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County deserves stronger leadership

A simple question doesn't have an easy answer. But it should.

August 16, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on persecution

Religious and cultural bigotry has been around since, seemingly, the beginning of recorded time.

August 12, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: Politics might have ruined 2050 panel

Sometimes what starts out as a good idea gets hijacked along the way.

August 09, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


School bus stops: Stop

Now that school has started back, motorists on many of our county roads are finding their commute time extended because of the band of bright yellow school busses carrying our children to and from their homes and school.

August 07, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: When a panel gets too big

The concept of a working committee to study the 2050 Plan proposal and make recommendations to streamline it seemed until this week to be a workable solution.

August 05, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: Recognize improvements

Students and teachers returned to the classroom Friday, hopefully taking note of last year's improvements in many testing areas to do even more positive work this school year.

August 02, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: Citizens' panel

During a Rotary Club of Covington meeting Tuesday, Newton County Chairman Keith Ellis announced that the commissioners are planning to start a citizens' panel consisting of an appointed member by each commissioner and appointees from each city in the county and entities such as the chamber, water and sewage authority and school board.

July 31, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: NYT’s pro-marijuana stance is disappointing

The New York Times editorial board this past Sunday called for the federal government to legalize marijuana in the United States.

July 29, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: Be fair and impartial

There was an unfortunate incident in our community last week where a man for reasons unknown at this time was seen in a quiet community wielding a sword of some type, harassing passing cars and trash cans.

July 26, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on recent local news items

The Covington City Council voted this past week to add a code officer to its staff. The city currently has only one officer.

July 24, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on 2050: Make changes now

It's time for a change on the 2050 Plan - both to the document itself and officials' approach in presenting it to the public.

July 22, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on community hospital

One of the cornerstones of pride in the Newton County community is that we have our own hospital; and throughout its existence the taxpayers have supported its development.

July 19, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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Archive By Section - Our Thoughts


Radio woes

When we heard that public safety departments in Newton County would be able to intercommunicate digitally with a brand new, state-of-the-art radio system, we were thrilled. The addition of top-notch technology to our top-notch law enforcement, fire and emergency services would add another perk to living in the area.

Little did we know, our paper would be denied access to the time-honored tradition of having a working newsroom scanner to alert us to local emergency situations. But, that wasn't the worst surprise we got.

August 14, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Raising millage rates

We are dead set against raising taxes in this year of economic distress.

We have two local municipalities whose councils are talking about raising millage rates.

August 14, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Support boys and girls

These are hard times for local non-profits as they struggle to make up funds cut by groups such as United Way.

August 12, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Volunteer opportunity

If you have some time on your hands and you would like to help a child reach his or her full potential in life, the Washington Street Community Center needs your help.

The center has an excellent tutorial program Monday through Thursday afternoons between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.

August 12, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Taking a stand

You can have the best law enforcement in the world, and ours is in that category, but they can only do so much in seeing that our community is safe.

The West Street area of the city has been deteriorating aesthetically and presenting problems for law enforcement for years. Last year a man shot four others, killing one, over a dice game at a home on West Street.

August 12, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Let the board handle it

We are glad to finally see the Nelson Heights Community Center finally is to become a reality.

County Attorney James Griffin has suggested that a new director be a county employee; we disagree with this suggestion.

August 12, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Praise and sorrow

Last week we had a double tragedy in our community that could have ended much worse than it did.

August 09, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Give a boost to booster clubs

This time of year is an exciting one for all of us. As days become shorter and shorter the promise of cooler weather makes the hottest of days more bearable, as does the promise of the nearing 2009 football season.

August 09, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


It does take a village

After publishing the story "New school, same challenges" last Sunday, we were left with more questions than answers.

We understand that the Newton County School System wants to "revive" Clements Middle by making it a theme school. And while opening Liberty Middle in state-directed status because it has the same attendance zones as Clements makes sense, it still puzzles us.

August 07, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... Uncorked

We think the Porterdale City Council made a wise decision in approving an ordinance allowing "wine cafés" within the city limits.

August 05, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... As it occurs

This publication has a wonderful complement to its print version - CovNews.com. If you haven't had a chance to go online to review its contents, we welcome you to do so and think you will be pleased.

August 05, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Where are the jobs?

Will there ever be a light at the end of tunnel for all of the unemployed workers in Georgia? If the latest numbers are an indication, it won't be anytime soon.

August 05, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Our Thoughts


Marshall’s not convinced

 I called Democratic Congressman Jim Marshall who represents Georgia's 8th Congressional District in Middle Georgia to check the status of health care reform currently lurching its way through Congress. I know what is being proposed. What I wanted to know was if this hydra-headed monster has a chance of passage. I had been told he was one person in Washington who would not give me the party line on this controversial issue. He would tell it like it is. And he did.

August 05, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Our Thoughts


Hypersensitive society

The real victim of the controversy swirling around the breaking and entering case of Henry Louis Gates Jr., a Harvard professor who apparently misplaced his keys and was seen breaking into his own home in Cambridge, Mass., has turned out to be the Good Samaritan who reported the alleged breaking and entering. She has been vilified and called a racist by a large group of cowardly bloggers.

August 02, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


A walk in the park

We are delighted that after almost a decade of work that District 2 will finally see work begin on a new park located across Ga. Highway 212 from Oak Hill Elementary.

August 02, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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