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Our thoughts on the 250 Plan

Ten years ago a group of people got together, politicians and concerned citizens alike, and made a decision that Newton County, inevitably, was going to grow.

June 26, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on Georgia Perimeter

This past month the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools voted to reaffirm the accreditation of one of our local higher learning institutions, Georgia Perimeter College (GPC).

June 24, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on Vivian Harris's work

Kudos goes out to local community activist Vivian Harris. Through her determination and countless efforts, a part of Oxford – and America's history – has been preserved in print.

June 24, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on being alert

This past week a father in Marietta loaded his 22-month-old son in his SUV to take to day care and forgot he had done it, instead driving to work.

June 21, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on the death sentence

This past week Marcus Wellons was put to death for the 1989 murder and rape of a 15-year-old girl.

June 19, 2014 | | Our Thoughts


Commercial Improvement District could be a good thing

In last Sunday's paper we carried a story on the front page that explained in great deal the pros and cons of creating a Commercial Improvement District (CID) for the Highway 278 corridor in Covington.

June 17, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on Jajuan Shaw’s winning agenda

Betty Ray Shaw explained to us that children of autism have their own agenda, and when they get something in their mind that they want to, or think they need to do, that's what they are going to do.

June 14, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on what to do with Nelson Heights

The Newton County Board of Commissioners had a lively debate this past week about what to do after a May 30 party at the Nelson Heights Community Center was marred by a gun reportedly being fired into the air by a passing car and hours of people milling about in the streets afterward.

June 12, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on a shift for volunteers

Volunteerism is ingrained in our county's foundation and has been the backbone of so many of our greatest successes on a nationwide and local level.

June 10, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


A positive should precede a negative

As a society, now more than ever, it seems, we dwell on the negative.

June 07, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on taxes

There's no question that anyone who owns property hates to pay taxes on it.

June 05, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on group homes

We can understand a community's concern on having group homes and residences in their neighborhoods.

June 03, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Support a good cause

The Washington Street Community Center is a busy place that is the heart and soul and pride of the communities surrounding the Washington Street corridor.

May 31, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Retiring a great

Newton county is about to lose one of its finest public officials.

May 31, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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Archive By Section - Our Thoughts


Cooperation

In a story published in Sunday's paper, which can be seen on CovNews.com, it looks like efforts are being made by East Metro Health District officials to be more cooperative and understanding of how their scoring affects not only businesses but also public perception of a county.

The reason the scoring has been tightened by the state was due to national outbreaks of salmonella and other food viruses caused by improper storage of foods and the unhygienic habits of some restaurants and their employees.

July 22, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


An appropriate honor

Just as we were pleased last week when the Morgan family was honored by having a portion of U.S Highway 278 named for Jack and Davis Morgan, we are equally pleased by the efforts of State Sen. John Douglas and Rep. Doug Holt in having a portion of Ga. Highway 11 named in the honor of long time Mansfield community leader, Lamar B. Hays.

Hays, who passed away last March, was a local business man and was loved and admired by not only the folks of Mansfield but also people throughout the area and state.

July 22, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


A disappointing response

Recently, The News reported on the proposed budget for the City of Covington. One of this newspaper's concerns is a proposed position for a community/economic development director employed by city. Newton County was successful for years in attracting industries and businesses by utilizing a unified approach by the city, county, Industrial Development Authority and Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce.

When The News first heard about this position, we were not sold on its need, so we had our reporter talk to city officials, including the mayor, other community leaders and chamber of commerce officials.

July 19, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


It can be done

We have to admit that we were disappointed upon hearing the results of the federally mandated Adequate Yearly Progress for our Newton County Schools.

Although these tests are cumbersome, flawed and not a true test of the quality of education offered in Newton County, they do reflect certain deficiencies.

July 17, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Remembering Mr. Carl

This week we lost another one of the true pioneers of our community. Carl Smith Jr. "Mr. Carl," as he was respectfully called by his many friends, passed away Monday at the age of 96.

Mr. Carl was a kind, honest man who was one of those family men and community activists who molded the very character of Newton County.

July 17, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... Welcome Dr. Brown

 Last week we published a profile of the new Alcovy High School principal, Dr. LaQuanda Brown. If you missed it, you can review it on CovNews.com.

July 15, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Early numbers show trends in governor’s race

 The candidates for governor (well, most of them) released their first campaign disclosure reports last week and the numbers may tell us something about the direction of the 2010 race.

July 15, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... Nothin’ like ’em, nowhere

July is kind of a slow news month traditionally, and that's good for our staff to have a little break from the rush of everyday community life.

July 15, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Kids are smarter than critics

OK, you Neal Boortz Kool-Aid drinkers (including those who wrote to defend your boy and couldn't even spell his name correctly), I have a few questions for you:

July 15, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Our Thoughts


Ride for reading, prevention

The folks over at the Newton County Juvenile Court are also community heroes; they recognize that a court dispenses justice but in the case of juveniles it should dispense understanding solutions to that justice, and to that end they are volunteering to help the Ride For Reading bike ride to benefit the Learning Center.

July 10, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Community spirit

We have on many occasions touted the value of volunteerism. Holly Cripps is an example of how one person who sees a need can make a difference.

July 10, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Good enough for Wal-Mart

In case you had a doubt at all that the government-run health program being pushed by the Obama administration will not only be a financial drain for the taxpayers of this country as well as essentially destroy the free enterprise health system we currently enjoy, you need to be aware that the Wal-Mart corporation has come out in full support of the president's program. This is a company that has fought for years against offering its employees fair and valuable health benefits and only provides them today because of the threat of unionization of its employees.

July 10, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


What a world

It's amazing to us that city of Los Angeles, which has a budget shortfall of $5 billion, is going to spend a minimum of $2.5 million to facilitate the extravagant funeral of a man who did nothing but waste money on himself.

It certainly is a an amazing world in which we live.

July 08, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Taking a DARE

The D.A.R.E. program, which was established in 1983, has been successful in helping communities across the nation educate young people on the dangers of drugs and alcohol.

Because of tight budgets across the country, the program has been cut in a great deal of communities and also has lost its effectiveness.

July 08, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Phone Perdue please

Judge Sammy Ozburn has made the final cut and is on the governor's short list for the vacant Georgia Supreme Court post. We suggest that if you agree with us in thinking Judge Ozburn will make an excellent justice, then you should drop the governor a line in the next two weeks and tell him your thoughts about our judge.

The governor can be reached at http://gov.georgia.gov.

July 08, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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