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.
The first public hearing for the 2050 Plan was held Monday night, giving the public an opportunity to let themselves be heard.
Here's some of what we have heard from concerned citizens over the last two weeks:
There is one person in town that we doubt that anyone who knows him could ever question his passion for the things he believes in.
We are grateful that the long holiday weekend passed, and despite all the people and activities occurring with the Fourth of July festivities, there were no major reports of injuries associated with beverage consumption, firework exhibitions or rowdy behavior.
We are never happy to see groups come into our community, especially on holidays, to set up shop for a week or two and sell products that rob profits from our local merchants who pay taxes on a regular basis.
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.
On Thursday night, Halloween night, the Covington square was filled with strange ghosts and goblins. They all seemed to be in miniature.
When the idea of building a Miracle League Field and playground was raised, especially at the beginning of the "great recession," it seemed, to be frank, like so much folly.
On Nov. 9, members of the American Legion Auxiliary will be handing out red paper poppies at the Kroger grocery story on U.S. 278 and at the Walmart on Industrial Boulevard.
In a recent report by the Chamber of Commerce to a group of business people, Hunter Hall, president of the local chamber, said that a well-trained workforce is needed to attract top-flight businesses to Newton County. We couldn't agree more.
We have a problem with the government spying on U.S. citizens, something our government has recently been accused of doing.