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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

Our Thoughts: Rainy day funds

The Covington branch of the Newton County Library System found itself in need after its 17-year-old HVAC system shut down.

September 20, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our Thoughts: Education for the future

When we ask a new face around town what they do, the response "I work at Baxalta" is getting more and more common.

September 13, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our Thoughts: Reaping the benefits of filming in Newton County

"A Coat of Many Colors" has transformed several downtown Covington businesses, taken over Gaither Plantation and brought some detours to the Covington Square; "The Vampire ...

September 06, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our Thoughts: Newton's citizens committees

Being an elected official is a thankless job. We are promised the moon every election season, and rarely ever see its full glow throughout the ...

August 30, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Accountability, transparency and leadership

Newton County officials, do you remember the citizens' outrage at a raise in taxes due to an increase in the county's budget?

August 23, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

A Newton County of the past or future?

The Historic Courthouse was packed Tuesday night, but not everyone was there for the same reason. The stark contrast between the two issues-a civic ...

August 09, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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Archive By Section - Our Thoughts

Help Santa visit the troops

We hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving feast as well as spending quality time with loved ones.

A great deal of you also have this day off as part of the Thanksgiving holiday. If you are going to brave Black Friday, then we urge you to look at the ads in Wednesday and today's papers to find some great bargains, which are especially necessary in these tough economic times.

November 27, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Hangin’ in there

"So why did he REALLY do it?" I've been asked that question many times since the news broke that House Speaker Glenn Richardson had tried to commit suicide by taking an overdose of sleeping pills.

November 25, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Our Thoughts

A new Thanksgiving tradition

This is going to be a special Thanksgiving. My great-grandson Cameron Yarbrough and I are going to begin a new family tradition this week by sharing a birthday celebration. He will hit the ripe old age of 1 tomorrow and two days later I will become slightly older than Kennesaw Mountain.

November 25, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Our Thoughts

Our Thoughts... Plenty to be thankful for

"O Lord that lends me life,

November 25, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Why dolphins are smarter than deer

I must warn you about the crazy animals living and dying around here. This fine Sunday morning, as I was driving to church, I hit a deer. Miraculously, there was no damage to life, limb, or car. The doe lived too, but she'll be nursing a sore rump for a few weeks. Now, when I get hit on the backside, I learn my lesson on the first whack, but the deer around here aren't that bright. They keep jumping in front of my car, again and again. You'd think one of them would wise up and educate ...

November 20, 2009 | By David McCoy | Our Thoughts

Our Thoughts... Efficient court system

Over the last few months we have had three major trials at our local courthouse; all three were held with little or none of the problems we have seen at other such trials held across the state and around the nation.

November 20, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our Thoughts... Henderson

A couple of weeks ago in this space, the editorial board boldly asked County Commissioner J.C. Henderson to resign his post because of his personal/legal problems.

November 20, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Count your blessings

There's been a lot written about blessing counting.

November 20, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Our Thoughts

Our thoughts... Give a little bit

 Thanksgiving is almost upon us. Most of us spend the holiday gorging ourselves on turkey, dressing and pecan pie. After we eat, we can curl up by the fireplace and nap to the sweet sounds of football and family laughter.

November 18, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

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

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