The 2010 legislative session started on an upbeat note. The first task of the House was to elect a new Speaker and Speaker Pro Tem, in the wake of the leadership changes during December. On Monday, we elected David Ralston of Blue Ridge as Speaker, and Jan Jones of Alpharetta as Speaker Pro Tem. I am very pleased with both of these selections and feel these new leaders will guide the House of Representatives in a very positive direction. If you wish to learn a bit more about them, I have previously written a column that introduces each. (You can ...
It always amazes us how year after year deserving individuals are honored with the R.O. Arnold Award. Newton County seems to have an abundance of civic-minded souls.
Named after "Mr. Bob" Arnold, who with his wife Florence, established The Arnold Fund, the R.O. Arnold Award is awarded to an individual who has shown significant service to the Newton County community and has lived in the county for at least five years. Past recipients and past chairs of the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce nominate and then vote on recipients.
Last week a vicious fire tore through a house in the Trotters Walk subdivision. When the Newton County Fire Department arrived on the scene, they learned that someone was trapped in the house. Firemen Chris Calhoun and Justin McCord were part of a valiant attempt to rescue the trapped woman. Unfortunately, in spite of their gallant efforts, the crew could not reach Laverne Goodwin in time to save her life.
I read where Gov. Sonny Perdue held a pep rally at the Capitol for state agency heads, state employees and assorted bass fishermen to fire up the troops as he prepares for the last year of what has been a scintillating two terms as our leader.
We are glad that the Newton County Board of Commissioners has started the process of installing a traffic light at the intersection of Oak Hill Road and Ga. Highway 212 in the western part of the county.
"Let me say it as clearly and succinctly as I can: we screwed up," Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele wrote in his new book, "RightNow: A 12- Step Program for Defeating the Obama Agenda" (Regnery Publishing, 2010).
January 10, 2010|
Twelve years ago this month, a young sports editor dropped by the gymnasium at Indian Creek Middle School to watch a little of my girl's basketball team practice. He and I talked about that 1998-1999 team, many of whom went on to play for Eastside High, and then he dropped a bombshell.
I'm not afraid of dying, but I assure you I'm in no rush to prove that point to anyone. So, you can imagine how I reacted years ago when I visited a nice, grassy cemetery plot I'd just acquired and found a freshly-dug grave, all decked out for a funeral. Earlier that week, I'd accepted the plot as a benefit of church membership and had considered it a rather nice gesture. However, I didn't recall a "use it or lose it" clause in the deal. This particular denomination isn't known for those kinds of ...