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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 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


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: 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: 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: 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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Healing Home Depot

 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 crutches. Construction work is dangerous. About 10 minutes later I saw him in the store loading lumber on a cart, and he was completely healed; he didn ...

November 29, 2008 | Frank Harrison Covington | Letters


Urban gardens

Dear Editor,

November 24, 2008 | Brad Oehlerich Covington | Letters


American made

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 the most powerful nation on earth, when we may soon not even be able to build the cars that we drive? Is there no pride left in "American Made?" Oh, forgive me.

November 24, 2008 | Bill Mauldin Jackson | Letters


Missing the moment

 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.

November 22, 2008 | Staff Report | Letters


Misreporting the news

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.

November 19, 2008 | Staff Report | Letters


Mockery of intellect

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.

November 19, 2008 | Staff Report | Letters


What about the children?

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.

November 19, 2008 | Staff Report | Letters


Profound gratitude

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.

November 17, 2008 | Frank Davis Newton County Seniors for Tax Relief, Inc. | Letters


A no-show for Georgia

I have tried every way possible short of stalking Toney Collins outside his home in order to get in touch with him. I had a project in one of my college courses that required me to make a profile for both candidates in the 95th district. I began trying to reach Collins in early August and have never heard back from him.

I don't claim to know a lot about politics in the 95th district, but what I can't help but wonder a thing or two about this man.

November 17, 2008 | Salina Cranor Lawrenceville | Letters


Learn from history

Dear Editor: I felt the need to respond to so many of the editorials I've seen lately espousing that we need higher taxes. In talking with many, I have found they fall in to two groups. Those that truly do not fully understand economics and those who understand very well the negative impact it will have but feel we should do it anyway because, "it's the right thing to do."

November 16, 2008 | Staff Report | Letters


Uneven perspective

Dear Editor: In the "Our Thoughts" section of Sunday's paper it stated "the news media took great delight in showing the Palin effigy, but they did not demand this disgrace be taken down."

November 16, 2008 | Staff Report | Letters


Letter to the editor... The Golden Calf

Dear Editor: I had lunch with a pastor friend of mine from Walton County whom I had not seen since we moved to Covington almost two-and-a-half years ago. He told me of a sermon he preached recently. The Bible story on which it was based is found in Exodus.

November 08, 2008 | Staff Report | Letters


Letter to the editor... Respect my rights

Dear Editor: During this election year, I have often been overwhelmed with a sense of pride and gratitude at being an American. I was born here - I didn't have to make the difficult choice of leaving country and kin and have to resettle in a new place. I have even had the good fortune of living in the same area for over 30 years.

November 08, 2008 | Staff Report | Letters


Letter to the editor

Greed is not good

November 03, 2008 | Staff Report | Letters


Reaffirming nod

Dear Editor: My husband and I recently and reluctantly started a new subscription to your newspaper. Our first paper was received on Sunday, Oct. 19. When I read your editorial "Our thoughts…Misplaced priorities" it was like a reaffirming nod that this subscription was a good thing.

November 02, 2008 | Staff Report | Letters


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