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Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014 ...

While my thoughts should be remembering the attack on our country 13 years ago, they are on the headlines of this paper two days ago…

September 11, 2014 | Staff Report | Letters


Newton BOC Methods Disappointing

The structure of county government was on the Newton County Board of Commissioner's (BOC) agenda again at its Sept. 2, 2014 meeting. It was on the secret agenda of District Commissioner Levie Maddox, that is. As readers may recall, this has been a topic of discussion since February and the BOC has met with experts from both the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) and the Northeast Georgia Regional Commission several times. Representatives of both clearly have indicated that having both a full time commission chairman and a county manager should be changed to improve the efficiency and ...

September 06, 2014 | Staff Report | Letters


Letter to Editor

There is an old adage that legislating in a nasty business, kind of like making sausage. Well I have made sausage before, and it was not nearly as nasty as the legislating I saw last night at the Newton County Board of Commissioners meeting.

September 06, 2014 | Staff Report | Letters


Letter to Editor

There is an old adage that legislating in a nasty business, kind of like making sausage. Well I have made sausage before, and it was not nearly as nasty as the legislating I saw last night at the Newton County Board of Commissioners meeting.

September 06, 2014 | Staff Report | Letters


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 J. Virgil Costley

Dear editor,

July 24, 2014 | J. Virgil Costley | Letters


Letter from C.M. Brandenburg

Dear editor,

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


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Making a miracle

Dear Editor: The Newton County Recreation Commission would like to extend its heartfelt thanks to the Newton County community for coming out Friday evening, Sept. 7, to attend the John Berry concert on the downtown square. One of Newton's most active corporate partners, General Mills, made the concert possible in celebration of their 20th anniversary of calling Covington/Newton County "home."

Heartfelt thanks to Mark Bible, plant manager, for bringing John Berry to Covington. In addition to General Mills, special thanks to Chick-fil-A, Joe Pittman, Score Photo and United Bank for providing the concessions - and donating all proceeds to ...

September 11, 2009 | Tommy Hailey Director, Newton County Recreation Commission | Letters


Facade of excellence

Dear Editor: Georgia and its taxpayers finance public elementary and secondary schools to provide education up to the college or post-secondary level. Colleges pick it up from there.

Now, Newton County is seeking a $3.1 million grant for a proposed institution to be named the "Newton College and Career Academy."

September 09, 2009 | Claude Sitton Oxford | Letters


Come to Covington

Dear Editor: A recent letter congratulated Congressman Jim Marshall for a recent visit to Covington where he met with local doctors and hospital administrators. They discussed the proposal for the government take over the health care system and the proposed giant expansion of the federal bureaucracy, in spite of its disgraceful record of running other agencies.

While the meeting may have been a rousing success for the very few invited, hand-picked guests, it points out the Democratic Congress' mode of operating now that their socialized medicine plan has become so unpopular. Jim Marshall slipped into town, allowed no prior publicity ...

September 04, 2009 | John Douglas Ga. Senate | Letters


Letter to the editor... Good Marshall/healthcare coverage

Dear Editor: Thank you for your fine coverage of the meeting at the Newton Medical Center on August 19 concerning pending legislation on Healthcare Reform. The comments of Dr. Steven Whitworth concerning controlling waste in the medical delivery system were particularly pertinent. As you reported, he commented on the waste caused by unchecked medical malpractice claim awards. I share Dr. Whitworth's concerns. I agree that reducing the costs of medical delivery is key to any meaningful healthcare reform and, further that significant waste can be found in the many costs associated with malpractice issues. I have corresponded with Congressman ...

September 02, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


Letter to the editor... Poor EHS coverage

Dear Editor: I did not have the chance Friday or Saturday to read the Friday edition and just now finished it and the Sunday edition. It is absolutely amazing that two teams that did nothing last year in football seem to be getting all the coverage. Neither Alcovy or Newton made it anywhere in the play-offs last year, yet we have a team in the county that made it to the elite eight and they are being treated by your paper as red-headed step-children.

September 02, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


Letter to the editor... ER thank you

Dear Editor: Last week, while moving plants on my porch, I was stung by a wasp. Having nearly died a few years a go from a sting, I expected the worst this time. Anaphylactic-shock they call it. In laymen's terms, that means looking and breathing like the Creature from the Black Lagoon.

September 02, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


Letter to the editor... Self-interest

Dear Editor: It saddens me to see the Covington News perpetuating the contrived and manipulative notion of "Obamacare" (Linda Chavez, Aug. 30.)

September 02, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


Letter to the editor

Dear Editor: Finally, someone with good sense writes a letter about the Theme School issue and transportation. Hats off to Angela Ballard for a great letter. Now, if only the parents complaining all the time would read it….

August 30, 2009 | Ernie Carlson Covington | Letters


Get over it

Dear Editor: I'm writing because I am so tired of reading about traffic and bus issues at Clements Theme School. When we first learned about the theme school, we knew from the start it would be parent transportation only. I can't believe the comment in the article of someone asking if asking can she get a refund on their taxes because no buses were available. Buses are available at drop off points; your taxes pay for your home school buses.

This school is a choice that you and I made. The key word here is choice. Also, an ...

August 28, 2009 | Angela Ballard Oxford | Letters


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


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