We are fortunate to have a major state college located here in Newton County.
There is a nonprofit in this town that just refuses to give up. The Garden of Gethsemane Homeless Shelter seems to have more lives than a cat.
We've reached the time of year when some folks are starting their shopping for the holiday season.
We hear every day via the major news networks that the shutdown of the government is causing major harm to our country, especially to the poor federal government employees who have been laid off for the time being.
Anytime we lose a leader who learned in the good old days how to be a leader and who devoted considerable time and effort to making our community a better place for all of us, it is a major loss.
Porterdale is a small community, but it has a big heart.
"Then we'll figure out what to do about the depression and the inflation and the oil crisis. But first, get up out of your chairs, open the window, stick your head out, and yell, and say it: 'I'M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!'''
This Friday, at 2 p.m. many community groups will come together for a farewell ceremony for the troops of Company B of the 1/121st Infantry of the Georgia National Guard's 48th Brigade.  The men and woman of the brigade, after a training stop in Mississippi, will be deploying to Afghanistan in May.
While we would much rather attend a welcome home event Friday, we at The Covington News have planned to bid local troops a fond farewell as they depart for training and then Afghanistan.
Do you ever wonder how bad things actually got in Rome to cause it to burn while Nero fiddled?
Even though it was extremely sad to see such a low turnout in the Social Circle special election Tuesday - only 12 percent of the town's registered voters turned out on a very nice day - we are pleased the liquor by the drink initiative passed. We believe that it was such a low a turnout because decent people, who don't drink and feel it is morally wrong to do so, decided not to vote ...
We are pleased to see that the city council of Porterdale is now back up to its full voting strength. The voters elected Lowell Chambers to fill the vacated spot previously held by Kay Piper.
The first Remembering Lewis Grizzard weekend must be considered a success, especially for an inaugural event. The Rotary clubs of Covington and Social Circle raised close to $6,000 for their worthwhile community projects.
Last week the Covington Police Department warned residents of a new scam in town. Unscrupulous folks are preying on people who are desperately searching for jobs. They are also blasting out ads to unsuspecting readers for mail sites offering mystery shopper jobs.
It's now more than apparent that the headlong rush by the Obama administration to push our country into socialism is in full swing and apparently unstoppable. The spending bills that have been approved and are in the works are just about ready to break the backs of the hard-working Americans and their families, who have struggled to keep this country afloat during the current economic crisis. There is a point though where one can take ...
This week President Barack Obama signed a massive $410 billion Omnibus spending bill. This bill contained millions of dollars worth of wasteful earmarks - 8,000-plus earmarks to be exact. President Obama ran on a platform of change, which included trying to stop this wasteful and indiscriminate spending. He had opportunity to veto this bill, even if it caused government, in fact, to shut down. We are sure that the two-headed wolves, who are currently in ...
Recently we were seeking some information from different counties around the state that would help us add useful information to our Web site CovNews.com. In doing so, we realized again how efficient our own Newton County agencies are.
We feel the Newton County Library and the W. H. Stanton Memorial Library in Social Circle are the best-run libraries in the state. For the majority of us, the first official card we ever received was our library card.
For the last few months we have been promoting the first Remembering Lewis Grizzard Weekend, which will be held this weekend March 14 and 15. We have been pleased to do this and we are proud of the efforts of our partners The Covington Rotary, The Social Circle Rotary, The Rockdale Citizen and radio station Q92.3 FM.
Speaking of our representatives not paying taxes, Senator Robert Brown, a Democrat representing Macon, wondered whether he was on the list of senators not paying his back taxes. He claimed to the Atlanta-Journal Constitution that he has filed an extension for his 2006-2007 taxes.
This week the Newton County Commissioners voted not to help fund the annual Fourth of July fireworks display. It's hard to say no to anything patriotic, but with the current budget constraints that the county is facing, it was the right and courageous thing to do. The vote was 3-2 not to share the costs of the event with the city of Covington this year.
A pat on the back again goes to the Newton County Sheriff's Office. The department's efforts with the cooperation of Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce, the Alaska Bureau of Investigation, the Ketchikan (Alaska) police force and the Anchorage (Alaska) police department, have taken another pervert off of the streets.