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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


Initial 2050 Plan meeting crash and burn

Not a single person, citizen, taxpayer, landowner who spoke or asked questions during the meeting sounded positive in any way, shape, form or fashion about any part of this proposal. With little to go on, these local people shot holes in the plan from almost every angle anyway.

July 15, 2014 | Samuel Martin Hay III | Letters


Letter from Harry L. Long

I have known Phil Johnson and Sam (Martin) Hay III for most of my life, and I totally agree with their opposition to the county's "so called" 2050 Plan. I view this plan as a direct attack on an individual's freedom and liberty. I have raised my right hand twice, and each time I took an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States. Immigrants started pouring into the U.S. (colonies) in the 1600s through today mainly for two purposes: I. To be free and II. To own property in "fee simple." In America ...

July 08, 2014 | Harry L. Long | Letters


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Unacceptable

Dear Editor: I am appalled at what I am hearing tonight on ABC News about the Muslim young man who attempted to blow up a Northwest Airlines plane. He bought his ticket on December 16, paying over $3,000 in cash for his ticket - red flag number one. He boarded the international flight with no luggage -red flag number two. This after his father turned him in as a militant Muslim - red flag number three. Our federal government is dysfunctional. This is not a Democrat or Republican issue...it has nothing to do with who is in the White House ...

January 01, 2010 | Staff Report | Letters


Strange bedfellows

Dear Editor: I am a newcomer to the Covington area, and I am baffled by the city and county funding the local Chamber of Commerce. It seems to me this action could constitute both unethical and unsound economic behavior. In Newton County, the chamber seems to be placed on some type of pedestal while in other parts of the country where I have lived, they are referred to as "the $3.35 an hour boys." It should be noted that at a recent job conference President Obama didn't even seem fit to invite the national chamber.

December 27, 2009 | Reggie McDonald Covington | Letters


Successful parade

Dear Editor: On behalf of the Main Street Covington Board we wish to express our appreciation for everyone who made the 2009 Covington/Newton County Christmas Parade such an overwhelming success Dec. 5.

The Covington Lions Club, with assistance from the Oxford Lion's Club, did an outstanding job of facilitating the parade. From promoting the parade, to the long hours that went into creating the parade line up, managing the lineup, to organizing the judging and hosting the viewing stand in the downtown the club successfully managed every element of the parade. Special thanks to Ed Minge who has ...

December 23, 2009 | Josephine Kelly Director, Main Street Covington | Letters


No fluff in fair

Dear Editor: At the Dec. 15 meeting of the Newton County Board of Commissioners I voted no to an immediate allotment of $120,000 to the Chamber of Commerce. This prompted some people to question my absence from the presentation the chamber gave to the city and the county on Nov. 19. I would like to provide the people of the county with my perspective about this issue.

First, the Nov. 19 meeting at The Center for Preservation & Planning was not an announced or advertised "work session." Any official meeting involving government leaders that is sanctioned by the county has ...

December 23, 2009 | Commissioner Earnest Simmons Newton County Board of Commissioners | Letters


How would you feel?

Dear Editor: I just wanted to take a moment to express my outrage at your coverage of the Owenby family situation last week. I realize that once you call 911 that statements and facts that you share become "public record," but that does not mean that you should have embarrassed this poor young man (who obviously is having a mental crisis) with all of the details that you printed. This young man is not a celebrity, and has some rights to privacy. I was not sure if I was reading The Covington News or the National Enquirer?

December 20, 2009 | Seth Jackson Covington | Letters


Fair market value

Dear Editor: In regard to the letter to the editor published Dec. 16, I want all the citizens of Newton County to know that the Tax commissioner does not set the values on any motor vehicle. The valuations shown are values determined by the Revenue Commissioner of the State of Georgia, using a combination of fair market value and wholesale value. Values are arrived at by using a variety of market guides that are available. This information is on the Department of Revenue Web site at www.dor.ga.gov.

December 20, 2009 | Barbara Dingler Newton County Tax Commissioner | Letters


Another best kept secret

Dear Editor: I read with interest your series on Newton County district by district. As the writer traveled to the county's southern border, the FFA Camp was highlighted as one of the county's best kept secrets, and it is (The Covington News, Nov. 25).

I want to point out that three miles before you get there is yet another best kept secret, so secret it wasn't even mentioned. Just off Ga. Highway 36 on Scout Road is Bert Adams Scout Reservation. This beautiful 1,200-acre property has been serving the Boy Scouts of the Greater Atlanta Council ...

December 16, 2009 | William D. Loeble Covington | Letters


Hollow promises

Dear Editor: This January will mark the 39th year of purchasing license plates and or decals for my personal vehicles. From 1970 until this week, I can honestly say that the value of any particular car or truck has never increased. I have bought tags in DeKalb, Rockdale, and for the past nine years, Newton. Not this year. Even though the millage rate is the same as last year, the ad valorem tax increased by $11.07, and thusly a cost increase for the 2010 decal. We stopped by the tag office today for an explanation. The lady on duty ...

December 15, 2009 | Timothy Jackson Covington | Letters


A Twilights thank you

Dear Editor: As co-chairs of Twilights at Chimney Park, we wanted to thank the Covington community for their support of Friends of Newton Parks' second Twilights event. Many individuals, organizations, and businesses contributed to this magical evening.

Thank you to Abigail Coggin of the Arts Association for planning music, Berry Christmas Tree Farm for the beautiful Christmas trees, Newton Electric Supply and Moseley Electric for new lighting features, Bonanza Productions for their generous donation and Summit Printing for posters and stickers.

December 15, 2009 | Jean Austin and Gary Brown | Letters


Embarrassing the illiterate

Dear Editor: Illiteracy is widespread in our county and our country. I encourage you to read up on its many causes and its devastating effects. I am confident that if you had done this before publishing Commissioner Henderson's letter you would have made a better editorial decision.

December 09, 2009 | Chris Jueschke Covington | Letters


Harwell's homerun

Dear Editor: Nat Harwell's recent op-ed on our Commander In Chief's bailout on the matter of reduced additional troops in Afganistan, with the caveat of a timed set withdrawal, is a homerun and should be easily understood as gospel by any with the gumption to read it. Obama in one of his famously felicitous, and read, speeches was enthusiastically cheered by his leftist supporters and worshipful followers, unreproached by the media and yawned by those forced to sit through it at the Military Academy. It seems that we are getting one of his jet blasts nightly now. Will ...

December 09, 2009 | Felton Hudson Stone Mountain | Letters


Toys for Tots

Dear Editor: Each year the Newton High School Marine Corps Junior ROTC program assists the Marine Corps Reserve in collecting new toys for local families in need as part of the annual Toys for Tots Drive. We are asking local industry and business leaders to be part of this effort.

The cadets in the JROTC program and their parents will be in the community asking for any assistance that is appropriate for the circumstances of your business. They will present this letter as a means of introduction and ask for your assistance. Below are some ideas for you to consider ...

December 06, 2009 | Sherman Smith Gunnery Sgt. USMC (Ret.)MCJROTC Marine Instructor | Letters


Much appreciated

Dear Editor and friends at The Covington News: Words are not possible to express my appreciation for everything that The Covington News did to make the Covington Fire Department's 100th anniversary celebration possible and a huge success.

Without the vision and abilities of everyone involved in the planning, selling ads for the supplement, providing the refreshments and the newspaper coverage before and after the event, the celebration would have not been possible. Because of your efforts, even with the inclement weather, the community showed their support with attendance numbering over 100 persons.

December 04, 2009 | Don T. Floyd Covington Fire Chief | Letters


More competition

Dear Editor: Thank you, but no thank you. Is there anyone around who remembers passenger trains? That was before the 1940s and 1950s, before the government "helped" the railroads through over regulations.

Does anyone remember when an airline ticket to Europe cost the equivalent of several thousand present day dollars? That was before the government stopped helping the airlines through over regulation.

December 04, 2009 | Pierce Cline Covington | Letters


Electing idiots

Dear Editor: I would like to thank The Covington News for posting the letter that Commissioner Henderson sent to the DCA; however, I wish there was a way that we could require everyone who lives in this county to read it. The letter was sad and an embarrassment to him and this county. I would venture to say that my 4th grade son could have done a better job writing that letter. The citizens of Newton County and any other county in any state will continue to have unbalanced budgets and trivial problems that hinder real progress as long as ...

December 04, 2009 | Brian Lofton Covington | Letters


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