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Our thoughts: Newton can be a model

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.

April 12, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: Celebrating Easter

Easter is early this year and that is appropriate because the renewal of the earth's splendor has also arrived early.

April 05, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Out Thoughts

Last week we ran on these pages an editorial that encouraged voters not to just vote for a candidate because they had a "D" or a "R" behind their name or to vote for a candidate because of the color of their skin.

March 29, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Make your voice heard on landfill

The Newton County Board of Commissioners agreed Thursday to postpone a vote on a contentious landfill settlement after several hundred citizens turned out to voice their opposition to an overly hasty resolution.

March 15, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Pitch in

If in your travels around the Newton Community and the Social Circle community and you have been ashamed to see the trash that litters our highways and byways, next Saturday is your chance to not only get involved but in the process do something positive for our communities.

March 15, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Where's the transparency?

The Association County Commissioners of Georgia is once again trying to get the state's General Assembly to make it harder for Georgia's residents to keep up with what is going on in the governments they support.

March 08, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: Proud of our Rams

Courage is inner power to make you fight for your very existence and trying, when you know you may lose. Courage and determination makes a fighter.

March 01, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Don't give up for Lent, just give

The official start of the Lenten season began this past week and we have heard many of our friends and colleagues talking about what they were going to give up for the 40 days leading up to the celebration of Christ's resurrection.

February 22, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


A New Era

This year The Covington News is celebrating our 150th birthday.

February 15, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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Archive By Section - Our Thoughts


Our thoughts...Offer suggestions, then support

The positive thing about our community is this - we may squabble, we may disagree, but when push comes to shove on any crisis that hits our county, there is a unity that has served us well in our existence.

There is no question that there is a major financial crisis affecting our school system. Many people and groups have strong ideas on how to correct the economic problems facing the Newton County School System, including our editorial board. Until the final decision is made on how almost $10 million is going to be cut, people have a right to offer ...

April 30, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Community connection

It is obvious that developments affecting children's educations are going to be a hot topic not only here in Newton County, but everywhere.

April 28, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Open dialogue

Our editorial policy is to encourage active participation and intelligent dialogue on our opinion pages.

April 28, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts...Shining example

For the second consecutive year, middle school students at the Montessori School of Covington have raised and donated $1,000 to local non-profit organizations.

We salute the administration of the Montessori school for instilling in their students the desire to be involved in and to give back to the community.

April 25, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts...Save the Blue Willow

The Blue Willow Inn and Social Circle are synonymous with each other; without the Blue Willow we believe that the city of Social Circle would be no more than a spot on the map of Georgia.

Two years ago we attended a ribbon cutting for the Blue Willow Village, which is located directly behind the famed inn.

April 25, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


The Dalton Gang

We were just as surprised as anyone when we learned that the "Dalton Gang" - composed of Covington City Council members Keith Dalton, Chris Smith, Ocie Franklin, Mike Whatley and Hawnethia Williams - voted to discontinue all discussion of the purchase of abandoned Norfolk Southern rail lines without notice to the community or the press.

April 23, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Bribes

This week the students in our local grade schools and middle schools are taking the CRCT test; students in grade 3-5 and 8 will have to pass the test to pass on to the next grade.

April 23, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts...Suggestions for schools

We have been receiving numerous comments on our Web site, on our Facebook page as well as through e-mail about the Newton County School System cuts released by Superintendent Steve Whatley.

Interestingly enough the memo was sent out to faculty and staff at 5 p.m. on Friday, after teachers had left for the weekend. Although the school system was not kind enough to include our paper on the e-mail list, some school employees thought we should have it and were kind enough to pass it along. Other employees probably didn't even see Whatley's memo until they read ...

April 21, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Be a big shot

Recently you may have enjoyed our weekly feature, Friday Scrapbook. For the most part, the images you see on our scrapbook page are taken and submitted by people who do not work for the newspaper. Many photo submissions are taken by amateurs, yet they are just as beautiful as those taken by professionals.

April 18, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Ugly task at hand

Superintendent of the Newton County School System, Dr. Steve Whatley, is retiring at the end of this school year.

April 18, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


When Doolittle did much

225 feet. 75 yards. The distance between the goal line on one end of a football field and the 25 yard line at the other end. 225 feet. Four ship lengths of a World War II B-25 Mitchell bomber end-to-end.

April 18, 2010 | Nat Harwell | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Absurd address

In a speech this week at the farce of a nuclear conference held in Washington, D.C., President Obama addressed the delegates saying, "Whether we like it or not, we remain a dominant military super power."

April 16, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Tuskegee heroes

Recently we were honored to have some surviving members of the famed Tuskegee Airmen visit our community.

April 16, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Play ball

A few months ago we announced that we were going back to our roots and the roots of this county by covering the agribusiness community more thoroughly; this has been a success and has struck a special chord with our readers both out in the county as well as within the city.

Sunday we continued to cover events that are signs of happier days for our community.

April 14, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Sweetness of the season

Despite astronomical pollen level, this spring has been truly beautiful and pleasant. This is the time of year when you can ride in the car and sleep at night with the windows open.

Saving money on gasoline and electricity affords most a bit of extra cash during the spring months that disappears once the heat of the summer has arrived.

April 14, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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