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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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Archive By Section - Letters


Don't pass it!

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 ...

November 11, 2009 | John A. Sutherland Covington | Letters


Please pre-empt

Dear Editor: The CW is threatening once again to cross the boundaries of good taste, social responsibility and decency by promising to air a sexual threesome between three major characters in the teen-targeted drama "Gossip Girl."

November 08, 2009 | Janet Morgan Covington | Letters


True friends

Dear Editor: If you weren't at the meeting of the Friends of the Library on Tuesday night, you missed a truly special event. Four fabulous women (Louly Hay, Loy Summers, Judy Greer and Jane Atkinson) shared their memories of Newton County going back 60 or more years (with some help from the audience). These four women embody so much of what makes this a special place to live: dedication to family, friends and community, committment to education and the arts and that special sense of humor that is native to the south.

As I sat in the meeting last ...

November 06, 2009 | Wendy Harrington Covington | Letters


What a waste

Dear Editor: I wasted a perfectly good Thursday evening attending the "Health care town hall meeting" which the Covington News featured at the top of page one of its Oct. 28 edition. It was a BIG disappointment. The "panel of health care experts" was non-existent, the "attempt to separate facts from myths" turned out to be a myth, and the structure of the meeting was not conductive to open discussion, but rather a very biased presentation of one side of the health care issue. I hope you research your articles more carefully in the future. I expected more objectivity from ...

November 06, 2009 | Norm King Covington | Letters


I work for my constituents

Dear Editor: I wanted to take this opportunity to address your editorial comments in Sunday's paper.

November 06, 2009 | J.C. Henderson District 4 Commissioner | Letters


Teens keeping it real

Dear Editor: "Not impossible, but I'M possible!" was the vibrant message given by Keith Brown, the "Motivator of the Millennium" to just under 100 teens at the recent "Teens Keeping It Real" summit at Newton High School, and on behalf of the Newton County Community Partnership we want to thank all the volunteers and funders who made this conference happen. The goal of the Summit was to motivate, educate and inspire Newton's youths for success at home, in school and with employment, and everyone left more than satisfied. Youth were given an opportunity for leadership and excellence and ...

November 01, 2009 | Laura Bertram Executive Director, Newton County Community Partnership | Letters


My letter to Marshall

Dear Editor: I have sent a letter to Rep. Jim Marshall saying that President Obama's signature of the Defense Authorization Bill that includes "hate crimes" against homosexuals and transgender is outrageous. It is outrageous that it is a violation of Equal Protection Under the Law as defined by the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution. It also makes a person criminal for thinking about doing the crime rather than person actually committing the crime.

October 30, 2009 | By Chris Miller | Letters


Don’t give me a sign

Dear Editor: Our Newton Board of Commissioners has revised a request regarding billboard placement on Interstate 20 right of way. This request was rejected by our planning commission, and if approved would gut a sign ordinance passed and court tested years ago.

October 30, 2009 | By Pierce S. Cline | Letters


Letters to the Editor - Let it shine

Dear Editor: I had the opportunity to attend a performance of the Social Circle Theater "Stories from the Well - Let it Shine" this past weekend. What a hidden treasure we have in our area! The Theater itself is a gem of a venue. The many cast members, including very young chidren, had obviously rehearsed their lines and choreography endlessly. The play had an uplifting message and every member of the cast was enthusiastic and talented. According to the program notes, the script was written, directed and performed by local talent. They did, indeed, "Let It Shine" on Friday evening.

October 28, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


Letters to the Editor - Phantom garbage

Dear Editor: I can't believe Ms. Pittman would print a story about the murder of a young boy at the Alcovy Trussel without notifying the family that this type of garbage is going to be published. Ya'll are pathetic people!!!! Why would you intentionally hurt and bring up such a horrible incident as this, that they are now having to relive after 23 yrs. How would it feel if this was a member of your family. I hope this is a lesson learned and my prayers are with the family of this precious young boy who was loved ...

October 28, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


Letters to the Editor - Dog Day Afternoon

Dear Editor: The inclement weather did not curb the enthusiasm of anyone who attended Georgia Rescue and Rehabilitations first annual A Dog Day Afternoon on October 17 at Hard Labor Creek State Park.

Thanks to Social Graces, in downtown Covington and Flaunt Salon in Covington that donated items for our auction and helped to make it a great success.

October 28, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


Please slow down

Dear Editor: Every morning, I stand outside and watch my son as he waits at the bus stop. Every morning, my son and the other kids at the bus stop have to jump into the ditch to keep from getting run over by cars that come speeding down the road, swerving. Our road, Airport Road, is a short cut between highways 142 and 81. The speed limit is 35, but it is rarely, if ever, followed, even by law enforcement. I have stood in the road in an effort to slow people down, only to be cussed out by the ...

October 25, 2009 | Cindy Mock Oxford | Letters


Disappointed by vendor

Dear Editor: I would like to begin by thanking the Rotarians for bringing the car show to Covington to benefit the young people of the Miracle League.

Being a small business owner myself, I know how important it is to be supportive of other local business owners. I was very disappointed that the restaurant The Varsity was brought in from Atlanta to sell food during this function. We have our own local restaurants that people could have chosen to eat at.

October 21, 2009 | Martha Engle Family Health Food Store | Letters


Henderson's disrespect

Dear Editor: Commissioner Henderson has overstepped his bounds as he wants respect but he doesn't give respect. When you hit another man' child, you have disrespected that man. Sandy is not his child. If I attacked his daughter, he would respond so I'm responding to his attack of mine, if not physically then verbally.

He thinks so little of me that he did not honor my request not to put his hands on my child. He quickly got defense for himself; if nothing was done, then there's no need of defense. If the problems in the relationship ...

October 21, 2009 | Rev. James Durden Stone Mountain | Letters


Heroes in the middle

Dear Editor: I attended a town hall meeting Sept. 26 along with approximately 100 plus. The meeting was not in Covington but at Alcovy High School - this probably reduced the number of people because of the last minute scheduling.

Congressman Marshall of the 8th district of Georgia was aggressive and did insist on the crowd being respectful of others and himself when some did get loud. The range of questions was varied, but mostly the people seemed to be angry at the government for moving too fast and trying to pass legislation without good review by either the congress or ...

October 21, 2009 | Luke Knight Covington | Letters


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