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Our thoughts on the 250 Plan

Ten years ago a group of people got together, politicians and concerned citizens alike, and made a decision that Newton County, inevitably, was going to grow.

June 26, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on Georgia Perimeter

This past month the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools voted to reaffirm the accreditation of one of our local higher learning institutions, Georgia Perimeter College (GPC).

June 24, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on Vivian Harris's work

Kudos goes out to local community activist Vivian Harris. Through her determination and countless efforts, a part of Oxford – and America's history – has been preserved in print.

June 24, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on being alert

This past week a father in Marietta loaded his 22-month-old son in his SUV to take to day care and forgot he had done it, instead driving to work.

June 21, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on the death sentence

This past week Marcus Wellons was put to death for the 1989 murder and rape of a 15-year-old girl.

June 19, 2014 | | Our Thoughts


Commercial Improvement District could be a good thing

In last Sunday's paper we carried a story on the front page that explained in great deal the pros and cons of creating a Commercial Improvement District (CID) for the Highway 278 corridor in Covington.

June 17, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on Jajuan Shaw’s winning agenda

Betty Ray Shaw explained to us that children of autism have their own agenda, and when they get something in their mind that they want to, or think they need to do, that's what they are going to do.

June 14, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on what to do with Nelson Heights

The Newton County Board of Commissioners had a lively debate this past week about what to do after a May 30 party at the Nelson Heights Community Center was marred by a gun reportedly being fired into the air by a passing car and hours of people milling about in the streets afterward.

June 12, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on a shift for volunteers

Volunteerism is ingrained in our county's foundation and has been the backbone of so many of our greatest successes on a nationwide and local level.

June 10, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


A positive should precede a negative

As a society, now more than ever, it seems, we dwell on the negative.

June 07, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on taxes

There's no question that anyone who owns property hates to pay taxes on it.

June 05, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on group homes

We can understand a community's concern on having group homes and residences in their neighborhoods.

June 03, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Support a good cause

The Washington Street Community Center is a busy place that is the heart and soul and pride of the communities surrounding the Washington Street corridor.

May 31, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Retiring a great

Newton county is about to lose one of its finest public officials.

May 31, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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Archive By Section - Our Thoughts


A special salute

This is a special salute to the efforts of Gunnery Sergeant Ret. Sherman Smith, who has led his charges in the Newton High School MCJROTC to victory again this year - as they have for the past eight straight years - earning national distinction as a Naval Honor Unit.

This action places the troops at Newton High in the top 20 percent of all Marine Corps Junior ROTC programs in the country.

September 04, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Cheers to the career academy

We are always pleased to support the positive actions of our Newton County School System.

On Tuesday, Sept. 8, the school system will submit a grant request to the Technical College System for $3.1 million in grant funds needed to create a new Career Academy at Newton High School.

September 04, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Health scare: WWJD?

Are we a nation that measures the human worth of individuals based on their ability to pay? It's time for those who are religious and oppose single-payer national health care to tell the rest of us how, literally in God's name, they can do so. Have they traded their Biblical beliefs for political philosophies? Are they now serving two masters, and is Mammon winning out over the other? What would Jesus do? Would he care who paid for a child's expensive operation, would he say, "I'm sorry but if the government pays, it's a sin ...

September 02, 2009 | By James H. Haygood Jr. | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... InVEST in the NCSO

By of the grace of God and the protection of a safety vest, two sheriff deputies - Jim Trent and Wesley Atha - are still around to celebrate life with their families, friends and neighbors.

September 02, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... An American spirit

The American spirit has carried us through revolution, civil war, world wars, depressions and national tragedies. Each and every time the grit of the American spirit comes through and says enough is enough.

September 02, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Judge Ozburn

We were disappointed - as we are sure his many friends were - that our own Judge Ozburn did not get the nod for the open spot on the Supreme Court. We greatly appreciate Senator John Douglas for nominating him.

August 30, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Speaking of the square...

Speaking of good family happenings on the Covington Square, we might suggest you stop the Southern Heartland Art Gallery, located at 1132 Monticello St. on the square.

August 30, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Music on the square

September on the square is going to be alive with music every Thursday during the month of September, starting at noon.

August 30, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Good for positive growth

We are anxious to see what good work the newly established Covington Redevelopment Authority will accomplish in its formative years.

The goals of the CRA are lofty, but we think if even one of them can be accomplished within the next few years, it will be a great success and make the city even more enjoyable and accommodating. We're not quite sure where to locate a downtown farmer's market or grocery, but we wouldn't mind being pleasantly surprised.

August 28, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


The last brick of Camelot

"Each evening, from December to December,

August 28, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


A blessing in Bolton

Communities like ours are blessed to have residents who chose this community to live in out of all the beautiful cities in Georgia.

Some of these people move here because of the ambiance, the traditions, the general peacefulness. When some of these newcomers decide to involve themselves in various groups of their adopted community, they bring with them a sense of pride and excitement.

August 26, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Sis boom ba

It's been a long, hot summer. For some it has not been the best of summers, but the night air is starting to cool, the humidity is dropping and the start of the football season begins this week.

There is nothing like a battle on the gridiron to lift the spirits melted by scorching summer heat.

August 26, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


The good war

Afghanistan was supposed to be the good war - the one Democrats said we should be fighting instead of Iraq. We heard it over and over again during the presidential campaign, as if to exorcise the image that a Democrat wasn't tough enough to assume the role of commander in chief. Candidate Obama repeatedly called the war in Iraq "a dangerous distraction" from the fight we should be waging and promised to "tak(e) the fight to al-Qaida in Afghanistan and Pakistan." But with a new poll out showing that a majority of Americans now think the war in Afghanistan ...

August 23, 2009 | Linda Chavez | Our Thoughts


Open letter to Chief Stacey Cotton

Dear Chief Cotton:

August 23, 2009 | Nat Harwell | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... An optimistic BOC

The Newton County Board of Commissioners made a prudent decision last week.

August 23, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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