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Our thoughts on Georgia Perimeter

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).

June 24, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on Vivian Harris's work

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.

June 24, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on being alert

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.

June 21, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on the death sentence

This past week Marcus Wellons was put to death for the 1989 murder and rape of a 15-year-old girl.

June 19, 2014 | | Our Thoughts


Commercial Improvement District could be a good thing

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.

June 17, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on Jajuan Shaw’s winning agenda

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.

June 14, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on what to do with Nelson Heights

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.

June 12, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on a shift for volunteers

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.

June 10, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


A positive should precede a negative

As a society, now more than ever, it seems, we dwell on the negative.

June 07, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on taxes

There's no question that anyone who owns property hates to pay taxes on it.

June 05, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on group homes

We can understand a community's concern on having group homes and residences in their neighborhoods.

June 03, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Support a good cause

The Washington Street Community Center is a busy place that is the heart and soul and pride of the communities surrounding the Washington Street corridor.

May 31, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Retiring a great

Newton county is about to lose one of its finest public officials.

May 31, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: Lack of Leadership

This week the president, the commander in chief of our military, addressed the graduating class at West Point.

May 29, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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Archive By Section - Our Thoughts


Courage

"If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen."

October 22, 2013 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Support Rotary projects

We are fortunate in our communities to have some very good civic groups. Their members' efforts are vital to many local organizations.

October 19, 2013 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Recreation Commission

There has been some controversy regarding the appointment of a new recreation director for Newton County. Some were adamant about going outside the community to search for a replacement when longtime director Tommy Hailey retired.

October 17, 2013 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Nothing is free

In 1984, under the Reagan administration and as part of the breakup of AT&T, a special program called Lifeline was established.

October 17, 2013 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Visit Georgia

We are fortunate to have a major state college located here in Newton County.

October 15, 2013 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Homeless shelter

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.

October 15, 2013 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


A spirit of cooperation

We were glad to see that the city of Covington and Newton County governments have agreed to share the cost of keeping clean the main exits off Interstate 20 leading into Covington. That involves cutting grass and keeping trash picked up.

October 12, 2013 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Shop locally

We've reached the time of year when some folks are starting their shopping for the holiday season.

October 12, 2013 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Save your tears

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.

October 10, 2013 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Saluting leaders

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.

October 10, 2013 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Gaming the system

As a rule, Americans are giving and caring people.

October 08, 2013 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Porterdale Gym

Porterdale is a small community, but it has a big heart.

October 08, 2013 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Shutdown is a wakeup call

"Then we'll figure out what to do about the depression and the inflation and the oil crisis. But first, get up out of your chairs, open the window, stick your head out, and yell, and say it: 'I'M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!'''

October 05, 2013 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Name those pandas

The Atlanta Zoo announced this week that it's asking the public to suggest names for its cute new panda twins.

October 03, 2013 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


It’s about time — and speed

Something about which we have always been puzzled is how police in DeKalb County choose who gets a ticket as cars whiz around the I-285 expressway.

October 03, 2013 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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