Many of you may remember that back in the late '60s and '70s many of our major rivers were nothing more than polluted cesspools. The Potomac River, which runs through our nation's capital, was a major example of this neglect.
"If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen."
In 1984, under the Reagan administration and as part of the breakup of AT&T, a special program called Lifeline was established.
We are fortunate to have a major state college located here in Newton County.
There is a nonprofit in this town that just refuses to give up. The Garden of Gethsemane Homeless Shelter seems to have more lives than a cat.
If you have had the opportunity to spend some time traveling our nation's interstate highway system, you know that it travels through some beautiful countryside. Depending on what state or community you are traveling through, that drive can be aesthetically pleasing or utter ugliness with billboard after billboard.
This week we're pleased to hear that Affordable Equity Partners out of Missouri is planning to build a $ 9 million affordable senior housing facility in the Harristown neighborhood.
As the weather becomes milder and foliage morphs into to blazing autumn shades, weekends in the area come to life with activity.
It is our belief that a good community newspaper should present a strong opinion page.
Two weeks ago we said that the president should either provide troops suggested by his generals in the war in Afghanistan or bring our troops home now.
In Wednesday's paper we published a letter to the editor from Linda Bruce. In the letter she described the hurt she and her family felt as they have discovered that the Georgia Bulldog flags they had left at the grave site of her father had been stolen. The family also has seen their special arrangements destroyed.
We are all aware that the housing bubble bursting has caused Newton County and the rest of the country to plunge into a deep recession.
In February 1952 the Newton General Hospital Authority was established to meet the health care needs of Newton County.
"Trees are the earth's endless effort to speak to the listening heaven." - Rabindranath Tagore We would like to congratulate Covington Home Depot Manager Craig Espeseth and Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful volunteers on a job well done in planting street trees in the Fairview Estates neighborhood. Thanks to Espeseth, who serves on the KCNB business committee, KCNB was ...
Covington has a rich history. Our predecessors have helped shape the vibrant community of the city today. The Covington/Newton County Chamber of Commerce is offering a unique experience for residents to learn more about the fascinating people of Covington's past through a guided walking tour of the historic city cemetery.
We were saddened to hear of the weekend arrest of District 4 County Commissioner J.C. Henderson. He has been charged with battery under the Family Violence Act. Henderson has not yet been convicted and we hope for the sake of the community that details proving his innocence surface.
On Sunday, Oct. 25 The News will publish its annual Men of Newton special section. Since 2005, the editorial board has selected 10 men who have significantly contributed to this community to be featured in the autumn special section. This year's 10 men have accomplished everything from being the first black sheriff of Newton County to winning national storytelling awards to working his way up to the top of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
We thought that the management issues of the Nelson Heights Community Center had been solved last week. We commended the commissioners' actions on their decision to have the Recreation Department facilitate the center. This facility, in our opinion, should fall under the direction and guidance of the Newton County Recreation Department - we said that last week and we maintain our position.
The Covington City Council made a wise decision in approving a grant writer position for the city. There is so much federal stimulus money floating around right now that it will take a fulltime employee to keep up with what is available and to complete the necessary paperwork. We are not happy that the government has put the taxpayers of this country into so much debt to create these funds, but it is equally wrong for our community leaders not to try to capture them if they are available.
We are all grateful for the actions taken by Newton County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Tommy Thompson while he was on patrol last week. Sgt. Thompson saw a call for an EMS vehicle pop up on his computer saying an infant was in distress. Since he was near the address, he made a decision to see if he could be of help.