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Our Thoughts: Newton's citizens committees

Being an elected official is a thankless job. We are promised the moon every election season, and rarely ever see its full glow throughout the ...

August 30, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Accountability, transparency and leadership

Newton County officials, do you remember the citizens' outrage at a raise in taxes due to an increase in the county's budget?

August 23, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


A Newton County of the past or future?

The Historic Courthouse was packed Tuesday night, but not everyone was there for the same reason. The stark contrast between the two issues-a civic ...

August 09, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Back to school

Newton County students had already made their way back to school before the calendar even turned to August. For those students it is a time ...

August 02, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Inexcusable

Once again Newton County has found itself in an embarrassing situation, and once again its leadership needs to be called into question.

July 26, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: The good, the bad and the ugly

The times are tumultuous lately and not much seems to be changing after a week full of heartbreaking, heart-wrenching and well just heart-shaped news.

July 19, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Transparency and vetting

After information on Green Hill P3 and East Georgia Land and Development, Inc. came out this week it seems that the Newton County Board of ...

July 12, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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Archive By Section - 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


Our thoughts...Menace to society

During the last two weeks there have been two tragic incidents involving stalking that have resulted in the loss of life.

Last week a beautiful, vivacious young woman - Audrey Atkinson - was gunned down unmercifully by a jilted boyfriend, who later took his own life. The death of the couple leaves their toddler son an orphan.

March 21, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Revitalizing a community

A year ago we rode through the Walker's Bend subdivision off Ga. Highway 81. At best, it was a sad sight to behold with home after empty home.

We had visions of it turning into a community of eyesores as empty houses were starting to fray badly.

March 19, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Great American Cleanup

Volunteerism is something we feel strongly about at The Covington News.

March 17, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts...BOE turnover

There were 51 and now there are three - candidates for Newton County Schools superintendent that is.

All three look very promising; you can see their résumés at CovNews.com.

March 14, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts...Tell us something we don't know

We are pleased to note that the Northeast Georgia Regional Commission, a 12-county planning group that has been working on a year 2035 plan, has recognized the fact that Newton County is a great place to live as it is filled with natural resources and historic areas.

Of course, those of us that live here have known that all along.

March 14, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts...Consider carefully

The Covington Planning Commission has approved the annexation and re-zoning of the 167 acres of land belonging to Gil Gainer.

This recommendation by the planning commission has been sent to city council for final approval.

March 14, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts...A job well done

Our Newton Rams brought our community some great excitement this winter as they hustled and fought their way to the final four in the state basketball championship.

Even though they lost to Milton, a team built on recruited players in the Atlanta metro area, they never stopped showing a special determination and pride for their community.

March 14, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... An absurd idea

The request to build a drag strip in Social Circle was put on temporary hiatus this week as drag strip developer Donnie Clack withdrew his request to build the project - for now.

March 12, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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