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.
Now that we are in the throes of our sweltering Georgia summer, we offer these reminders for safety. Last week a mother of twins was arrested for leaving her 4-month-old child locked in her car while she went in to shop at a local discount store.
The Covington Rotary does a lot of positive things for our community. One of those positive things is naming the club's pick for Public Safety Employee of the Year; this year there were some very worthy nominees.
High schools are like miniature cities; the principals of high schools have duties not much unlike the mayor of a large city.
Goodness, it's hot. Our wet, cool spring saved us a bunch on air-conditioning bills and broke the drought that held Georgia in such a stranglehold for the last several years. But, traditional Georgia summertime heat and humidity have arrived, and it's pretty close to miserable.
We were extremely pleased to hear that the Newton County Library will be re-opened on Saturdays starting July 11.
"4 years: My Daddy can do anything!
There is a decided lack of bipartisanship in Washington. Perhaps it would be easier to agree on what should be done rather than the reasons for doing it. Everyone is then free to invent whatever explanations will excite their "base" supporters.
In an earlier editorial we extolled the virtues of Superior Court Judge Samuel D. Ozburn who has been nominated by Sen. John Douglas to fill a soon to be vacant spot on the Georgia Supreme Court.
This is my 19th Father's Day. That is, if you count the one where we were anticipating an arrival in September of 1990.
The U.S. Constitution lays out the foundations of our society. Its purpose, as stated in the preamble, is to "form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence [sic], promote the general Welfare." According to the preamble, the first goal is to form a more perfect union, that is, a society of individuals that shares the benefits of laws, that seeks justice rather than retribution, that ensures ...
Last week we learned that a body was found in Snapping Shoals Creek.
We applaud the unanimous vote of the Newton County Board of Education on requiring the students of the two new theme schools to wear a standard type of uniform and requiring parents of students who will attend the new schools - located at Fairview Elementary and Clements Middle schools - to sign a contract that requires, among other things, volunteer time. We have said this before, and it is something that parochial and private schools ...
We understand very well that rules are rules. During the last year the state of Georgia has revised and tightened the rules involving restaurant inspections. We also understand why this has been done. Nobody wants to eat in an establishment that is not clean and that does not follow the rules regarding food preparation.
The newly opened homeless shelter located at Turner Lake Circle is an encouraging example of how dreams can come true for good people. Former mayor and local furniture store owner Sam Ramsey and the Rev. Clara Lett had a dream that a homeless shelter could be built in Covington.
The Covington Municipal Airport is scheduled to close at the end of July for runway repairs and upgrades. We know that some residents will be cheered by this and probably wish that the airport would just go away completely; we sympathize with those who are bothered by the noise.