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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


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Kudos to Marilyn

Dear Editor: Kudos are due for Marilyn in our Newton County Tax Commissioner's Office.

January 14, 2010 | Barbara Toner, Psy.D. Covington | Letters


Letter to the editor - Stay out of Social Circle

Dear Editor: I would like to comment on the letter sent by our County Commissioners to Social Circle opposing the proposed drag strip. Shame, shame, shame for our Newton County elected officials for getting involved in another county and government's business. But to do it in a letter that they made public is even worse. This probably assures that the drag strip will be built.

The Social Circle and Walton County government is no more going to appreciate the Newton government getting into their affairs than Newton would if it were reversed. What would have been wrong with our ...

January 13, 2010 | Staff Report | Letters


Letter to the editor - Lack of help

Dear Editor: A week before Christmas, someone dumped seven Lab pups at the end of the dirt road on Robertson Road in Newborn. First of all, shame on the person who did this. If I had not came along, they would have died in the cold. They left them in an area that has no houses or shelter and has coyotes, wild animals, etc.

January 13, 2010 | Staff Report | Letters


Letter to the editor - Double standard

Dear Editor: There is a double standard in Washington D.C. The double standard is that Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has said in a book that Obama is "light skinned" and "with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one." If that is not racist, I do not know what is, and Reid's not having to step down from being Senate Majority Leader is a double standard when Sen. Lott lost his leadership post.

January 13, 2010 | Staff Report | Letters


Letter to the editor... Dual enrollment

Dear Editor: Thank you for Amber's recent article on dual enrollment opportunities at Georgia Perimeter College.

January 08, 2010 | Staff Report | Letters


Letter to the editor... Robbing from the poor

Dear Editor: I emphatically agree with the previous opinions where disgust was shown for the manner in which our local elected officials are spending money. If our local Chamber of Commerce can't support itself, then why don't they just close their doors and go home like other businesses have to do? Why are they running to the city and county governments looking for a handout like a bunch of moochers? I also don't agree with money being spent on fancy houses for the Recreation Department, trails being paved and parks being built. A fraction of this money ...

January 08, 2010 | Staff Report | Letters


Letter to the editor... Waste of resources

Dear Editor: My sister had a minor traffic accident over the holidays and I happened to be in the area right when it happened and waited with her for a sheriff's car to arrive. When we called, we told the 911 operator that there were no injuries. A little while later two big Newton County Fire trucks arrived. Being a retired firefighter from another state, I struck up a conversation with one of the county guys. I was curious as to how the call was dispatched since we told 911 there were no injuries. The firefighter explained to me ...

January 06, 2010 | Staff Report | Letters


Letter to the editor... Congrats Judge Wynne

Dear Editor: On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I wish to congratulate District Attorney W. Kendall Wynne Jr. on his appointment by Gov. Sonny Perdue as Superior Court Judge in the Alcovy Judicial Circuit, covering Newton and Walton counties.

January 06, 2010 | Staff Report | Letters


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


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