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Our thoughts: Pension plan

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.

June 28, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: Father's Day

The timing of this year's Father's Day is fitting.

June 21, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Lead, follow, or get out of the way

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.

June 14, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Hometown Heroes

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.

June 07, 2015 | | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: Hospital

Piedmont Newton Hospital - it does have a nice ring to it.

May 31, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Appreciation

Throughout the last seven days there was plenty to celebrate, with a big week of appreciation coming on the heels of Mother's Day.

May 17, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


A very special 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.

May 10, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Rotary Day

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.

May 03, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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It takes two, baby

The Clements Theme School, a parental involvement focused school for middle school grades, was created last year with great expectations from parents, the board of education and the community. This week the Newton County Board of Education voted to discontinue that experiment because of the costs involved in keeping open a school serving half its capacity.

We agree that this was the right thing to do at this time and we applaud the board for their humbleness and courage.

May 16, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... See a jewel at J.A.K.E.S

One of the jewels of this area of Georgia is the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center.

May 14, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Hometown heroes

As opportunities present themselves, we will editorially salute those who we cover in the paper and who we consider hometown heroes. Last Sunday we started the series by acknowledging the accomplishments of Detective Daniel Seals with the Covington Police Department and Blue Willow Inn owner Louis Van Dyke. Today we add two more heroes to The Covington News Hometown Heroes Hall of Fame.

May 14, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... Millage increase should be last resort

Last week the Newton County Board of Education met to discuss a variety of issues including the upcoming budget and in that discussion considered increasing the millage rate.

May 12, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


A mother's love

"Mothers hold their children's hands for a short while, but their hearts forever."

May 09, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Blessed with heroes

In these troubled times it's encouraging and refreshing to read stories that involve courage, perseverance and success. In Friday's paper we ran two such stories on the front page. If you missed them you can go to CovNews.com and read them.

May 09, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Run for fun, firemen

For years the Covington Police Department has conducted a very successful and poplar 5K run - the Fuzz Run - in September.

May 07, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Getting rid of waste

The Covington City Council recently agreed to pass an ordinance that for all practical purposes stopped non-essential, free pick up service for trash and waste in the city.

May 07, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: Proud of the hopefuls

We are proud of the number of local citizens who have signed up to run for public office here in Newton County. Each candidate running only makes us stronger as a community, a state and a nation.

May 05, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts...May of mirth

You might be thinking that because of the economic times you may not be able to leave the area to enjoy some fun. Well, here's a piece of good news - you don't have to.

Thanks to our local non-profits and civic groups, you and your family can enjoy the month of May right here in Newton County.

May 02, 2010 | Staff Report | 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


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