A sure sign of spring here in Covington and Newton County is the sweet smell of Vidalia onions.
There's no question we've had a successful run of economic development deals in Newton County over the past couple of years.
"Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt."
"I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles."
One of the highlights of every spring in Covington is to hear the sound of music on the square at noon every Thursday in May.
It was announced last week that Newton County's unemployment rate for March had dropped to 9.4 percent, the lowest it has been since the economic downturn started in 2008.
Andrea Smith, owner of Square Perk Cafe, had an idea, as many of us do from time to time. However, she did something different - she acted on it.
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."
Unfortunately, in today's society, more attention is paid to the bad that our young people do than the good.
The folks who live in Mansfield received a real shock Friday as an unexpected smack from Mother Nature rolled through a portion of their small town. For more details, you can go to CovNews.com to see pictures and a video of the storm.
At its annual retreat, city officials talked about turning the American Legion Field located behind the YMCA into a place that could be used for entertainment and other social events that would benefit local citizens.
Last week, Dr. Gary Mathews, superintendent of schools for Newton County, reopened the search for a new principal for Alcovy High School.
In Newton County there is a man named Jim Dial.
Speaking of young minds, last year Newton Mentoring started a program to place trained adult mentors with children in the community to provide support, tutoring and counseling and also to exemplify a constructive role model. We are more than pleased that more than 30 folks volunteered for this program. This past week their efforts were honored with a reception at the Newton County Schools' administration building.
Thanks to Mayor Kim Carter's tie breaking vote, the Covington City Council approved the special use permit for the proposed Peachtree Academy to be located in the McGuirts Bridge Road area of the city. The main issue seems to be possible traffic increases for the area. One resident said before school and during afternoon dismissal that his driveway would be blocked.
On the front page of Sunday's paper there was a story about how some local people, who were having a hard time making ends meet, struck out on a bold new venture - we call it entrepreneurism. If you missed it, you can read it on CovNews.com.
In Friday's paper we ran a story on how the Newton County School System was recruiting math and science teachers in India. At first blush this seems, well, not right.
We would like to congratulate the faculty and student body of Newton High School for raising nearly $9,000 for Newton County's annual Relay for Life. We would also like to applaud Newton English teacher George Miles for running to inspire students and teachers to give.
We believe, with every breath we take, in the sanctity of the First Amendment of our country's Constitution. That amendment guarantees every citizen of this country the right to free speech; we feel that same right applies to teachers and students as well. The Newton County School System's administration has instituted a policy that absolutely denies the right of its teachers, administrators and students to talk to the press unless it is cleared by one public relations official.
There was a time in the good old days when at this time of the year if you were a senior in high school, then it was your turn to be part of a traditional prank. You did this knowing full well there would be penalties and that you would have to deal face-to-face with your parents and your principal, which in itself was usually punishment enough. The pranks that were performed in those good ...
Monday some numbskull in the defense department authorized the president of the United States' plane, accompanied by a fighter jet, to fly low over the site of the 9/11 tragedy in New York.
The city and county governments recently held a joint session to discuss, among other things, the purchase of railroad right away and lines from Norfolk Southern.
The Newton County Recreation Commission and the Covington Rotary Club have taken on a massive project - the building of a new sports complex in the county. The complex will contain the "Miracle Field," which is a baseball diamond built specifically to handle the needs of our handicapped children who live in the county.
That's what we thought Two months ago we broke a story about an education study group put in place by the Gov. Sonny Perdue. The group was going to make a recommendation that the state's technical schools and junior colleges be merged. There was denial and outcry from state officials that this was not true. In Wednesday's paper the study was released and what we reported was true, although other options for Georgia's colleges were ...
We always extol the natural beauty of our communities; we encourage our readers to get out and enjoy that beauty.
T.K. Adams is a special man. For the past 50 years he has spent his life making other people, both young and old, better because they have had the opportunity to be touched by his kindness and dedication.
I love animals and hate to see them mistreated.