The Covington City Council made a smart move last week when it voted to back off a hastily conceived plan to change city policy on pensions as they relate to retirees who come back to work for the Covington government.
The timing of this year's Father's Day is fitting.
As the Board of Commissioners prepares to convene Tuesday night, our elected representatives face a stark choice between raising the millage rate or making even more cuts to the budget, which will inevitably affect the hard working employees of Newton County.
Life is very fleeting. None of us knows when our existence will end on this earth. Last week, 44-year-old Mun Hyuk Cha, a kind, hard-working businessman and owner of Magnet Package Store, and 39-year-old Otonicar Jimquez Aikens, a father who had just stopped by to pick up some things, were probably discussing the weather or exchanging pleasantries when Jeffery Pitts, a disgruntled customer, stormed in with a gun and ended their lives.
Piedmont Newton Hospital - it does have a nice ring to it.
Throughout the last seven days there was plenty to celebrate, with a big week of appreciation coming on the heels of Mother's Day.
There is one thing that is as certain as anything can be - that our mothers, whether we are close to them or not, will always have a special place in our hearts.
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At Tuesday's Board of Commissioners public meeting, Commissioner John Douglas made a motion to defund The Center for Community Preservation and Planning. Thank goodness there was no second, and this ill-conceived motion died.
It seems that over the last six years, we as a country have had to endure one scandal after another; distrust in any government entity is at the highest it has been in most of our lifetimes.
Covington has a history of having some outstanding fire chiefs run its fire departments.
Dr. William Dobbs was not only a good man and a great, caring doctor, but he was also an honorable politician. It was the right thing for the City of Covington to honor the memory of this respected man, just four months after his death.
It's become common for Newton County residents to see roads blocked off with filming equipment and tents set up hosting production company personnel, or to turn on their televisions and see the Covington Historic Courthouse or other familiar homegrown sights.
Because we have no place for teens to hang out with their friends, such as a movie theater or a bowling alley, many of our Newton County teenagers visit local cities like Conyers to spend time with friends.
In spite of all the recent political upheaval in the county and the back-channel threats of more to come, Newton County is still a beautiful place to live.
When you're paid by taxpayers, be nice to those taxpayers.
Covington's Square Park, which has become world renown because of the movie industry that is attracted to its uniqueness, has recently been spruced up by the city of Covington. This valuable piece of earth has been one of the main reasons the city's tax base has remained fairly consistent when other municipalities have suffered loss of tax dollars.
Last week we ran a story that certain leaders of our large African-American community would call for a public march if their concerns about the Board of Commissioners' decision to strip Commissioner J.C. Henderson of many of his committee assignments was not properly addressed.
The Ray Rice incident is an example of what's wrong with our new American society in so many ways.
The congressman who represents most of us here in Newton County is Hank Johnson, who in reality is elected for us by the voters of DeKalb County, his home base.
No one can question the fact that there were a lot of fireworks at the last Newton County Board of Commissioners public meeting.
"In whatever arena of life one may meet the challenge of courage, whatever may be the sacrifices he faces if he follows his conscience – the loss of his friends, his fortune, his contentment, even the esteem of his fellow men – each man must decide for himself the course he will follow."