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Our thoughts: Verge of growth

In a letter in The Covington News a week ago Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnston laid out some of the prospective industrial growth coming to Newton ...

October 03, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our Thoughts: Take a stand

The Army Corps of Engineers recently withdrew Newton County's 404 Permit for building the Bear Creek Supply Reservoir, adding more time and more money ...

September 27, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our Thoughts: Rainy day funds

The Covington branch of the Newton County Library System found itself in need after its 17-year-old HVAC system shut down.

September 20, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our Thoughts: Education for the future

When we ask a new face around town what they do, the response "I work at Baxalta" is getting more and more common.

September 13, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our Thoughts: Reaping the benefits of filming in Newton County

"A Coat of Many Colors" has transformed several downtown Covington businesses, taken over Gaither Plantation and brought some detours to the Covington Square; "The Vampire ...

September 06, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our Thoughts: Newton's citizens committees

Being an elected official is a thankless job. We are promised the moon every election season, and rarely ever see its full glow throughout the ...

August 30, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Accountability, transparency and leadership

Newton County officials, do you remember the citizens' outrage at a raise in taxes due to an increase in the county's budget?

August 23, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

A Newton County of the past or future?

The Historic Courthouse was packed Tuesday night, but not everyone was there for the same reason. The stark contrast between the two issues-a civic ...

August 09, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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Archive By Section - 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

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

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

It takes a village

Heaps of praise goes to the little cities of Porterdale and Social Circle for the first class fireworks displays that both communities hosted last Saturday.

It shows that these types of celebrations can be held with the cooperation of local business and local donors.

July 08, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

New civic leaders

We are fortunate to have a large group of non-profit and civic groups here in Newton County and in Social Circle.

July 05, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Dangerous teens

We don't know what's going on here; it seems like every day we are publishing stories of our younger people killing each other, being arrested for drug abuse and carelessly leaving children in hot parked cars.

There are reports coming in that teenagers are roaming around quiet scenic roads in our county, in broad daylight, throwing full jars of mustard and ketchup into unsuspecting passing cars.

July 05, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

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