In 1984, under the Reagan administration and as part of the breakup of AT&T, a special program called Lifeline was established.
We are fortunate to have a major state college located here in Newton County.
There is a nonprofit in this town that just refuses to give up. The Garden of Gethsemane Homeless Shelter seems to have more lives than a cat.
We've reached the time of year when some folks are starting their shopping for the holiday season.
We hear every day via the major news networks that the shutdown of the government is causing major harm to our country, especially to the poor federal government employees who have been laid off for the time being.
Anytime we lose a leader who learned in the good old days how to be a leader and who devoted considerable time and effort to making our community a better place for all of us, it is a major loss.
In Sunday's paper, there were two stories that should be read because both affect your pocketbook.
The 13-year-old Newton County girl who was missing for a month has been found safe. See the story at CovNews.com.
Newborn is such a small town in Newton County that if you blink your eyes twice as you pass through, you will miss it.
There was a time, before the age of Facebook and Kindle and tweets, that public libraries were the pride and centerpiece of every thriving and growing community.
Even though there's hope of finally seeing light at the end of our long, dark, economically-depressed tunnel, we know the county likely remains years away from significant improvement.
In Friday's paper, there was an update on the construction progress at the Baxter International site on the Newton-Walton County border.
We are glad to see that the bypass around Social Circle is to be completed. (See our story at Covnews.com.)
The Covington City Council is giving itself a nice raise next year. As best we could tell, council members felt the raise was deserved because of the numerous hours and hard work they spend representing the city. One council member even mentioned the many meetings she attends around the state, which, we should mention, are paid for by taxpayers. True, the council and mayor's pay rates have stayed the same since 1977; however, during the ...
We said goodbye this past month to three very good civic leaders. John Howard, who served on council and recently as chairman of the Airport Authority, and his wife have moved from Covington. Howard was an honest, fair politician who would look you in the eye and explain his positions. Unfortunately, his type of political and personal character is not as valued today as it once was. We will miss him, and we wish the ...
Where's the transparency? It has come to light that members of the Covington City Council have approved a 50 percent raise for themselves and the mayor, effective in January 2014. The pay change was among amendments to the city charter that received final approval in May 2012. But a check of regular council meeting minutes and videos indicates that the proposed raises were never publicly discussed. (You can read our story at Covnews.com.) Council members ...
Many of us pay scant attention to international news. After all, there is enough happening right here at home, in our own cities, states and country, to keep us watchful and wary. But tomorrow, as we honor our fallen on Memorial Day, we should remember that when a soldier serves, so, too, does his or her family. Just as generation after generation of families have been before them, in times of war and times of ...
A few years ago, we made a decision to stop the Sunday comics and cease publishing an evening TV guide.
It is gratifying to see the 2012 graduation rate in Newton County schools grow so rapidly from the low point it dropped to just three short years ago.
"Hold on, my friends, to the Constitution and to the Republic for which it stands. Miracles do not cluster, and what has happened once in 6,000 years, may not happen again. Hold on to the Constitution, for if the American Constitution should fail, there will be anarchy throughout the world."
On Tuesday, members of the Board of Education voted 3-2 to appoint Samantha Fuhrey as superintendent of schools for Newton County, replacing Dr. Gary Mathews effective July 1. We applauded this selection and believe that Fuhrey will continue the path that Dr. Mathews has put the system on during his three-year leadership of the county's schools. In her current position as deputy superintendent for curriculum and instruction, she has had the opportunity to play ...