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Proposed park a great idea for Covington

Covington has a problem. And a cure.

August 26, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


'Hero' chief proves CPR works

Newton County Fire Chief Kevin O'Brien, like all firefighters, justly advocates for public CPR training.

August 23, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Good decisions made for 2050

We believe Tuesday's Board of Commissioners meeting was the most critical in recent memory, and we applaud the commissioners for their efforts.

August 21, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Williams proves nothing is impossible

Tichelle Florence is a walking, talking miracle - emphasis on walking.

August 19, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


County deserves stronger leadership

A simple question doesn't have an easy answer. But it should.

August 16, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on persecution

Religious and cultural bigotry has been around since, seemingly, the beginning of recorded time.

August 12, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: Politics might have ruined 2050 panel

Sometimes what starts out as a good idea gets hijacked along the way.

August 09, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


School bus stops: Stop

Now that school has started back, motorists on many of our county roads are finding their commute time extended because of the band of bright yellow school busses carrying our children to and from their homes and school.

August 07, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: When a panel gets too big

The concept of a working committee to study the 2050 Plan proposal and make recommendations to streamline it seemed until this week to be a workable solution.

August 05, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: Recognize improvements

Students and teachers returned to the classroom Friday, hopefully taking note of last year's improvements in many testing areas to do even more positive work this school year.

August 02, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: Citizens' panel

During a Rotary Club of Covington meeting Tuesday, Newton County Chairman Keith Ellis announced that the commissioners are planning to start a citizens' panel consisting of an appointed member by each commissioner and appointees from each city in the county and entities such as the chamber, water and sewage authority and school board.

July 31, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: NYT’s pro-marijuana stance is disappointing

The New York Times editorial board this past Sunday called for the federal government to legalize marijuana in the United States.

July 29, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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


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Commission ethics

We think it's worthwhile that the Newton County Board of Commissioners is reviewing their ethics policies.

The reason this is even necessary is the abuse of gifts of every sort by politicians across the country.

February 28, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


The legacy of the land

"When you concentrate on agriculture and industry and are frugal in expenditures, Heaven cannot impoverish your state."

February 28, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Unchained melody

The county BOC also is considering passing an anti-tethering ordinance.

February 26, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Liquor by the drink

Residents of Newton County, in one way or another, have all felt the effects of the economic downturn mainly caused by the collapse of the housing industry.

February 26, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Worth the expense

 This past week the Covington City Council voted to purchase 15 external defibrillators for the Covington Police Department.

February 24, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Another fine mess

Georgia's legislators have gotten themselves into another fine mess with the state budget. The question is how do they get themselves out of it?

February 24, 2010 | Tom Crawford | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... A lasting legacy

 We wholeheartedly endorse the recommendations made by Newton County Schools Superintendent Steve Whatley in regards to the Newton County theme schools.

February 24, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Correcting a blunder

"I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore"

This quote from the 1976 movie "Network," best sums the frustration and utter disgust that the now awakening silent majority is feeling for politicians and appointed officials from the federal level to the local level in this country.

February 21, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Go Rams!

The Newton High School Rams basketball team, under the direction of coach Rick Rasmussen, has played this year with enthusiasm and spirit. Their efforts have been shown in their 14-0 district record.

On Wednesday they thoroughly beat the Douglass High team to advance to the state finals.

February 21, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Tooth ache

The Covington City Council began the process this week to reduce the size of signage for businesses in the community. It was a direct response the many giant molars positioned along Ga. Highway 81.

February 19, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... No compassion

Rahm Emanuel, president Obama's chief of staff, recently used the word "retarded" in a public display of disgust with his own kind of politician - the liberal Democrats of the Senate.

February 19, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Solve problems while sipping coffee

I have visited 157 of the 159 counties in Georgia. They all have a courthouse. Some are big and stately, others are rather plain.

February 19, 2010 | Harris Blackwood | Our Thoughts


Same old, same old

I am an Oxford City Councilman, but the views expressed in this column are my personal views. They are not the official or unofficial views or opinions of the city of Oxford; nor, to my knowledge, are they the views or opinions of any other council member. To reiterate: these are my views and opinions.

February 19, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


The giving tree

"Trees are the best monuments that a man can erect to his own memory. They speak his praises without flattery, and they are blessings to children yet unborn."

February 17, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


In case of emergency

This weekend we had our first snowstorm of the season; if we are lucky it will be our last.

While it lasted, it was a beautiful sight, but by sunset Saturday most of the winter snow had disappeared.

February 17, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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