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.
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.
This week the BOC, led by Mort Ewing and allied with some strange voting partners J.C. Henderson and lame duck Ernest Simmons, voted down the opportunity to place an alcohol ordinance on the upcoming November ballot.
Granted, Chairman Kathy Morgan dropped the ball on this very important issue by not having it on the agenda to be talked about months ago, but we are still surprised by this 'no' vote.
We've got good news on the local business front. The Porterdale hydro plant, which was open and in operation for 80 years until it was closed last year, has been purchased a venture company run by Stephen Odom.
Odom's company, which is currently Florida based, is called Vclear Recourses
Eighty-two aircraft land in the Covington Municipal Airport on an average day; for 40 of them, the Covington Municipal Airport creates the first, and sometimes only, impression of our community.
This outside market traffic presents a tremendous opportunity for the citizens of Newton County and Covington to attract people to our beautiful community, and it's important that the first impression is the best one possible. A viable, welcoming airport is particularly important in trying to attract new business and retain existing business.
Our schools in Newton County and Social Circle will be starting back up soon, no doubt to the relief of moms across the county.
This is our annual reminder for you to watch for kids walking to school, to give yourself more time because the buses will be back on the road and to be prepared to drive just a little bit slower, especially on country roads.
There was quite the discussion at the Social Circle city council meeting last week. Concerned citizens verbally attacked the Mayor Jim Burgess and the police Chief Robert Fox. Some of the charges against the police department were potentially very serious.
We have been harping on voter turnout recently after the dismal primary election attendance. We realize on writing about that issue that the folks we are talking to probably do go out and vote. What we hope to accomplish is that you, our reader, get stirred up enough that you encourage your family or neighbors to vote in the Aug. 10 runoff election.