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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


If it's broke, you should fix it

This week the Newton County Water Authority said it wants to sit down with the county and work on a solution to a problem before taking on a new venture. We believe this meeting should happen.

January 25, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: Taking charge

Last week in our editorial about the reappointment for a year of county Attorney Tommy Craig we said that none of the commissioners gave a reason for voting for Craig.

January 18, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: Congratulations Chamber

The Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce held its annual year-end banquet this past week.

January 18, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: Craig reappointment

The Newton County BOC held their first meeting of 2015 last week and among its agenda items was its annual appointments. One of those appointments was that of county attorney, and the reappointment was Tommy Craig.

January 10, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: Charlie Hebdo tragedy

Last week we were shocked by the violent attack on the office of a French satirical newspaper called Charlie Hebdo.

January 10, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: Hospital resolution

As we start the New Year we have a major dilemma facing us in in Newton County and that is the future of the Newton Medical Center.

January 03, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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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


Go Rams!

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.

February 21, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Tooth ache

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.

February 19, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... No compassion

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.

February 19, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Solve problems while sipping coffee

I have visited 157 of the 159 counties in Georgia. They all have a courthouse. Some are big and stately, others are rather plain.

February 19, 2010 | Harris Blackwood | Our Thoughts


Same old, same old

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.

February 19, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


The giving tree

"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."

February 17, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


In case of emergency

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.

February 17, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Double standard in spirituality

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.

February 14, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Let the sun shine

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.

February 14, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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