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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


Our Thoughts: Celebrate, remember, unite

Birthdays are a time to celebrate, reflect, be with those close to us and look toward another year of growth.

July 06, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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 ...

June 28, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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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


Don’t be afraid to try something new

I am a fan of the eternal optimist. The person who sees the glass half full, rather than half empty.

February 12, 2010 | Harris Blackwood | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Black History Month

February is a month that has been set aside to celebrate Black history month. As is traditional, we have had the chance to honor some prominent Black leaders of our community.

February 12, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Retreat

According to information provided us by county clerk Jackie Smith, the Newton County BOC will be holding their retreat at the Burge Plantation on Feb. 20 and 21.

February 12, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Fighting socialism in the depths of winter

It's freezing cold down here in Dixie! Listen, I fully expect the South to be humid and hot, balmy and breezy, and stifling and sticky, but nowhere did I sign up for frigid and frozen. We southerners will tolerate an occasional ice storm or that rare centimeter or two of snow, but weather like we've had for the past few months is nuts. The only solution to this craziness is to learn to control the weather ourselves. We try to control the economy, our destiny, and our kids, why can't we take on the weather? Would it ...

February 12, 2010 | David McCoy | Our Thoughts


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