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.
For 76 years a local civic group has been involved, through its monies and volunteerism, in almost every worthwhile project that has helped Covington and Newton County become the great place that it is to raise a family.
For the last six years we have had the honor to recognize people in our community who through their actions and deeds have gone the extra mile to help their neighbors or their family.
There is no question that we are suffering from a general lack of quality leadership in Newton County at this time. Can that be turned around? We think so, but it is going to take our current leadership to be willing to communicate and cooperate with other community officials to start the process.
Easter is early this year and that is appropriate because the renewal of the earth's splendor has also arrived early.
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We have watched for years as different councils and mayors have talked about developing Legion Field into a community center that included an entertainment center and a park.
Lines wrap around the building, newly registered voters are brought to polling places and "I voted" stickers become the biggest fashion statement of the season every time a presidential election takes place.
"God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers."
We didn't know Dr. Bill Dobbs very well at the paper because most of his grand accomplishments occurred before our time, but what we have heard said and what we know of his accomplishments tells us he truly was a man who had his eye on the future at all times.
The more we think about the county's conversations about what type of government the county should have going forward, the more we believe the ultimate authority should be returned to the people through the elected county chairman.
The county's Board of Commissioners are mulling over what type of government we will have here in Newton County.
This week we had the pleasure of awarding our annual Hometown Hero award with our partner General Mills.
Should the elected county chairman be the top person in charge of making decisions for Newton County's government?
Some people carry around a big brass drum on their backs to announce every time they do something good or special for people.
In Wednesday's paper we brought out front and center the school system's scores from the last two years, with a combined average.
The city council this week put a stake through the grand idea of a Gazebo being built on the town square.
Today we celebrate Easter; so, sure it is a day that there will be plenty of chocolate candy in the house and decorated eggs in the yard.
There were two crime briefs that were in Wednesday's edition of the paper that deserve mention.
An important primary election is coming up on May 20.
"Engineering Evil" is a documentary recently shown on the Military History channel. It's a story of Nazi Germany's murder campaign before and during World War II. According to some estimates, 16 million Jews and other people died at the hands of Nazis.