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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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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


Letter to the editor... Rail supporter

We need everyone's help to make sure our Newton County Board of Commissioners knows we have many citizens in Newton County who support the development of a county-wide trail and greenway system. And, that we believe the County should investigate the potential purchase of the Norfolk Southern Railroad right-of-way from Porterdale to Mansfield and the possible development of a multi-use trail along that corridor.

May 03, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


Not the delusional one

Dear Editor: In response to Patrick Durusau's Friday column "Delusional CIA operatives who tortured people" - seriously? This is what you say about people who risked their lives to protect your life and my life and all of the many other millions of American lives. I can understand if you suffer from the BDS (Bush Derangement Syndrome - people who blame everything in the world on Bush), nothing new there, but to insult members of our CIA who were just following orders in an effort to save American lives. Seriously?

I respect that we all have freedom of speech and you ...

May 01, 2009 | Elizabeth Christian Covington | Letters


Letter to the editor... Best kept secret

 Dear Editor: With teacher appreciation week coming up, I'm moved to thank the Montessori School of Covington for its amazing curriculum and philosophy. I hope to share this fantastic secret we have in our community. I have not one, but three kids thriving beautifully at this school. We have been there for 8 years. Our oldest started, in their Early Childhood program, at age four.

April 24, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


Letter to the editor... The meaning in life

Dear Editor: Maybe it's coincidental timing, but we seem to be losing many of our community's longest-standing pillars in 2009. With the recent passing of Jack Morgan, Lamar Hays and Otis Spillers, we are witnessing a generational passing of the torch. Through their business interests, public service and private charity, these men laid the foundation for much of what we know as Newton County today. The losses sadden us, but we have much to celebrate, considering all the lives these men touched.

April 22, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


Letter to the editor... Keep running Nat

Dear Editor: In response to Barbara Morgan's critique of Nat Harwell's many columns, if I'm not mistaken, Mr. Harwell's columns appear on what is known as the "opinion" page, i.e. these are his opinions. If Ms. Morgan wants to write articles for your opinion page, I'm sure many would be open to hearing her opposing point of view.

April 17, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


Porterdale's 911 dilemma

Dear Editor: Unfortunately more and more smaller cities such as Porterdale will not be able to afford to be a functioning city. I agree with them that it seems like double taxation, but it would cost them more than the fees at hand to set up 24-hour dispatch and staff it, I'm sure. I think the city of Porterdale should look closely at paying the sheriff's department to patrol their city. Sure they could disband their police department and just let the sheriff answer calls, but in California where I am originally from many smaller cities have contracted ...

April 15, 2009 | Bill McDaniel Covington | Letters


Did you actually read it?

Dear editor: For the love of journalistic integrity, please pull Mr. Patrick Durusau's column entitled, "Irrelevant Rand," so that Mr. Durusau can actually read the book "Atlas Shrugged" by Ayn Rand. Mr. Durusau's interpretation of this novel is so egregiously wrong that there is no possible way that he has read it.

April 10, 2009 | Christopher Peters Lansing, Mich. | Letters


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