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.
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.
This time of year is an exciting one for all of us. As days become shorter and shorter the promise of cooler weather makes the hottest of days more bearable, as does the promise of the nearing 2009 football season.
After publishing the story "New school, same challenges" last Sunday, we were left with more questions than answers.
We understand that the Newton County School System wants to "revive" Clements Middle by making it a theme school. And while opening Liberty Middle in state-directed status because it has the same attendance zones as Clements makes sense, it still puzzles us.
I called Democratic Congressman Jim Marshall who represents Georgia's 8th Congressional District in Middle Georgia to check the status of health care reform currently lurching its way through Congress. I know what is being proposed. What I wanted to know was if this hydra-headed monster has a chance of passage. I had been told he was one person in Washington who would not give me the party line on this controversial issue. He would tell it like it is. And he did.
The real victim of the controversy swirling around the breaking and entering case of Henry Louis Gates Jr., a Harvard professor who apparently misplaced his keys and was seen breaking into his own home in Cambridge, Mass., has turned out to be the Good Samaritan who reported the alleged breaking and entering. She has been vilified and called a racist by a large group of cowardly bloggers.