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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


Support a good cause

The Washington Street Community Center is a busy place that is the heart and soul and pride of the communities surrounding the Washington Street corridor.

May 31, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Retiring a great

Newton county is about to lose one of its finest public officials.

May 31, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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Archive By Section - Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... Good news from the library

We were extremely pleased to hear that the Newton County Library will be re-opened on Saturdays starting July 11.

June 21, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... Happy Father's Day

"4 years: My Daddy can do anything!

June 21, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Path to bipartisanship

There is a decided lack of bipartisanship in Washington. Perhaps it would be easier to agree on what should be done rather than the reasons for doing it. Everyone is then free to invent whatever explanations will excite their "base" supporters.

June 19, 2009 | Patrick Durusau | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... An honorable judge

 In an earlier editorial we extolled the virtues of Superior Court Judge Samuel D. Ozburn who has been nominated by Sen. John Douglas to fill a soon to be vacant spot on the Georgia Supreme Court.

June 19, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Trouble with the term grown children

This is my 19th Father's Day. That is, if you count the one where we were anticipating an arrival in September of 1990.

June 19, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Our Thoughts


What type of union do we prefer?

 The U.S. Constitution lays out the foundations of our society. Its purpose, as stated in the preamble, is to "form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence [sic], promote the general Welfare." According to the preamble, the first goal is to form a more perfect union, that is, a society of individuals that shares the benefits of laws, that seeks justice rather than retribution, that ensures a domestic peace that protects us from foreign invasion and that establishes common services so that individuals can succeed to the extent that their talent, skill ...

June 19, 2009 | By J.J. Hayden | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... A senseless tragedy

Last week we learned that a body was found in Snapping Shoals Creek.

June 19, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


A fantastic revival

We applaud the unanimous vote of the Newton County Board of Education on requiring the students of the two new theme schools to wear a standard type of uniform and requiring parents of students who will attend the new schools - located at Fairview Elementary and Clements Middle schools - to sign a contract that requires, among other things, volunteer time.

We have said this before, and it is something that parochial and private schools have known for years, that requiring some type of uniform for all reduces the costs of proper school clothes for parents, prevents certain types of bullying and ...

June 17, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Strict but fair, please

We understand very well that rules are rules. During the last year the state of Georgia has revised and tightened the rules involving restaurant inspections. We also understand why this has been done.

Nobody wants to eat in an establishment that is not clean and that does not follow the rules regarding food preparation.

June 17, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


A caring community

The newly opened homeless shelter located at Turner Lake Circle is an encouraging example of how dreams can come true for good people.

Former mayor and local furniture store owner Sam Ramsey and the Rev. Clara Lett had a dream that a homeless shelter could be built in Covington.

June 14, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Creating a hub

The Covington Municipal Airport is scheduled to close at the end of July for runway repairs and upgrades.

We know that some residents will be cheered by this and probably wish that the airport would just go away completely; we sympathize with those who are bothered by the noise.

June 14, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


The other boys of summer

 There is a connection between summer and cars that remains in my mind.

June 12, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... Consolidating services?

The city of Oxford made a decision this week to pay Newton County to handle its fire service needs.

June 12, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... Generally excellent

 Last week we had the opportunity to attend a weekend meeting with our peers in the Georgia Press Association. Traditionally, at the end of the banquet, awards are given to newspapers in the association for their efforts this past year.

June 12, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Education ROI

I was talking to a very conservative friend recently about the concern of some Newton County commissioners over the possibility of raising taxes. He pointed out that his children and grandchildren had all attended private school so where was his return on all the taxes that went for education? I think that is a fair question and one that deserves a fair answer.

June 12, 2009 | Patrick Durusau | Our Thoughts


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