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Out Thoughts

Last week we ran on these pages an editorial that encouraged voters not to just vote for a candidate because they had a "D" or a "R" behind their name or to vote for a candidate because of the color of their skin.

March 29, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Make your voice heard on landfill

The Newton County Board of Commissioners agreed Thursday to postpone a vote on a contentious landfill settlement after several hundred citizens turned out to voice their opposition to an overly hasty resolution.

March 15, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Pitch in

If in your travels around the Newton Community and the Social Circle community and you have been ashamed to see the trash that litters our highways and byways, next Saturday is your chance to not only get involved but in the process do something positive for our communities.

March 15, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Where's the transparency?

The Association County Commissioners of Georgia is once again trying to get the state's General Assembly to make it harder for Georgia's residents to keep up with what is going on in the governments they support.

March 08, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: Proud of our Rams

Courage is inner power to make you fight for your very existence and trying, when you know you may lose. Courage and determination makes a fighter.

March 01, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Don't give up for Lent, just give

The official start of the Lenten season began this past week and we have heard many of our friends and colleagues talking about what they were going to give up for the 40 days leading up to the celebration of Christ's resurrection.

February 22, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


A New Era

This year The Covington News is celebrating our 150th birthday.

February 15, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Take Control

Our elected officials must retake control of Newton County's affairs and finances and stop relying on appointed employees to make decisions and oversee their implementation.

February 08, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Vaccinations save lives

It is really a sad sign of our times to read about the uproar about whether vaccinations should be mandatory for children or whether vaccines for certain diseases cause abnormalities like autism.

February 08, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


An embarrassment that needs action

The camera crews and on-air personality from Atlanta's Channel 11 were in Newton County last week for some in-your-face television journalism aimed at revealing to the world the sorry state of affairs in our local county government.

February 01, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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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


Definition of terrorism

U.S. Code Title 22, Ch.38, Para. 2656f(d) defines terrorism as:

November 13, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Thoughts on Ford Hood

In the United States the rule of law prevails. That means Nidal Malik Hasan will have his day in court. We can only hope that his trial won't become a media circus such as the O.J. Simpson trial of the 1990s.

If convicted, this beast needs swift justice.

November 11, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Guest editorial: As an American, what is worth defending?

As an American, I have the right to be a citizen of America. I have the right to make my own choices too. I also have the right to wake up and go to school and get an education. I get an education because we have freedom. Men and women give their lives every day to fight for our freedom.

Veterans make this country a better place to live. I only wish the veterans that died could see what they did for their country. Armed forces fight together to save and protect this country. These are reasons why I think ...

November 11, 2009 | Nicholas DeBoer Social Circle Elementary third grader | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Bless our heroes

Wednesday we celebrate Veterans Day. Personally, we think this should be a major holiday right up there with Memorial Day and the Fourth of July.

November 08, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Shown the door

U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey of Marietta and four other republicans introduced a bill this past week that would kick all members of Congress out of the federal employees' health plan and automatically enroll them into any public option program being drafted of any new health care reform plans.

November 08, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Built to last

We talked with Wendell Crowe, owner of Covington Ford, this week and are glad we did. A story that Walgreens is interested in purchasing property owned by Crowe family has been circulating around town for a few weeks.

To date, nothing has been finalized. In the meantime, some long-time county residents have been speculating that Covington Ford is either going to move or close. According to Mr. Crowe, the rumor of Covington Ford closing is false, and if the Walgreens story becomes a reality, then Covington Ford would look to relocate in the area.

November 06, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Election 2009

We would like to congratulate the winners of this Tuesday's election.

Hawnethia Williams, Chris Smith, Sue Dale, James Windham, Terry Smith, Lyra Cocchi, Larry Haigwood, Larry Cummins, Roger Sheridan, Martha Ellwanger, Gene Downs, John Donaldson, Tom Kreiger, Lowell Chambers, Arline Chapman and Mike Harper will represent the municipalities of Newton County excellently we are sure.

November 06, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Winning seasons

We are also proud of our three local high school football teams. Alcovy wrapped up its first playoff berth last week. Eastside - whom many people gave up on this year - has rallied back not only to go on to the playoffs, but to win their division outright. And, we still have hopes that Newton High will be playoff bound, but if not, they to have had a great season too.

We admire the spirit and effort that each team has shown - from their coaches to the players, the band to the cheerleaders and the student bodies as a whole.

November 04, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


TOTY finalists

The Newton County Board of Education announced their three finalists for teacher of the year last week.

All three are excellent choices.

November 04, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Green Getaway

Friday night is the third annual Green Getaway. The fundraising event for Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful's educational and beautification programs is always a blast.

This year Mark Eskew will be back as Elvis. The food and auction items are always amazing.

November 04, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Don't you forget it

We give full credit to County Commissioner J.C Henderson for his efforts in having the Nelson Heights Community Center built.

He should be pleased with his efforts to help his district, but he is not.

November 01, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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