Many of you may remember that back in the late '60s and '70s many of our major rivers were nothing more than polluted cesspools. The Potomac River, which runs through our nation's capital, was a major example of this neglect.
"If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen."
In 1984, under the Reagan administration and as part of the breakup of AT&T, a special program called Lifeline was established.
We are fortunate to have a major state college located here in Newton County.
There is a nonprofit in this town that just refuses to give up. The Garden of Gethsemane Homeless Shelter seems to have more lives than a cat.
Friday was the last day in the classroom for several of the 38 Newton County School System employees that retired this year. The retirees had a combined total of 915 years of service to our school system.
Last week eight adults, some parents of children at Oak Hill Elementary School, were arrested at the school awards ceremony because of a disagreement regarding a seat. How shameful is that?
In these tough economic times we are glad to record when local businesses reach into their own pockets and donate equipment or funds to our local schools. The folks at Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home and Crematory recently donated 10 Netbook mini-laptops to the four local high schools for their Academic Recourses classes.
In the good old days when you were in high school, if you were a problem child or enjoyed skipping school, then after a few warnings you were called to the office and summarily kicked out of school. If your infraction was bad enough, you never returned. If you were a young lady and became pregnant, you just disappeared. At that time the disappearance was a grand mystery. As we grew older, we realized that ...
While the great county budget crisis of 2009 is for the moment over, we would like to suggest a positive solution to ensure that we don't find ourselves in this situation again. One of the main reasons we have gone quickly from a surplus into a deficit of taxable revenue in Newton County is because over the years we have failed to attract enough viable industry to counter the fallback in the current housing and retail markets.
On Wednesday, after much anguish, criticism and concern, the Newton County Board of Supervisors balanced the county's budget for FY2010. Through the efforts of county management, county employees and elected officials, the final balance was accomplished without raising the current millage rate and resulted in the loss of a minimal amount of jobs. We have nothing but praise for the leadership of County Chair Kathy Morgan. She, along with administrative officer John Middleton, crafted a ...
During my second year of nursing school our professor gave us a quiz. I breezed through the questions until I read the last one: "What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?" Surely this was a joke. I had seen the cleaning woman several times, but how would I know her name I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank. Before the class ended, one student ...
One of the basic rules of daily journalism is that the reporter isn't the story - what's important is the news that is being reported.
For once, I am going to have to (shudder) agree with the American Civil Liberties Union. They are busting their britches to have pictures released of some of the 240 detainees at Guantanamo being waterboarded by the CIA. That is a great idea. I believe most rank-and-file Americans would take much comfort in knowing that our government cares more about getting the truth out of potential terrorists in order to prevent another ...
A lot of folks in this area have pools. If you can't live on the ocean or a lake, then a pool is the next best thing to refresh yourself on our upcoming hot summer days
"Wars are not acts of God. They are caused by man, by man-made institutions, by the way in which man has organized his society. What man has made, man can change."
This is a happy time of year for our young people - it's almost time for that summer break. It is also the time for the adults of the community to be ever so vigilant. Drivers watch our little ones as they exit from busses; their minds are not going to be on watching for you.
There was a time that we were taught to save money, pay our bills on time and invest wisely; this philosophy helped America prosper since the days we first became a nation more than 233 years ago. That philosophy, is for all practical purposes, gone with the times of plenty. It is said we are on the slippery slope of socialism since the Obama administration and the Democrats have come to power. Being on the ...
Sonny Perdue has been an easy target for the media during the years he has headed state government.
For the commissioners of Newton County there are not simple solutions or easy decisions to be made on the 2010 budget. Monday night's four-and-a half-hour meeting clearly showed all those in attendance that the days of milk and honey are long behind us, and now we must work hard in order to overcome the current financial crisis that we are all enduring. Cutting county personnel and services or ...