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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


Letter to the editor: A wildlifer’s look at the 2050 Plan

While Newton County has an identity, Oak Hill, Oxford, Porterdale, Covington and Mansfield all have their own unique personalities. The people from these communities and the rural lands in between are from somewhere – somewhere with its own identity. Have you ever asked yourself where places like Clarkston, Lithonia, Doraville and other such "towns" start and stop? Folks of my vintage will remember a song from 1974 by the Atlanta Rhythm Section with the lyrics, "Doraville, Touch of country in the city." Really? Exactly where is that "touch?"

July 17, 2014 | Todd Holbrook | Letters


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Pinning roses

Dear Editor: I would like to pin some roses on Repairers of the Breach. I, like so many during these hard times of people losing their homes, went to Repairers of the Breach for help.

August 28, 2009 | Sharon Childs Covington | Letters


Correction needed

Dear Editor: In the Wednesday, August 12, Covington News, you stated that Commissioner Earnest Simmons suggested that the director of the Nelson Heights Community Center be a county employee. This quote is incorrect; my suggestion was that the board of directors for the Nelson Heights center come before the Board of Commissioners to give the proposed budget, mission statement, goals and the center operations - as was accurately reported in the Covington News by reporter Gabriel Khouli. My statement referred to County Attorney James Griffin's suggestion to District 4 Commissioner J.C Henderson that he make the director of the ...

August 28, 2009 | Earnest Simmons District 2 County Commissioner | Letters


Judge Ozburn says thank you

I want to express my deepest appreciation to the people of Newton County and Walton County for your support of my nomination to the Supreme Court of Georgia. Although I was not appointed to the court, I will never forget your endorsements, resolutions, letters, words of encouragement and prayers from individuals, governmental bodies, civic organizations and others throughout the community.

I am honored to serve as a judge of the Superior Courts of the Alcovy Judicial Circuit and I can assure you that I will continue to enforce the law fairly and to operate your court system in the most ...

August 26, 2009 | Judge Samuel D. Ozburn Alcovy Superior Court | Letters


Defending free speech

In the past weeks I have been reading about two high school principals in Florida who are being fired and may go to jail for saying a prayer in public. Then on the news there was a story about a high school valedictorian who could not give her address to her class because she was a Christian and a person of faith. She was not allowed to give the address because the ACLU had sued the school, so they said they would not let her give the address. Well I guess the ACLU can run over the first amendment right ...

August 26, 2009 | John A. Sutherland Covington | Letters


Outpouring of support

My husband and I would love to thank all of you for the overwhelming show of support in response to the story about our son Noah. When Noah had his Nintendo stolen, it made us question the morals of the adult world today.

However, in your support, you have made us realize that there are still quite a few adults out there who would never do something like this. Noah was actually given a wonderful surprise when Investigator Mike Roberts of the Newton County Sheriff's Office came by our house on Monday night. A thoughtful gentleman (who still remains ...

August 26, 2009 | Angela Cates Covington | Letters


A heartfelt thank you

Dear Editor: The family of Wesley Atha would like to express our heartfelt thanks to all of the Newton County Sheriff's Department and EMTs, the Covington/Newton County SWAT team, the Butts County Sheriff's Department and EMTs, the Georgia State Patrol, the GBI and the staff of Atlanta Medical Center for the outstanding and professional job that was done during the recent unfortunate incident involving Wesley and Officer [Jim] Trent. This was a call that all family members of police officers everywhere never want to receive, and everyone who was involved did everything they could to help us ...

August 26, 2009 | Marshall and Dawn Atha Covington | Letters


Covington-wood

Dear Editor: I have had the privilege to host and observe the cast and crew of the "Vampire Diaries" for the past week. They have been the most polite and courteous people I have ever worked with. I realize that the influx of people and traffic creates some temporary difficulties. All of my neighbors were very accommodating during the filming, and I thank them for understanding. The entire town of Covington benefits in several ways from house and furniture rentals, direct retail purchases to sales tax collected. I know this to be true since I have pointed out businesses that ...

August 21, 2009 | Benjamin Dameron Covington | Letters


Transportation toll

Dear Editor: First, I would like to say that the after school programs is full to capacity. Many parents like me waited to find out about transportation options before the start of the school year and at that time the parents who could not keep their child at the theme school had to make a decision. At open house I found out that my child will be picked and dropped off by bus, and this change without any consideration for the parents and the kids is absolutely disgusting. It is not fair that after parents invested money for uniforms and ...

August 19, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


Lesson learned? Maybe not...

Many of us could do better at living within our means.

But, your editorial "Lessons in Credit" illustrates another shortcoming in America today - the need to oversimplify complex situations and cast blame without pausing to look in the mirror. You broadly blamed our economic woes on government and individual borrowers, while turning a blind eye to those most guilty.

August 19, 2009 | Maurice Carter Covington | Letters


We need health reform

Dear Editor: There are so many arguments about health care reform that the opportunities are in danger of being lost. But our country has a great opportunity to fix at least two serious problems. The first is we need to make sure that every woman can get maternity coverage. For example, if pregnancy is defined as pre-existing, then a woman might not be able to afford needed maternity care. A second reason to improve the current system is to make sure that children who are born with a birth defect or serious condition, including disabilities caused by being born preterm ...

August 16, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


Letter to the editor...Expensive to play

Dear Editor: Once again our school year has begun, and once again I question my (and my husband's) ability to pay for our children's various extracurricular activities. What classes do they take? Ballet? Art? No. Our children participate in various sporting activities at their school. I know I am getting up there in age, but when did it cost a fortune to play football? Play in the band? Cheerlead? At what point did it become necessary to keep up with the other schools? Purchase new uniforms yearly? Eat out before and after every meal?

I participated in flag ...

August 14, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


Face the voters

Dear Editor: Last Friday, I called Rep. Jim Marshall's district office in Macon regarding when he has plans to set up any town hall meetings for his district, GA-8. Marshall's spokesperson told me a press release will be coming out shortly. I reminded him that Congress is in recess.

Could it be that Mr. Marshall is running scared and does not want to confront his constituents? Could it be that he does not want to endure the angry remarks of his constituents who have read the House version of the health care bill and want to know if ...

August 12, 2009 | Chris Miller Covington | Letters


Town hall meeting

Dear Editor: Are we still living in the USA? Well, when I read the news and watch the news on television, the more it does not seem like the USA. That is when I hear things like U.S. Senators are saying they will not be having town hall meetings about health care. They say the reason for this is that the people who are coming to them are just manufactured and are really not concerned with health care and are no more than members of the GOP who are mad that they lost the presidential election. That is absurd ...

August 12, 2009 | John A. Sutherland Covington | Letters


Not following his logic

Dear Editor: I am trying to follow Mr. Durusau's logic in his Aug. 7 editorial titled "Between You and Your Doctor." He asserts that with the government running the health care system he is replacing one bureaucrat he does not elect with one he does elect. I believe he misses the point that with his private insurance, he has entered into a contract with his insurance company. This contract lists the services the insurance company will and will not pay for. Mr. Durusau is free to un-elect his private bureaucrat by voting with his dollars and changing insurance companies ...

August 12, 2009 | Tim Cooper Covington | Letters


Big government

Dear Editor: The big government takeover has to stop. Ever since liberals claimed power, it's been one bureaucratic scheme after another. Their newest target, health care, is the most dangerous intervention yet. Politicians, special interests and central planners should not come between patients and their doctors. We shouldn't have to wait for Washington to tell us if we can have the treatment we need. We shouldn't have to wait in long lines because hospitals are overrun and doctors are in short supply. But that is what could happen if the Obama/Pelosi health care plan is allowed ...

August 12, 2009 | John Parlato Covington | Letters


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