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.
We've reached the time of year when some folks are starting their shopping for the holiday season.
We hear every day via the major news networks that the shutdown of the government is causing major harm to our country, especially to the poor federal government employees who have been laid off for the time being.
Anytime we lose a leader who learned in the good old days how to be a leader and who devoted considerable time and effort to making our community a better place for all of us, it is a major loss.
Porterdale is a small community, but it has a big heart.
In today's edition we wanted to use our editorial space to explain to you who our editorial board is and how it works. The Covington News editorial board consists of Publisher Charles Hill Morris Jr., General Manager T. Pat Cavanaugh and Editor Jennifer T. Long. We three discuss what we want to editorialize on for each edition, although one of us usually ends up writing the piece.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been in India recently. She, as a member of the Obama administration, has continued the shameful tradition of apologizing for her countrymen. Clinton actually had the nerve to tell the government officials of India, one of the world's worst polluting nations, that we the citizens of the United States were sorry to be one of the world's major polluters.
In a story published in Sunday's paper, which can be seen on CovNews.com, it looks like efforts are being made by East Metro Health District officials to be more cooperative and understanding of how their scoring affects not only businesses but also public perception of a county. The reason the scoring has been tightened by the state was due to national outbreaks of salmonella and other food viruses caused by improper storage of foods and ...
Just as we were pleased last week when the Morgan family was honored by having a portion of U.S Highway 278 named for Jack and Davis Morgan, we are equally pleased by the efforts of State Sen. John Douglas and Rep. Doug Holt in having a portion of Ga. Highway 11 named in the honor of long time Mansfield community leader, Lamar B. Hays. Hays, who passed away last March, was a local business man ...
Recently, The News reported on the proposed budget for the City of Covington. One of this newspaper's concerns is a proposed position for a community/economic development director employed by city. Newton County was successful for years in attracting industries and businesses by utilizing a unified approach by the city, county, Industrial Development Authority and Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce. When The News first heard about this position, we were not sold on its need, so ...
We have to admit that we were disappointed upon hearing the results of the federally mandated Adequate Yearly Progress for our Newton County Schools. Although these tests are cumbersome, flawed and not a true test of the quality of education offered in Newton County, they do reflect certain deficiencies.
This week we lost another one of the true pioneers of our community. Carl Smith Jr. "Mr. Carl," as he was respectfully called by his many friends, passed away Monday at the age of 96. Mr. Carl was a kind, honest man who was one of those family men and community activists who molded the very character of Newton County.
Last week we published a profile of the new Alcovy High School principal, Dr. LaQuanda Brown. If you missed it, you can review it on CovNews.com.
The candidates for governor (well, most of them) released their first campaign disclosure reports last week and the numbers may tell us something about the direction of the 2010 race.
July is kind of a slow news month traditionally, and that's good for our staff to have a little break from the rush of everyday community life.
OK, you Neal Boortz Kool-Aid drinkers (including those who wrote to defend your boy and couldn't even spell his name correctly), I have a few questions for you:
The folks over at the Newton County Juvenile Court are also community heroes; they recognize that a court dispenses justice but in the case of juveniles it should dispense understanding solutions to that justice, and to that end they are volunteering to help the Ride For Reading bike ride to benefit the Learning Center.
We have on many occasions touted the value of volunteerism. Holly Cripps is an example of how one person who sees a need can make a difference.
In case you had a doubt at all that the government-run health program being pushed by the Obama administration will not only be a financial drain for the taxpayers of this country as well as essentially destroy the free enterprise health system we currently enjoy, you need to be aware that the Wal-Mart corporation has come out in full support of the president's program. This is a company that has fought for ...
It's amazing to us that city of Los Angeles, which has a budget shortfall of $5 billion, is going to spend a minimum of $2.5 million to facilitate the extravagant funeral of a man who did nothing but waste money on himself. It certainly is a an amazing world in which we live.