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Rotary Day

For 76 years a local civic group has been involved, through its monies and volunteerism, in almost every worthwhile project that has helped Covington and Newton County become the great place that it is to raise a family.

May 03, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Hometown Hero

For the last six years we have had the honor to recognize people in our community who through their actions and deeds have gone the extra mile to help their neighbors or their family.

April 26, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: Newton can be a model

There is no question that we are suffering from a general lack of quality leadership in Newton County at this time. Can that be turned around? We think so, but it is going to take our current leadership to be willing to communicate and cooperate with other community officials to start the process.

April 12, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: Celebrating Easter

Easter is early this year and that is appropriate because the renewal of the earth's splendor has also arrived early.

April 05, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Out Thoughts

Last week we ran on these pages an editorial that encouraged voters not to just vote for a candidate because they had a "D" or a "R" behind their name or to vote for a candidate because of the color of their skin.

March 29, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Make your voice heard on landfill

The Newton County Board of Commissioners agreed Thursday to postpone a vote on a contentious landfill settlement after several hundred citizens turned out to voice their opposition to an overly hasty resolution.

March 15, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Pitch in

If in your travels around the Newton Community and the Social Circle community and you have been ashamed to see the trash that litters our highways and byways, next Saturday is your chance to not only get involved but in the process do something positive for our communities.

March 15, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Where's the transparency?

The Association County Commissioners of Georgia is once again trying to get the state's General Assembly to make it harder for Georgia's residents to keep up with what is going on in the governments they support.

March 08, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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Our thoughts... New judge in town

We are pleased to see that Newton County District Attorney Ken Wynne has been appointed by the governor to fill the fifth judgeship position for the Superior Court of the Alcovy Judicial Circuit.

January 03, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Protect us

After last week's attempted bombing of a Delta airliner over Detroit by a Nigerian, al Qaida connected terrorist, our president - in the most casual of ways - addressed the nation.

January 03, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


No more bread and circuses

The start of a new year, a new decade no less, should be marked by a pause in our daily lives. Time to get rid of what is dragging us down and to focus on what is working in our lives. While others are gnashing their teeth at the year they are leaving behind - the decade that they are getting rid of (naughty aughties, anyone?), a few of us are optimistically anticipating the year and the decade to come.

January 03, 2010 | By Jackie Ginrich Cushman | Our Thoughts


Looking back, looking ahead

Awakening Jan. 1, 2010, I gave thanks that the difficult 2009 was really over. As one of the herd, I had dutifully welcomed the New Year in at the stroke of midnight, but even as the ball dropped in New York's Times Square, it seemed like a dream. Or, more accurately, like a nightmare.

January 03, 2010 | Nat Harwell | Our Thoughts


Dawn of a new decade

"Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each New Year find you a better man."

January 01, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Honorable mention

We want to make special mention of the Honorable Judge Horace Johnson Jr.

Judge Johnson has been named chairman of the 2010 board of trustees of Leadership Georgia.

December 30, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Terrible with terror

By the grace of God, a bomb malfunctioned and 300 human beings were spared on Christmas day.

A Nigerian national tried his best to kill those innocent people on a Delta flight from Amsterdam. According to British authorities, 25 more such operatives lay in wait, desiring to accomplish what this bum failed to do.

December 30, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Thanks for 16 years

John Howard, a Covington city councilman for the past 16 years, has decided to ride off into the sunset with his boots strapped and his political guns securely holstered.

December 27, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

DEAR EDITOR: I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, 'If you see it in THE SUN it's so.' Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus?

Virginia O'Hanlon

December 25, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


The reason for the season

Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ[a] the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."

December 25, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: We wish you a merry Christmas

One day this week the night sky was brilliant featuring a crescent moon and a few very bright stars. It was cold, but the night air was crisp and clean.

The scene caused us to pause and think of that night 2,010 years ago when such a sky also was visible. It was not quite as cold, but we can imagine a star so bright that it illuminated both heaven and earth. We could almost hear the sound of songs so happy and cheerful that we could not help but smile.

December 23, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Glad tidings

As we head down the home stretch of the Christmas season, traditionally people tend to let their hair down and celebrate the good feelings of the season.

December 20, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Still blessed

 Charles Dickens once wrote that these are the best of times and these are the worst of times and certainly when he penned these words in "A Tale of Two Cities" in 1859, the times seemed bleak for the people of that era.

December 19, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts ... For further review

For further review

December 18, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Pre-legislative breakfast

This week the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce hosted a pre-legislative meeting so their members could gain insight on the upcoming legislative year in Georgia. Sen. John Douglas and Rep. Doug Holt attended and gave the business community an update of what to expect.

The bottom line is - it doesn't look good as the state's revenue continues to decline.

December 16, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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