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Our Thoughts: Audit, citizenry can be a tool for change

For those who even just pay casual attention to their local government, this week brought some big news to Newton County.

December 04, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: A reason to unite

A week ago, the country struggled as divisiveness spread across America. Videos on television news networks showed angry groups protesting against what they felt was ...

November 20, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Post-election thoughts

Tuesday's election of Donald Trump as the President of the United States gripped the nation.

November 13, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: The time is now

This isn't the first time controversial candidates have run for president of the United States. This isn't the first time Newton County residents ...

November 06, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Trick or treat

This is the time of year that can be awe-inspiring. It can also be scary…scary as in a werewolf chasing you through a cemetery ...

October 30, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: A win for residents

Five mayors and several county managers gathered around a table Tuesday and asked for one item.

October 23, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Time to vote

This may be the toughest year yet for the voter.

October 16, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Trust and respect need to be earned back

Former Newton County Fire Services Chief Kevin O'Brien served the residents of this county for eight years. He led the county's fire department ...

October 09, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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Archive By Section - Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... The Fate of Main Street

The Covington City Council will be voting soon on whether to take the whole Main Street Covington program and place it under their sole control.

August 25, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... B.C. Crowell Week

The city of Porterdale did it right - they have set aside a special week in honor of their hometown hero and native, B.C. Crowell.

August 25, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Walker’s Bend

The city of Covington has made a sizeable investment in the redevelopment of the Walker's Bend subdivision.

August 22, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... School tribunals

So far so good! We have been impressed by new school Superintendent Dr. Gary Mathews' approach to the management of the Newton County School System.

August 22, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Credit card fees

The city of Covington is considering dropping the credit card fee that it currently charges its customers who pay their bills with plastic instead of cash or checks.

This would be a positive move by the city at this time; we support their efforts to negotiate with the credit card companies to give the city a better deal.

August 20, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Some good news

In these dark economic times, it's more than promising to see a local business buck the trend and take a leap of faith that the future will certainly get brighter for our community.

This week, Wendell Crowe announced that his car dealership, Covington Ford, will relocate from its current location on U.S. Highway 278 to a spacious piece of property located at 9101 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, locally known as the Covington ByPass.

August 20, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


In Brief... Lobbyists

When David Ralston was elected by his colleagues last year to the powerful Georgia House Speaker position, he promised that he would make ethics his top priority.

August 18, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Stop Signs

About a year ago we started a weekly series called the Eyesore of the Week. This series features a picture of an empty building or property that has been allowed to become overgrown with weeds and debris.

In some of the cases, the folks who have owned the property highlighted have taken steps to clean up their properties; we and their neighbors are appreciative of their actions.

August 18, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Debate

The local Newton County Chamber of Commerce and The Covington News teamed up in the presidential election two years ago to present a well received debate between local political hopefuls.

August 15, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Revisiting by-the-drink alcohol

It's been two weeks since three elected county commissioners decided that they and they alone were elected to subvert the will of the people. Instead of trusting the people who elected them to make a decision that would control their own destiny, these commissioners chose not to place the option to serve alcoholic beverages in Newton County on the ballet this November.

August 15, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Relieved

Almost two years ago, an unprecedented number of voters in District 95 turned out to vote in the presidential election. The majority of those voters of the district marked an "X" next to every candidate that was running as a Democrat.

August 13, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Appointment

We are pleased with the official appointment of Interim District attorney Layla Zion to the position of District Attorney for the Alcovy Judicial Circuit.

August 12, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Food Banks

There sure is a lot going on at this time of year. Most thoughts are on our children going back to school, and this year we have the added burden of trying to keep cool.

When this happens, the last group that is generally on our minds are the Food Banks, despite the fact we take good care of our own in Newton County.

August 11, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Stop Signs

It is just amazing that no one has the authority or the determination to take down the useless stop signs at the non-used railroad crossings in Newton County.

To hop through all the hoops that chairman Morgan suggested in a recent story just doesn't make sense.

August 11, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... The Sheriff’s Department

We also acknowledge with pride that the Newton County Sheriff's Department trapped another pervert, who thought that he could get away with trying to seduce a young child in our county.

August 08, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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