proposed park a great idea for Covington

Covington has a problem. And a cure.

August 26, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


'Hero' chief proves CPR works

Newton County Fire Chief Kevin O'Brien, like all firefighters, justly advocates for public CPR training.

August 23, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Good decisions made for 2050

We believe Tuesday's Board of Commissioners meeting was the most critical in recent memory, and we applaud the commissioners for their efforts.

August 21, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Williams proves nothing is impossible

Tichelle Florence is a walking, talking miracle - emphasis on walking.

August 19, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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


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Archive By Section - Our Thoughts


Help Santa visit the troops

We hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving feast as well as spending quality time with loved ones.

A great deal of you also have this day off as part of the Thanksgiving holiday. If you are going to brave Black Friday, then we urge you to look at the ads in Wednesday and today's papers to find some great bargains, which are especially necessary in these tough economic times.

November 27, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Hangin’ in there

"So why did he REALLY do it?" I've been asked that question many times since the news broke that House Speaker Glenn Richardson had tried to commit suicide by taking an overdose of sleeping pills.

November 25, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Our Thoughts


A new Thanksgiving tradition

This is going to be a special Thanksgiving. My great-grandson Cameron Yarbrough and I are going to begin a new family tradition this week by sharing a birthday celebration. He will hit the ripe old age of 1 tomorrow and two days later I will become slightly older than Kennesaw Mountain.

November 25, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... Plenty to be thankful for

"O Lord that lends me life,

November 25, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Why dolphins are smarter than deer

I must warn you about the crazy animals living and dying around here. This fine Sunday morning, as I was driving to church, I hit a deer. Miraculously, there was no damage to life, limb, or car. The doe lived too, but she'll be nursing a sore rump for a few weeks. Now, when I get hit on the backside, I learn my lesson on the first whack, but the deer around here aren't that bright. They keep jumping in front of my car, again and again. You'd think one of them would wise up and educate ...

November 20, 2009 | By David McCoy | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... Efficient court system

Over the last few months we have had three major trials at our local courthouse; all three were held with little or none of the problems we have seen at other such trials held across the state and around the nation.

November 20, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... Henderson

A couple of weeks ago in this space, the editorial board boldly asked County Commissioner J.C. Henderson to resign his post because of his personal/legal problems.

November 20, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Count your blessings

There's been a lot written about blessing counting.

November 20, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Give a little bit

 Thanksgiving is almost upon us. Most of us spend the holiday gorging ourselves on turkey, dressing and pecan pie. After we eat, we can curl up by the fireplace and nap to the sweet sounds of football and family laughter.

November 18, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts...A suggestion for the selection committee

 In a story in Sunday's Covington News, which can be read at CovNews.com, we learned that the leaders of the Newton Chamber of Commerce still were talking to community leaders in order to receive input on the new chamber director's job description.

November 18, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Happy birthday CFD

This month the Covington Fire Department celebrates its 100th birthday; there will be a ceremony at 3 p.m. Nov. 22 - the actual date of CFD's establishment - at the Pace Street Station.

November 15, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Congratulations Ms. Sheets

Judges had a tough decision to make this year in selecting the Newton County Teacher of the Year.

November 15, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Humility for the greater good

Leadership is easy when everyone agrees with you, when money is abundant, and when the decisions you face have simple answers. Real life, however, is seldom that easy. Newton County voters elected five commissioners and me as chairman to serve as the Board of Commissioners to work together as a group to set the policy to lead this great county. My job is to follow that policy in the day-to-day administration.

November 15, 2009 | By Kathy Morgan | Our Thoughts


The cost of victory

On election night, Nov. 2, 2010, less than 12 months away, Speaker Nancy Pelosi might rue her victory celebration this past Saturday.

November 15, 2009 | By Jackie Ginrich Cushman | Our Thoughts


Unsung heroes

Ed Jenkins, a retired Rockdale Hospital pharmacist, is the 2009 recipient of the Pat Patrick Big Heart award presented by the board of the Newton Fund.

November 13, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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