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Our Thoughts: Audit, citizenry can be a tool for change

For those who even just pay casual attention to their local government, this week brought some big news to Newton County.

December 04, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: A reason to unite

A week ago, the country struggled as divisiveness spread across America. Videos on television news networks showed angry groups protesting against what they felt was ...

November 20, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Post-election thoughts

Tuesday's election of Donald Trump as the President of the United States gripped the nation.

November 13, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: The time is now

This isn't the first time controversial candidates have run for president of the United States. This isn't the first time Newton County residents ...

November 06, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Trick or treat

This is the time of year that can be awe-inspiring. It can also be scary…scary as in a werewolf chasing you through a cemetery ...

October 30, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: A win for residents

Five mayors and several county managers gathered around a table Tuesday and asked for one item.

October 23, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Time to vote

This may be the toughest year yet for the voter.

October 16, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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Archive By Section - Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... The Sheriff’s Department

We also acknowledge with pride that the Newton County Sheriff's Department trapped another pervert, who thought that he could get away with trying to seduce a young child in our county.

August 08, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Police Accreditation

We are particularly proud of the fact that the Covington Police Department has been recognized internationally for its excellent service.

August 08, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


The Liquor Ordinance Vote

This week the BOC, led by Mort Ewing and allied with some strange voting partners J.C. Henderson and lame duck Ernest Simmons, voted down the opportunity to place an alcohol ordinance on the upcoming November ballot.

Granted, Chairman Kathy Morgan dropped the ball on this very important issue by not having it on the agenda to be talked about months ago, but we are still surprised by this 'no' vote.

August 06, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


School decisions

The state board of education has waived all class size rules for the coming year.

August 04, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Good News

We've got good news on the local business front. The Porterdale hydro plant, which was open and in operation for 80 years until it was closed last year, has been purchased a venture company run by Stephen Odom.

Odom's company, which is currently Florida based, is called Vclear Recourses

August 04, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Well done, Fairview

We are more than proud of all of the third grade students of Fairview Theme school.

Every one of them passed the government mandated CRCT tests. But not only did they do that, they posted 100 percent proficiency on the reading portion of the test.

August 01, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


The airport

Eighty-two aircraft land in the Covington Municipal Airport on an average day; for 40 of them, the Covington Municipal Airport creates the first, and sometimes only, impression of our community.

This outside market traffic presents a tremendous opportunity for the citizens of Newton County and Covington to attract people to our beautiful community, and it's important that the first impression is the best one possible. A viable, welcoming airport is particularly important in trying to attract new business and retain existing business.

August 01, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


A few things

Our schools in Newton County and Social Circle will be starting back up soon, no doubt to the relief of moms across the county.

This is our annual reminder for you to watch for kids walking to school, to give yourself more time because the buses will be back on the road and to be prepared to drive just a little bit slower, especially on country roads.

July 29, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Social Circle Police

There was quite the discussion at the Social Circle city council meeting last week. Concerned citizens verbally attacked the Mayor Jim Burgess and the police Chief Robert Fox. Some of the charges against the police department were potentially very serious.

July 28, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... The sad story of Bell, Calif.

We have been harping on voter turnout recently after the dismal primary election attendance. We realize on writing about that issue that the folks we are talking to probably do go out and vote. What we hope to accomplish is that you, our reader, get stirred up enough that you encourage your family or neighbors to vote in the Aug. 10 runoff election.

July 28, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Racism

 The word "Racist" used to be a word that was used to describe a person who had no tolerance for other peoples race or religion. If that word was used, there was no mistaking why.

July 25, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... flaws in education

The shock from the latest results of the AYP tests are still reverberating around the community.

July 23, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Poor voter turnout

"To make democracy work, we must be a nation of participants, not simply observers. One who does not vote has no right to complain."

July 23, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


What a vacation

In previous editions, we have conveyed our concern about the leadership qualities of our current president.

July 20, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


A fresh start

This past Friday the editorial board met with incoming Newton County School System superintendent Dr. Gary Mathews in an informal, off-the-record setting to get to know each other on a more personal level.

July 20, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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