We ran a story this week, taken from a police report, alleging that a man named Qunitterius Hawk allowed a 2-year-old in his care to become intoxicated. The report also stated that after he was confronted by the child's mother, Hawk attacked her.
We are pleased to see, after further investigation, that officials at Newton High School found the right records and now know that Newton High School's graduation rates are indeed up, and, in fact, exceed state averages.
We are seeing more crimes committed by young people than ever in our history. And in many cases, these are not petty crimes; they're felonies that will follow children for the rest of their lives.
Newton County's switch to a county manager form of government in late 2011 was a messy, contentious affair that transferred much of the day-to-day authority and responsibility from the elected county chairman to an appointed county manager.
Whew! It was a cold one last week , so cold that we imagine 50 years from now folks will be talking about how they lived through the big freeze of 2014.
Training is valuable and often required, but we haven't seen any practical reasons presented for the Covington City Council to change the city's travel policy for employees.
We had two unpleasant characterizations of our community this past week. The first involved a tourism video, paid for by our local chamber, that features a spoof on Covington's vampire connection, which is the fact that the wildly popular TV series "The Vampire Diaries'' is filmed here.
"As adults we play a role in abuse ... and if you are not protecting children, you are neglecting them AND THAT IS ABUSE."
There is no question that the more visitors we have to our town square, the better off we all are.
Although it seems sometimes that we are not making any progress locally in coming out of the economic downturn we have been in for the past five years, here's some good news.
Credit needs to be given when credit is due.
Utility cooperatives were begun under the New deal, created by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to ensure that rural communities such as ours could receive electricity.
Our community grieves today for a young boy and his father.
There are many across this nation who believe that in order for our country to emerge from corruption and moral degradation, we need a great revival to sweep the land.
Porterdale appears to be turning a corner.
"Of all the properties which belong to honorable men, not one is as highly prized as that of character.''
* We are pleased to see that the Newton County Board of Commissioners has placed signs at Factory Shoals Recreation Park that warn swimmers and waders to be careful about being in the Alcovy River.
Recently there seems to be an upswing in local folks being scammed, either in traditional ways or now in even more devious ways.
The 185th version of the old Salem Camp Meeting has come to an end
Salaries of the county's elected officials are a hot topic, and we hope commissioners will use the opportunity to examine the salary structure of multiple positions.
We still are a nation of laws. Unfortunately, there are many groups who have forgotten that.