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Good and confused

There has been considerable time and effort put in to the Salem road overlay plan over the years.

March 22, 2014 | Covington News Editorial Board | Our Thoughts


A gazebo we can be proud of

The thought of having a gazebo built on the square is interesting.

March 20, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Continue to shop local

In last Sunday's paper our publisher wrote a column on the positive effects of the county's 2050 plan.

March 18, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Governed by rules, not men

I argue that the best rules to govern our lives are those that we'd be satisfied with if our very worst enemy were in charge of decision making. The foundation for such rules was laid out by my mother. Let's look at her wise lessons.

March 18, 2014 | Walter Williams | Our Thoughts


Telling it straight

Last Wednesday, as we were reading our home-delivered local newspaper, we were shocked to find out county officials were moving forward with a plan to pay up to $20,000 of taxpayer money to hire a firm to write press releases and handle social media.

March 15, 2014 | Covington News Editorial Board | Our Thoughts


Oxford's 175th anniversary

Oxford's 175th anniversary

March 13, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


'Hollywood of the South'

The Covington–Newton Chamber of Commerce has done much to promote the image of Covington as the new "Hollywood of the South."

March 11, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Meet the candidates

In today's paper – and on our website since Friday – is the full list of folks who have qualified to run for local, state and federal political seats for 2014, representing Newton County.

March 08, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Pierce Cline Garden

On Wednesday, the weather was supposed to be gray with a threat of sleet. Instead, the sun shone through and the sky was a beautiful blue, with plenty of wispy white clouds speeding by.

March 06, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Medical? Sure, but not recreational

Medical marijuana, or cannabis, is a hot topic in the state right now, as the Georgia General Assembly is on the path to green lighting limited medical testing.

March 04, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Good news

Good news

March 01, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


A vocal minority

We have been up on our high horse recently, preaching about how the "vocal minority" is controlling our country. A story we saw on the TV news yesterday just added fuel to that fire.

February 27, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


A well-deserved honor

Tonight the Newton County Historical Committee on Black Heritage will honor a gracious Covington lady, Janet Goodman, who has devoted her life to serving her community.

February 27, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Quick promotion

It was just last month that we wrote an editorial wishing Dave Bernd good luck in his new position as the chamber's retail recruiter.

February 25, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Sheriff's Department honors

The Newton County Sheriff's Office held its annual awards ceremony last week.

February 25, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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Archive By Section - Our Thoughts


Trouble with the term grown children

This is my 19th Father's Day. That is, if you count the one where we were anticipating an arrival in September of 1990.

June 19, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Our Thoughts


What type of union do we prefer?

 The U.S. Constitution lays out the foundations of our society. Its purpose, as stated in the preamble, is to "form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence [sic], promote the general Welfare." According to the preamble, the first goal is to form a more perfect union, that is, a society of individuals that shares the benefits of laws, that seeks justice rather than retribution, that ensures a domestic peace that protects us from foreign invasion and that establishes common services so that individuals can succeed to the extent that their talent, skill ...

June 19, 2009 | By J.J. Hayden | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... A senseless tragedy

Last week we learned that a body was found in Snapping Shoals Creek.

June 19, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


A fantastic revival

We applaud the unanimous vote of the Newton County Board of Education on requiring the students of the two new theme schools to wear a standard type of uniform and requiring parents of students who will attend the new schools - located at Fairview Elementary and Clements Middle schools - to sign a contract that requires, among other things, volunteer time.

We have said this before, and it is something that parochial and private schools have known for years, that requiring some type of uniform for all reduces the costs of proper school clothes for parents, prevents certain types of bullying and ...

June 17, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Strict but fair, please

We understand very well that rules are rules. During the last year the state of Georgia has revised and tightened the rules involving restaurant inspections. We also understand why this has been done.

Nobody wants to eat in an establishment that is not clean and that does not follow the rules regarding food preparation.

June 17, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


A caring community

The newly opened homeless shelter located at Turner Lake Circle is an encouraging example of how dreams can come true for good people.

Former mayor and local furniture store owner Sam Ramsey and the Rev. Clara Lett had a dream that a homeless shelter could be built in Covington.

June 14, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Creating a hub

The Covington Municipal Airport is scheduled to close at the end of July for runway repairs and upgrades.

We know that some residents will be cheered by this and probably wish that the airport would just go away completely; we sympathize with those who are bothered by the noise.

June 14, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


The other boys of summer

 There is a connection between summer and cars that remains in my mind.

June 12, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... Consolidating services?

The city of Oxford made a decision this week to pay Newton County to handle its fire service needs.

June 12, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... Generally excellent

 Last week we had the opportunity to attend a weekend meeting with our peers in the Georgia Press Association. Traditionally, at the end of the banquet, awards are given to newspapers in the association for their efforts this past year.

June 12, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Education ROI

I was talking to a very conservative friend recently about the concern of some Newton County commissioners over the possibility of raising taxes. He pointed out that his children and grandchildren had all attended private school so where was his return on all the taxes that went for education? I think that is a fair question and one that deserves a fair answer.

June 12, 2009 | Patrick Durusau | Our Thoughts


Reaction confusion

Two weeks ago there were two acts of unforgivable violence in our country.

Dr. George Tiller, a well known late-term abortion doctor, was gunned down in his church.

June 10, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Good for the area

This week officials from General Mills, the Rockefeller Group Development Corporation, community leaders and officials of Walton County and Social Circle gathered for a ground-breaking celebration in Social Circle.

General Mills, which has operated a plant in Covington for the past 23 years where at least 24 percent of the company's cereal products are produced, will build a 35-acre distribution facility that will be the largest of its kind in the United States.

June 10, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


A thriving community

In Wednesday's paper we published a front page story detailing the new downtown revitalization project proposed to help invigorate the central business district of Social Circle.

The proposed redesign was presented by the Urban Collage Company.

June 07, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Heat up our local economy

The dog days of summer are nearly upon us. The next two months for our business community are traditionally slow.

June 07, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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