A sure sign of spring here in Covington and Newton County is the sweet smell of Vidalia onions.
There's no question we've had a successful run of economic development deals in Newton County over the past couple of years.
"Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt."
"I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles."
One of the highlights of every spring in Covington is to hear the sound of music on the square at noon every Thursday in May.
It was announced last week that Newton County's unemployment rate for March had dropped to 9.4 percent, the lowest it has been since the economic downturn started in 2008.
Andrea Smith, owner of Square Perk Cafe, had an idea, as many of us do from time to time. However, she did something different - she acted on it.
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."
Unfortunately, in today's society, more attention is paid to the bad that our young people do than the good.
The folks who live in Mansfield received a real shock Friday as an unexpected smack from Mother Nature rolled through a portion of their small town. For more details, you can go to CovNews.com to see pictures and a video of the storm.
At its annual retreat, city officials talked about turning the American Legion Field located behind the YMCA into a place that could be used for entertainment and other social events that would benefit local citizens.
Last week, Dr. Gary Mathews, superintendent of schools for Newton County, reopened the search for a new principal for Alcovy High School.
A month ago, we wrote an editorial of praise for Pierce Cline, who had just been awarded the coveted Oxford College Carl Chandler award.
When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you. ~ Winston Churchill As you read this today, it must be some sort of relief that this local election season is finally over. The results of our local election are on page one and further details can be seen and read at CovNews.com. This election, both nationally and locally, created tension and mistrust that seems to be stronger than in past years' elections. ...
In six more days, this long national nightmare of an election will be over. The campaigning, which seemed to start the day after the 2008 presidential election has been nasty, brutal and expensive. In the current economy, it seems almost criminal that millions of dollars was spent on political ads targeted at voters who have benefited more from seeing that money infused into the general economy. Locally, we've learned this season that politics at the ...
Three years ago, it appeared the Newton County School System had reached rock bottom. Scores were dropping as the system struggled to deal with the effects of rapid growth without the extra resources that had been provided by skyrocketing property tax revenue.
"The Gun-Free School Zones Act prohibits any person from knowingly possessing a firearm that has moved in or otherwise affects interstate or foreign commerce at a place the individual knows, or has reasonable cause to believe, is a school zone. The GFSZA also prohibits any person from knowingly, or with reckless disregard for the safety of another, discharging or attempting to discharge a firearm that has moved in or otherwise affects interstate or foreign commerce ...
We have been blessed to have a magnificent fall. A simple drive out into the country or around town here in Newton County will attest to that fact.
Last week it was reported that a 12-year-old girl was accidentally killed walking along busy Ga. Highway 81 at an early morning time when it was nearly pitch black.
We think the Covington City Council made a good decision this past week, when it agreed to offer a package of several incentives in an effort to bring a $20 million existing industry to the city.
It is better to ultimately succeed with the truth than to temporarily succeed with a lie.
We were pleased to see forward progress on the county's 2050 Plan recently, as the city of Covington, Newton County and Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority agreed to spend $50,000 a piece to work on putting some teeth into what until now has been a general blueprint.
The presidential debates are now in the bag and the candidates are making a mad dash to capture votes in swing states leading up to Nov. 6.
We're sad to see that our recent election history has a chance to repeat itself, but we're hopeful voters have learned a few lessons during the past four years.
If you missed the winter wonderland we received ahead of schedule this year, courtesy of The Vampire Diaries, you missed a beautiful scene on the town square.
We have stated previously that we support a public shelter for homeless people in our community.
The Newton County Home Builders Association hosted a special presentation last week that was designed to infuse hope back into a beleaguered building community and get local officials excited about the future. Frank Norton Jr., president of The Norton Agency, is considered a Georgia real estate guru and he spent three months studying Newton County's housing market. His conclusion was that we've hit rock bottom, but things really aren't that bad and they should only get better.