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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


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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


Our thoughts... Field of dreams

Our struggling economy has caused the delay of many worthwhile projects in our area. One such plan was the downtown development project, which would have included a new hotel and entertainment facility.

March 11, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts...The Good Ship America

Today's paper includes 44 pages of legal notices; they reflect the smashed dreams of homeowners, business owners, folks who have lost their only means transportation and other struggling individuals and families.

We are approaching the second year of this type of loss in Newton County.

March 10, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts...Blue & White Pride

Here in Newton County, we have experienced the very lowest of the current economic malaise that has swept the nation.

The gloom and despair can be seen on faces throughout the community.

March 10, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Around the corner

There is no question that this has been a tough winter here in Newton County and Social Circle.

March 07, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Letting go

 The residents of Nelson Heights received good news this week.

March 07, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Derailed

The Smart Growth Newton County board of directors is disappointed by the Covington City Council's refusal to approve pursuing a nonbinding grant for funds to aid in conversion of unused rail lines in the city to walking and biking trails, should the rail lines be purchased. The grant investigation would have cost the city nothing; it would have simply added information to help the council weigh the merits and costs of trail use of the rail line.

March 07, 2010 | By Jonathan Paschal | Our Thoughts


Wish I didn’t know now

Lyrics were always the hardest thing for me to master as a kid. The Beatles invaded American rock-n-roll in December 1963, and appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show" in February '64. Invited to join a fledgling band, I discovered how challenging memorizing lyrics to a myriad of tunes really is.

March 07, 2010 | Nat Harwell | Our Thoughts


No backbone

"I support extending unemployment benefits, COBRA [health] benefits, flood insurance, highway bill fix, doc fix, small business loans, and distant network television for satellite viewers," Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.).

Jim Bunning spent 15 years in major league baseball pitching for the Detroit Tigers and the Philadelphia Phillies. During that time he was a solid, all-around player winning more than 200 games.

March 05, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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