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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


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

Dear Editor,

July 22, 2014 | Gregg Ellwanger | Letters


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Watch out for your kids

Dear Editor: Mr. Long had a fine letter in your paper on May 29. I saw some of my own kids and grandkids go to jail because of drugs. They got with the wrong people, who, every time, were older than they were. Older drug heads don't care about how much pain they cause those younger than they are or their families. I hope you will print this letter so parents can call 911 if they see any drug use around their kids.

June 14, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


Letter to the editor... An embarrassment to Covington

Dear Editor: I am a 78-year-old woman, and I agree with a recent letter in your paper from Mr. Harry Long. When our ladies group goes to a local restaurant with a bar, we see these girls - floozies - in the parking lots. They are half-naked and look like tattooed freaks who just arrived from a Nevada brothel. They act indecently and will wallow all over any man who will let them. I see what Mr. Long was talking about as these women seem to want to sell sex, probably for drugs. These women do all appear to be white and ...

June 12, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


They died for freedom

Dear Editor: Mr. Harwell, I am one of those Jehovah's Witnesses you recently decided to write about and am also a Vietnam Veteran, who had to go through a very hard time after I came home and there was no flag waving for us.

The reason I am writing is about your misinformation about Jehovah's Witnesses. While it is true that we do not salute the flag, which has been treated and deemed as an object of worship, we do not desecrate it either. We stand respectfully as a matter of honor to those who wish to salute ...

June 10, 2009 | Ulf Gross New Holland, Pa. | Letters


Made you look bad

Dear Editor: Nat has a right to believe what he wants. He also has the unalienable right to free speech. However, the speech in the referenced article makes you look bad. It is just stupid. This was the first time I read an article in your publication (on the Web site) so perhaps you allow this sort of article as "balance." I can understand that. However, if I were to judge you by this one article you would look bad.

June 10, 2009 | Jan Wade Bellingham, Wash. | Letters


Column contradictions

Dear Editor: I am writing in response to the article today in your newspaper titled "The America They Fought For" by Nat Harwell.

Since when have Jehovah's Witnesses not supported the United States? They don't pay taxes? Obey laws? Help citizens in need? Set an excellent example of community involvement and support? I can somewhat appreciate Mr. Harwell's outrage at Jehovah's Witnesses, but he is literally extracting a needle out of a haystack in saying they are "un-American" because they choose to exercise their American liberties in covering up what they consider to be anti-theological rhetoric ...

June 10, 2009 | James Boyd Oregon | Letters


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


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