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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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Do the math

Dear Editor: So Americans have chosen to continue down the road of expanding government scope and power and national bankruptcy (as your "Do The Math" indicated again today). And many who can see beyond "stimulus checks" must have voted for accelerating this direction. Strange. Strange, indeed.

November 08, 2012 | Staff Report | Letters


Sloppy journalism

Dear Editor: I don't know if it's called sloppy journalism, headline grabbing to sell newspapers or new to the community editorial staff, but the very idea of that the top of the front page in Sunday's paper says in bold print "Sexual texts" instead of the sad announcement of the passing of a dear, giving, Christian man who devoted his life to the betterment of Covington, Oxford and Newton County.

November 08, 2012 | Staff Report | Letters


Another four years?

Dear Editor: By the time this letter will have been printed, our country will have decided whether to commit to socialism and bankruptcy, or whether we begin the long climb back to where we came from. With President Obama's record of ineptness on the economy and reckless forays into foreign affairs, we as a nation are mired in hopelessness.

November 06, 2012 | Felton Hudson | Letters


Letter: What's the election really about?

Dear Editor: This election is not about Democrat versus Republican. It is about capitalism versus Communism and the fundamentally changing of America as we know it. I have asked myself why anyone would want to change a system that has done more for mankind than any other form of government. It is not about what has done the most good; it is about idealism (Utopia). The Communists do not believe in God so they try to create heaven on earth (as they see it).

October 25, 2012 | Staff Report | Letters


Downtown Social Circle

City Manager Doug White of Social Circle said the city government has a vested interest in the downtown businesses. Mr. White said other businesses are looking to move into the Covington/Newton County area. So federal tax dollars were used to paint the store fronts. He is hoping that someone will ride through and, perhaps, stop and purchase one of the empty ones. He also mentioned that perhaps some of the Baxter employees could settle here.

October 23, 2012 | Hosea Jackson | Letters


What has happened to the Democrats?

Dear Editor: I've always prided myself as being neutral when it came to voting...but can I say that anymore? It really saddens me, but I don't believe that I can. After watching the Democratic Convention, it seems like they have pretty much drawn the line in the sand.

• They have openly voiced a choice to embrace abortion

October 06, 2012 | V. Rush | Letters


Waiting to vote

Dear Editor: In your "Our Thoughts" column last Wednesday, you encouraged voters to wait until after the presidential debates before casting our ballots. I thought this was good advice.

The more information we have upon which to base our decisions, the better our decisions should be. And like many others, I look to The Covington News as a source of informative news and opinions to help me formulate my decisions.

October 06, 2012 | Greg Miller | Letters


Mitt Romney falsehoods

Dear Editor: I just read the Letters to the Editor in the Oct. 5 edition.

I was dismayed that you would print such an article filled with so many falsehoods and misrepresentations of what was said by Mitt Romney.

October 06, 2012 | Billy V. Morris | Letters


Christianity and the election

Dear Editor: My name is Matthew Ozburn, and I am a senior in high school. I am writing today to express my concern in the diminishing Biblical values in our country.

I believe that Biblical values and morals are what make America the great country it is. The problem is, over the past couple of years I have paid more attention to what is going on across the nation and it concerns me.

October 06, 2012 | Matthew Glenn Ozburn | Letters


Presidential debate

Dear Editor: Governor Romney debated better Wednesday night than President Obama did. Clearly, the president was stumped by the governor's latest recreation of himself. The governor started with the proposition that nothing he had said to date was his real position and that only what he said Wednesday night was true. For me, that presents a credibility problem, but how do you debate against it? The governor also said that, for the most part, he would do exactly what the president had done except all of the laws Congress passed under him would be perfect, unlike the flawed laws ...

October 04, 2012 | Staff Report | Letters


SAT

Our much-beleaguered school system appears to be making steady progress as Eastside and Newton high schools both saw their average SAT scores rise in reading and math in 2012, though Alcovy unfortunately saw drops in both areas.

September 27, 2012 | Staff Report | Letters


A response to ‘Romney’s class warfare’ article

Dear Editor: Thanks to Mr. Robinson for calling it out loud in his article "Romney's class warfare" in the weekend issue. Even though we merely pay income tax, my husband and I are hardworking people and pay our share in payroll tax (which I consider just another form of income tax), property tax and sales tax. It was simply outrageous what this arrogant person let out at this fundraiser (assuming these 47 percent of "lazy bums" would never get to hear this).

September 25, 2012 | Hiltrud Jones | Letters


Questioning the BOC

Dear Editor: There is an old saying, probably Southern, that goes like this: "Them that has, gets." To me, this means in general that a person or persons who have clout or influence can often "get" what others who don't have this advantage can't "get".

September 13, 2012 | Staff Report | Letters


Brown Bridge Road

Dear Editor: Due to the 2010 census our commission district lines were redrawn and this added more than 3,000 new constitutients to the fourth district.

September 13, 2012 | Staff Report | Letters


Eastside academic team coverage

Dear Editor: My wife and I have been loyal, long time subscribers to The Covington News and we always encourage others to support the local paper.

September 06, 2012 | Carey A. Bryan | Letters


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