"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.
In these tough economic times the nonprofits in our area are taking a real hit, which is putting some of their good works in jeopardy. We are glad to say that the Newton Fund, a local fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta, is still viable and willing to help our local charitable agencies in any way they can.
Here in Georgia, we have desperately needed rain. For the last seven months, we have had fair to moderate precipitation - enough to take us off the drought list. This past week we have received more rain than we ever could have imagined. It has rained so hard and so much that the soil could not absorb any more. As a result there has been major flooding across north Georgia as well as the property damage and, unfortunately, loss of life that accompanies such natural disasters.
The Vietnam era in this country was one of highs and lows. At first, it was patriotic to be in Southeast Asia to protect the world against the spread of communism. Then through the blunders of the both the Johnson and Nixon administration, who both handcuffed their military commanders and refused to have a policy that assured winning, this country was almost torn asunder. We are heading down that path again; President Obama made the ...
We are pleased that Congressman Jim Marshall has listened to the requests of his local constituents and will hold a town hall meeting here in Newton County this Saturday from 10 a.m. until noon at Alcovy High School. Marshall, who is considered a Blue Dog Democrat by some, has given his time to be with us, and we appreciate that. We think he should be even more visible, so this is a good start.
There has been much debate and concern about what entity should be placed in charge of the new Nelson Heights Community Center. We think that the suggestion that the Newton County Recreation Commission be in charge of running the center is a good one and a sound one.
We have been pleased that in these tough economic times that our locally elected officials in Covington, Social Circle and Newton County have tried their best to keep their budgets balanced without raising taxes and putting a further burden on the tax payers in those communities.
Former president Jimmy Carter expressed a view point the other day that basically said that if you are against the policies of the Obama presidency and have the courage to speak out about those polices, you are a racist. To his credit, the president publicly disagrees with Carter's viewpoint. Carter and his ilk are afraid of the truth. A majority of the American people are concerned about the policies of this administration, as they were ...
It's time for another warning about scams. After the news of every one, we think we have seen it all - apparently not yet. In our Wednesday edition it was reported that a man going by the name of Byron Napier actually rented an empty house that was not his to an unsuspecting couple. The real owner stopped by the house and informed the couple that they had been scammed. As a result, the couple ...
This past weekend good friends Mike and Sherry Scott and my wife Molly and I took a little trip into history.
There was a genuine sense of pride in the air last Thursday as the Friday night warriors of old came out to celebrate the dedication of Wolverine Field. R.L. Cousins High School was Newton County's black high school during the time of segregation. While that time is a scar on the South and this community's past, the memory of Cousins remains an immense source of pride for not only the black community of the county but for all residents as well.
The Covington-Newton County Chamber President John Boothby resigned last Friday after a three-year leadership role with the local organization. In his resignation letter he said that he thought it would be a good time to try some of the things he had always wanted to do.
We are eagerly awaiting the launch of DeKalb Technical College's new Fire Academy. This academy will boost DeKalb Tech's enrollment numbers as well as ensure that Newton County and Covington Fire Departments can hire highly
September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month; we doubt there is one family in America that has not had at least one family member have some form of prostate cancer This year 192,280 new cases of prostate cancer will occur in the United States.
The elected officials of Social Circle made a wise decision at their meeting this week. The council had discussed purchasing property for possible future growth at a previous meeting; there were no definitive plans on how to use the land presently - only speculation for future growth.
Eight years ago today, the people of our country were shocked and numbed by an incident - the second in this baby boomer age - that forever changed our dreams, our ideas and destroyed the fabric of comfort and safety we felt about being Americans. In 1963, the sudden and swift death of the age of innocence after the assignation of John F. Kennedy brought about one of the most violent social changes in the ...