The official start of the Lenten season began this past week and we have heard many of our friends and colleagues talking about what they were going to give up for the 40 days leading up to the celebration of Christ's resurrection.
This year The Covington News is celebrating our 150th birthday.
Our elected officials must retake control of Newton County's affairs and finances and stop relying on appointed employees to make decisions and oversee their implementation.
It is really a sad sign of our times to read about the uproar about whether vaccinations should be mandatory for children or whether vaccines for certain diseases cause abnormalities like autism.
The camera crews and on-air personality from Atlanta's Channel 11 were in Newton County last week for some in-your-face television journalism aimed at revealing to the world the sorry state of affairs in our local county government.
This week the Newton County Water Authority said it wants to sit down with the county and work on a solution to a problem before taking on a new venture. We believe this meeting should happen.
Last week in our editorial about the reappointment for a year of county Attorney Tommy Craig we said that none of the commissioners gave a reason for voting for Craig.
The Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce held its annual year-end banquet this past week.
The Newton County BOC held their first meeting of 2015 last week and among its agenda items was its annual appointments. One of those appointments was that of county attorney, and the reappointment was Tommy Craig.
Last week we were shocked by the violent attack on the office of a French satirical newspaper called Charlie Hebdo.
As we start the New Year we have a major dilemma facing us in in Newton County and that is the future of the Newton Medical Center.
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You might have wondered why you are seeing more police cars on city streets and in your neighborhood in Covington.
You know it's for sure springtime in Covington as the local Y prepares for the 13th annual Cheerios Challenge.
We are more than glad to see that county officials have come to an agreement to put a 60-day moratorium on future requests for development and zoning for the Salem Road area.
In the last few weeks, we expressed our viewpoint on the bad use of social media, and especially using it behind amenity.
Where are we today in Newton County? Are we better off today than we were five years ago?
Last week there was a big to-do about the possibility that credit card information was stolen from some customers of a local restaurant, the Mystic Grill. Our first message is there is no proof that employees or management of the restaurant did anything wrong in processing the credit cards.
Every day in the national news and in our own paper, there are stories of possible world doom and insurance that's gone awry.
In the last couple of weeks we have had two of our local restaurants recieve poor health scores from state officials.
There is almost nothing worse when living in a county that is blessed with so many natural beauties - especially at this time of year - and see the litter that uncaring people have tossed everywhere.
There has been considerable time and effort put in to the Salem road overlay plan over the years.
It is hard enough in today's economy to operate a business, especially one that is heavily scrutinized by government bureaucrats.
The thought of having a gazebo built on the square is interesting.
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.
In last Sunday's paper our publisher wrote a column on the positive effects of the county's 2050 plan.
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.