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Our Thoughts: Inexcusable

Once again Newton County has found itself in an embarrassing situation, and once again its leadership needs to be called into question.

July 26, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: The good, the bad and the ugly

The times are tumultuous lately and not much seems to be changing after a week full of heartbreaking, heart-wrenching and well just heart-shaped news.

July 19, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Transparency and vetting

After information on Green Hill P3 and East Georgia Land and Development, Inc. came out this week it seems that the Newton County Board of Commissioners still needs to improve on transparency and vetting.

July 12, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Celebrate, remember, unite

Birthdays are a time to celebrate, reflect, be with those close to us and look toward another year of growth.

July 06, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: Pension plan

The Covington City Council made a smart move last week when it voted to back off a hastily conceived plan to change city policy on pensions as they relate to retirees who come back to work for the Covington government.

June 28, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: Father's Day

The timing of this year's Father's Day is fitting.

June 21, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Lead, follow, or get out of the way

As the Board of Commissioners prepares to convene Tuesday night, our elected representatives face a stark choice between raising the millage rate or making even more cuts to the budget, which will inevitably affect the hard working employees of Newton County.

June 14, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Hometown Heroes

Life is very fleeting. None of us knows when our existence will end on this earth. Last week, 44-year-old Mun Hyuk Cha, a kind, hard-working businessman and owner of Magnet Package Store, and 39-year-old Otonicar Jimquez Aikens, a father who had just stopped by to pick up some things, were probably discussing the weather or exchanging pleasantries when Jeffery Pitts, a disgruntled customer, stormed in with a gun and ended their lives.

June 07, 2015 | | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: Hospital

Piedmont Newton Hospital - it does have a nice ring to it.

May 31, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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Our thoughts... A drag or what?

The Social Circle Zoning Commission has approved and recommended for city council action the establishment of a drag racing business on 120 acres of land along the I-20 corridor.

December 11, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... A tragic loss

Last weekend a 12-year-old boy was killed accidentally by a gun with which he and a 13-year-old were playing.

December 11, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Help Santa out

Saturday is a big day if you want to help Santa make it to every child's house this Christmas.

The Social Circle Kruizers, a car club, will be holding a special Christmas car show in Social Circle starting at 1 p.m. and lasting until 5 p.m.

December 09, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


General Mills gives back

A round of applause is due to the General Mills Corporation for donating 4.4 million boxes of cereal across the nation. Last week employees of our local plant loaded 10,000 boxes of Honey Nut Cheerios for Atlanta area food banks.

The Covington Food Pantry will, of course, have first dibs on the great Christmas gift.

December 09, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Pilot pancakes, gifts

The Pilot Club of Covington will be holding their annual Pancake Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Santa this Saturday from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the First Methodist Church of Covington.

Tickets for this annual family event are only $5 for adults and $2 for children under 6.

December 09, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Chamber stalemate

There are some who believe that world is divided into four institutions - business, government, organized religion and the press.

The belief is that each one of those institutions keeps the other under control; when one of the estates gains more power, there is a disruption of coexistence.

December 06, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


NHS MCJROTC collects toys

The Newton High School Marine Corps JROTC are revving up for Christmas as they take on the task of being Santa's helpers in the Newton County area.

Again this year cadets will be collecting for the Toys for Tots drive in support of the nationwide Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program.

December 06, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


No courage

"I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of my mouth"

December 04, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Holiday cheer

The next few days in Newton County are filled with events designed to put residents and out-of-town guests into the holiday spirit.

Tonight Porterdale kicks off its third Christmas in the Village celebration at 7 p.m. The event will feature music, a tree lighting and Santa and his tiny reindeer.

December 04, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Run for the border, crooks

We can only assume that Michael Curtis Jackson of Ellenwood does not read newspapers. Just last week The News published an editorial suggesting that would be robbers and crooks not mess with our law enforcement officials here in Covington and Newton County.

Jackson is one of those suspected in the armed robbery of the local Taco Bell this weekend.

December 02, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Remembering Mr. Harris

The citizens of the city of Covington and Newton County have lost another stalwart leader.

Walker Harris, former mayor, businessman and extraordinary volunteer, died peacefully in his sleep Sunday.

December 02, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Dawgs v. Humble Bumble

I'm enjoying the lap of luxury today, for I'm ruminating on the annual display of "good old-fashioned hate," as the late Lewis Grizzard described gridiron battles between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Writing before Thanksgiving Day, knowing this will appear the day after the pigskin tilt, constitutes that luxury; I can express myself freely, unencumbered and unembarrassed by the final score.

November 29, 2009 | Nat Harwell | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... Walton what?

Recently some representatives of the newly formed Walton One appeared before the Social Circle City Council to request funds to the tune of $5,000 and council support their project.

November 29, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... Screening guideline shock

Recently the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force released new guidelines regarding the needed frequency of mammographies. The guidelines floored this editorial board.

November 29, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Leadership in education

Nov. 19 was my second class day in Leadership Newton. Since it was education day we toured various schools and colleges and learned as much as the students we met.

November 29, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | Our Thoughts


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