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Proposed park a great idea for Covington

Covington has a problem. And a cure.

August 26, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


'Hero' chief proves CPR works

Newton County Fire Chief Kevin O'Brien, like all firefighters, justly advocates for public CPR training.

August 23, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Good decisions made for 2050

We believe Tuesday's Board of Commissioners meeting was the most critical in recent memory, and we applaud the commissioners for their efforts.

August 21, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Williams proves nothing is impossible

Tichelle Florence is a walking, talking miracle - emphasis on walking.

August 19, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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


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A reminder to men

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month; we doubt there is one family in America that has not had at least one family member have some form of prostate cancer

This year 192,280 new cases of prostate cancer will occur in the United States.

September 12, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


How refreshing

The elected officials of Social Circle made a wise decision at their meeting this week.

The council had discussed purchasing property for possible future growth at a previous meeting; there were no definitive plans on how to use the land presently - only speculation for future growth.

September 11, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Remembering 9/11

Eight years ago today, the people of our country were shocked and numbed by an incident - the second in this baby boomer age - that forever changed our dreams, our ideas and destroyed the fabric of comfort and safety we felt about being Americans.

In 1963, the sudden and swift death of the age of innocence after the assignation of John F. Kennedy brought about one of the most violent social changes in the history of our nation. The scars from that time still affect all of us in this country; our distrust of politicians and the media began then, and ...

September 11, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


President Pinocchio

President Obama decried opposition to his health care proposal Saturday saying that the other side has offered no plan and that the government plan is the only way to ensure health care coverage for those who can't afford it.

Mr. President, we wonder why your nose does not grow bigger like Pinocchio's for telling such a tale.

September 09, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


A positive message

Never before has a president's speech to school children been met with so much nationwide cynicism and distrust.

It turns out that the distrust and concern was much ado about nothing.

September 09, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Run and read

As temperatures cool, weekend activities in Newton County heat up.

On Saturday athletes will take to the streets of Covington in the 26th Annual Fuzz Run and then the Learning Center will take over the Covington square with the sixth annual Literacy Festival. Both events are not only a whole lot of fun for the family, but also benefit two very important local efforts.

September 09, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... See you at the fair

Earlier in the century, one of the joys of the end of summer was the celebration of the town fair.

September 06, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Mistrusting the media

When it comes to politicians' foibles and faux pas, the mainstream media's double standard is nothing new, but the Washington Post's recent coverage of the Virginia governor's race takes the cake. Republican gubernatorial candidate and current State Attorney General Bob McDonnell has been trouncing his Democratic opponent, State Sen. Creigh Deeds, in the polls for much of the campaign. So the Post has now dredged up a 20-year-old academic paper McDonnell wrote for a conservative Christian college in which he condemns homosexual behavior, criticizes feminism for being anti-family, and questions the effect on the family of the ...

September 06, 2009 | Linda Chavez | Our Thoughts


Labor Day musings

The arrival of September is always poignant; this year's release by the United Kingdom of the one person convicted for the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, made it more so. Seems the guy has terminal cancer and wants to die at home among his family and friends, so the Brits rolled over and let him go. When the plane landed in Libya the terrorist was given a hero's welcome.

September 06, 2009 | Nat Harwell | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... Fun for some

God give me work, till my life shall end

September 06, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Wretched Wrangle

Charlie Rangel is a disgusting little man who represents the 15th district of New York. He currently is the chairman of the Congressional Ways and Means committee, which among other things is supposed to be the watchdog for the IRS. During his leadership, Rangel has jammed through laws that insure there is no mercy given by the IRS for mistakes and impose penalties on honest mistakes, penalties that can financially ruin people for the rest of their lives.

Now it seems that Congressman Rangel has forgotten to pay taxes on more than $600,000 of unreported income.

September 04, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


A special salute

This is a special salute to the efforts of Gunnery Sergeant Ret. Sherman Smith, who has led his charges in the Newton High School MCJROTC to victory again this year - as they have for the past eight straight years - earning national distinction as a Naval Honor Unit.

This action places the troops at Newton High in the top 20 percent of all Marine Corps Junior ROTC programs in the country.

September 04, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Cheers to the career academy

We are always pleased to support the positive actions of our Newton County School System.

On Tuesday, Sept. 8, the school system will submit a grant request to the Technical College System for $3.1 million in grant funds needed to create a new Career Academy at Newton High School.

September 04, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Health scare: WWJD?

Are we a nation that measures the human worth of individuals based on their ability to pay? It's time for those who are religious and oppose single-payer national health care to tell the rest of us how, literally in God's name, they can do so. Have they traded their Biblical beliefs for political philosophies? Are they now serving two masters, and is Mammon winning out over the other? What would Jesus do? Would he care who paid for a child's expensive operation, would he say, "I'm sorry but if the government pays, it's a sin ...

September 02, 2009 | By James H. Haygood Jr. | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... InVEST in the NCSO

By of the grace of God and the protection of a safety vest, two sheriff deputies - Jim Trent and Wesley Atha - are still around to celebrate life with their families, friends and neighbors.

September 02, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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