A sure sign of spring here in Covington and Newton County is the sweet smell of Vidalia onions.
There's no question we've had a successful run of economic development deals in Newton County over the past couple of years.
"Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt."
"I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles."
One of the highlights of every spring in Covington is to hear the sound of music on the square at noon every Thursday in May.
It was announced last week that Newton County's unemployment rate for March had dropped to 9.4 percent, the lowest it has been since the economic downturn started in 2008.
Andrea Smith, owner of Square Perk Cafe, had an idea, as many of us do from time to time. However, she did something different - she acted on it.
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."
Unfortunately, in today's society, more attention is paid to the bad that our young people do than the good.
The folks who live in Mansfield received a real shock Friday as an unexpected smack from Mother Nature rolled through a portion of their small town. For more details, you can go to CovNews.com to see pictures and a video of the storm.
At its annual retreat, city officials talked about turning the American Legion Field located behind the YMCA into a place that could be used for entertainment and other social events that would benefit local citizens.
Last week, Dr. Gary Mathews, superintendent of schools for Newton County, reopened the search for a new principal for Alcovy High School.
We are fortunate to have a large group of non-profit and civic groups here in Newton County and in Social Circle.
We don't know what's going on here; it seems like every day we are publishing stories of our younger people killing each other, being arrested for drug abuse and carelessly leaving children in hot parked cars. There are reports coming in that teenagers are roaming around quiet scenic roads in our county, in broad daylight, throwing full jars of mustard and ketchup into unsuspecting passing cars.
Last week pop icon Michael Jackson died. A possible cause of his untimely death has been linked to an alleged misuse of pain killers.
Tomorrow, as a community and with our nation, we celebrate the 233rd year since the signing of the Declaration of Independence from England. In honor of that day and for the courage undertaken by 40 brave men, on page 4A we are running a copy of this great masterpiece.
"My God! How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy!"
Last week in this space we editorialized about the dangers of leaving children in locked cars, especially in the middle of the Georgia summer. In Friday's paper there was a story of another incident of this kind in our own community.
Next Saturday we celebrate our nation's biggest holiday; it will be marked by celebrations across the land. In next Wednesday's paper and at CovNews.com, we will tell you where all of the municipal celebrations will be held in Newton County and Social Circle.
In Wednesday's paper we published a front page picture and story about the life of Mary Frances Hays Wofford, who turned 100 years old in April. If you missed it you can see it on CovNews.com Reading the story of her life was like taking a step backward into history.
As we celebrate the 100 year birthday of Mary Frances Hays Wofford, we celebrate the life spirit of Mary Jo Dally Whitley, who died this past week at the age of 86. Ms. Mary Jo was born to the Dally family - a family rich in the heritage of Jersey, Social Circle and Walton County.
Now that we are in the throes of our sweltering Georgia summer, we offer these reminders for safety. Last week a mother of twins was arrested for leaving her 4-month-old child locked in her car while she went in to shop at a local discount store.
The Covington Rotary does a lot of positive things for our community. One of those positive things is naming the club's pick for Public Safety Employee of the Year; this year there were some very worthy nominees.
High schools are like miniature cities; the principals of high schools have duties not much unlike the mayor of a large city.
Goodness, it's hot. Our wet, cool spring saved us a bunch on air-conditioning bills and broke the drought that held Georgia in such a stranglehold for the last several years. But, traditional Georgia summertime heat and humidity have arrived, and it's pretty close to miserable.
We were extremely pleased to hear that the Newton County Library will be re-opened on Saturdays starting July 11.
"4 years: My Daddy can do anything!