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Our Thoughts: Happy Father’s Day, dad

Father's Day was introduced as an official U.S. holiday in 1972. While there is a special day marked on the calendar each year ...

June 18, 2017 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our Thoughts: Now is your chance to be heard

This week the Covington Newton County Chamber of Commerce issued its survey to businesses owners in Covington asking questions about the proposed changes to the ...

June 11, 2017 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our Thoughts: Graduates share a learning experience

We have thousands of high school seniors graduating from local high schools this weekend – public schools, private schools, homeschools, etc. This is a time of ...

May 28, 2017 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our Thoughts: Congratulations Class of 2017

Graduation is a significant milestone in a young person's life. It is the closing of one chapter and the beginning of another.

May 21, 2017 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our Thoughts: Speak up and be heard

It has been written in this space before that journalism does not tell people what to think, but helps inform us what to think about.

May 07, 2017 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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The Liquor Ordinance Vote

This week the BOC, led by Mort Ewing and allied with some strange voting partners J.C. Henderson and lame duck Ernest Simmons, voted down the opportunity to place an alcohol ordinance on the upcoming November ballot.

Granted, Chairman Kathy Morgan dropped the ball on this very important issue by not having it on the agenda to be talked about months ago, but we are still surprised by this 'no' vote.

August 06, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

School decisions

The state board of education has waived all class size rules for the coming year.

August 04, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Good News

We've got good news on the local business front. The Porterdale hydro plant, which was open and in operation for 80 years until it was closed last year, has been purchased a venture company run by Stephen Odom.

Odom's company, which is currently Florida based, is called Vclear Recourses

August 04, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Well done, Fairview

We are more than proud of all of the third grade students of Fairview Theme school.

Every one of them passed the government mandated CRCT tests. But not only did they do that, they posted 100 percent proficiency on the reading portion of the test.

August 01, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

The airport

Eighty-two aircraft land in the Covington Municipal Airport on an average day; for 40 of them, the Covington Municipal Airport creates the first, and sometimes only, impression of our community.

This outside market traffic presents a tremendous opportunity for the citizens of Newton County and Covington to attract people to our beautiful community, and it's important that the first impression is the best one possible. A viable, welcoming airport is particularly important in trying to attract new business and retain existing business.

August 01, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

A few things

Our schools in Newton County and Social Circle will be starting back up soon, no doubt to the relief of moms across the county.

This is our annual reminder for you to watch for kids walking to school, to give yourself more time because the buses will be back on the road and to be prepared to drive just a little bit slower, especially on country roads.

July 29, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our thoughts... Social Circle Police

There was quite the discussion at the Social Circle city council meeting last week. Concerned citizens verbally attacked the Mayor Jim Burgess and the police Chief Robert Fox. Some of the charges against the police department were potentially very serious.

July 28, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our thoughts... The sad story of Bell, Calif.

We have been harping on voter turnout recently after the dismal primary election attendance. We realize on writing about that issue that the folks we are talking to probably do go out and vote. What we hope to accomplish is that you, our reader, get stirred up enough that you encourage your family or neighbors to vote in the Aug. 10 runoff election.

July 28, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


 The word "Racist" used to be a word that was used to describe a person who had no tolerance for other peoples race or religion. If that word was used, there was no mistaking why.

July 25, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our thoughts... flaws in education

The shock from the latest results of the AYP tests are still reverberating around the community.

July 23, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our thoughts... Poor voter turnout

"To make democracy work, we must be a nation of participants, not simply observers. One who does not vote has no right to complain."

July 23, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

What a vacation

In previous editions, we have conveyed our concern about the leadership qualities of our current president.

July 20, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

A fresh start

This past Friday the editorial board met with incoming Newton County School System superintendent Dr. Gary Mathews in an informal, off-the-record setting to get to know each other on a more personal level.

July 20, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our Thoughts: Remembering Mr. B.C.

Billy Carl Crowell, born Sept. 9, 1923, will be sorely missed by hundreds of the lives he touched during his life-long love affair with Newton County.

July 18, 2010 | Rachel Hayes Spurling | Our Thoughts

Our Thoughts: Go vote

Tuesday is the primary election. Many of you have already taken advantage of early voting at the Newton County administration building, but those of you who haven't should schedule some time to do so on Tuesday.

Although this is not a presidential election year, it is an important election year.

July 18, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

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