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Our Thoughts: Thankful musings

After the turkey becomes sandwiches and the dust from shopping settles, we bask in the glow of Thanksgiving.

November 29, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our thoughts: There should be no end to the gratitude

On Wednesday, Covington, Newton County and the country honored the men and women who have defended us. There were celebrations of remembrance, local establishments giving ...

November 15, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our Thoughts: It’s a new day

Each new day holds opportunity.

November 01, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our Thoughts: Now what?

Members of the Newton County commission surprised everyone with last Tuesday's vote to suspend action on the Bear Creek reservoir and focus instead on ...

October 25, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our Thoughts: Don’t post, tweet or yik-yak wolf

Walking through the children's books section at the local big-box store there are a ton of cute stories for modern children with dinosaurs, witches ...

October 18, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our thoughts: Freedom of speech and transparency

A proposed motion during the recent Board of Commissioners meeting would have stifled citizens from speaking about certain topics at the public meeting, but that ...

October 10, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our thoughts: Verge of growth

In a letter in The Covington News a week ago Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnston laid out some of the prospective industrial growth coming to Newton ...

October 03, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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Archive By Section - Our Thoughts

Our thoughts... Letting go

 The residents of Nelson Heights received good news this week.

March 07, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


The Smart Growth Newton County board of directors is disappointed by the Covington City Council's refusal to approve pursuing a nonbinding grant for funds to aid in conversion of unused rail lines in the city to walking and biking trails, should the rail lines be purchased. The grant investigation would have cost the city nothing; it would have simply added information to help the council weigh the merits and costs of trail use of the rail line.

March 07, 2010 | By Jonathan Paschal | Our Thoughts

Wish I didn’t know now

Lyrics were always the hardest thing for me to master as a kid. The Beatles invaded American rock-n-roll in December 1963, and appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show" in February '64. Invited to join a fledgling band, I discovered how challenging memorizing lyrics to a myriad of tunes really is.

March 07, 2010 | Nat Harwell | Our Thoughts

No backbone

"I support extending unemployment benefits, COBRA [health] benefits, flood insurance, highway bill fix, doc fix, small business loans, and distant network television for satellite viewers," Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.).

Jim Bunning spent 15 years in major league baseball pitching for the Detroit Tigers and the Philadelphia Phillies. During that time he was a solid, all-around player winning more than 200 games.

March 05, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Scare tactics

Last Sunday we were proud to once again recognize the importance of agribusiness to Newton County; little did we know that the chancellor and the Board of Regents of The University System of Georgia were planning a broadside attack against the future of a segment of our economy that provides more than $70 billion in revenue in Georgia and employs more than 69,000 workers.

In these tough economic times the university system is under pressure to cut expenses so the state can have a balanced budget.

March 05, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


This time of year, we are not only excited that the first warmer days of spring are just around the corner, but also that the Arts Association in Newton County's spring series is ramping up too.

During the month of March the Arts Association sponsors the True Colours Art Exhibit at the Newton County Library. This exhibit features work from all grades of Newton County students and we are always amazed at the talent of the young people within our boarders.

March 03, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

So long, Linder

There was a time when communities like ours knew their congressman. He usually attended all the major functions, patted babies on their head and even made speeches at Rotary and Kiwanis meetings.

Then politicians figured out a way that they could have their party, and themselves if they played their cards right, stay in power for as long as they chose.

March 03, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Commission ethics

We think it's worthwhile that the Newton County Board of Commissioners is reviewing their ethics policies.

The reason this is even necessary is the abuse of gifts of every sort by politicians across the country.

February 28, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

The legacy of the land

"When you concentrate on agriculture and industry and are frugal in expenditures, Heaven cannot impoverish your state."

February 28, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our thoughts... Unchained melody

The county BOC also is considering passing an anti-tethering ordinance.

February 26, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our thoughts... Liquor by the drink

Residents of Newton County, in one way or another, have all felt the effects of the economic downturn mainly caused by the collapse of the housing industry.

February 26, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our thoughts... Worth the expense

 This past week the Covington City Council voted to purchase 15 external defibrillators for the Covington Police Department.

February 24, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Another fine mess

Georgia's legislators have gotten themselves into another fine mess with the state budget. The question is how do they get themselves out of it?

February 24, 2010 | Tom Crawford | Our Thoughts

Our thoughts... A lasting legacy

 We wholeheartedly endorse the recommendations made by Newton County Schools Superintendent Steve Whatley in regards to the Newton County theme schools.

February 24, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Correcting a blunder

"I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore"

This quote from the 1976 movie "Network," best sums the frustration and utter disgust that the now awakening silent majority is feeling for politicians and appointed officials from the federal level to the local level in this country.

February 21, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

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