Religious and cultural bigotry has been around since, seemingly, the beginning of recorded time.
Sometimes what starts out as a good idea gets hijacked along the way.
Now that school has started back, motorists on many of our county roads are finding their commute time extended because of the band of bright yellow school busses carrying our children to and from their homes and school.
The concept of a working committee to study the 2050 Plan proposal and make recommendations to streamline it seemed until this week to be a workable solution.
Students and teachers returned to the classroom Friday, hopefully taking note of last year's improvements in many testing areas to do even more positive work this school year.
During a Rotary Club of Covington meeting Tuesday, Newton County Chairman Keith Ellis announced that the commissioners are planning to start a citizens' panel consisting of an appointed member by each commissioner and appointees from each city in the county and entities such as the chamber, water and sewage authority and school board.
The New York Times editorial board this past Sunday called for the federal government to legalize marijuana in the United States.
There was an unfortunate incident in our community last week where a man for reasons unknown at this time was seen in a quiet community wielding a sword of some type, harassing passing cars and trash cans.
The Covington City Council voted this past week to add a code officer to its staff. The city currently has only one officer.
It's time for a change on the 2050 Plan - both to the document itself and officials' approach in presenting it to the public.
One of the cornerstones of pride in the Newton County community is that we have our own hospital; and throughout its existence the taxpayers have supported its development.
We realize that voting Tuesday, four full days away, is the farthest thing from your mind right now. But you need to make it first in your mind.
Two years ago, a majority vote by the Newton County Board of Commissioners stripped then-Chairwoman Kathy Morgan of most of her powers and created a county manager form of government.
The little town of Porterdale seems to be in the bull's-eye scope of Hollywood producers.
When we saw this Thanksgiving message, we knew we wanted to share it with our readers. The perspectives offered truly explain the meaning of this most American of holidays.
The fun part of the year is upon us; this week we celebrate Thanksgiving.
King Arthur: "Don't let it be forgot / That once there was a spot / For one brief shining moment / That was known as Camelot.''
Every year about this time, you can count on one of our major industries to ensure that a real Thanksgiving is enjoyed by many community nonprofits.
We were more than surprised to learn last week that all Newton County School System employees will receive in January what amounts to a one-time bonus of 1 percent of their salaries. The district called it a "pay adjustment.''
We applaud the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce's decision to bring in a professional Main Street consultant to talk with local business owners and to advise the chamber on how to make our Main Street program more effective.
"Anyway, no drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we're looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn't test people for drugs; we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power."
We are more than fortunate to have a town square that, even in the toughest of times, has been the centerpiece of everyday life in the Newton County/Covington communities.
"Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die."
We were more than disappointed to read about the fights earlier this week at the new Newton High School.
For the past few years, the chamber and city officials have invested heavily in the growth of tourism in Covington, using the downtown square as a centerpiece of that investment.
When Estona Middlebrooks was elected mayor of Mansfield, we took it as a signal that the good folks of the community were going to be represented by a young, vibrant new leader who would help the town move into a new age.
One of the nicest parks in the area is Chimney Park, located adjacent to the county health building and behind the public library in Covington.