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Our thoughts: Be fair and impartial

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.

July 26, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on recent local news items

The Covington City Council voted this past week to add a code officer to its staff. The city currently has only one officer.

July 24, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on 2050: Make changes now

It's time for a change on the 2050 Plan - both to the document itself and officials' approach in presenting it to the public.

July 22, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on community hospital

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.

July 19, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on voting

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.

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Locals speak out at 2050 hearing

The first public hearing for the 2050 Plan was held Monday night, giving the public an opportunity to let themselves be heard.

July 15, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Show up for the 2050 Plan

Here's some of what we have heard from concerned citizens over the last two weeks:

July 12, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on passion

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.

July 10, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on the Fourth of July

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.

July 08, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on outside vendors

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.

July 05, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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Our thoughts... Letting go

 The residents of Nelson Heights received good news this week.

March 07, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Derailed

The Smart Growth Newton County board of directors is disappointed by the Covington City Council's refusal to approve pursuing a nonbinding grant for funds to aid in conversion of unused rail lines in the city to walking and biking trails, should the rail lines be purchased. The grant investigation would have cost the city nothing; it would have simply added information to help the council weigh the merits and costs of trail use of the rail line.

March 07, 2010 | By Jonathan Paschal | Our Thoughts


Wish I didn’t know now

Lyrics were always the hardest thing for me to master as a kid. The Beatles invaded American rock-n-roll in December 1963, and appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show" in February '64. Invited to join a fledgling band, I discovered how challenging memorizing lyrics to a myriad of tunes really is.

March 07, 2010 | Nat Harwell | Our Thoughts


Scare tactics

Last Sunday we were proud to once again recognize the importance of agribusiness to Newton County; little did we know that the chancellor and the Board of Regents of The University System of Georgia were planning a broadside attack against the future of a segment of our economy that provides more than $70 billion in revenue in Georgia and employs more than 69,000 workers.

In these tough economic times the university system is under pressure to cut expenses so the state can have a balanced budget.

March 05, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


No backbone

"I support extending unemployment benefits, COBRA [health] benefits, flood insurance, highway bill fix, doc fix, small business loans, and distant network television for satellite viewers," Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.).

Jim Bunning spent 15 years in major league baseball pitching for the Detroit Tigers and the Philadelphia Phillies. During that time he was a solid, all-around player winning more than 200 games.

March 05, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Encore

This time of year, we are not only excited that the first warmer days of spring are just around the corner, but also that the Arts Association in Newton County's spring series is ramping up too.

During the month of March the Arts Association sponsors the True Colours Art Exhibit at the Newton County Library. This exhibit features work from all grades of Newton County students and we are always amazed at the talent of the young people within our boarders.

March 03, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


So long, Linder

There was a time when communities like ours knew their congressman. He usually attended all the major functions, patted babies on their head and even made speeches at Rotary and Kiwanis meetings.

Then politicians figured out a way that they could have their party, and themselves if they played their cards right, stay in power for as long as they chose.

March 03, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Commission ethics

We think it's worthwhile that the Newton County Board of Commissioners is reviewing their ethics policies.

The reason this is even necessary is the abuse of gifts of every sort by politicians across the country.

February 28, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


The legacy of the land

"When you concentrate on agriculture and industry and are frugal in expenditures, Heaven cannot impoverish your state."

February 28, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Unchained melody

The county BOC also is considering passing an anti-tethering ordinance.

February 26, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Liquor by the drink

Residents of Newton County, in one way or another, have all felt the effects of the economic downturn mainly caused by the collapse of the housing industry.

February 26, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Worth the expense

 This past week the Covington City Council voted to purchase 15 external defibrillators for the Covington Police Department.

February 24, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Another fine mess

Georgia's legislators have gotten themselves into another fine mess with the state budget. The question is how do they get themselves out of it?

February 24, 2010 | Tom Crawford | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... A lasting legacy

 We wholeheartedly endorse the recommendations made by Newton County Schools Superintendent Steve Whatley in regards to the Newton County theme schools.

February 24, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Go Rams!

The Newton High School Rams basketball team, under the direction of coach Rick Rasmussen, has played this year with enthusiasm and spirit. Their efforts have been shown in their 14-0 district record.

On Wednesday they thoroughly beat the Douglass High team to advance to the state finals.

February 21, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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