Many of you may remember that back in the late '60s and '70s many of our major rivers were nothing more than polluted cesspools. The Potomac River, which runs through our nation's capital, was a major example of this neglect.
"If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen."
In 1984, under the Reagan administration and as part of the breakup of AT&T, a special program called Lifeline was established.
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.
This is not going to be the best of years for the Newton County School System. The governor and federal government have cut funds because of astronomical amounts of foreclosures and growth stoppage. In the county, the anticipated local tax funds also are way below expectations. Some very tough decisions are going to have to be made this year regarding personnel. We feel the right leader for the Board of Education who will assist the ...
By now, we should not be surprised by the goings on at Porterdale City Council meetings. At Jan. 13's work session City Manager Tom Fox warned the council about future budget shortfalls if more expenses were not cut or if revenue did not increase. He further pointed out to the council that the 2010 shortfall was the equivalent of the salaries of five full-time employees. After all of that doom and gloom, plus much more, ...
In our opinion one of the greatest Southern humorists of all time was Lewis Grizzard. He loved Georgia and especially the University of Georgia. In his short life - he was only 48 when he died of heart complications ­ he authored 25 books, thousands of columns and was the sports editor of the Atlanta journal by age 23.
This is a week of excitement, of change, of new beginnings. We celebrate the peaceful exchange of power. We place the hopes of our future and our children's future on the shoulders of an untried new leader, but a leader who is filled with enthusiasm and optimism.
We celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. this week. Dr. King was a great, but not a perfect, man.
Four years ago there was a major outcry from liberal newspaper and television stations in this country that the Bush administration was spending $42 million on his inauguration. This year's inauguration is estimated to cost close to $150 million.
Many of our husbands, fathers, sons and brothers in the military will soon ship out for training for Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.
In our Wednesday edition we had a thorough story on what our local state representatives' plans were for this upcoming session.
We are sad to see the Goody's store here in Covington close. It has been a mainstay of local shopping for years. Not only is this a loss for local consumers, but also it is a major loss of tax revenue for local government.
We had the opportunity to visit with Dr. Roderick Sams the principal of Newton High School this week. For those of you who have not had an opportunity to meet Dr. Sams we encourage you to do so. We continue to think he is a breath of fresh air in the education system and will be the change agent that Newton High needs. We also took a tour of the school and it was refreshing to see a clean environment and happy smiling faces of students, who showed respect and discipline.
In addition to celebrating the peaceful transition of our presidency and celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. this past week, our community took the time to honor some of our outstanding residents. First, Doug Bolton and the Rev. Willie J. Smith were honored with the prestigious "I Have a Dream Award."
In our opinion one of the greatest Southern humorists of all time was Lewis Grizzard.   He loved Georgia and especially the University of Georgia. In his short life - he was only 48 when he died of heart complications ­ he authored 25 books, thousands of columns and was the sports editor of the Atlanta journal by age 23. About five months ago we met with Lewis' surviving widow Dedra Grizzard and asked her ...
A new year comes with new resolutions. We would like to take a moment to encourage our local county government to take up this New Year's Resolution for 2009.
For a person to spend 10 years doing anything is a major milestone. We are proud that one of our own has been churning out a weekly column for the past 10 years this week. His name is Nat Harwell and his thoughts appear every Sunday on this page to your right. Nat has been outspoken and to the point with his columns, he has brought our readers to tears, to laughter and occasionally even ...
The city of Porterdale is to be commended for creating an ordinance on dealing with pets. To read the whole ordinance, please go to www.covnews.com.  This ordinance is designed to protect pets and the residents of Porterdale. Unfortunately, ordinances such as this are already obeyed by responsible pet owners.