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Letter: Keith Ellis on Henderson's pay advance

(Unedited letter from Newton County Commission Chairman Keith Ellis sent to The News and to Newton commissioners regarding the Aug. 27 article, "County cuts Henderson pay advance")

August 28, 2014 | | Letters


Letter to Editor

The Center for Community Preservation and Planning, commonly referred to as the Center, is a non-governmental organization which came into being shortly after the turn of the century. It was originally funded by a local private non-profit foundation, which also owned a large tract of land in what is generally referred to as the Brick Store Community at Ga. 11 and Hwy. 278.

August 23, 2014 | Staff Report | Letters


Letter to Editor

Dear editor,

August 21, 2014 | Staff Report | Letters


Letter to the editor: Fire down below

The political machine that controls Covington, Newton County and the remainder of small towns here has set in motion a plan to facilitate a virtual take over of property owners' rights. In the process, they have spent unbridled and without any sense of direction which would focus upon what the citizens' desire.

August 14, 2014 | Samuel Martin Hay III | Letters


Letter to the editor from Sandy Morehouse: Self defense

Members of my family have lived in Newton County since 1809. Early members were simply subsistence farmers; some were successful planters; some were Methodist ministers; architects; economists, etc. Some were considered wealthy, others financially challenged. But regardless of the times - various depressions, Civil War destruction and the real estate collapse of recent years, one member of the family has managed to survive without selling any of the land left by our forefathers. For eight generations we are proud of that accomplishment.

August 12, 2014 | Sandy Morehouse | Letters


Letter to the editor

A performance bond is a surety bond issued by an insurance company or a bank to guarantee satisfactory completion of a project by a contractor or sub contractor. In this example, The Chamber and The Center have failed to 'perform' in a satisfactory manner and the County has recourse with or without the performance bond.

August 09, 2014 | Samuel Martin Hay III | Letters


The 2050 Plan: Comments from a citizen member of the Leadership Collaborative

My wife and I moved to Covington in January of 1982 after an extensive search for a place to live and raise our family. I had taken a position working in downtown Atlanta and could have lived anywhere in the metro area. We chose Covington because of its small town atmosphere, the picturesque City Square, and its rural countryside. Like most citizens in Newton County, we had real concerns when the building boom hit in the 2000's and the county started experiencing massive, out of control growth. We saw the very characteristics of the county that brought us here ...

August 07, 2014 | David Waller | Letters


In memory of Mr. Rigney

Basil Rigney was laid to rest today. He was truly a one-of-a-kind educator. In Mr. Rigney's band class, there was no coddling, and praise was given only if truly deserved. He had a keen sense of each band member's strengths and potential, and he was not one to give up easily!

August 05, 2014 | Ken Simons Cook | Letters


Letter from C.M. Brandenburg

Dear editor,

July 24, 2014 | C.M. Brandenburg | Letters


Letter from J. Virgil Costley

Dear editor,

July 24, 2014 | J. Virgil Costley | Letters


Ellwanger: Let's come up with a plan that fits our community

Dear Editor,

July 22, 2014 | Gregg Ellwanger | Letters


Ramsey: Power of the press to do good

Dear editor,

July 22, 2014 | | Letters


Davis-Viniard: Thanks to Partners in Education

Dear editor,

July 22, 2014 | Sherri Davis-Viniard | Letters


Letter to the Editor: The Mansfield 2050 meeting: Confusion, conflict

Yes, I am a rocket scientist specializing in deep space propulsion. However that is no asset when it comes to understanding the reason for the extreme "Plan." I would like to point out that the sessions are unlike anything I have ever experienced due to the fact there are no objective points made by the presenters. It is like, "Hey, it's all good!" And we know better than that.

July 19, 2014 | Samuel Martin Hay III | Letters


Letter to the Editor: What I Like About The 2050 Plan…..So far

The 2050 Plan gives us, the citizens of Newton County, a chance to control our own destiny, rather than leaving future growth and development up to those whose primary interest is lining their own pockets. It gives us a chance, as a community, to unite behind a shared vision of what our county should be in the future. Over the past decade, our local governments, school system and water and sewage department have struggled to deal with the adverse effects of accelerated growth and poor development practices. Our residents have been subjected to the undue stress resulting from overburdened services ...

July 19, 2014 | John M. Callaway | Letters


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Hurting for my daughter

Dear Editor: How does Sandy [Henderson] appear now before other women like commissioners' wives? What warrants a woman to be beaten? Staying out? Cheating? Or elected official's anger? Other people are hurt by this - parents, brothers, sisters and children. Prayer to the political gods may work now, but Almighty God does not hear when the law is misused. Strange that a deacon's wife's lip is swollen and neither can answer. Maybe a sponge door will help. Maybe Sandy won't be so clumsy next time. God and his word is above the political gods. I love my ...

October 16, 2009 | The Rev. J. Durden Stone Mountain | Letters


Kiss my bumper sticker

Dear Editor: Here is a good one for you. On Sunday afternoon about 5 p.m., my wife and I went to Longhorn Steak House in Monroe for dinner. My truck was parked in the parking lot with metallic signs on each front door that read AMERICA "THE GREAT" Born July 4, 1776 Died Nov 4, 2008. When I returned to my truck, I noticed a note on the back of a Wal-Mart receipt placed underneath the door handle that read " Good thing our America isn't full of Communist like you!" A major problem is that the spineless creep ...

October 14, 2009 | Hubert L. Townley Jr. Oxford | Letters


Cell phones

Dear Editor: With a broken little finger, I was waiting in a little room at the emergency room when finally the doctor came in. Two of my Christian friends were on either side of me. The doctor asked about previous surgeries to see if I was fit enough to have another one on my finger. Next January I'll be 73 years old so I'm telling him how blessed I've been with good health but that I'm accident prone.

October 11, 2009 | Joella “José” Rhodes Covington | Letters


Road rage

Dear Editor: Is anyone lost in a maze of traffic, ready to spit hairs, going crazy one red light at a time? If not, then try Salem Road to and from work, any hour of the day, except 1 until 4:30 a.m., and you will pray for it to be widened. What is going on with this road that no one cares enough to face the fact that it is only getting worse? Can anyone feel good about their drive on Salem Road on the Covington or Conyers side of things when it comes to this mess we ...

October 11, 2009 | James Crump Covington | Letters


Drop in the bucket

Dear Editor: Sometime in the near future, if you have not already seen one, you'll soon see a shriner with a bucket at an intersection taking up money for the shriners' hospitals and burn institutes. Please drop a donation in the bucket because this is the way that shriners collect money to help support the 22 shrine-hospitals and the three burn institutes for crippled children.

Since 1922, when the first shriners' hospital was built, more than $2.5 billion dollars has been spent building and operating shriner hospitals for cripple children. For a child who is under the age ...

October 11, 2009 | Charles D. Strickland Covington | Letters


Building a better community

Dear Editor: The Newton County Home Builders Association hosted their first yard sale on Saturday, Oct. 3, and is pleased to announce that the association raised over $1,000 for our scholarship fund. Each year the Newton County HBA awards $500 scholarships to graduating seniors from Alcovy, Eastside and Newton High as well as to our two Partners in Education, Oak Hill and Livingston [elementaries]. In addition to supporting our local school system, the HBA awards two scholarships to children of members of our organization. This, our 11th year of awarding scholarships, the HBA will have given over $30,000 ...

October 09, 2009 | Bob Goucher President, Newton County Home Builders Association | Letters


They're not listening

Dear Editor: In the health care reform bill debate, town halls are becoming a way of life it seems, but what good are they doing for the debate. I say this because Representative Jim Marshall just had one this past week. I could not make it to this town hall, but in talking to some people who did go, they said they felt that they were not really being listened to. One of them said that they felt as though there was a feeling of elitism and that they were treated as a threat. They could only ask questions that ...

October 02, 2009 | John A. Sutherland Covington | Letters


Letter to the editor... Disaster relief team

Dear Editor: The Stone Mountain Baptist Association's Disaster Relief Feeding Unit has been deployed to the Glen Forest Baptist Church in Mableton to begin mass feeding by noon on Monday. This is in response to the floods in Metro Atlanta and in at the request of the Georgia State Emergency System in cooperation with FEMA. We have been asked to initially provide 3,500 meals a day. The first team will leave early Monday morning and the second team is being enlisted for deployment on Thursday.

September 30, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


So many questions

Dear Editor: This is a letter I sent to the two state of Georgia senators and the president of the United States.

This is just a thought but shouldn't senators and representatives and the president represent the citizens of the United States of America regardless of their political party affiliation?

September 27, 2009 | Becky S. Sutherland Covington | Letters


Roundabout agreement

Dear Editor: No, Dennis, you're not the only one who considers building a turnabout and pedestrian tunnel on Turner Lake insane. (Covington News 09/25/09) It's just that the rest of us are still in shock after reading about it. We're going to spend almost a million dollars of our money, and, yes, it's our money - the government doesn't have any money - on a project that, as you say, a turn lane and a arrow on a traffic signal would suffice. It truly is insane.

September 27, 2009 | Grier Livingston Sims Covington | Letters


I had a dream

I had a dream.

September 27, 2009 | Emm G. Oxford | Letters


A turn lane is a better option

Dear Editor: The roundabout to be built for Turner Lake is a project to be paid for in part by stimulus money, paid by taxpayers of the United States, Georgia, Newton County and Covington.

I have some questions and concerns. How many roundabouts are there in the U.S.? How many in the Southeast? How many in Georgia? What is their safety record in the U.S.? What is their safety record as opposed to two lanes and a traffic signal? How efficient are roundabouts as opposed to two lanes and a traffic signal?

September 25, 2009 | Dennis G. Mangham Covington | Letters


Good planning

Dear Editor: The recent ruling by Superior Court Judge Horace Johnson to uphold the vote of the Newton County Board of Commissioners denying a conditional use permit for an asphalt plant near the city of Oxford again validates the role of local government in land use planning. It also reinforces the idea that citizen participation can make a difference.

Hundreds of Newton County and Oxford residents signed petitions and attended Board of Commissioners meetings. Some provided expert testimony but most were residents with no special qualification other than that they care about the community in which they live. There is ...

September 25, 2009 | Jerry Roseberry Mayor, Oxford | Letters


A new signal

Dear Editor: I have read about the coming improvements for Newton County's roadways being funded with the $26 million dollars of stimulus money. A few of the projects are sorely needed to help ease congestion and improve quality of life, including the improvements to the US 278/Ga. 142 intersection and the traffic signal at Salem and Spring roads. I question the wisdom of the proposed roundabout at Turner Lake and Clark streets, but that's a question for another day.

I propose another traffic issue that has needed to have been addressed for 10 years. A traffic signal ...

September 23, 2009 | William Scott Jr. Covington | Letters


Meth epidemic

Dear Editor: Recent and current news stories present a decline in the quality of life in America and Newton County. Current FBI crime studies show an overall increase of crime in Newton County. Much of this is caused by newer and more addictive illegal drugs. Recent articles in magazines such as Newsweek and other journals describe meth as America's new drug crisis.

Law enforcement officials say the increased use of meth is out of control and has reached epidemic stage and is getting worse by the month. We read where the Atlanta metro area is now the illegal drug ...

September 23, 2009 | Curtis Smith Covington | Letters


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