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Our Thoughts: Newton's citizens committees

Being an elected official is a thankless job. We are promised the moon every election season, and rarely ever see its full glow throughout the ...

August 30, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Accountability, transparency and leadership

Newton County officials, do you remember the citizens' outrage at a raise in taxes due to an increase in the county's budget?

August 23, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


A Newton County of the past or future?

The Historic Courthouse was packed Tuesday night, but not everyone was there for the same reason. The stark contrast between the two issues-a civic ...

August 09, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Back to school

Newton County students had already made their way back to school before the calendar even turned to August. For those students it is a time ...

August 02, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Inexcusable

Once again Newton County has found itself in an embarrassing situation, and once again its leadership needs to be called into question.

July 26, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: The good, the bad and the ugly

The times are tumultuous lately and not much seems to be changing after a week full of heartbreaking, heart-wrenching and well just heart-shaped news.

July 19, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Transparency and vetting

After information on Green Hill P3 and East Georgia Land and Development, Inc. came out this week it seems that the Newton County Board of ...

July 12, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Celebrate, remember, unite

Birthdays are a time to celebrate, reflect, be with those close to us and look toward another year of growth.

July 06, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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Our thoughts... Getting rid of waste

The Covington City Council recently agreed to pass an ordinance that for all practical purposes stopped non-essential, free pick up service for trash and waste in the city.

May 07, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: Proud of the hopefuls

We are proud of the number of local citizens who have signed up to run for public office here in Newton County. Each candidate running only makes us stronger as a community, a state and a nation.

May 05, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts...May of mirth

You might be thinking that because of the economic times you may not be able to leave the area to enjoy some fun. Well, here's a piece of good news - you don't have to.

Thanks to our local non-profits and civic groups, you and your family can enjoy the month of May right here in Newton County.

May 02, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts...Offer suggestions, then support

The positive thing about our community is this - we may squabble, we may disagree, but when push comes to shove on any crisis that hits our county, there is a unity that has served us well in our existence.

There is no question that there is a major financial crisis affecting our school system. Many people and groups have strong ideas on how to correct the economic problems facing the Newton County School System, including our editorial board. Until the final decision is made on how almost $10 million is going to be cut, people have a right to offer ...

April 30, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Community connection

It is obvious that developments affecting children's educations are going to be a hot topic not only here in Newton County, but everywhere.

April 28, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Open dialogue

Our editorial policy is to encourage active participation and intelligent dialogue on our opinion pages.

April 28, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts...Shining example

For the second consecutive year, middle school students at the Montessori School of Covington have raised and donated $1,000 to local non-profit organizations.

We salute the administration of the Montessori school for instilling in their students the desire to be involved in and to give back to the community.

April 25, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts...Save the Blue Willow

The Blue Willow Inn and Social Circle are synonymous with each other; without the Blue Willow we believe that the city of Social Circle would be no more than a spot on the map of Georgia.

Two years ago we attended a ribbon cutting for the Blue Willow Village, which is located directly behind the famed inn.

April 25, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


The Dalton Gang

We were just as surprised as anyone when we learned that the "Dalton Gang" - composed of Covington City Council members Keith Dalton, Chris Smith, Ocie Franklin, Mike Whatley and Hawnethia Williams - voted to discontinue all discussion of the purchase of abandoned Norfolk Southern rail lines without notice to the community or the press.

April 23, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Bribes

This week the students in our local grade schools and middle schools are taking the CRCT test; students in grade 3-5 and 8 will have to pass the test to pass on to the next grade.

April 23, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts...Suggestions for schools

We have been receiving numerous comments on our Web site, on our Facebook page as well as through e-mail about the Newton County School System cuts released by Superintendent Steve Whatley.

Interestingly enough the memo was sent out to faculty and staff at 5 p.m. on Friday, after teachers had left for the weekend. Although the school system was not kind enough to include our paper on the e-mail list, some school employees thought we should have it and were kind enough to pass it along. Other employees probably didn't even see Whatley's memo until they read ...

April 21, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Be a big shot

Recently you may have enjoyed our weekly feature, Friday Scrapbook. For the most part, the images you see on our scrapbook page are taken and submitted by people who do not work for the newspaper. Many photo submissions are taken by amateurs, yet they are just as beautiful as those taken by professionals.

April 18, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Ugly task at hand

Superintendent of the Newton County School System, Dr. Steve Whatley, is retiring at the end of this school year.

April 18, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


When Doolittle did much

225 feet. 75 yards. The distance between the goal line on one end of a football field and the 25 yard line at the other end. 225 feet. Four ship lengths of a World War II B-25 Mitchell bomber end-to-end.

April 18, 2010 | Nat Harwell | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Absurd address

In a speech this week at the farce of a nuclear conference held in Washington, D.C., President Obama addressed the delegates saying, "Whether we like it or not, we remain a dominant military super power."

April 16, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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