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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


Our thoughts on recent local news items

The Covington City Council voted this past week to add a code officer to its staff. The city currently has only one officer.

July 24, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on 2050: Make changes now

It's time for a change on the 2050 Plan - both to the document itself and officials' approach in presenting it to the public.

July 22, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on community hospital

One of the cornerstones of pride in the Newton County community is that we have our own hospital; and throughout its existence the taxpayers have supported its development.

July 19, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on voting

We realize that voting Tuesday, four full days away, is the farthest thing from your mind right now. But you need to make it first in your mind.

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Locals speak out at 2050 hearing

The first public hearing for the 2050 Plan was held Monday night, giving the public an opportunity to let themselves be heard.

July 15, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Show up for the 2050 Plan

Here's some of what we have heard from concerned citizens over the last two weeks:

July 12, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on passion

There is one person in town that we doubt that anyone who knows him could ever question his passion for the things he believes in.

July 10, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on the Fourth of July

We are grateful that the long holiday weekend passed, and despite all the people and activities occurring with the Fourth of July festivities, there were no major reports of injuries associated with beverage consumption, firework exhibitions or rowdy behavior.

July 08, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on outside vendors

We are never happy to see groups come into our community, especially on holidays, to set up shop for a week or two and sell products that rob profits from our local merchants who pay taxes on a regular basis.

July 05, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


OUr thoguhts: Celebrate your independence

Our community is planning to celebrate the Fourth of July in a grand way today.

July 03, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: Fourth of July

"Our founders got it right when they wrote in the Declaration of Independence that our rights come from nature and nature's God, not from government."

July 03, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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County restructuring

The county is working on a plan officials hope will improve its management structure and streamline reporting.

February 01, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Braving the snowstorm

A great many of us grew up hearing that the mail must always go through: "Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night. ..."

January 30, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Tax cut?

Back in July, the Newton County Board of Commissioners voted to raise the millage/property tax rate, a move that allowed the county to collect an additional $1.16 million in property taxes.

January 30, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Encouraging news

On Sunday, we ran a very positive story on new retail plans for Newton County. If you missed it, you can read it at covnews.com.

January 28, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


County manager

To tell you the truth, we were taken aback by the sudden appointment of a successor to County Manager John Middleton, who recently announced that he intends to step down at the end of the year.

January 25, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Progress

We really have come a long way since the days when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. brought to the forefront of the American dream the fact that all men are truly created equal.

January 23, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


The race card again

The hope for change that swept Barack Obama into the Oval Office has resulted in actions of shame.

January 21, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


A man of service

Everywhere Bill Loeble turns these days, he's being honored, and we're happy to join the chorus.

January 21, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


MLK's birthday

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., had he lived, would have been 85 years old this year.

January 18, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Coward

We ran a story this week, taken from a police report, alleging that a man named Qunitterius Hawk allowed a 2-year-old in his care to become intoxicated. The report also stated that after he was confronted by the child's mother, Hawk attacked her.

January 16, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Improved graduation rate

We are pleased to see, after further investigation, that officials at Newton High School found the right records and now know that Newton High School's graduation rates are indeed up, and, in fact, exceed state averages.

January 16, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Parents must be parents

We are seeing more crimes committed by young people than ever in our history. And in many cases, these are not petty crimes; they're felonies that will follow children for the rest of their lives.

January 14, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


A chance for a deeper look

Newton County's switch to a county manager form of government in late 2011 was a messy, contentious affair that transferred much of the day-to-day authority and responsibility from the elected county chairman to an appointed county manager.

January 11, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Cold spell

Whew! It was a cold one last week , so cold that we imagine 50 years from now folks will be talking about how they lived through the big freeze of 2014.

January 11, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Travel

Training is valuable and often required, but we haven't seen any practical reasons presented for the Covington City Council to change the city's travel policy for employees.

January 09, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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