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Rotary Day

For 76 years a local civic group has been involved, through its monies and volunteerism, in almost every worthwhile project that has helped Covington and Newton County become the great place that it is to raise a family.

May 03, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Hometown Hero

For the last six years we have had the honor to recognize people in our community who through their actions and deeds have gone the extra mile to help their neighbors or their family.

April 26, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: Newton can be a model

There is no question that we are suffering from a general lack of quality leadership in Newton County at this time. Can that be turned around? We think so, but it is going to take our current leadership to be willing to communicate and cooperate with other community officials to start the process.

April 12, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: Celebrating Easter

Easter is early this year and that is appropriate because the renewal of the earth's splendor has also arrived early.

April 05, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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


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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


See you at the polls

Next Tuesday is election time for the cities of Covington, Porterdale and Newborn; we have run individual stories on each candidate as well as a two-part condensed voter's guide. If you missed reading about a candidate in your area please go to covnews.com.

November 01, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts...

This is Halloween

October 30, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


An ode to a wise son

I am not going to tell you how old he is because he might not want you to know. So, I will just tell you that on his birthday next week, the last number will have a "zero" behind it and he was born as Dwight Eisenhower was going out of office and John F. Kennedy was coming in. You can figure out the rest.

October 28, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... Filling stockings

It's hard to believe, but it's almost time for the Covington Rotary's Empty Stocking Fund.

October 28, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... An analytical look

For the past three Sundays we have run a special series written by reporter Gabriel Khouli on the boom and the collapse of the housing market growth specific to Newton County.

October 28, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Does anybody care about these races?

You would think people would be fired up about the congressional races on tap for next year, considering that Republicans will be trying to reverse their election losses of 2006 and 2008 while Democrats will be trying to protect their majority status.

October 28, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Test drive local

This time last year we were concerned that we might lose our local car dealerships because of the recession.

October 25, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Bombared by billboards

If you have had the opportunity to spend some time traveling our nation's interstate highway system, you know that it travels through some beautiful countryside. Depending on what state or community you are traveling through, that drive can be aesthetically pleasing or utter ugliness with billboard after billboard.

October 25, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... New senior housing complex

This week we're pleased to hear that Affordable Equity Partners out of Missouri is planning to build a $ 9 million affordable senior housing facility in the Harristown neighborhood.

October 23, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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