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Make your voice heard on landfill

The Newton County Board of Commissioners agreed Thursday to postpone a vote on a contentious landfill settlement after several hundred citizens turned out to voice their opposition to an overly hasty resolution.

March 15, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Pitch in

If in your travels around the Newton Community and the Social Circle community and you have been ashamed to see the trash that litters our highways and byways, next Saturday is your chance to not only get involved but in the process do something positive for our communities.

March 15, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Where's the transparency?

The Association County Commissioners of Georgia is once again trying to get the state's General Assembly to make it harder for Georgia's residents to keep up with what is going on in the governments they support.

March 08, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: Proud of our Rams

Courage is inner power to make you fight for your very existence and trying, when you know you may lose. Courage and determination makes a fighter.

March 01, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Don't give up for Lent, just give

The official start of the Lenten season began this past week and we have heard many of our friends and colleagues talking about what they were going to give up for the 40 days leading up to the celebration of Christ's resurrection.

February 22, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


A New Era

This year The Covington News is celebrating our 150th birthday.

February 15, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Take Control

Our elected officials must retake control of Newton County's affairs and finances and stop relying on appointed employees to make decisions and oversee their implementation.

February 08, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Vaccinations save lives

It is really a sad sign of our times to read about the uproar about whether vaccinations should be mandatory for children or whether vaccines for certain diseases cause abnormalities like autism.

February 08, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


An embarrassment that needs action

The camera crews and on-air personality from Atlanta's Channel 11 were in Newton County last week for some in-your-face television journalism aimed at revealing to the world the sorry state of affairs in our local county government.

February 01, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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Our thoughts... Streamlining meetings

The Covington City Council voted this week 3-2 to restrict the time in which citizens who have not signed up to be on the agenda can express their concerns or wants.

April 09, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Arm yourself with facts

Update: The informational meeting has been moved from April 7 to April 29 at 5:30 p.m. It is tentatively scheduled to be held at city hall.

April 07, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Election season heats up

We are glad that some qualified candidates have either thrown their hats in the ring or are thinking about running for the three soon to be vacant seats on the Newton County Board of Education.

With a new superintendant, we need intelligent, visionary leadership on the board - people who know and are passionate about the success of our community.

April 07, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Easter wishes

"Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and I have founded empires. But on what did we rest the creations of our genius? Upon force. Jesus Christ founded his empire upon love; and at this hour millions of men would die for him."

April 04, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Cheerios Challenge yourself

As sure as the dogwoods bloom in Newton County, the annual Covington Family YMCA Cheerios Challenge comes to town.

April 02, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Thanking our backbone

Last Sunday we ran our second edition highlighting local agri-business and produced a special section called "Moving Forward."

April 02, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Running for office

Flowers are not the only thing in full bloom this spring - candidates seeking local offices are coming out of the woodwork daily.

Today our front page features profiles of two gentlemen running for positions on the Newton County Board of Education.

March 31, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Charting a new course

Sunday's edition contained a special section detailing ways the city of Covington and Newton County were working their way out of the current recession. Unfortunately, in the same edition we published a front page story about the failure of McIntosh Bank.

While the bank's failure was more bad news about our local economy, we were pleased to find that CharterBank out of West Point had taken over control of McIntosh's assets and comforted that the Federal Deposit Insurance Agency was protecting McIntosh's customers.

March 31, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Welcome to Newton

We welcome Dr. Gary Mathews, the newly hired superintendent of the Newton County School System, to our community.

March 28, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Strengthening tough

 When the going gets tough, the tough get going. That saying is a true reflection of the mentality of our local residents.

March 28, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


NMC stays ahead

We are more than pleased in these very hard economic times - and with the uncertainty of the fallout from the recently passed Health bill - that our local hospital is still thinking and planning for the future needs of our community.

March 26, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Newton County Schools

We have said this before but it's worthy of a repeat, the Newton County school Board is about to lose three of its most productive and brightest members.

March 26, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Sidetracked

It's not very often that a community has the opportunity to wrest prime land from a railroad company.

March 24, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Back in business

We see and hear every day the bad news that one local business after another is either struggling or closing.

March 24, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts...Stepping on city, county rights

Last week we stated that we were opposed to the efforts of Rep. Doug Holt to introduce a bill that would allow the state of Georgia to interfere with the decisions of local communities in regards to land issues, specifically Newton County and Social Circle.

The state should not be in the business of annexing or de-annexing land from one municipality in order to give to another municipality, all because of the whims of some elected official.

March 21, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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