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Our Thoughts: Audit, citizenry can be a tool for change

For those who even just pay casual attention to their local government, this week brought some big news to Newton County.

December 04, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: A reason to unite

A week ago, the country struggled as divisiveness spread across America. Videos on television news networks showed angry groups protesting against what they felt was ...

November 20, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Post-election thoughts

Tuesday's election of Donald Trump as the President of the United States gripped the nation.

November 13, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: The time is now

This isn't the first time controversial candidates have run for president of the United States. This isn't the first time Newton County residents ...

November 06, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Trick or treat

This is the time of year that can be awe-inspiring. It can also be scary…scary as in a werewolf chasing you through a cemetery ...

October 30, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: A win for residents

Five mayors and several county managers gathered around a table Tuesday and asked for one item.

October 23, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Time to vote

This may be the toughest year yet for the voter.

October 16, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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Archive By Section - Our Thoughts


Newton County Schools

We have said this before but it's worthy of a repeat, the Newton County school Board is about to lose three of its most productive and brightest members.

March 26, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Sidetracked

It's not very often that a community has the opportunity to wrest prime land from a railroad company.

March 24, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Back in business

We see and hear every day the bad news that one local business after another is either struggling or closing.

March 24, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts...Stepping on city, county rights

Last week we stated that we were opposed to the efforts of Rep. Doug Holt to introduce a bill that would allow the state of Georgia to interfere with the decisions of local communities in regards to land issues, specifically Newton County and Social Circle.

The state should not be in the business of annexing or de-annexing land from one municipality in order to give to another municipality, all because of the whims of some elected official.

March 21, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts...Menace to society

During the last two weeks there have been two tragic incidents involving stalking that have resulted in the loss of life.

Last week a beautiful, vivacious young woman - Audrey Atkinson - was gunned down unmercifully by a jilted boyfriend, who later took his own life. The death of the couple leaves their toddler son an orphan.

March 21, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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


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