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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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What next?

First Chrysler, now G.M. - what is next?

Now that GM has taken federal tax payer money and then went bankrupt, I will never buy a GM product.

June 05, 2009 | Marion Mericle Covington | Letters


Caring community

Dear Editor: On behalf of the Walden and Bowles families, I want to thank everyone for their prayers, thoughts and concerns during the illness of my daughter Jessica Walden Bowles. Special thanks to the churches and people of faith around the world who prayed for a miracle, Newton County paramedics, Newton Medical Center, Life Flight, Emory University Hospital and the many others. Without your selfless help, we could not have made it.

My daughter, who has never been sick, had recently graduated college, got a new job and was married. On Mother's Day she suffered a massive stroke, which ...

June 05, 2009 | the Rev. Tim Walden Covington | Letters


Differing opinions, united in Christ

Dear Editor: I am writing in response to the Rev. John Pearrell's column Friday, May 22, 2009, titled "No such thing as a liberal Christian." I am grateful for Mr. Pearrell's faith and the opportunity my colleague and Christian brother has to present his views in our local paper, even if I might disagree with some of his views at times.

Mr. Pearrell cites Notre Dame's recent invitation to President Obama to speak at graduation, pointing to "the discrepancy we have allowed to develop in this country between faith and practice" and making the assertion that there ...

May 29, 2009 | The Rev. William B. Wade Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Covington | Letters


What is a veteran?

Dear Editor: What is a veteran? A veteran whether on active duty, discharged, retired or reserve is someone who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check to the "United States of America" for an amount of "up to" their life. That is an honor, and there are far too many people in this country today who no longer understand and/or respect this fact. Let's work to change this misunderstanding.

May 27, 2009 | Ted Sheldon Newborn | Letters


Council errors

Dear Editor: I have seen a lot of politics in my day, but since Jan. 13, 2009, I have seen so much it makes me question the actions of the city planning commission and the council. I know from the first planning meeting on the private school issue, that it was a done deal. I attended three planning meetings and two council meetings. I watched the planning commission change its own rules and ignore other rules. When I questioned them, they said they have the right to change the rules. They sent it to the city council with their changes ...

May 24, 2009 | Tony Webb Covington | Letters


Say who you are

Dear Editor: I was disturbed to find out that many citizens of Newton County received anonymous calls from a recorded anonymous concerned citizen criticizing Commission Chair Morgan and Commissioners Schulz, Henderson and Simmons while commending Commissioners Ewing and Flemming. The call spoke of ridiculous tax increases to pay for useless, wasteful, selfish special interest projects on the part of Commission Chair Morgan and Commissioners Schultz, Henderson and Simmons. Despite whether you agree with views of the robo-caller or not, everyone should agree that there is one word to best describe the robo-call, gutless.

If those behind the call felt so ...

May 22, 2009 | Michael Geoffroy Covington | Letters


Gutter politics

Dear Editor: We are all aware that our nation is experiencing a severe economic downturn. State and county governments struggle with budget shortfalls along with the general population and attempt to continue services while they wait for better times. The mantra of the Great Depression spoke of better days being around the corner, but it took almost a decade for the economy to turn that corner. Thankfully, it doesn't look as if our corner is so far away. Nevertheless, short term adjustments are being made in personal and governmental budgets to plan for a turnaround in 2010.

I've ...

May 22, 2009 | Virgil Costley Jr. Covington | Letters


Keeping services

Dear Editor: The reports and comments about the Newton County Board of Commissioners as well as robo-calls and Libertarian-leaning letters are missing the whole point of what it means to be a community. The persistent calls for no tax increases no matter what defies logic: if public funds are not available, then our county budget must shrink to stay in the black. There is only one reliable source of county government funds: you and me, the taxpayers of Newton County.

Here is the tough question: How much and what kind of public services do we (taxpaying residents of Newton County ...

May 22, 2009 | JJ Hayden Covington | Letters


Letters to the Editor

Opposing trails

May 14, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


Letter to the editor... CTAE important for our future

Dear Editor: I was pleased to see in The Covington News of Sunday, May 10, the supplement on Career, Technical and Agricultural Education in the Newton County School System.

May 13, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


Letter to the editor... School session proposal

Dear Editor: With our budgets stretched beyond the limits I would like to request the School Board at least discuss the possibility of a new schedule for education in Newton. This trend will be sweeping the nation very soon and we could be first, not last in line for tens of millions in property tax savings.

May 13, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


Letter to the editor... No handout from me

Dear Editor: I don't buy or do any business with any company that is such a failure that it must take federal tax payers' money. Chrysler is the latest example. Consumer Reports magazine rates Chrysler with the worst quality of all car manufacturers in the USA. Italian Fiat is the worst auto company to ever come to the USA, worse than Yugo. They make small cars, but they get good fuel millage because they are light and small, not because of new engine technology.

May 10, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


Letter to the editor... Supporting the NCSS public relations director

Dear Editor: Teachers are inundated daily with work to do. That's a fact. We're so fortunate because getting the word out about news occurring in the system doesn't fall on our shoulders. We can choose to let the public relations director inform the media of events or we can call ourselves. When I've chosen to call, the media chooses not to cover the event. When I've asked our public relations director to call, news media deems the event newsworthy. Hmm, I think the way to get any news out in reference to the school system ...

May 08, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


Letter to the editor... An insult to the BOE

Dear Editor: I am a parent of a child at Alcovy High School. I read the article where Amber Pittman crime/education Reporter made the statement, "Newton County school system officials deny the school was ever in lockdown and that a Coke bottle that contained a liquid was thrown in the commons area of the school and the bottle cap did blow off."

May 08, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


Fairy houses at Chimney Park

Dear Editor: For a few brief hours last Saturday, Chimney Park was transformed into an enchanting, wondrous place. From the moment visitors entered the park, they too were transformed - into playful, imaginative children. Sights and sounds of sheer delight filled the air. What happened at Chimney Park on that day, for those hours? Fairy houses. Built by families, individuals, community groups and schools, representing a broad cross-section of our beloved community, these tiny, whimsical habitats were everywhere. Made of natural materials and constructed in ways limited only by imagination, they were enthralling.

May 08, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


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