It was announced last week that Newton County's unemployment rate for March had dropped to 9.4 percent, the lowest it has been since the economic downturn started in 2008.
Andrea Smith, owner of Square Perk Cafe, had an idea, as many of us do from time to time. However, she did something different - she acted on it.
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."
Unfortunately, in today's society, more attention is paid to the bad that our young people do than the good.
The folks who live in Mansfield received a real shock Friday as an unexpected smack from Mother Nature rolled through a portion of their small town. For more details, you can go to CovNews.com to see pictures and a video of the storm.
At its annual retreat, city officials talked about turning the American Legion Field located behind the YMCA into a place that could be used for entertainment and other social events that would benefit local citizens.
Last week, Dr. Gary Mathews, superintendent of schools for Newton County, reopened the search for a new principal for Alcovy High School.
The BOE of Newton County soon will have a tough choice to make as they vote to hire a new superintendent to replace Dr. Gary Mathews.
If you have not had a chance to catch the BOC show which appears bi-weekly on the CovNews.com website, you are missing a chance to see your government in action.
This past week, local company Triple Horse announced it was planning a 38 million dollar expansion here in Newton County.
"Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve."
Hunter Hall, president of the Covington/Newton Chamber of Commerce, announced this past week that current vice president for economic development Roger Harrison is leaving his position.
We are glad to see the Newton Board of Education has narrowed its choice to replace Dr. Gary Mathews.
The Covington City Council, at a work session this past week, decided to move forward with the idea of building a natural gas fueling station.
Prior to the Nelson Heights Community Center opening in 2010, there was a struggle for control between District 4 Commissioner J.C. Henderson and The Newton County Recreation Commission. Commissioner Henderson's attempts to be intimately involved in the operation of the center were ultimately rebuffed, however his aspirations to be the anointed leader never diminished.
If you like theater and you have not paid a visit to the Social Circle Theater to catch a play, a local entertainer's performance, or performances by the children in the community, then you have missed a real treat. Recently, Social Circle Theater students participated in the 2009 Junior Theater Festival. The festival hosted more than 1,400 students this year. Social Circle was represented by a group of 19 young actors ages 8 to 16.
If you or a family member has ever not had enough money to pay your taxes and had to work out a payment plan, or received a letter from the IRS informing you that your taxes weren't figured correctly and you owed the government money - know there is no easy way to negotiate with the IRS. No matter what plan you work out, you are going to pay a healthy penalty and a high ...
Super Bowl Sunday has become an American holiday. They should probably go ahead and add it to calendars so people can plan parties months prior to the event.
The front page of our paper Friday screamed out bad news - unemployment in Newton County has reached 10.4 percent. This puts our county at No. 1 in unemployment in the extended metro area. The state of Georgia is currently reporting an average unemployment rate of 7.8 percent.
Last Friday a burglary crime spree occurred locally that you usually only see in the movies. The folks who live in the River Walk Farms subdivision, a quiet Newton County community of rolling meadows and beautiful homes, had settled in for what they thought would be a peaceful weekend.
The city of Social Circle is an example of what old-time Georgia living was and is about.  It has one stop light, and if you blink twice you might miss it. If you visit, you best follow the speed limit restrictions.
The U.S. Senate approved the appointment of Timothy Geithner as our new treasury secretary Tuesday.
We think we live in one of the most beautiful areas of Georgia. Covington, Newton County and Social Circle are abundant with elegant homes and landscapes and rolling green farm land.
Sunday we broke a story that should have sent shockwaves not only here, but across the state.
I read an article not long ago about police in St., Petersburg, Florida, using a pig to sniff out drugs and other contraband.
The General Assembly was in recess this past week as some legislators traveled to Washington for the inauguration of our new president and then from Wednesday to Friday as many of us attended the annual state budget hearings.
At Tuesday night's Board of Commissioners meeting, three members of the board voted to put in place a partial spending freeze and a hiring freeze.
This is not going to be the best of years for the Newton County School System. The governor and federal government have cut funds because of astronomical amounts of foreclosures and growth stoppage. In the county, the anticipated local tax funds also are way below expectations. Some very tough decisions are going to have to be made this year regarding personnel. We feel the right leader for the Board of Education who will assist the ...
By now, we should not be surprised by the goings on at Porterdale City Council meetings. At Jan. 13's work session City Manager Tom Fox warned the council about future budget shortfalls if more expenses were not cut or if revenue did not increase. He further pointed out to the council that the 2010 shortfall was the equivalent of the salaries of five full-time employees. After all of that doom and gloom, plus much more, ...
In our opinion one of the greatest Southern humorists of all time was Lewis Grizzard. He loved Georgia and especially the University of Georgia. In his short life - he was only 48 when he died of heart complications ­ he authored 25 books, thousands of columns and was the sports editor of the Atlanta journal by age 23.