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: This is a personal opinion, not one representing the Lions Club. The importance of 'quality of life' factors - such as our active local arts and cultural organizations - in attracting new employers is emphasized. Those who live in and around Newton County had two marvelous and free opportunities to experience a variety of music this past weekend. The 80-piece DeKalb Symphony Orchestra presented its annual Picnic Pops Concert on the lovely Newton ...
Dear Editor: The Society of SVDP would like to thank all who had a hand in making the Silent Auction and Wine Tasting on April 27, a success. We had a profound outpouring of generously donated items both local and beyond. All of the profit will go to the Society which is a nonprofit organization. Fox Vineyards (wine and Fox Vineyard glasses), Sherry Odum (catered the event), Michael Frederick (music), are so much appreciated. We ...
Dear Editor: I, Shannon Black, come forward to identify myself as "MsLoy" and "KBeet" named in a civil action on free speech web comments. I do not agree with the attack on free speech, but by coming out I share a voice for employees under attack who need their jobs. While I removed my child from NCSS last year, I maintain close internal contacts and will continue to share comments with the public through the ...
Dear Editor: What a shame! A small town paper advertising prostitution with a large, attention-getting provocative figure of a prostitute on the front page of your Sunday edition.
Dear Editor: Much to the dismay of a handful of people in our town, I am capable of both spelling and writing the English language as well as Spanish.
To the editor: Considering that political robo-calls are universally reviled by us citizens, it is obvious that our "representatives" who use them have nothing but contempt for us. And then they wonder why we have lost our trust in them.
To the editor: I am writing to invite Newton County residents of all districts to my fourth public forum on school topics. I will host "School Board on Your Corner #4" on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of Eastside High School. I will bring updates from my April training delivered by the Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA) on "Finance & Accountability" and allow time for public input. While I represent ...
To the editor: A recent newspaper article in the Newton Citizen brought out that a school board member was writing a column in the Newton Citizen that had his title and position from the Board of education. I know some of you may not agree with some of Mr. (Jeff) Meadors' views, and from time-to-time, I do not either. But in a free society it is healthy to have a public debate on government. One ...
To the editor: One of the largest known reserves in the world, now producing oil from North Dakota, is selling 100 percent of all the domestic oil from these wells to markets overseas. What is wrong with this picture is quite clearly visible at the gas pumps all over the United States. Some markets are reporting a near $5 per gallon for consumers while those same consumers are paying federal income taxes which go to ...
To the editor: The Chamber of Commerce with the support of Newton County and the city of Covington has made a lot of progress to bring manufacturing jobs to Newton County. It takes a community effort to show Newton County as a place to work, shop and raise a family. It is disturbing to see an Associated Press report on the 11 Alive website titled "The 78 worst schools in Georgia" and that the Challenge Charter Academy that the Newton County Board of Education runs is on that list.
To the editor: Covington and Newton County are blessed with having several employees on the payroll who are experts at fixing stuff that isn't broken. Although the list is endless. I will only take up enough of your time to name a few.
To the editor: Coincident with the amazing shrinking physical size of the Covington News (now about the size of the Rampage School Newspaper at Newton County High School when I was there) I have noticed that Nat Harwell's weekly column has been shelved. Frankly, his articles were the reason I had returned to reading The Covington News after many years away from Covington.
To the editor: The job of a journalist is to be a filter. The assignments staff and/or news editor chooses what stories to cover. The photo-journalist chooses what to shoot and what not to record. The reporter chooses what facts to include and what sound-bites or quotes to include and exclude. And the producer or editor is the final filter as to what approach to take on a story and what stories or other content to include or exclude.
To the editor: Were you at the same event I was at on Wednesday? It is funny how one liberal using the power of the press can take a great event for our area and tarnish it on the front page of the newspaper, which I have never seen done before by your newspaper. You in one article may have undone all the good will between the people of the Newton and Rockdale areas made ...
To the editor: I just finished reading your op ed on Newt Gingrich. I thought that you of all people would be honored to have the former speaker of the House visit Newton County. I would suppose that a visit from President Obama would have been more appropriate for your taste.