On behalf of the Covington Tree Preservation Board, I respectfully submit this letter to you and the Covington City Council in order to express our concerns about several topics, the first being the installation of string-lights on and in the street trees around the square, the second being the lack of a tree replacement plan, and the third being the lack of funding for tree plantings.
Recently, our company was the victim of a crime that resulted in a significant loss. When the crime was discovered, we contacted the Covington Police Department and the case was assigned to Detective Jeff Bruno.
With regards to a potential decision by the Newton County Board of Commissioners to turn the downtown square over to the City of Covington, we are not talking about ownership.
The square downtown belongs to all the people of Newton County, Georgia. Even the thought of turning it over the City of Covington angers and aggravates a majority of the citizens in the county. This is not a plan which needs to go forward.
Editor? I am disappointed in the paper. Wonder what the Dennis and Mallard family think?
Dear Editor: The system is broken. Why do I say that? Using statistical tools, we know that less than 5 percent (or .3 percent, or in the case of 6 Sigma, .3 per million) failures means that the error is random. However, greater than 5 percent means that the system is failing. So when 2 out of our 3 high schools in Newton County fail AYP, we conclude that it means ...
Dear Editor: I would like to thank a special young lady, who on Nov. 25 at about 6:15 p.m. happened to be in the drive-through line at Chick-fil-A. I failed to get her name, but I will never forget her kindness.
Dear Editor: Superintendent Cox, I have the utmost respect for the position which you hold, and it is because of this respect that I am writing you. My son has been in the "Quest" program in Newton County since his third grade year. He was placed there because of his writing and artistic ability. Our oldest son was placed there because of his science and math ability.
Dear Editor: Covering the South as a newspaper reporter for eight years and more, I never saw a city or town without a readily identifiable police station. Yet, that will be so of Oxford if its police force is scattered among other city functions on two floors in a new city hall.
This is in response to the column by Bill Shipp in The Covington News "Advice for the GOP."
Dear Editor: I cannot believe that no one understands the basic foundation of this country - the American worker. I would not expect a soldier with the flu to fight a better fight, nor would I expect a ditch digger to dig deeper when his son is at home with a toothache. We need a health and dental plan across the board for this county. Imagine the play-ball pit at McDonald's. Every individual ball in ...
Dear Editor: Statewide, 82 percent of schools passed Annual Yearly Progress in 2006-2007, an indicator from No Child Left Behind. In Newton last year, 59 percent passed. One of our three high schools passed: 33 percent. It appears that our students are not achieving adequately, according to these indicators.
If more people would go to Home Depot, it would relieve the strain on the doctors and reduce our medical cost. The other day I was at Home Depot, and as I walked through the parking lot, a pickup pulled into a handicap space. A middle age man got out; he looked like a construction worker. He limping badly on his right leg; so badly I thought he should have a cane or ...
Dear Editor, I am looking for individuals in the Covington area willing to donate their time, experience, property or expertise to create areas of urban gardens in Newton County. There are many benefits to creating permanent green areas within the cities of our county. To be successful, this will take the hard work of many individuals and institutions with the determination to better the lives of all Newton ...
Dear Editor: It amazes me that we can be sitting here having a discussion on whether or not to bail out the U.S. auto industry. There are actually people in this country who are prepared to see them fail, and some who say it may even be good for our country. Just where do these people come from?  How can we possibly be prepared to call ourselves ...
Dear Editor: I had not had an opportunity to see your paper on Friday before sending you [an] e-mail and I wish to ensure your awareness that it was a pleasure to see something worthy of the office in print about the President-elect. However, the historical nature of the election should not have had to wait from Wednesday until Friday to be noted.
Your article in Friday's edition ("GOP incumbent faces bus driver...") was most peculiar, from the headline to its lack of information on Mr. Eddie Johnson. I personally do not live in District 2, nor do I know Mr. Johnson, but I recognized a totally inept and biased article. You did publish a small "correction" on page 2 of the Sunday edition with no explanation of how your reporter left out all of Mr. Johnson's background.
Dear Editor: Unbelievable is the best word I can conjure to describe a myriad of thoughts and emotions I experienced when I looked at the Wednesday, November 5, 2008 edition of The Covington News. A defining moment in history was totally downplayed as if it didn't matter. What a sad commentary for your newspaper and your reporting of national/world news.
My son is very sick - he has TBI, CP and SBS. He needs therapy badly and our government has denied him. They say as long as he is chronic, not acute, he does not qualify. If my son doesn't get the therapy he needs his muscles will become basically mush, he will never get better.
Dear Editor: On behalf of all the senior citizens of Newton County I would like to say thanks to the voters who made it possible for the $10,000 increase in seniors' homestead exemption which will take effect on Jan. 1, 2009. I would also like to thank our county commissioners for permitting this to come to a vote. Thank you, thank you, thank you.