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Our thoughts on the 250 Plan

Ten years ago a group of people got together, politicians and concerned citizens alike, and made a decision that Newton County, inevitably, was going to grow.

June 26, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on Georgia Perimeter

This past month the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools voted to reaffirm the accreditation of one of our local higher learning institutions, Georgia Perimeter College (GPC).

June 24, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on Vivian Harris's work

Kudos goes out to local community activist Vivian Harris. Through her determination and countless efforts, a part of Oxford – and America's history – has been preserved in print.

June 24, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on being alert

This past week a father in Marietta loaded his 22-month-old son in his SUV to take to day care and forgot he had done it, instead driving to work.

June 21, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on the death sentence

This past week Marcus Wellons was put to death for the 1989 murder and rape of a 15-year-old girl.

June 19, 2014 | | Our Thoughts


Commercial Improvement District could be a good thing

In last Sunday's paper we carried a story on the front page that explained in great deal the pros and cons of creating a Commercial Improvement District (CID) for the Highway 278 corridor in Covington.

June 17, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on Jajuan Shaw’s winning agenda

Betty Ray Shaw explained to us that children of autism have their own agenda, and when they get something in their mind that they want to, or think they need to do, that's what they are going to do.

June 14, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on what to do with Nelson Heights

The Newton County Board of Commissioners had a lively debate this past week about what to do after a May 30 party at the Nelson Heights Community Center was marred by a gun reportedly being fired into the air by a passing car and hours of people milling about in the streets afterward.

June 12, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on a shift for volunteers

Volunteerism is ingrained in our county's foundation and has been the backbone of so many of our greatest successes on a nationwide and local level.

June 10, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


A positive should precede a negative

As a society, now more than ever, it seems, we dwell on the negative.

June 07, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on taxes

There's no question that anyone who owns property hates to pay taxes on it.

June 05, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on group homes

We can understand a community's concern on having group homes and residences in their neighborhoods.

June 03, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Support a good cause

The Washington Street Community Center is a busy place that is the heart and soul and pride of the communities surrounding the Washington Street corridor.

May 31, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Retiring a great

Newton county is about to lose one of its finest public officials.

May 31, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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Archive By Section - Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... Bad timing

The Covington City Council approved the first reading of the city's intent to raise natural gas rates, water rates and garbage collection fees for the residents of the city of Covington.

May 10, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... The age of transparency

After a bitter fight, the Georgia General Assembly did the right thing and passed a bill that orders the Department of Revenue to report the public lawmakers who do not pay their taxes. The governor has now signed this bill into law.

May 08, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... A good man

 In Newton County there is a man named Jim Dial.

May 08, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Mentors for us all

Speaking of young minds, last year Newton Mentoring started a program to place trained adult mentors with children in the community to provide support, tutoring and counseling and also to exemplify a constructive role model.

We are more than pleased that more than 30 folks volunteered for this program. This past week their efforts were honored with a reception at the Newton County Schools' administration building.

May 06, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Blocking driveways or education choices

Thanks to Mayor Kim Carter's tie breaking vote, the Covington City Council approved the special use permit for the proposed Peachtree Academy to be located in the McGuirts Bridge Road area of the city.

The main issue seems to be possible traffic increases for the area. One resident said before school and during afternoon dismissal that his driveway would be blocked.

May 06, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Entrepreneurial spirit

On the front page of Sunday's paper there was a story about how some local people, who were having a hard time making ends meet, struck out on a bold new venture - we call it entrepreneurism.

If you missed it, you can read it on CovNews.com.

May 06, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... Where have all the math teachers gone?

In Friday's paper we ran a story on how the Newton County School System was recruiting math and science teachers in India. At first blush this seems, well, not right.

May 03, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... Run, George, run

We would like to congratulate the faculty and student body of Newton High School for raising nearly $9,000 for Newton County's annual Relay for Life. We would also like to applaud Newton English teacher George Miles for running to inspire students and teachers to give.

May 03, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


The right to speak, to know

We believe, with every breath we take, in the sanctity of the First Amendment of our country's Constitution. That amendment guarantees every citizen of this country the right to free speech; we feel that same right applies to teachers and students as well.

The Newton County School System's administration has instituted a policy that absolutely denies the right of its teachers, administrators and students to talk to the press unless it is cleared by one public relations official.

May 01, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Senior pranks not what they used to be

There was a time in the good old days when at this time of the year if you were a senior in high school, then it was your turn to be part of a traditional prank. You did this knowing full well there would be penalties and that you would have to deal face-to-face with your parents and your principal, which in itself was usually punishment enough.

The pranks that were performed in those good old days, like food fights, hooking school to go to the beach or breaking school dress codes, did not harm anyone.

May 01, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... President or tourist?

Monday some numbskull in the defense department authorized the president of the United States' plane, accompanied by a fighter jet, to fly low over the site of the 9/11 tragedy in New York.

April 29, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... Buying the rails

The city and county governments recently held a joint session to discuss, among other things, the purchase of railroad right away and lines from Norfolk Southern.

April 29, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... The better choice

The Newton County Recreation Commission and the Covington Rotary Club have taken on a massive project - the building of a new sports complex in the county. The complex will contain the "Miracle Field," which is a baseball diamond built specifically to handle the needs of our handicapped children who live in the county.

April 29, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts...

That's what we thought

April 25, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... Dangerous beauty

We always extol the natural beauty of our communities; we encourage our readers to get out and enjoy that beauty.

April 24, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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