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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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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


Thank you News

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 ...

December 02, 2009 | Judy G. Dial Covington | Letters


Another town hall

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.

November 27, 2009 | Luke Knight Covington | Letters


Letter to the editor - Show a little class

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 ...

November 15, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


Raising awareness

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.

November 13, 2009 | Dusty Honeycutt Covington | Letters


Tell us why

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.

November 11, 2009 | Sheri Akin Westland, Mich. | Letters


Fiasco in Franklin

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 ...

November 11, 2009 | Timothy Jackson Covington | Letters


City of Oaks

Dear Editor:

November 11, 2009 | Claude Sitton Oxford | Letters


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