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Our thoughts: Pension plan

The Covington City Council made a smart move last week when it voted to back off a hastily conceived plan to change city policy on pensions as they relate to retirees who come back to work for the Covington government.

June 28, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: Father's Day

The timing of this year's Father's Day is fitting.

June 21, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Lead, follow, or get out of the way

As the Board of Commissioners prepares to convene Tuesday night, our elected representatives face a stark choice between raising the millage rate or making even more cuts to the budget, which will inevitably affect the hard working employees of Newton County.

June 14, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Hometown Heroes

Life is very fleeting. None of us knows when our existence will end on this earth. Last week, 44-year-old Mun Hyuk Cha, a kind, hard-working businessman and owner of Magnet Package Store, and 39-year-old Otonicar Jimquez Aikens, a father who had just stopped by to pick up some things, were probably discussing the weather or exchanging pleasantries when Jeffery Pitts, a disgruntled customer, stormed in with a gun and ended their lives.

June 07, 2015 | | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: Hospital

Piedmont Newton Hospital - it does have a nice ring to it.

May 31, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Appreciation

Throughout the last seven days there was plenty to celebrate, with a big week of appreciation coming on the heels of Mother's Day.

May 17, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


A very special Mother's Day

There is one thing that is as certain as anything can be - that our mothers, whether we are close to them or not, will always have a special place in our hearts.

May 10, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Rotary Day

For 76 years a local civic group has been involved, through its monies and volunteerism, in almost every worthwhile project that has helped Covington and Newton County become the great place that it is to raise a family.

May 03, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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Election season heats up

We are glad that some qualified candidates have either thrown their hats in the ring or are thinking about running for the three soon to be vacant seats on the Newton County Board of Education.

With a new superintendant, we need intelligent, visionary leadership on the board - people who know and are passionate about the success of our community.

April 07, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Easter wishes

"Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and I have founded empires. But on what did we rest the creations of our genius? Upon force. Jesus Christ founded his empire upon love; and at this hour millions of men would die for him."

April 04, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Cheerios Challenge yourself

As sure as the dogwoods bloom in Newton County, the annual Covington Family YMCA Cheerios Challenge comes to town.

April 02, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Thanking our backbone

Last Sunday we ran our second edition highlighting local agri-business and produced a special section called "Moving Forward."

April 02, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Running for office

Flowers are not the only thing in full bloom this spring - candidates seeking local offices are coming out of the woodwork daily.

Today our front page features profiles of two gentlemen running for positions on the Newton County Board of Education.

March 31, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Charting a new course

Sunday's edition contained a special section detailing ways the city of Covington and Newton County were working their way out of the current recession. Unfortunately, in the same edition we published a front page story about the failure of McIntosh Bank.

While the bank's failure was more bad news about our local economy, we were pleased to find that CharterBank out of West Point had taken over control of McIntosh's assets and comforted that the Federal Deposit Insurance Agency was protecting McIntosh's customers.

March 31, 2010 | Staff Report | 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


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