In 1984, under the Reagan administration and as part of the breakup of AT&T, a special program called Lifeline was established.
We are fortunate to have a major state college located here in Newton County.
There is a nonprofit in this town that just refuses to give up. The Garden of Gethsemane Homeless Shelter seems to have more lives than a cat.
We've reached the time of year when some folks are starting their shopping for the holiday season.
We hear every day via the major news networks that the shutdown of the government is causing major harm to our country, especially to the poor federal government employees who have been laid off for the time being.
Anytime we lose a leader who learned in the good old days how to be a leader and who devoted considerable time and effort to making our community a better place for all of us, it is a major loss.
Porterdale is a small community, but it has a big heart.
"Then we'll figure out what to do about the depression and the inflation and the oil crisis. But first, get up out of your chairs, open the window, stick your head out, and yell, and say it: 'I'M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!'''
The Atlanta Zoo announced this week that it's asking the public to suggest names for its cute new panda twins.
Something about which we have always been puzzled is how police in DeKalb County choose who gets a ticket as cars whiz around the I-285 expressway.
"Property has its duties as well as its rights." -- –Thomas Drummond Last week, we saw an example of the law working: Municipal Judge Steven Hathorn finally had enough of Jack L. Moser Sr.'s defiance and refusal to keep up his property. For years, Moser, who owns the property and a former home at 6110 Sorrels St. in Covington, had defied court order after court order to improve the condition of his home and property. ...
This past week 2013 SAT scores were released and Newton County's scores decreased from last years' 2012 results in all subjects, which included Critical Reading, Math and Writing.
Cancer in itself is still a dangerous and scary scourge on mankind.
We are proud today to salute the teachers, students and parents of Middle Ridge Elementary School here in Newton County.
It's important to make a good impression on business leaders who visit our community to determine if they will make Covington and/or Newton County their businesses' home.
Congratulations go to the three teachers who are finalists for 2014 Teacher of the Year in the Newton County School System.
The Covington police are warning folks to lock their cars. Thieves have been especially active in our area.
One disturbing trend we have seen and heard about recently is the willingness of some employees, who might be in danger of losing their jobs due to poor performance, to almost dare their employers to dismiss them so they, the employees, can receive unemployment benefits and food stamps free and clear.
We read the other day that the big-box stores are already beginning their promotions for the holiday season. So, we suppose it's OK to talk about the bright holiday season that Covington is going to experience this year.
Low math scores on recent End of Course tests were disappointing not only to the Newton County School System, but to the community as well.
Every day, in countless ways, teachers make a difference. It might happen when a shy third-grader finally raises his hand to take part in a classroom discussion, or when a high school biology lab teacher helps a student realize she wants to study to become a doctor. When teachers instill in their students a love of learning, they are handing them the most important tool they can have for a successful future. Anyone who knows ...
They choose to serve. Our story on Sept. 11 focused on just three of Newton County's servicemen and their families. These young people have embarked on military careers. They are willing to do what it takes, wherever in the world their service might take them. We know, as we write, there are many, many dedicated men and women from Newton County who are serving their country. While the rest of us enjoy the spirited back-and-forth ...