One day this week the night sky was brilliant featuring a crescent moon and a few very bright stars. It was cold, but the night air was crisp and clean.
The scene caused us to pause and think of that night 2,010 years ago when such a sky also was visible. It was not quite as cold, but we can imagine a star so bright that it illuminated both heaven and earth. We could almost hear the sound of songs so happy and cheerful that we could not help but smile.
Charles Dickens once wrote that these are the best of times and these are the worst of times and certainly when he penned these words in "A Tale of Two Cities" in 1859, the times seemed bleak for the people of that era.
This week the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce hosted a pre-legislative meeting so their members could gain insight on the upcoming legislative year in Georgia. Sen. John Douglas and Rep. Doug Holt attended and gave the business community an update of what to expect.
The bottom line is - it doesn't look good as the state's revenue continues to decline.
A few months ago the parents of Deputy Wesley Atha started a community campaign to raise funds to purchase vests for the deputies employed by the Newton County Sheriff's Department. The goal of this campaign is $113,000. So far, the good folks of Newton County have raised $62,434 to that end.
You too can make a tax deductible contribution to this great cause by sending what you can to NCSO c/o of Apryle Jones, 15151 Alcovy Road, Covington, Ga. 30014.
One of the joys of living in Newton County at Christmas time is the annual presentation of the Arts Association in Newton County's presentation of "The Nutcracker" as performed by the Covington Regional Ballet.
A round of applause is due to the General Mills Corporation for donating 4.4 million boxes of cereal across the nation. Last week employees of our local plant loaded 10,000 boxes of Honey Nut Cheerios for Atlanta area food banks.
The Covington Food Pantry will, of course, have first dibs on the great Christmas gift.