On behalf of the Covington Tree Preservation Board, I respectfully submit this letter to you and the Covington City Council in order to express our concerns about several topics, the first being the installation of string-lights on and in the street trees around the square, the second being the lack of a tree replacement plan, and the third being the lack of funding for tree plantings.
Recently, our company was the victim of a crime that resulted in a significant loss. When the crime was discovered, we contacted the Covington Police Department and the case was assigned to Detective Jeff Bruno.
With regards to a potential decision by the Newton County Board of Commissioners to turn the downtown square over to the City of Covington, we are not talking about ownership.
The square downtown belongs to all the people of Newton County, Georgia. Even the thought of turning it over the City of Covington angers and aggravates a majority of the citizens in the county. This is not a plan which needs to go forward.
Editor? I am disappointed in the paper. Wonder what the Dennis and Mallard family think?
On the evening of Thursday, Sept. 19 one of our Banks County school buses was carrying a group of FCCLA students to a meeting when the bus broke down in downtown Covington, approximately 70 miles from Banks County when I received the phone call from Dr. Nan Throneberry, the sponsor of our FCCLA club. She was quite upset, not knowing what to do or how to continue from that point, as you might imagine. As ...
Dear editor: Re: Your September 13, 2013 article entitled, "BOE May Bring In Consultant Firm To Boost Math Scores." If I were to show up on the doorstep of the Newton County Board of Education wanting to teach history, the response I would get is that I am not "qualified" because I do not have a teacher's certificate. Obviously, "teaching the test" has not worked. Now, we are having to teach the teachers how to ...
Dear Editor, I read with interest the discussion on these pages brought on by Mr. Long's letter from July 26, 2013. As a resident of the "privileged" neighborhood he writes of, I am still looking for all of these special services he claims we receive. The daily street sweepers and extra trash pickup must occur in the dark of night as I have never seen it. What I have seen is an increase in taxes, ...
Dear editor: As a Newton County resident and a subscriber to your paper, I just read your article, "GA 212 to get more stoplights," and would just like to make a comment. While I agree that more stoplights and traffic control and better flow are needed on that busy highway, I can only hope that these upcoming improvements are better planned than the recently added stoplight at Ga. 212 and Ga. 20 (near the intersection ...
I was intrigued by your article announcing that, thanks to a unanimous vote by our City Council, Covington "will get two or three electric vehicle chargers AT NO COST..." courtesy of a bankrupt national government. There is something strange about a government that can't balance its budget, giving something away "free" that people only buy if there is a subsidy involved – at the production, consumption and use levels.
Harry L. Long's letter to the Editor on Friday, July 26 disturbs me greatly. We have lived in this area since 1964, and we are not familiar with the "perks" that Harry says that we get over and beyond what the City of Covington provides to "all" areas of the city: city water, sewers, trash/garbage pick-up, and electricity. To the best of my knowledge, since 1964 we have never had "almost daily" trash or garbage ...
Barbara Morgan meanders all over the world to finally arrive at the real reason for her attempt to educate those with opposing political viewpoints than her gospel. Using almost two columns (July 19) she describes the beauty of colors and attempts to define those colors discernible to the human eye. Thankfully she did not extend this treat to angstroms and the expressions of wavelengths of electromagnetic radiation and pure spectral colors.
I read with great interest Dick Yarbrough's comments re Carl Sanders being the right governor at the right time.
I am retired from the U.S. Department of Defense and have resided on Lake Jackson for nine years. We used to do shopping and dining out in Covington, but we now go to Jackson and Monticello.
I would like to respond to a letter in the July 24 edition of The Covington News in which 14 families came to the defense of Councilman Keith Dalton concerning his ethical problems. The letter was short on substance and long on rambling, rhetoric and back slapping along with a grandiose description of their neighborhood while belittling their neighbors in the Covington Place subdivision.
The coverage you gave to the 185th Salem Camp Meeting was truly outstanding and contributed to one of the most successful camp meetings in history.
At least half of the residents in the Flat Rock Trail area of Covington have lived here for over 40 years. Those who have been here for awhile are happy to see younger families moving to the area.
I am writing to you on behalf of Nelson Heights Community Center, an organization that is working for the children, our community's youth and our seniors. We estimate 75-100 children will become a part of our community center during the school year to take part in our tutoring program.
I just finished reading the article dated June 30, 2013, about the employment and unemployment in the county and state. As one who is unemployed, I have something to say.
The shelves at the Community Food Pantry are full and there are lots of "thank yous" to go around. First, thanks to The Covington News for the front-page story. Once our community was aware of the need, the food donations soon came through our doors.