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Our Thoughts: Tags sold, direction needed

Car tags for use of the county's trash collection convenience centers began being purchased by Newton County residents recently.

September 28, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Safe and sound

The promise of autumn coming this week seems to be bringing a certain sense of relief that our hottest days will soon be behind us ...

September 18, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: The importance of today

It is hard to imagine now the uncertainty of 15 years ago today. How everything stopped and we all watched in horror at the reality ...

September 11, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Hometown Heroes

This weekend we celebrate the contributions that workers have made towards the strength and well-being of our nation. Next weekend we look back and reflect ...

September 04, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Embrace all of Democracy

Winston Churchill once said "Democracy is the worst form of government, except all the others."

August 28, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Respect

A mosque and cemetery have been announced for Newton County, igniting a firestorm in our community this week.

August 21, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: A new season

This summer has been a difficult one for Newton County. Crime has increased, temperatures have been high and taxes were raised.

August 14, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: Information is key

This feels like a huge week for local government in our community, as well as our citizenry.

August 07, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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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


Our thoughts... Police Accreditation

We are particularly proud of the fact that the Covington Police Department has been recognized internationally for its excellent service.

August 08, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


The Liquor Ordinance Vote

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.

August 06, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


School decisions

The state board of education has waived all class size rules for the coming year.

August 04, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Good News

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

August 04, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Well done, Fairview

We are more than proud of all of the third grade students of Fairview Theme school.

Every one of them passed the government mandated CRCT tests. But not only did they do that, they posted 100 percent proficiency on the reading portion of the test.

August 01, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


The airport

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.

August 01, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


A few things

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.

July 29, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Social Circle Police

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.

July 28, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... The sad story of Bell, Calif.

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.

July 28, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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