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Our thoughts on the CRCT: Back to square one

The final year of CRCT scores for grades three-eight throughout the state were released this week. Did we score high or low? It seems like a little bit of both.

June 28, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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


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Archive By Section - Our Thoughts


Open letter to Chief Stacey Cotton

Dear Chief Cotton:

August 23, 2009 | Nat Harwell | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... An optimistic BOC

The Newton County Board of Commissioners made a prudent decision last week.

August 23, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... Parental involvement?

Lately, there has been much discussion about the new Newton County theme schools. Unfortunately, most of it has been negative. However, the bad news has been about administration and parental issues rather than academics.

August 23, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts...Golf for good

For 82 years the Kiwanis Club of Covington has held up the club's mission "to serve the children of the world."

August 21, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts...We want you

This page is titled the "Opinion"; we believe it should reflect our community's thoughts and actions.

We reserve the right to express our viewpoints in this space as you reserve the right to express yours, even if we don't agree with you.

August 21, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Expensive extracurriculars

In a letter to the editor in Friday's paper, K. Miller made some very interesting points on the escalating costs of students' extracurricular activities, both in our schools and in other community programs.

If you missed the letter, we suggest that you read it on CovNews.com.

August 19, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Following through

We greatly anticipated the opening of two new Newton County Parental Involvement Theme Schools. This type of teaching atmosphere is, in our opinion, ideal for students striving toward higher education. We applauded required uniforms (that are simple enough for students to wear outside of school). Uniforms put all students on a level playing field so that materialistic teasing is squelched, and uniforms take unnecessary distractions out of the classroom.

Our favorite tenet of the new schools was that parents had to sign a letter of commitment for volunteer service for the school as well as a promise to abide other ...

August 19, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Lessons in credit

We hope that our elected officials from the federal government down to the local level are starting to understand that the credit system in this country had become out of control.

August 16, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Radio woes

When we heard that public safety departments in Newton County would be able to intercommunicate digitally with a brand new, state-of-the-art radio system, we were thrilled. The addition of top-notch technology to our top-notch law enforcement, fire and emergency services would add another perk to living in the area.

Little did we know, our paper would be denied access to the time-honored tradition of having a working newsroom scanner to alert us to local emergency situations. But, that wasn't the worst surprise we got.

August 14, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Raising millage rates

We are dead set against raising taxes in this year of economic distress.

We have two local municipalities whose councils are talking about raising millage rates.

August 14, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Support boys and girls

These are hard times for local non-profits as they struggle to make up funds cut by groups such as United Way.

August 12, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Volunteer opportunity

If you have some time on your hands and you would like to help a child reach his or her full potential in life, the Washington Street Community Center needs your help.

The center has an excellent tutorial program Monday through Thursday afternoons between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.

August 12, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Taking a stand

You can have the best law enforcement in the world, and ours is in that category, but they can only do so much in seeing that our community is safe.

The West Street area of the city has been deteriorating aesthetically and presenting problems for law enforcement for years. Last year a man shot four others, killing one, over a dice game at a home on West Street.

August 12, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Let the board handle it

We are glad to finally see the Nelson Heights Community Center finally is to become a reality.

County Attorney James Griffin has suggested that a new director be a county employee; we disagree with this suggestion.

August 12, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Praise and sorrow

Last week we had a double tragedy in our community that could have ended much worse than it did.

August 09, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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