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Our thoughts: Pension plan

The Covington City Council made a smart move last week when it voted to back off a hastily conceived plan to change city policy on pensions as they relate to retirees who come back to work for the Covington government.

June 28, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: Father's Day

The timing of this year's Father's Day is fitting.

June 21, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Lead, follow, or get out of the way

As the Board of Commissioners prepares to convene Tuesday night, our elected representatives face a stark choice between raising the millage rate or making even more cuts to the budget, which will inevitably affect the hard working employees of Newton County.

June 14, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Hometown Heroes

Life is very fleeting. None of us knows when our existence will end on this earth. Last week, 44-year-old Mun Hyuk Cha, a kind, hard-working businessman and owner of Magnet Package Store, and 39-year-old Otonicar Jimquez Aikens, a father who had just stopped by to pick up some things, were probably discussing the weather or exchanging pleasantries when Jeffery Pitts, a disgruntled customer, stormed in with a gun and ended their lives.

June 07, 2015 | | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: Hospital

Piedmont Newton Hospital - it does have a nice ring to it.

May 31, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Appreciation

Throughout the last seven days there was plenty to celebrate, with a big week of appreciation coming on the heels of Mother's Day.

May 17, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


A very special Mother's Day

There is one thing that is as certain as anything can be - that our mothers, whether we are close to them or not, will always have a special place in our hearts.

May 10, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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An appropriate honor

Just as we were pleased last week when the Morgan family was honored by having a portion of U.S Highway 278 named for Jack and Davis Morgan, we are equally pleased by the efforts of State Sen. John Douglas and Rep. Doug Holt in having a portion of Ga. Highway 11 named in the honor of long time Mansfield community leader, Lamar B. Hays.

Hays, who passed away last March, was a local business man and was loved and admired by not only the folks of Mansfield but also people throughout the area and state.

July 22, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


A disappointing response

Recently, The News reported on the proposed budget for the City of Covington. One of this newspaper's concerns is a proposed position for a community/economic development director employed by city. Newton County was successful for years in attracting industries and businesses by utilizing a unified approach by the city, county, Industrial Development Authority and Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce.

When The News first heard about this position, we were not sold on its need, so we had our reporter talk to city officials, including the mayor, other community leaders and chamber of commerce officials.

July 19, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Remembering Mr. Carl

This week we lost another one of the true pioneers of our community. Carl Smith Jr. "Mr. Carl," as he was respectfully called by his many friends, passed away Monday at the age of 96.

Mr. Carl was a kind, honest man who was one of those family men and community activists who molded the very character of Newton County.

July 17, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


It can be done

We have to admit that we were disappointed upon hearing the results of the federally mandated Adequate Yearly Progress for our Newton County Schools.

Although these tests are cumbersome, flawed and not a true test of the quality of education offered in Newton County, they do reflect certain deficiencies.

July 17, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... Welcome Dr. Brown

 Last week we published a profile of the new Alcovy High School principal, Dr. LaQuanda Brown. If you missed it, you can review it on CovNews.com.

July 15, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Early numbers show trends in governor’s race

 The candidates for governor (well, most of them) released their first campaign disclosure reports last week and the numbers may tell us something about the direction of the 2010 race.

July 15, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... Nothin’ like ’em, nowhere

July is kind of a slow news month traditionally, and that's good for our staff to have a little break from the rush of everyday community life.

July 15, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Kids are smarter than critics

OK, you Neal Boortz Kool-Aid drinkers (including those who wrote to defend your boy and couldn't even spell his name correctly), I have a few questions for you:

July 15, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Our Thoughts


Ride for reading, prevention

The folks over at the Newton County Juvenile Court are also community heroes; they recognize that a court dispenses justice but in the case of juveniles it should dispense understanding solutions to that justice, and to that end they are volunteering to help the Ride For Reading bike ride to benefit the Learning Center.

July 10, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Community spirit

We have on many occasions touted the value of volunteerism. Holly Cripps is an example of how one person who sees a need can make a difference.

July 10, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Good enough for Wal-Mart

In case you had a doubt at all that the government-run health program being pushed by the Obama administration will not only be a financial drain for the taxpayers of this country as well as essentially destroy the free enterprise health system we currently enjoy, you need to be aware that the Wal-Mart corporation has come out in full support of the president's program. This is a company that has fought for years against offering its employees fair and valuable health benefits and only provides them today because of the threat of unionization of its employees.

July 10, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


What a world

It's amazing to us that city of Los Angeles, which has a budget shortfall of $5 billion, is going to spend a minimum of $2.5 million to facilitate the extravagant funeral of a man who did nothing but waste money on himself.

It certainly is a an amazing world in which we live.

July 08, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Taking a DARE

The D.A.R.E. program, which was established in 1983, has been successful in helping communities across the nation educate young people on the dangers of drugs and alcohol.

Because of tight budgets across the country, the program has been cut in a great deal of communities and also has lost its effectiveness.

July 08, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Phone Perdue please

Judge Sammy Ozburn has made the final cut and is on the governor's short list for the vacant Georgia Supreme Court post. We suggest that if you agree with us in thinking Judge Ozburn will make an excellent justice, then you should drop the governor a line in the next two weeks and tell him your thoughts about our judge.

The governor can be reached at http://gov.georgia.gov.

July 08, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Citizen of the year

Tom Turner moved to Oxford nine years ago in order to get away from the snowy winter of New York.

He must have saved a lot of energy not having to shovel that snow because he has put it to good use in his adopted city of Oxford.

July 08, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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