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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


Our thoughts on 2050: Make changes now

It's time for a change on the 2050 Plan - both to the document itself and officials' approach in presenting it to the public.

July 22, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on community hospital

One of the cornerstones of pride in the Newton County community is that we have our own hospital; and throughout its existence the taxpayers have supported its development.

July 19, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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Early numbers show trends in governor’s race

 The candidates for governor (well, most of them) released their first campaign disclosure reports last week and the numbers may tell us something about the direction of the 2010 race.

July 15, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... Nothin’ like ’em, nowhere

July is kind of a slow news month traditionally, and that's good for our staff to have a little break from the rush of everyday community life.

July 15, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Kids are smarter than critics

OK, you Neal Boortz Kool-Aid drinkers (including those who wrote to defend your boy and couldn't even spell his name correctly), I have a few questions for you:

July 15, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Our Thoughts


Ride for reading, prevention

The folks over at the Newton County Juvenile Court are also community heroes; they recognize that a court dispenses justice but in the case of juveniles it should dispense understanding solutions to that justice, and to that end they are volunteering to help the Ride For Reading bike ride to benefit the Learning Center.

July 10, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Community spirit

We have on many occasions touted the value of volunteerism. Holly Cripps is an example of how one person who sees a need can make a difference.

July 10, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Good enough for Wal-Mart

In case you had a doubt at all that the government-run health program being pushed by the Obama administration will not only be a financial drain for the taxpayers of this country as well as essentially destroy the free enterprise health system we currently enjoy, you need to be aware that the Wal-Mart corporation has come out in full support of the president's program. This is a company that has fought for years against offering its employees fair and valuable health benefits and only provides them today because of the threat of unionization of its employees.

July 10, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


What a world

It's amazing to us that city of Los Angeles, which has a budget shortfall of $5 billion, is going to spend a minimum of $2.5 million to facilitate the extravagant funeral of a man who did nothing but waste money on himself.

It certainly is a an amazing world in which we live.

July 08, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Taking a DARE

The D.A.R.E. program, which was established in 1983, has been successful in helping communities across the nation educate young people on the dangers of drugs and alcohol.

Because of tight budgets across the country, the program has been cut in a great deal of communities and also has lost its effectiveness.

July 08, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Phone Perdue please

Judge Sammy Ozburn has made the final cut and is on the governor's short list for the vacant Georgia Supreme Court post. We suggest that if you agree with us in thinking Judge Ozburn will make an excellent justice, then you should drop the governor a line in the next two weeks and tell him your thoughts about our judge.

The governor can be reached at http://gov.georgia.gov.

July 08, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Citizen of the year

Tom Turner moved to Oxford nine years ago in order to get away from the snowy winter of New York.

He must have saved a lot of energy not having to shovel that snow because he has put it to good use in his adopted city of Oxford.

July 08, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


It takes a village

Heaps of praise goes to the little cities of Porterdale and Social Circle for the first class fireworks displays that both communities hosted last Saturday.

It shows that these types of celebrations can be held with the cooperation of local business and local donors.

July 08, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


New civic leaders

We are fortunate to have a large group of non-profit and civic groups here in Newton County and in Social Circle.

July 05, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Dangerous teens

We don't know what's going on here; it seems like every day we are publishing stories of our younger people killing each other, being arrested for drug abuse and carelessly leaving children in hot parked cars.

There are reports coming in that teenagers are roaming around quiet scenic roads in our county, in broad daylight, throwing full jars of mustard and ketchup into unsuspecting passing cars.

July 05, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


We need news other than MJ

Last week pop icon Michael Jackson died. A possible cause of his untimely death has been linked to an alleged misuse of pain killers.

July 03, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Declaration of hope

Tomorrow, as a community and with our nation, we celebrate the 233rd year since the signing of the Declaration of Independence from England. In honor of that day and for the courage undertaken by 40 brave men, on page 4A we are running a copy of this great masterpiece.

July 03, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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