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.
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).
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.
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.
This past week Marcus Wellons was put to death for the 1989 murder and rape of a 15-year-old girl.
In last Sunday's paper we carried a story on the front page that explained in great deal the pros and cons of creating a Commercial Improvement District (CID) for the Highway 278 corridor in Covington.
Betty Ray Shaw explained to us that children of autism have their own agenda, and when they get something in their mind that they want to, or think they need to do, that's what they are going to do.
The Newton County Board of Commissioners had a lively debate this past week about what to do after a May 30 party at the Nelson Heights Community Center was marred by a gun reportedly being fired into the air by a passing car and hours of people milling about in the streets afterward.
Volunteerism is ingrained in our county's foundation and has been the backbone of so many of our greatest successes on a nationwide and local level.
As a society, now more than ever, it seems, we dwell on the negative.
There's no question that anyone who owns property hates to pay taxes on it.
We can understand a community's concern on having group homes and residences in their neighborhoods.
In the last couple of weeks we have had two of our local restaurants recieve poor health scores from state officials.
There is almost nothing worse when living in a county that is blessed with so many natural beauties - especially at this time of year - and see the litter that uncaring people have tossed everywhere.
It is hard enough in today's economy to operate a business, especially one that is heavily scrutinized by government bureaucrats.
There has been considerable time and effort put in to the Salem road overlay plan over the years.
The thought of having a gazebo built on the square is interesting.
In last Sunday's paper our publisher wrote a column on the positive effects of the county's 2050 plan.
I argue that the best rules to govern our lives are those that we'd be satisfied with if our very worst enemy were in charge of decision making. The foundation for such rules was laid out by my mother. Let's look at her wise lessons.
Last Wednesday, as we were reading our home-delivered local newspaper, we were shocked to find out county officials were moving forward with a plan to pay up to $20,000 of taxpayer money to hire a firm to write press releases and handle social media.
Oxford's 175th anniversary
The Covington–Newton Chamber of Commerce has done much to promote the image of Covington as the new "Hollywood of the South."
In today's paper – and on our website since Friday – is the full list of folks who have qualified to run for local, state and federal political seats for 2014, representing Newton County.
On Wednesday, the weather was supposed to be gray with a threat of sleet. Instead, the sun shone through and the sky was a beautiful blue, with plenty of wispy white clouds speeding by.
Medical marijuana, or cannabis, is a hot topic in the state right now, as the Georgia General Assembly is on the path to green lighting limited medical testing.
We have been up on our high horse recently, preaching about how the "vocal minority" is controlling our country. A story we saw on the TV news yesterday just added fuel to that fire.