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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

Our Thoughts: Take a stand

The Army Corps of Engineers recently withdrew Newton County's 404 Permit for building the Bear Creek Supply Reservoir, adding more time and more money ...

September 27, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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Our thoughts...A suggestion for the selection committee

 In a story in Sunday's Covington News, which can be read at, we learned that the leaders of the Newton Chamber of Commerce still were talking to community leaders in order to receive input on the new chamber director's job description.

November 18, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our thoughts... Happy birthday CFD

This month the Covington Fire Department celebrates its 100th birthday; there will be a ceremony at 3 p.m. Nov. 22 - the actual date of CFD's establishment - at the Pace Street Station.

November 15, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our thoughts... Congratulations Ms. Sheets

Judges had a tough decision to make this year in selecting the Newton County Teacher of the Year.

November 15, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Humility for the greater good

Leadership is easy when everyone agrees with you, when money is abundant, and when the decisions you face have simple answers. Real life, however, is seldom that easy. Newton County voters elected five commissioners and me as chairman to serve as the Board of Commissioners to work together as a group to set the policy to lead this great county. My job is to follow that policy in the day-to-day administration.

November 15, 2009 | By Kathy Morgan | Our Thoughts

The cost of victory

On election night, Nov. 2, 2010, less than 12 months away, Speaker Nancy Pelosi might rue her victory celebration this past Saturday.

November 15, 2009 | By Jackie Ginrich Cushman | Our Thoughts

Unsung heroes

Ed Jenkins, a retired Rockdale Hospital pharmacist, is the 2009 recipient of the Pat Patrick Big Heart award presented by the board of the Newton Fund.

November 13, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Definition of terrorism

U.S. Code Title 22, Ch.38, Para. 2656f(d) defines terrorism as:

November 13, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Thoughts on Ford Hood

In the United States the rule of law prevails. That means Nidal Malik Hasan will have his day in court. We can only hope that his trial won't become a media circus such as the O.J. Simpson trial of the 1990s.

If convicted, this beast needs swift justice.

November 11, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Guest editorial: As an American, what is worth defending?

As an American, I have the right to be a citizen of America. I have the right to make my own choices too. I also have the right to wake up and go to school and get an education. I get an education because we have freedom. Men and women give their lives every day to fight for our freedom.

Veterans make this country a better place to live. I only wish the veterans that died could see what they did for their country. Armed forces fight together to save and protect this country. These are reasons why I think ...

November 11, 2009 | Nicholas DeBoer Social Circle Elementary third grader | Our Thoughts

Our thoughts... Bless our heroes

Wednesday we celebrate Veterans Day. Personally, we think this should be a major holiday right up there with Memorial Day and the Fourth of July.

November 08, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our thoughts... Shown the door

U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey of Marietta and four other republicans introduced a bill this past week that would kick all members of Congress out of the federal employees' health plan and automatically enroll them into any public option program being drafted of any new health care reform plans.

November 08, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Built to last

We talked with Wendell Crowe, owner of Covington Ford, this week and are glad we did. A story that Walgreens is interested in purchasing property owned by Crowe family has been circulating around town for a few weeks.

To date, nothing has been finalized. In the meantime, some long-time county residents have been speculating that Covington Ford is either going to move or close. According to Mr. Crowe, the rumor of Covington Ford closing is false, and if the Walgreens story becomes a reality, then Covington Ford would look to relocate in the area.

November 06, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Election 2009

We would like to congratulate the winners of this Tuesday's election.

Hawnethia Williams, Chris Smith, Sue Dale, James Windham, Terry Smith, Lyra Cocchi, Larry Haigwood, Larry Cummins, Roger Sheridan, Martha Ellwanger, Gene Downs, John Donaldson, Tom Kreiger, Lowell Chambers, Arline Chapman and Mike Harper will represent the municipalities of Newton County excellently we are sure.

November 06, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Winning seasons

We are also proud of our three local high school football teams. Alcovy wrapped up its first playoff berth last week. Eastside - whom many people gave up on this year - has rallied back not only to go on to the playoffs, but to win their division outright. And, we still have hopes that Newton High will be playoff bound, but if not, they to have had a great season too.

We admire the spirit and effort that each team has shown - from their coaches to the players, the band to the cheerleaders and the student bodies as a whole.

November 04, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

TOTY finalists

The Newton County Board of Education announced their three finalists for teacher of the year last week.

All three are excellent choices.

November 04, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

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