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Our thoughts on the CRCT: Back to square one

The final year of CRCT scores for grades three-eight throughout the state were released this week. Did we score high or low? It seems like a little bit of both.

June 28, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on the 250 Plan

Ten years ago a group of people got together, politicians and concerned citizens alike, and made a decision that Newton County, inevitably, was going to grow.

June 26, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on Georgia Perimeter

This past month the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools voted to reaffirm the accreditation of one of our local higher learning institutions, Georgia Perimeter College (GPC).

June 24, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on Vivian Harris's work

Kudos goes out to local community activist Vivian Harris. Through her determination and countless efforts, a part of Oxford – and America's history – has been preserved in print.

June 24, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on being alert

This past week a father in Marietta loaded his 22-month-old son in his SUV to take to day care and forgot he had done it, instead driving to work.

June 21, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on the death sentence

This past week Marcus Wellons was put to death for the 1989 murder and rape of a 15-year-old girl.

June 19, 2014 | | Our Thoughts


Commercial Improvement District could be a good thing

In last Sunday's paper we carried a story on the front page that explained in great deal the pros and cons of creating a Commercial Improvement District (CID) for the Highway 278 corridor in Covington.

June 17, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on Jajuan Shaw’s winning agenda

Betty Ray Shaw explained to us that children of autism have their own agenda, and when they get something in their mind that they want to, or think they need to do, that's what they are going to do.

June 14, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on what to do with Nelson Heights

The Newton County Board of Commissioners had a lively debate this past week about what to do after a May 30 party at the Nelson Heights Community Center was marred by a gun reportedly being fired into the air by a passing car and hours of people milling about in the streets afterward.

June 12, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on a shift for volunteers

Volunteerism is ingrained in our county's foundation and has been the backbone of so many of our greatest successes on a nationwide and local level.

June 10, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


A positive should precede a negative

As a society, now more than ever, it seems, we dwell on the negative.

June 07, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on taxes

There's no question that anyone who owns property hates to pay taxes on it.

June 05, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on group homes

We can understand a community's concern on having group homes and residences in their neighborhoods.

June 03, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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Archive By Section - Our Thoughts


Leadership in education

Nov. 19 was my second class day in Leadership Newton. Since it was education day we toured various schools and colleges and learned as much as the students we met.

November 29, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | Our Thoughts


Wonderful couple

Congratulations to T.K. and Louise Adams for being honored to light the holiday decorations on the Newton County Historic Courthouse.

If there ever was a couple who deserved this honor it is T.K and Louise for their tireless dedication to the Newton County Community Band, the Newton County School System and the Washington Street Community Center.

November 29, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Good work CPD, NCSO

The Covington Police Department, under the direction of Chief Stacey Cotton, and the Newton County Sheriff's Department, under the direction of Sheriff Ezell Brown, deserve a great big pat on the back this holiday season.

Their joint effort in the quick capture of the Wal-Mart/United Bank Bandit continues a tradition of arrests of people who think Covington is just a sleepy, little place where they can stop and rob businesses of their money.

November 29, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


A century of service

In today's paper there is a special commemorative edition devoted to the 100 years of service by the men and woman who serve and have served our city in the Covington Fire Department. This section alone is testimony to the love and pride that local merchants and civic groups have for our fire department.

We are particularly proud of Chief Don Floyd and his father, R.T., who for 60 plus years of the 100 years of the CFD, have served as the leaders of that force.

November 29, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Share you blessings

"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."

November 29, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Flying high

The never-say-die Eastside Eagles, who were for all practical purposes discounted after the first couple of games of this season, have soared back into the limelight to be in strong contention to play for the state Championship in division AAA.

The Eagles, led by coach Rick Hurst, are flying high late in the season for the second consecutive year.

November 27, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Help Santa visit the troops

We hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving feast as well as spending quality time with loved ones.

A great deal of you also have this day off as part of the Thanksgiving holiday. If you are going to brave Black Friday, then we urge you to look at the ads in Wednesday and today's papers to find some great bargains, which are especially necessary in these tough economic times.

November 27, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Hangin’ in there

"So why did he REALLY do it?" I've been asked that question many times since the news broke that House Speaker Glenn Richardson had tried to commit suicide by taking an overdose of sleeping pills.

November 25, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Our Thoughts


A new Thanksgiving tradition

This is going to be a special Thanksgiving. My great-grandson Cameron Yarbrough and I are going to begin a new family tradition this week by sharing a birthday celebration. He will hit the ripe old age of 1 tomorrow and two days later I will become slightly older than Kennesaw Mountain.

November 25, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... Plenty to be thankful for

"O Lord that lends me life,

November 25, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Why dolphins are smarter than deer

I must warn you about the crazy animals living and dying around here. This fine Sunday morning, as I was driving to church, I hit a deer. Miraculously, there was no damage to life, limb, or car. The doe lived too, but she'll be nursing a sore rump for a few weeks. Now, when I get hit on the backside, I learn my lesson on the first whack, but the deer around here aren't that bright. They keep jumping in front of my car, again and again. You'd think one of them would wise up and educate ...

November 20, 2009 | By David McCoy | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... Efficient court system

Over the last few months we have had three major trials at our local courthouse; all three were held with little or none of the problems we have seen at other such trials held across the state and around the nation.

November 20, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... Henderson

A couple of weeks ago in this space, the editorial board boldly asked County Commissioner J.C. Henderson to resign his post because of his personal/legal problems.

November 20, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Count your blessings

There's been a lot written about blessing counting.

November 20, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Give a little bit

 Thanksgiving is almost upon us. Most of us spend the holiday gorging ourselves on turkey, dressing and pecan pie. After we eat, we can curl up by the fireplace and nap to the sweet sounds of football and family laughter.

November 18, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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