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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


Letter to the editor: A wildlifer’s look at the 2050 Plan

While Newton County has an identity, Oak Hill, Oxford, Porterdale, Covington and Mansfield all have their own unique personalities. The people from these communities and the rural lands in between are from somewhere – somewhere with its own identity. Have you ever asked yourself where places like Clarkston, Lithonia, Doraville and other such "towns" start and stop? Folks of my vintage will remember a song from 1974 by the Atlanta Rhythm Section with the lyrics, "Doraville, Touch of country in the city." Really? Exactly where is that "touch?"

July 17, 2014 | Todd Holbrook | Letters


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I made a mistake, I’m sorry

Dear Editor: Thank God that we finally have a new administration that understands ethics and integrity.

 As the new administration begins to fill its cabinet posts, it certainly is refreshing to see that our new Secretary of the Treasury Tim Geithner, the former head of the Federal Reserve Bank in New York, was asked to explain why he did not pay $43,000 in back taxes while he was at the International Monetary Fund. We have been told, "It was an honest mistake."

February 06, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


Where have you been?

Dear Editor: The essay by Mr. Nat Harwell, published in The Covington News Sunday, Feb. 1, is a prime example of blind partisanship. His last sentence states "beware, the USB: the Unilateral Sate of Barack" because of the use of presidential directives. Where has Mr. Harwell been for the eight years of the G.W. Bush administration? Is he ignorant of the 92 presidential directives issued by Mr. Bush? For example, where was his article in 2007, when Mr. Bush produced National Security Presidential Directive 51 and Homeland Security Presidential Directive 20 that, on the President's say so, does ...

February 03, 2009 | J.J. Hayden Covington | Letters


Punishing a good man

Dear editor: I am writing this letter to introduce you to a man I met several years ago while doing research on the Bear Creek reservoir in Newton County. His name is Emmett Denby. Emmett has the misfortune of owning a home that sits in the footprint of the dam site of this proposed reservoir. He has lived under the threat of condemnation for the last 12 years.

February 03, 2009 | Ken McMichael Covington | Letters


It’s time to grow up

 Dear editor: As a nation, we are watching our elected representatives and media shred the U.S. Constitution on a daily basis, and we deserve it.

 You always get the government you ask for. Our great nation's populace has turned into a collection of "Sheeple." We follow any elected official blindly without realizing that he or she is more responsible for the current financial and political calamities that we now face.

January 29, 2009 | Andrew B. Senn Covington | Letters


Broken trust

 Dear Editor: There's a kind of stench hanging over our country. It is the stink of corruption on a grand scale with a large admixture of incompetence thrown in. It's not new; we've always had our Bernie Cornfields, the 'pump and dump' thugs of New York boiler room infamy, the Jack Abramoffs, Duke Cunninghams, Rod Blagojevichs, Bernie Madoffs, Hughey Longs, etc. These crumb bums now permeate American business and government at all levels. That's the new part; they're everywhere.

  Beyond that - and this has gone largely without comment- - corporate boards of directors seemingly no longer ...

January 29, 2009 | Ron Slade Sr. Covington | Letters


Not the Three Stooges

Dear Editor: On Sunday, Jan. 25 The Covington News ran an editorial accompanied by an artist's rendering of the late trio, The Three Stooges. The editorial took issue with the way three commissioners cast their vote regarding a hiring and spending freeze. I would like to take this opportunity to remind the newspaper staff of a few points.

January 28, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


New ideas not necessarily bad

Dear Editor: I'm beginning to believe that education, like religion and politics, should not be discussed between seemingly like-minded individuals. One soon discovers that each views the other as having too little mind to share, or perhaps too much. The news report about the merger of the technical college system with two-year colleges has already begun a schism in the community, many of whom see the band beginning to rearrange the chairs on the Titanic.

 I don't have all the information to make many profound statements about the merger report, but I do have opinions about whether or ...

January 27, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


Veterans’ services

Dear Editor: Once a man or woman leaves the military, they are entitled to earned benefits, but each must be applied for in writing. Within the state of Georgia, the Georgia Department of Veterans Service provides their expertise, at no charge, to maximize each and every benefit applied for. Additionally, the veteran's spouse and children may be entitled at earned benefits. Each office is called a VSO - Veterans Service Office. The VSO in Conyers services the counties of Rockdale, Newton and Walton, but veterans and their families make use of this VSO from all counties along I-20, from I-285 ...

January 24, 2009 | Tommy Clack Manager, Conyers VSO | Letters


Best Wishes

Dear Editor: As mayor of Covington, I had the pleasure of working with John Grotheer, city of Covington finance director and city clerk, for over 10 years.

We worked together to create over ten budgets for the City of Covington. This process is never an easy one, because it is hard to estimate the income and outgo in a $122 million budget, with its many variables. However, during the 10 years that John served the City of Covington, we came within 2 percent of estimating income versus expenditures, and we also ended each year with a small surplus.

January 20, 2009 | Sam Ramsey Covington | Letters


Senior citizen aid

Dear Editor: Seniors over age of 65 should not be paying county school taxes. We have already satisfied our duties and obligations to schools during the years of raising our own children. Most counties around Newton have already paid respect to their senior citizens, for I know Walton County has eliminated school taxes for all seniors over 65. Most of us live on a very small fixed income, and by eliminating this school tax, we would have a little more to spend on medicines, doctor bills, groceries & other necessities.

In our case, our home is assessed at $100,000 plus ...

January 20, 2009 | Sandra Williams Covington | Letters


Judge not?

Dear Editor: This week I read in your newspaper, wherby Senator John Douglas, from District 17, was going to try and get a law passed, whereby, anyone that had any kind of a sex conviction, could not never be on any school board in The State Of Georgia, even after the person had served all of their court ordered time as well has having to wait 10 year's, to show the state that they have been a good person and stayed out of trouble for the ten years.

So, I ask this newspaper to please do some research and ...

January 20, 2009 | Don Gresham Covington | Letters


Failures

Dear Editor: Containing my anger as I write this is not easy. Eight years ago my country was prosperous, optimistic and moving forward. We were at peace, enjoyed a budget surplus and a good name throughout most of the world.

January 15, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


Deplorable action

Dear Editor: The three district commissioners who voted to retain Tommy Craig as county attorney seriously abrogated their fiscal responsibility not only to their constituents but to the county as a whole.

This is not a broadside against Tommy Craig, but rather a commentary on elected officials who decided to vote for something without having all available information at their fingertips.

January 13, 2009 | Barbara Morgan Covington | Letters


Feeling blessed

On Jan. 17 we buried our father. The funeral procession started at Harwell-Wheeler Funeral Home in Covington and ended at Stewart Baptist Church cemetery - 25 plus miles away.

On the way, I witnessed a truly awesome sight. Everyone driving in the opposite direction pulled to the side of the road as a sign of respect and sympathy.

January 12, 2009 | Heidi Cribbs Palm Coast, Fla. | Letters


Small platform

Dear Editor: Your paper printed an article on the Jan. 2 front page about what Sen. Douglas was going to do concerning sex offenders running for school board seats in Newton County.

My first question is has John Douglas ever done anything in office except talk about sex? Here are some cold hard facts. One year ago John Douglas and the school board member for District Two of Newton County talked about my running for the school board seat. It was printed in your newspaper. Citizens are tired about reading about sex in the newspaper just about every day.

January 06, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


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