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Show up for the 2050 Plan

Here's some of what we have heard from concerned citizens over the last two weeks:

July 12, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on passion

There is one person in town that we doubt that anyone who knows him could ever question his passion for the things he believes in.

July 10, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on the Fourth of July

We are grateful that the long holiday weekend passed, and despite all the people and activities occurring with the Fourth of July festivities, there were no major reports of injuries associated with beverage consumption, firework exhibitions or rowdy behavior.

July 08, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on outside vendors

We are never happy to see groups come into our community, especially on holidays, to set up shop for a week or two and sell products that rob profits from our local merchants who pay taxes on a regular basis.

July 05, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


OUr thoguhts: Celebrate your independence

Our community is planning to celebrate the Fourth of July in a grand way today.

July 03, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: Fourth of July

"Our founders got it right when they wrote in the Declaration of Independence that our rights come from nature and nature's God, not from government."

July 03, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on the runoff

During the recent primary election, many of Newton County's voters didn't show up. They paid no concern to who would represent them and a minority of the county's voters bothered to head toward the polls.

July 01, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on the CRCT: Back to square one

The final year of CRCT scores for grades three-eight throughout the state were released this week. Did we score high or low? It seems like a little bit of both.

June 28, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on the 250 Plan

Ten years ago a group of people got together, politicians and concerned citizens alike, and made a decision that Newton County, inevitably, was going to grow.

June 26, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on Georgia Perimeter

This past month the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools voted to reaffirm the accreditation of one of our local higher learning institutions, Georgia Perimeter College (GPC).

June 24, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on Vivian Harris's work

Kudos goes out to local community activist Vivian Harris. Through her determination and countless efforts, a part of Oxford – and America's history – has been preserved in print.

June 24, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on being alert

This past week a father in Marietta loaded his 22-month-old son in his SUV to take to day care and forgot he had done it, instead driving to work.

June 21, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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NHS MCJROTC collects toys

The Newton High School Marine Corps JROTC are revving up for Christmas as they take on the task of being Santa's helpers in the Newton County area.

Again this year cadets will be collecting for the Toys for Tots drive in support of the nationwide Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program.

December 06, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


No courage

"I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of my mouth"

December 04, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Holiday cheer

The next few days in Newton County are filled with events designed to put residents and out-of-town guests into the holiday spirit.

Tonight Porterdale kicks off its third Christmas in the Village celebration at 7 p.m. The event will feature music, a tree lighting and Santa and his tiny reindeer.

December 04, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Run for the border, crooks

We can only assume that Michael Curtis Jackson of Ellenwood does not read newspapers. Just last week The News published an editorial suggesting that would be robbers and crooks not mess with our law enforcement officials here in Covington and Newton County.

Jackson is one of those suspected in the armed robbery of the local Taco Bell this weekend.

December 02, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Remembering Mr. Harris

The citizens of the city of Covington and Newton County have lost another stalwart leader.

Walker Harris, former mayor, businessman and extraordinary volunteer, died peacefully in his sleep Sunday.

December 02, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Dawgs v. Humble Bumble

I'm enjoying the lap of luxury today, for I'm ruminating on the annual display of "good old-fashioned hate," as the late Lewis Grizzard described gridiron battles between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Writing before Thanksgiving Day, knowing this will appear the day after the pigskin tilt, constitutes that luxury; I can express myself freely, unencumbered and unembarrassed by the final score.

November 29, 2009 | Nat Harwell | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... Walton what?

Recently some representatives of the newly formed Walton One appeared before the Social Circle City Council to request funds to the tune of $5,000 and council support their project.

November 29, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... Screening guideline shock

Recently the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force released new guidelines regarding the needed frequency of mammographies. The guidelines floored this editorial board.

November 29, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Leadership in education

Nov. 19 was my second class day in Leadership Newton. Since it was education day we toured various schools and colleges and learned as much as the students we met.

November 29, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | Our Thoughts


Wonderful couple

Congratulations to T.K. and Louise Adams for being honored to light the holiday decorations on the Newton County Historic Courthouse.

If there ever was a couple who deserved this honor it is T.K and Louise for their tireless dedication to the Newton County Community Band, the Newton County School System and the Washington Street Community Center.

November 29, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Good work CPD, NCSO

The Covington Police Department, under the direction of Chief Stacey Cotton, and the Newton County Sheriff's Department, under the direction of Sheriff Ezell Brown, deserve a great big pat on the back this holiday season.

Their joint effort in the quick capture of the Wal-Mart/United Bank Bandit continues a tradition of arrests of people who think Covington is just a sleepy, little place where they can stop and rob businesses of their money.

November 29, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


A century of service

In today's paper there is a special commemorative edition devoted to the 100 years of service by the men and woman who serve and have served our city in the Covington Fire Department. This section alone is testimony to the love and pride that local merchants and civic groups have for our fire department.

We are particularly proud of Chief Don Floyd and his father, R.T., who for 60 plus years of the 100 years of the CFD, have served as the leaders of that force.

November 29, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Share you blessings

"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."

November 29, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Flying high

The never-say-die Eastside Eagles, who were for all practical purposes discounted after the first couple of games of this season, have soared back into the limelight to be in strong contention to play for the state Championship in division AAA.

The Eagles, led by coach Rick Hurst, are flying high late in the season for the second consecutive year.

November 27, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Help Santa visit the troops

We hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving feast as well as spending quality time with loved ones.

A great deal of you also have this day off as part of the Thanksgiving holiday. If you are going to brave Black Friday, then we urge you to look at the ads in Wednesday and today's papers to find some great bargains, which are especially necessary in these tough economic times.

November 27, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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