"In whatever arena of life one may meet the challenge of courage, whatever may be the sacrifices he faces if he follows his conscience – the loss of his friends, his fortune, his contentment, even the esteem of his fellow men – each man must decide for himself the course he will follow."
The Newton county town of Mansfield has always been a charming little place that most people just drive through on their way to somewhere else.
Two weeks ago we editorialized that the Newton County Board of Commissioners should show some leadership, define the county's form of government, and identify its true manager. The BOC held a workshop on the topic, but left the meeting without a solution, or even clarity on how Newton County should be led.
The recent loan from Newton County Chairman Keith Ellis on behalf of Newton County to Commissioner J.C. Henderson was a huge problem for our local government.
Thank you John Middleton for your 14 years of service as Newton County's Manager.
Covington has a problem. And a cure.
Newton County Fire Chief Kevin O'Brien, like all firefighters, justly advocates for public CPR training.
We believe Tuesday's Board of Commissioners meeting was the most critical in recent memory, and we applaud the commissioners for their efforts.
This past week the Covington City Council voted to purchase 15 external defibrillators for the Covington Police Department.
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?
We wholeheartedly endorse the recommendations made by Newton County Schools Superintendent Steve Whatley in regards to the Newton County theme schools.
"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.
The Newton High School Rams basketball team, under the direction of coach Rick Rasmussen, has played this year with enthusiasm and spirit. Their efforts have been shown in their 14-0 district record.
On Wednesday they thoroughly beat the Douglass High team to advance to the state finals.
The Covington City Council began the process this week to reduce the size of signage for businesses in the community. It was a direct response the many giant molars positioned along Ga. Highway 81.
Rahm Emanuel, president Obama's chief of staff, recently used the word "retarded" in a public display of disgust with his own kind of politician - the liberal Democrats of the Senate.
I have visited 157 of the 159 counties in Georgia. They all have a courthouse. Some are big and stately, others are rather plain.
I am an Oxford City Councilman, but the views expressed in this column are my personal views. They are not the official or unofficial views or opinions of the city of Oxford; nor, to my knowledge, are they the views or opinions of any other council member. To reiterate: these are my views and opinions.
"Trees are the best monuments that a man can erect to his own memory. They speak his praises without flattery, and they are blessings to children yet unborn."
This weekend we had our first snowstorm of the season; if we are lucky it will be our last.
While it lasted, it was a beautiful sight, but by sunset Saturday most of the winter snow had disappeared.
The Roman Catholic Church has never wavered on beliefs about conception and the right to life. Pope Benedict XVI has made it very clear that the church does not condone the use of condoms in Africa or anywhere for that matter.
Harry Knox who serves as an adviser on President Obama's council on Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnership said because of the Catholic Church's long standing doctrine, the Pope is hurting people in the name of Jesus.
Clarke's Grove has been an innovative neighborhood since its construction. Again, Clark's Grove is leading the way in energy efficiency.
In a collaboration between the home owners' association and Hannah Solar of Atlanta, a $250,000 stimulus grant was obtained to install solar paneling on the retail units in the neighborhood. Each unit owner also had to match some funds - to the tune of a $30,000 combined investment.
I am a fan of the eternal optimist. The person who sees the glass half full, rather than half empty.
February is a month that has been set aside to celebrate Black history month. As is traditional, we have had the chance to honor some prominent Black leaders of our community.