Birthdays are a time to celebrate, reflect, be with those close to us and look toward another year of growth.
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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The New York Times editorial board this past Sunday called for the federal government to legalize marijuana in the United States.
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.
The Covington City Council voted this past week to add a code officer to its staff. The city currently has only one officer.
It's time for a change on the 2050 Plan - both to the document itself and officials' approach in presenting it to the public.
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.
We realize that voting Tuesday, four full days away, is the farthest thing from your mind right now. But you need to make it first in your mind.
The first public hearing for the 2050 Plan was held Monday night, giving the public an opportunity to let themselves be heard.
Here's some of what we have heard from concerned citizens over the last two weeks:
There is one person in town that we doubt that anyone who knows him could ever question his passion for the things he believes in.
We are grateful that the long holiday weekend passed, and despite all the people and activities occurring with the Fourth of July festivities, there were no major reports of injuries associated with beverage consumption, firework exhibitions or rowdy behavior.
We are never happy to see groups come into our community, especially on holidays, to set up shop for a week or two and sell products that rob profits from our local merchants who pay taxes on a regular basis.
"Our founders got it right when they wrote in the Declaration of Independence that our rights come from nature and nature's God, not from government."
Our community is planning to celebrate the Fourth of July in a grand way today.
During the recent primary election, many of Newton County's voters didn't show up. They paid no concern to who would represent them and a minority of the county's voters bothered to head toward the polls.
The final year of CRCT scores for grades three-eight throughout the state were released this week. Did we score high or low? It seems like a little bit of both.