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Courage and change

"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."

September 04, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Mansfield

The Newton county town of Mansfield has always been a charming little place that most people just drive through on their way to somewhere else.

September 02, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Leadership still lacking

Two weeks ago we editorialized that the Newton County Board of Commissioners should show some leadership, define the county's form of government, and identify its true manager. The BOC held a workshop on the topic, but left the meeting without a solution, or even clarity on how Newton County should be led.

August 30, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Recommendations to the BOC

The recent loan from Newton County Chairman Keith Ellis on behalf of Newton County to Commissioner J.C. Henderson was a huge problem for our local government.

August 30, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Thank you John Middleton

Thank you John Middleton for your 14 years of service as Newton County's Manager.

August 28, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Proposed park a great idea for Covington

Covington has a problem. And a cure.

August 26, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


'Hero' chief proves CPR works

Newton County Fire Chief Kevin O'Brien, like all firefighters, justly advocates for public CPR training.

August 23, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Good decisions made for 2050

We believe Tuesday's Board of Commissioners meeting was the most critical in recent memory, and we applaud the commissioners for their efforts.

August 21, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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Archive By Section - Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Field of dreams

Our struggling economy has caused the delay of many worthwhile projects in our area. One such plan was the downtown development project, which would have included a new hotel and entertainment facility.

March 11, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts...The Good Ship America

Today's paper includes 44 pages of legal notices; they reflect the smashed dreams of homeowners, business owners, folks who have lost their only means transportation and other struggling individuals and families.

We are approaching the second year of this type of loss in Newton County.

March 10, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts...Blue & White Pride

Here in Newton County, we have experienced the very lowest of the current economic malaise that has swept the nation.

The gloom and despair can be seen on faces throughout the community.

March 10, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Around the corner

There is no question that this has been a tough winter here in Newton County and Social Circle.

March 07, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Letting go

 The residents of Nelson Heights received good news this week.

March 07, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Derailed

The Smart Growth Newton County board of directors is disappointed by the Covington City Council's refusal to approve pursuing a nonbinding grant for funds to aid in conversion of unused rail lines in the city to walking and biking trails, should the rail lines be purchased. The grant investigation would have cost the city nothing; it would have simply added information to help the council weigh the merits and costs of trail use of the rail line.

March 07, 2010 | By Jonathan Paschal | Our Thoughts


Wish I didn’t know now

Lyrics were always the hardest thing for me to master as a kid. The Beatles invaded American rock-n-roll in December 1963, and appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show" in February '64. Invited to join a fledgling band, I discovered how challenging memorizing lyrics to a myriad of tunes really is.

March 07, 2010 | Nat Harwell | Our Thoughts


No backbone

"I support extending unemployment benefits, COBRA [health] benefits, flood insurance, highway bill fix, doc fix, small business loans, and distant network television for satellite viewers," Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.).

Jim Bunning spent 15 years in major league baseball pitching for the Detroit Tigers and the Philadelphia Phillies. During that time he was a solid, all-around player winning more than 200 games.

March 05, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Scare tactics

Last Sunday we were proud to once again recognize the importance of agribusiness to Newton County; little did we know that the chancellor and the Board of Regents of The University System of Georgia were planning a broadside attack against the future of a segment of our economy that provides more than $70 billion in revenue in Georgia and employs more than 69,000 workers.

In these tough economic times the university system is under pressure to cut expenses so the state can have a balanced budget.

March 05, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Encore

This time of year, we are not only excited that the first warmer days of spring are just around the corner, but also that the Arts Association in Newton County's spring series is ramping up too.

During the month of March the Arts Association sponsors the True Colours Art Exhibit at the Newton County Library. This exhibit features work from all grades of Newton County students and we are always amazed at the talent of the young people within our boarders.

March 03, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


So long, Linder

There was a time when communities like ours knew their congressman. He usually attended all the major functions, patted babies on their head and even made speeches at Rotary and Kiwanis meetings.

Then politicians figured out a way that they could have their party, and themselves if they played their cards right, stay in power for as long as they chose.

March 03, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Commission ethics

We think it's worthwhile that the Newton County Board of Commissioners is reviewing their ethics policies.

The reason this is even necessary is the abuse of gifts of every sort by politicians across the country.

February 28, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


The legacy of the land

"When you concentrate on agriculture and industry and are frugal in expenditures, Heaven cannot impoverish your state."

February 28, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Unchained melody

The county BOC also is considering passing an anti-tethering ordinance.

February 26, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Liquor by the drink

Residents of Newton County, in one way or another, have all felt the effects of the economic downturn mainly caused by the collapse of the housing industry.

February 26, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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