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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.