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Our Thoughts: Audit, citizenry can be a tool for change

For those who even just pay casual attention to their local government, this week brought some big news to Newton County.

December 04, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: A reason to unite

A week ago, the country struggled as divisiveness spread across America. Videos on television news networks showed angry groups protesting against what they felt was ...

November 20, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Post-election thoughts

Tuesday's election of Donald Trump as the President of the United States gripped the nation.

November 13, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: The time is now

This isn't the first time controversial candidates have run for president of the United States. This isn't the first time Newton County residents ...

November 06, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Trick or treat

This is the time of year that can be awe-inspiring. It can also be scary…scary as in a werewolf chasing you through a cemetery ...

October 30, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: A win for residents

Five mayors and several county managers gathered around a table Tuesday and asked for one item.

October 23, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Time to vote

This may be the toughest year yet for the voter.

October 16, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Trust and respect need to be earned back

Former Newton County Fire Services Chief Kevin O'Brien served the residents of this county for eight years. He led the county's fire department ...

October 09, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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Our Thoughts: Take a stand

The Army Corps of Engineers recently withdrew Newton County's 404 Permit for building the Bear Creek Supply Reservoir, adding more time and more money to a project that has been in the works for more than 15 years.

September 27, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Rainy day funds

The Covington branch of the Newton County Library System found itself in need after its 17-year-old HVAC system shut down.

September 20, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Education for the future

When we ask a new face around town what they do, the response "I work at Baxalta" is getting more and more common.

September 13, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Reaping the benefits of filming in Newton County

"A Coat of Many Colors" has transformed several downtown Covington businesses, taken over Gaither Plantation and brought some detours to the Covington Square; "The Vampire Diaries" has brought new notoriety to Covington; and the Covington tradition that is The Fuzz Run is utilizing the popularity of Newton County's filming industry by offering a meet and greet with Ian Somerhalder.

September 06, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Newton's citizens committees

Being an elected official is a thankless job. We are promised the moon every election season, and rarely ever see its full glow throughout the next four years. We don't get all that we were promised, or in some cases all we feel we are entitled to, so thank you, I think not.

August 30, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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 center and a humiliating scandal-was a reminder that our county is poised for greatness, but only if it can rid itself of its toxic political culture.

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 of new beginnings, continued education, excitement and/or dread.

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 Commissioners still needs to improve on transparency and vetting.

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 pensions as they relate to retirees who come back to work for the Covington government.

June 28, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: Father's Day

The timing of this year's Father's Day is fitting.

June 21, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Lead, follow, or get out of the way

As the Board of Commissioners prepares to convene Tuesday night, our elected representatives face a stark choice between raising the millage rate or making even more cuts to the budget, which will inevitably affect the hard working employees of Newton County.

June 14, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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