Prior to the Nelson Heights Community Center opening in 2010, there was a struggle for control between District 4 Commissioner J.C. Henderson and The Newton County Recreation Commission. Commissioner Henderson's attempts to be intimately involved in the operation of the center were ultimately rebuffed, however his aspirations to be the anointed leader never diminished.
In a recent MSNBC "Lean In" commercial, Tulane professor and network commentator Melissa Harris-Perry said this about traditional parenthood:
With all of the pressures of living in today's world - like not having a job, a possible war with Korea again, having the fear of not having proper medical insurance because of government rules and regulations - the one thing we shouldn't have to worry about is the abusive political correctness that is heaped upon us every day, mostly by a single-minded minority of unhappy people.
Recently, we were asked if newspapers were going the way of the Pony Express.
This past week, the architect of the great Atlanta school cheating scandal and her gang of fellow alleged cheaters showed up at the Fulton County Jail to post bonds so they could remain free until a jury of their peers decides their fate.
Lately, we have been talking about how industries like Baxter International relocating here are going to be a boon to our local economy.
Like a gift that keeps on giving, our local Lions continue to give to our community.
God expects from men something more than at such times, and that it were much to be wished for the credit of their religion as well as the satisfaction of their conscience that their Easter devotions would in some measure come up to their Easter dress.
November 1956, During a diplomatic reception... Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev told Western diplomats: "About the capitalist states, it doesn't depend on you whether we (Soviet Union) exist. If you don't like us, don't accept our invitations and don't invite us to come to see you. Whether you like it our not, history is on our side. We will bury you." source: U.S. Department of Energy Timeline Many of ...
I have a good idea what Daniel felt like when he was tossed into the lion's den way back yonder. I found myself last week on the floor of the State House and the State Senate, looking eyeball-to-eyeball with some of the very folks I have cuffed around in this space over the years.
Covington is a wonderful place to live, a place where it's easy to forget how many people are in our community because it still maintains a small-town vibe. But it's not exactly the place to go for entertainment on the weekends. Most of our staff live locally and travel out of Covington for entertainment. It seemed only natural to try and help the people of Covington by educating them on what's going on in the world of entertainment, as well as the world of news.
We ran into a local convenience store the other day to get a bag of ice. In front of us was a woman with two children buying milk and other food products; she paid by using her EBT card.
The Covington News has been one of Baxter International's biggest advocates, standing behind county leaders in their efforts to make the company's landing in Stanton Springs industrial park a smooth one.
We have bittersweet feelings as we ponder the retirement of longtime Recreation Director Tommy Hailey.
Last weekend, a tragic fire at a home on College Avenue in Covington cost Aubrey Whelchel his life.
The power of stories to transcend time, culture and language is unequaled. Think of the Iliad, written over 3,000 years ago by Homer. Current movie versions have Brad Pitt as Achilles and Diane Kruger as Helen of Troy. You can download the movie to your iPod and watch it during your lunch break at work.
You know it's the holidays when the Publix commercials start playing - over and over and over.
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving  Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. Folks will be traveling over hill and dale to spend time with relatives and friends, and others will be enjoying time at home. Still others will be providing Thanksgiving dinner and caring for less fortunate people in our community. Some will think there is nothing to be thankful for this year. If that thought has crossed your mind, let us offer the following ...
We knew he was a great man when we featuring him as one of our 10 Men of Newton for 2008. Apparently many others know what a selfless, jovial person Flemmie Pitts is. Congratulations Mr. Pitts on being the honoree to light the Historic Courthouse in a special holiday tradition for Covington.
If you have some extra time on your hands, may we suggest that you consider working with some of the children in our community?
Years ago Billie and Louis Van Dyke had a dream and they opened the Blue Willow Inn, and with a little help from the late Lewis Grizzard and the best home-style cooking you will find anywhere the restaurant became a success. The inn had more than 200,000 visitors last year alone. Many who also spent money in Social Circle and Newton County.
On Wednesday, Newton County's new OpenSky Radio Network officially opened. The who's who of Newton County law enforcement and public safety officials were in attendance. State Homeland Security Director Charlie English praised the county's state-of-the-art-operation, which allows every law enforcement and safety organization in the county seamlessly and instantly to communicate with each other instantly.
If you've already stumbled across our new sports Web site, you might have initially thought you accidentally clicked on a site for professional sports. You didn't. For the past couple of months our Web and sports staff have worked diligently to prepare a comprehensive and interactive resource for athletes and fans of Newton County's prep sports.
In our editorial saying thanks and hello to our local politicians we left out two outstanding officials. Bob Wheeler chose not to run after serving 20 plus years as the coroner of Newton County. He performed his duties with professionalism. He will be missed.
The Newton County Board of Commissioners created a new historic preservation commission last week. We support this decision wholeheartedly.
This past year has been a year that most of us would like to forget.
Dysfunctional government   For the past year The Covington News has covered the Porterdale City Council with much disappointment. In that time we have watched the city dismiss a capable city clerk and downtown manager as well as run off a dedicated city council member and now a city manager who has worked for the city for more than a decade.  The city council ...
The Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration committee is seeking honorees for the "I have a Dream "award. There should be plenty of deserving nominees this year.
We will be printing a special keepsake holiday section on December 14.