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Accountability, transparency and leadership

Newton County officials, do you remember the citizens' outrage at a raise in taxes due to an increase in the county's budget?

August 23, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


A Newton County of the past or future?

The Historic Courthouse was packed Tuesday night, but not everyone was there for the same reason. The stark contrast between the two issues-a civic ...

August 09, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Back to school

Newton County students had already made their way back to school before the calendar even turned to August. For those students it is a time ...

August 02, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Inexcusable

Once again Newton County has found itself in an embarrassing situation, and once again its leadership needs to be called into question.

July 26, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: The good, the bad and the ugly

The times are tumultuous lately and not much seems to be changing after a week full of heartbreaking, heart-wrenching and well just heart-shaped news.

July 19, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Transparency and vetting

After information on Green Hill P3 and East Georgia Land and Development, Inc. came out this week it seems that the Newton County Board of ...

July 12, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Celebrate, remember, unite

Birthdays are a time to celebrate, reflect, be with those close to us and look toward another year of growth.

July 06, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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 ...

June 28, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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Archive By Section - Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Tax games

In an apparent error of equipment classification, local employer Bridgestone Golf overpaid their 2006 and 2007 taxes to the city of Covington and Newton County by a combined $108,000.

February 10, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... A dollar a day

 In times of economic struggle, a community is measured by its people.

February 10, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Be prepared

Scout Oath

February 07, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Setting a precedent

Members of the Covington City Council had to make a very hard decision Monday night.

The 4-2 vote allowed the folks who run the nonprofit Garden of Gethsemane Homeless Shelter to have a pass on their $5,000 utility deposit and to pay a little each month on their past due bills.

February 07, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


So many reasons Y

Since its inception in 1844, the YMCA has been a beacon of hope for children and adults alike.

February 05, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Skeeter puts it in perspective

Whenever this world starts looking too complicated, I call my friend Skeeter Skates, owner of Skeeter's Tree Stump Removal and Plow Repair in Greater Metropolitan Pooler. Skeeter has a wonderful way of putting things into perspective.

February 03, 2010 | Dick Yarbrough | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Love thy neighbor

The tragedy that has befallen the country of Haiti and its people has probably touched you in one way or another. Some have contributed clothes, some have sent money and some have just prayed.

February 03, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Many tasks at hand

After a week of appropriations hearings, we were back in session last week. The facts from the hearings were pretty sobering. Georgia, while not being in the kind of fiscal dire straights that other states are in, has more tough budget decisions ahead. Our initial challenge is to make corrections to the present, fiscal 2010, budget. The first half of the fiscal year (July through December of 2009) saw substantial declines in revenues. While it appears that we may be near the bottom of the downturn, with hopes that revenues will soon flatten rather than fall, the state will still ...

February 03, 2010 | By Doug Holt | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... NCSO honors heroes

Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown should be applauded for beginning a new law enforcement tradition. Brown has instituted a Purple Heart honor for deputies injured in the line of duty and a Lifesaving Award for those who go above and beyond the call of duty during life-threatening situations.

February 03, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


The least we can do

Over the past few weeks we have noticed a decrease in donations coming in the Newton County Sheriff's Office for the inVEST fund. The fund for the highest quality bullet-proof vests for our county's heroes has only grown a bit over $5,500 since Christmas.

The Covington News has pledged to run the names of the week's donors, as well as total funds raised that week, every Friday for a year. We would hate to print the total every Friday and not have reached the goal of $113,000 by September, especially since almost 65 percent of ...

January 31, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


A balance of power

We have run numerous letters to the editor lately regarding the money that is given to the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce by both the city council and board of commissioners.

We understand that in this economic climate, many feel this is a waste of tax dollars, especially with the basic needs of thousands of residents going unfulfilled.

January 31, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... The state of the union

The miracle election in Massachusetts recently gave us hope that the president would come to his senses and actually start being the person that people elected in 2008.

January 29, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Time for tea

What this state needs is a good old-fashioned Tea Party. Not one directed at the liberal weenies in Washington who tried to ram health care reform down our throats. This protest needs to focus on the State of Georgia.

January 27, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... A new HOPE

Georgia's HOPE Scholarship was established under the supervision of former Gov. Zell Miller in 1993. It was and still is funded by the Georgia Lottery.

January 27, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... A missing piece

Newton County Board of Education member Dr. C.C. Bates announced last week that she would be leaving the board in June to accept a full time position at Clemson University.

January 27, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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