Dear Editor: Several months ago the hospital had its annual fundraiser. All of the proceeds from ticket sales and auction items went toward the purchase of a piece of equipment for the neonatal unit of the hospital. We, along with R.L.'s Off the Square, offered a progressive evening for 24 guests, starting at our home and ending with a four-course dinner at the restaurant. Not only did Robert and Trish prepare the beautiful and delicious dinner, as a surprise they also included a musical duo who entertained us all through the evening. Chef and Trish took their day ...
Dear Editor: Kudos to the City Council for two things. First, for being forward thinking enough to absorb credit card fees on payments made on utility accounts by customers with credit cards. The only way local governments will survive in this economy is to think like a business person. If you can get your money now without risk of a returned check and if you have to discount some to accomplish that, any normal private business would do it, and it happens every day. Thankfully, now we have two businessmen on the council who realize this. The city and county ...
Dear Editor: I have been reading the Newton County legals in The Covington News since the early 1950s. Back then, the foreclosure advertisements might have one or two sheriff's sales of personal property on the square, and you probably only saw 12 to 14 real property foreclosures in a year. You more than likely knew the mortgagor, and you were certainly familiar with the addresses. I have just completed reading the 50 (again 50) pages of real property foreclosures for the month of August in The Covington News. For the first eight months of this year, the total of ...
Dear Editor: Since 1962 the Covington City Charter has forbidden the mayor, members of the City Council and city employees from doing business with the city during their term of office or term of employment. This is a conflict-of-interest standard that protects the public from insider abuse of power and position and protects office-holders from the public perception of self-dealing. This week the City Council decided the standard was too high.
State law provides a lower legal threshold than does the city charter. It permits the sale of merchandise or property in amounts up to $200 per calendar quarter and ...
August 19, 2010|
Newton County resident
Dear Editor: In reading your article, there was no mention in the article about the woman driver of the tractor trailer getting a ticket for not keeping her eyes on the road. How can you take you eyes off the road long enough to pick up a cell phone and take the picture.
August 18, 2010|
Dear Editor: On Tuesday Aug. 3, the Newton County Sheriff's Office assisted the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and Cornelia Police Department in apprehending a suspect wanted for armed robbery here in Habersham County. In addition, investigators with the Newton County Sheriff's Office assisted in the investigation, together with the Loganville Police Department, Walton County Sheriff's Office and other agencies.
August 11, 2010|
Brian M. Rickman
District Attorneym, Mountain Judicial Circuit
Dear Editor: Some things just don't change. Eight years ago the Board of Commissioners refused to put the county alcohol-by-the-drink issue to a public vote citing they didn't have enough time and information. Two of the commissioners who on Aug. 3, 2010, refused once again to let the public vote on the issue are the same commissioners who voted no in 2002 for the same reason. What have they been doing for the last eight years?
August 11, 2010|
William D. Loeble
Dear Editor: I found your thoughts about the Liquor Ordinance vote quite interesting. While you declared that Mort Ewing's vote was cast as a reflection of "his moral views on drinking of any kind," you concluded to that J.C. Henderson's negative attributes formed the basis for his vote.
I find your remarks about Earnest Simmons to be particularly disturbing, however. While you decided that he had voted out of spite, you went on to declare that his district was "wise enough not to elect him back to office."
Dear Editor: I like Mort Ewing. He has the fortitude to "do the right thing." In the Aug. 6 edition of the Covington News, the News' editorial said Mr. Ewing "could have trusted the people of the county to do the right thing and vote for the good of the financial health of the county." The insinuation being that Mr. Ewing did the wrong thing. What Mr. Ewing did was to take into consideration the safety and well being of all its citizens. Did he "inflict his own personal views on the voters of the county?" Isn't our form ...
August 11, 2010|
Dear Editor: I want to thank The Covington News for their coverage of the recent alcohol by the drink referendum in Newton County. However, I must say that in my opinion your editorial cartoon was distasteful and not an accurate portrayal of these three commissioners.
Having attended the work session of the Newton Board of Commissioners on Monday, Aug. 2, I did not hear, nor perceive that these men were imposing their personal opinions on this matter upon the public. As the session began the Chairman prefaced the meeting by stating that the issue would not be discussed on the ...
Dear Editor: The only thing more painful than seeing someone deep in a hole still digging is to find yourself down there with them. Which is why many of us were so pained by the Newton County Board of Commissioners' latest blunder Tuesday night, voting not put a liquor by the drink referendum on the upcoming ballot. Each day, our county slides deeper into a financial hole affecting every one of us, and some commissioners still don't realize they're the ones digging.
We've hidden behind the recession long enough. Newton County was on the wrong path before ...
August 08, 2010|
Dear Editor: Many thanks to Newton County Commission Chair Kathy Morgan, and Commissioners Nancy Schultz and Tim Flemming for supporting the "liquor by the drink" referendum for the county. These leaders showed true vision and leadership for our county. Too many of our tax dollars are going across the county line to restaurants that we can't attract to our county because of our archaic laws.
As a patriotic American, I was appalled to learn of the only 20 percent voter-turnout last week for the primary election. There are two means of voting to make it easier for the voter (other than the polls) - absentee ballots or early voting, and unless you were ill that day, you do not have an excuse.