In 1984, under the Reagan administration and as part of the breakup of AT&T, a special program called Lifeline was established.
We are fortunate to have a major state college located here in Newton County.
There is a nonprofit in this town that just refuses to give up. The Garden of Gethsemane Homeless Shelter seems to have more lives than a cat.
We've reached the time of year when some folks are starting their shopping for the holiday season.
We hear every day via the major news networks that the shutdown of the government is causing major harm to our country, especially to the poor federal government employees who have been laid off for the time being.
Anytime we lose a leader who learned in the good old days how to be a leader and who devoted considerable time and effort to making our community a better place for all of us, it is a major loss.
Porterdale is a small community, but it has a big heart.
"However horrible the incidents of war may be, the soldier who is called upon to offer and to give his life for his country is the noblest development of mankind." - Douglas MacArthur, 1880 - 1964.
The Covington Rotary Club will be taking applications next week Nov. 10 through Nov. 14 at the Salvation Army, located at 5193 Washington Street, for their annual Christmas Stocking Fund.
Here in Newton County in the 95th district we will now be represented - and we use that term loosely - by Toney Collins, who was elected on Nov. 4 by doing nothing.
The election is over and the American people have spoken. Barack Obama is our new president-elect.
Several readers have called to complain about the lack of a photograph of Barack Obama on our front page Wednesday. We reserved a small space at the top right corner of the front page to put in a brief about who the next president would be. Our press deadline was 11:30 p.m.
As you read this Wednesday morning, the day after a very long election season, we should have a new president - so you are either crying in your coffee or spilling it with trembling hands of joy.
We were shocked and startled at the headlines in our Sunday paper that our local charitable ministries were out of funds and food to help our less fortunate neighbors.
Last week two young men in North Hollywood, Calif. hung an effigy of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin off their roof supposedly as a Halloween prank. This in itself was disgusting and unacceptable.
In today's edition of the paper there is a special tabloid section devoted to the Tuesday election.
Halloween is a favorite holiday of Americans because for one day we get to pretend we are something we're not whether it be a princess, a superhero or a bloodsucking monster. Through the years we remember our best costumes, most terrifying tricks and even the house in the neighborhood that gave raisins or the dreaded travel toothbrush.
Here at The Covington News/CovNews.com we are committed to encouraging you in these difficult economic times to shop in our local area.
Papers in the West, notably in Arizona and California, have seen and reported on the terrible effect gangs have on a community's children and elderly.
This year as we settle in to celebrate the holidays, we need to be thankful and mindful of our men and women who are in harm's way in far-flung corners of our Earth, defending our right to enjoy this time with our families.
We appreciate the fact that Covington Police Chief Stacey Cotton asked the Covington City Council for permission to use seized drug money to assist in purchasing equipment for A Child's Voice, the child advocacy center which services the Alcovy Circuit - which includes Newton and Walton counties. We are equally pleased the council approved his request.
The Covington News and the Newton County Chamber of Commerce co-sponsored a political forum Thursday.