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?
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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.
There are two actions, one taken and one on the table of the city council. The council has given themselves, including the mayor, a 50% pay raise. The proposal that is on the table would cut the property tax millage rate by half a mill.
With the proposed reservoir nearing the construction stage, there has been no protection for the citizens'/ratepayers' protection provided by the Newton County Board of Commissioners.
The past five years, I have watched the Alcovy Tiger band improve; that is thanks to one man who has come to work on his furlough days (that is days the BOE did not pay him and other teachers) with students to prepare them for the upcoming football season.
Dear Editor: My name is Tom West. I have lived in Newton County for nearly 45 years and am a retired accountant. The following is my take on the candidates for superintendent: Every morning I read the Athens Banner Herald, so I am very familiar with Ms. Price's current employer, the Athens/Clark County School System. In the latest statewide test, their elementary schools scored 75.5, middle schools scored 78.2, and high schools scored 67. As ...
Letter to the Editor: Dear Newton County School Board members: I do not envy you at this time. You carry the weight of all the children of Newton County Schools on your shoulders…and that should be a very heavy weight. You will soon select a new leader for our children and your decision is critical. I have reviewed the news articles with each candidate's qualifications. Some impress me positively and some impress me negatively. But ...
To the editor: Teaching to the test is exactly what you want provided, what is taught is comprehensive and essential and the test is designed to reveal what the student knows and can do. The problem with high-stakes end-of-year standardized tests is that they neither reveal what the student can do and the students score have no impact on teaching the students that completed the test. Put another way, if production line auto workers were ...
To the editor: Danielle, I don't think I have ever met you when I've come into The Covington News to see my mom Debbie Thompson. Next time I am there, I will make sure to introduce myself. I want to thank you for writing the news article about the upcoming blood drives in Covington and for including Troy University on the list of donation sites. Several of the people who came to donate blood yesterday ...
More than 2,000 years ago, God's precious son Jesus Christ was sent to our world for the salvation of all races and nations. Our holy and heavenly God gave everyone the chance to make the ultimate decision: to select Jesus as the Lord and Savior of our souls. It is our decision to choose Jesus. His love is it.
To the editor: Our great nation has made many enemies over the past several years. Since the world's largest Army is comprised of U.S. citizens, who stand ready to fight and defend our homeland, there is no reasonable excuse for anyone to want to disarm our homegrown militia, except our enemies who wish to destroy our free nation. As far as Congress is concerned, as well as state and local governments, there are ...
To the editor: There are two parts of the marriage process - the civil license that you get from your local government and the religious ceremony. As far as the law and the economy are concerned, possessing a marriage license is the crucial part. It causes a couple to be treated as a joint partnership for legal purposes in terms of contracts and liabilities. The loan holder doesn't care if you were married ...
Gun laws focused on wrong things To the editor: I attended the proposed Newton County gun ordinance public forum Monday night, and the speakers were overwhelmingly against it for good reason. From my point of view, nothing in the new ordinance will do a thing to reduce the number of calls to the sheriff's office. They have already identified the area where they need to concentrate their efforts. Roughly 90 percent of the gunfire calls ...
To the editor: For months, I have been meaning to write and tell you how much I enjoy reading Pete Mecca's column - "A Veteran's Story." The people he writes about are our true American heroes, and I can't help tearing up when I read about them. His columns are interesting, well-written and heartwarming. I look forward to reading them each week. I'm also gaining a lot of knowledge reading Professor Walter Williams' column. I've ...
To the editor and all Georgia drivers: It is so exasperating to drive behind a car whose driver does not use their directional signals properly. Georgia law and common courtesy require a driver to signal their intention of changing lanes or making right or left turns, not as you make a turn, but six to eight clicks of the turn signal prior to actually making a turn. In a roundabout (or cloverleaf) use the turn ...