Throughout the last seven days there was plenty to celebrate, with a big week of appreciation coming on the heels of Mother's Day.
There is one thing that is as certain as anything can be - that our mothers, whether we are close to them or not, will always have a special place in our hearts.
For 76 years a local civic group has been involved, through its monies and volunteerism, in almost every worthwhile project that has helped Covington and Newton County become the great place that it is to raise a family.
For the last six years we have had the honor to recognize people in our community who through their actions and deeds have gone the extra mile to help their neighbors or their family.
There is no question that we are suffering from a general lack of quality leadership in Newton County at this time. Can that be turned around? We think so, but it is going to take our current leadership to be willing to communicate and cooperate with other community officials to start the process.
Easter is early this year and that is appropriate because the renewal of the earth's splendor has also arrived early.
Last week we ran on these pages an editorial that encouraged voters not to just vote for a candidate because they had a "D" or a "R" behind their name or to vote for a candidate because of the color of their skin.
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Because we have no place for teens to hang out with their friends, such as a movie theater or a bowling alley, many of our Newton County teenagers visit local cities like Conyers to spend time with friends.
In spite of all the recent political upheaval in the county and the back-channel threats of more to come, Newton County is still a beautiful place to live.
When you're paid by taxpayers, be nice to those taxpayers.
Covington's Square Park, which has become world renown because of the movie industry that is attracted to its uniqueness, has recently been spruced up by the city of Covington. This valuable piece of earth has been one of the main reasons the city's tax base has remained fairly consistent when other municipalities have suffered loss of tax dollars.
Last week we ran a story that certain leaders of our large African-American community would call for a public march if their concerns about the Board of Commissioners' decision to strip Commissioner J.C. Henderson of many of his committee assignments was not properly addressed.
The Ray Rice incident is an example of what's wrong with our new American society in so many ways.
The congressman who represents most of us here in Newton County is Hank Johnson, who in reality is elected for us by the voters of DeKalb County, his home base.
No one can question the fact that there were a lot of fireworks at the last Newton County Board of Commissioners public meeting.
"In whatever arena of life one may meet the challenge of courage, whatever may be the sacrifices he faces if he follows his conscience – the loss of his friends, his fortune, his contentment, even the esteem of his fellow men – each man must decide for himself the course he will follow."
The Newton county town of Mansfield has always been a charming little place that most people just drive through on their way to somewhere else.
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.
Two weeks ago we editorialized that the Newton County Board of Commissioners should show some leadership, define the county's form of government, and identify its true manager. The BOC held a workshop on the topic, but left the meeting without a solution, or even clarity on how Newton County should be led.
Thank you John Middleton for your 14 years of service as Newton County's Manager.
Covington has a problem. And a cure.