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Our Thoughts: Thankful musings

After the turkey becomes sandwiches and the dust from shopping settles, we bask in the glow of Thanksgiving.

November 29, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our thoughts: There should be no end to the gratitude

On Wednesday, Covington, Newton County and the country honored the men and women who have defended us. There were celebrations of remembrance, local establishments giving ...

November 15, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our Thoughts: It’s a new day

Each new day holds opportunity.

November 01, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our Thoughts: Now what?

Members of the Newton County commission surprised everyone with last Tuesday's vote to suspend action on the Bear Creek reservoir and focus instead on ...

October 25, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our Thoughts: Don’t post, tweet or yik-yak wolf

Walking through the children's books section at the local big-box store there are a ton of cute stories for modern children with dinosaurs, witches ...

October 18, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our thoughts: Freedom of speech and transparency

A proposed motion during the recent Board of Commissioners meeting would have stifled citizens from speaking about certain topics at the public meeting, but that ...

October 10, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our thoughts: Verge of growth

In a letter in The Covington News a week ago Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnston laid out some of the prospective industrial growth coming to Newton ...

October 03, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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Archive By Section - Our Thoughts

From centerfold to senator

You'd have to be eligible for Social Security to remember the last time a Republican sat in the Senate seat made vacant last year when Ted Kennedy died. Scott Brown is the first Republican to win the seat since Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. won it in 1946.

January 24, 2010 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Our Thoughts

Caution to the wind

Readers familiar with me know, hopefully, that I try to phrase my thoughts so as not to directly offend those with differing viewpoints. But every once in a while it's necessary to throw caution to the winds and let it rip.

January 24, 2010 | Nat Harwell | Our Thoughts

Our thoughts... Lost and gained

The city of Porterdale has lost a good public servant and Social Circle has gained a first class director of public safety.

January 24, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

There is a difference

After reading Linda Cooper's letter to the editor, I realized that there are people who do not understand the difference in the Newton County Animal Control Program in Newton County and the Humane Society of Newton County.

January 22, 2010 | By Betty Bellairs | Our Thoughts

Our thoughts... Keeping the dream alive

We were pleased to see two local community leaders receive prestigious awards this past week.

January 22, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our thoughts... Not sinking in

A wise man once said that some people just don't get it. Councilman Whatley, as clearly as you articulated your opinions in your lengthy Wednesday night diatribe (you can read it in full at, you do not understand the core issues of going to the north Georgia mountains for a council retreat.

January 22, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

My safety net

In some ways, we were just alike. In others, we were direct opposites. But you didn't need a DNA test to know that we were cut from the same cloth. Mine was a bit wider and his was a tad longer.

January 22, 2010 | Harris Blackwood | Our Thoughts

Brasstown bold

The Covington City Council voted to hold their annual retreat at the Brasstown Valley Resort and Spa located in the scenic North Georgia Mountains.

January 21, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our thoughts... Preserving the past

Members of the General Ray Davis Marine Corps Detachment 1188 of Covington are working on a project that will preserve a piece of our nation's history for future generations of Americans.

January 20, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our thoughts... Here we go again

Once again a member of Newton County Commissioner J.C. Henderson's family has run afoul of the law. This is extremely unfortunate.

January 20, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Off to a good start

The 2010 legislative session started on an upbeat note. The first task of the House was to elect a new Speaker and Speaker Pro Tem, in the wake of the leadership changes during December. On Monday, we elected David Ralston of Blue Ridge as Speaker, and Jan Jones of Alpharetta as Speaker Pro Tem. I am very pleased with both of these selections and feel these new leaders will guide the House of Representatives in a very positive direction. If you wish to learn a bit more about them, I have previously written a column that introduces each. (You can ...

January 20, 2010 | By Doug Holt | Our Thoughts

Awarding the Aldridges

It always amazes us how year after year deserving individuals are honored with the R.O. Arnold Award. Newton County seems to have an abundance of civic-minded souls.

Named after "Mr. Bob" Arnold, who with his wife Florence, established The Arnold Fund, the R.O. Arnold Award is awarded to an individual who has shown significant service to the Newton County community and has lived in the county for at least five years. Past recipients and past chairs of the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce nominate and then vote on recipients.

January 17, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our thoughts... Change of venue

At a recent mayors' meeting, Covington Mayor Kim Carter said the city had received some negative press about the March planning retreat for the council and mayor.

January 15, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our thoughts... Newton’s heroes

 Last week a vicious fire tore through a house in the Trotters Walk subdivision. When the Newton County Fire Department arrived on the scene, they learned that someone was trapped in the house. Firemen Chris Calhoun and Justin McCord were part of a valiant attempt to rescue the trapped woman. Unfortunately, in spite of their gallant efforts, the crew could not reach Laverne Goodwin in time to save her life.

January 13, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our thoughts... Within these walls

No community is immune to it.

January 13, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

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