The Covington City Council is considering a text amendment to the city parking ordinance which would significantly weaken the ordinance and undermine its purpose of permitting and encouraging walkability and pleasing aesthetics in future commercial development. This ordinance has been in effect since 2008; McDonald's, IHOP, Kaufman Tire, Covington Ford, Waffle House have willingly complied with it.
"A hundred years after we are gone and forgotten, those who never heard of us will be living with the results of our actions."
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.
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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.
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 ...
Dear Editor: On Sunday, Nov. 22, 2009, the Covington Fire Department celebrated its 100th anniversary. I would like to thank the Covington News and its staff for helping to make the public celebration possible. As the wife of a City of Covington Firefighter I was deeply touched that the Covington News published a special supplement on the Covington Fire Department as well as providing refreshments for the celebration. The brave men of the Covington Fire Department put their lives on the line each and every day for us and I'm sure it means a great deal to them to ...
Dear Editor: This was my second town hall meeting with Congressman Marshall and I believe I now have a good impression of the person and his philosophy about politics and how he approaches the same.
Dear Editor: After reading the Josh Briggs' article concerning the refs. ejecting two coaches from Eastside vs. Franklin Co. I just want too say how disappointing an article that was. What is the lesson we are trying to teach our young people? When things don't go our way, we will use our newspaper to complain? Mistakes might have been made by the officials, mistakes were made from our sideline by not controlling our mouths, but the biggest was made by Mr. Briggs for writing the worst article I have read in my lifetime. We have great kids at Eastside ...
Dear Editor: November is National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. I encourage you to visit www.knowitfightitendit.org to learn how to take action against the fourth leading cause of cancer death in our country. With your help, we will increase the number of our community volunteers and advocates, and urge them to raise awareness and help us raise the cure.
By the end of this year, this deadly disease will have claimed more than 35,000 loved ones. Among them notable American's including actor Patrick Swayze, NCAA President Myles Brand and NBA Hall of Fame coach Chuck Daly.
Dear Editor: On Saturday night the health care reform bill passed the U.S. House by a vote of 220-215. Well, they in Washington have done it again. They have passed this bill without listening to the people. This health care reform is suppose to cost only about $ 1.5 trillion over the next ten year so they say. I could see that being possible when you see that they will be cutting the Medicare by about $500 million. I do not think it will just cost $1.5 trillion just because has there been any thing like this in ...
Dear Editor: I was in Newton County during the week of Oct. 13-17, and I experienced something that I thought no longer existed.
A jury trial, where a jury convicted an innocent man. The trial was that of Franklin Benson. Mr. Benson was charged with murder in Newton County. All during the trial I listened to testimony and waited for something that would convince me of Mr. Benson's guilt.
Dear Editor: In today's world of newspapers, it often reeks of a stale environment when it comes to reporters actually reporting and the opinionated writing of columnists. What a deep breath of fresh morning air when reading two particular articles in your Sunday edition. Nat Harwell's column on his remembrance of his dad's respect for our national anthem and the commitment of veterans everywhere was especially moving and sincere. Say what you want about Nat, but his columns do make you think, not only about Newton County, but most importantly, the state of affairs in the entire ...