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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


Our Thoughts: Safety

It's time for our annual reminder on safety and the safety of our children.

May 27, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on Memorial Day

"The United States and the freedom, for which it stands, the freedom for which they died, must endure and prosper. Their lives remind us that freedom is not bought cheaply. It has a cost; it imposes a burden. And just as they whom we commemorate were willing to sacrifice, so too must we - in a less final, less heroic way - be willing to give of ourselves."

May 24, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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In case of emergency

This weekend we had our first snowstorm of the season; if we are lucky it will be our last.

While it lasted, it was a beautiful sight, but by sunset Saturday most of the winter snow had disappeared.

February 17, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Double standard in spirituality

The Roman Catholic Church has never wavered on beliefs about conception and the right to life. Pope Benedict XVI has made it very clear that the church does not condone the use of condoms in Africa or anywhere for that matter.

Harry Knox who serves as an adviser on President Obama's council on Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnership said because of the Catholic Church's long standing doctrine, the Pope is hurting people in the name of Jesus.

February 14, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Let the sun shine

Clarke's Grove has been an innovative neighborhood since its construction. Again, Clark's Grove is leading the way in energy efficiency.

In a collaboration between the home owners' association and Hannah Solar of Atlanta, a $250,000 stimulus grant was obtained to install solar paneling on the retail units in the neighborhood. Each unit owner also had to match some funds - to the tune of a $30,000 combined investment.

February 14, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Don’t be afraid to try something new

I am a fan of the eternal optimist. The person who sees the glass half full, rather than half empty.

February 12, 2010 | Harris Blackwood | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Black History Month

February is a month that has been set aside to celebrate Black history month. As is traditional, we have had the chance to honor some prominent Black leaders of our community.

February 12, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Retreat

According to information provided us by county clerk Jackie Smith, the Newton County BOC will be holding their retreat at the Burge Plantation on Feb. 20 and 21.

February 12, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Fighting socialism in the depths of winter

It's freezing cold down here in Dixie! Listen, I fully expect the South to be humid and hot, balmy and breezy, and stifling and sticky, but nowhere did I sign up for frigid and frozen. We southerners will tolerate an occasional ice storm or that rare centimeter or two of snow, but weather like we've had for the past few months is nuts. The only solution to this craziness is to learn to control the weather ourselves. We try to control the economy, our destiny, and our kids, why can't we take on the weather? Would it ...

February 12, 2010 | David McCoy | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Tax games

In an apparent error of equipment classification, local employer Bridgestone Golf overpaid their 2006 and 2007 taxes to the city of Covington and Newton County by a combined $108,000.

February 10, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... A dollar a day

 In times of economic struggle, a community is measured by its people.

February 10, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Be prepared

Scout Oath

February 07, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Setting a precedent

Members of the Covington City Council had to make a very hard decision Monday night.

The 4-2 vote allowed the folks who run the nonprofit Garden of Gethsemane Homeless Shelter to have a pass on their $5,000 utility deposit and to pay a little each month on their past due bills.

February 07, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


So many reasons Y

Since its inception in 1844, the YMCA has been a beacon of hope for children and adults alike.

February 05, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Skeeter puts it in perspective

Whenever this world starts looking too complicated, I call my friend Skeeter Skates, owner of Skeeter's Tree Stump Removal and Plow Repair in Greater Metropolitan Pooler. Skeeter has a wonderful way of putting things into perspective.

February 03, 2010 | Dick Yarbrough | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Love thy neighbor

The tragedy that has befallen the country of Haiti and its people has probably touched you in one way or another. Some have contributed clothes, some have sent money and some have just prayed.

February 03, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Many tasks at hand

After a week of appropriations hearings, we were back in session last week. The facts from the hearings were pretty sobering. Georgia, while not being in the kind of fiscal dire straights that other states are in, has more tough budget decisions ahead. Our initial challenge is to make corrections to the present, fiscal 2010, budget. The first half of the fiscal year (July through December of 2009) saw substantial declines in revenues. While it appears that we may be near the bottom of the downturn, with hopes that revenues will soon flatten rather than fall, the state will still ...

February 03, 2010 | By Doug Holt | Our Thoughts


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