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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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Letter to the editor... Disaster relief team

Dear Editor: The Stone Mountain Baptist Association's Disaster Relief Feeding Unit has been deployed to the Glen Forest Baptist Church in Mableton to begin mass feeding by noon on Monday. This is in response to the floods in Metro Atlanta and in at the request of the Georgia State Emergency System in cooperation with FEMA. We have been asked to initially provide 3,500 meals a day. The first team will leave early Monday morning and the second team is being enlisted for deployment on Thursday.

September 30, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


So many questions

Dear Editor: This is a letter I sent to the two state of Georgia senators and the president of the United States.

This is just a thought but shouldn't senators and representatives and the president represent the citizens of the United States of America regardless of their political party affiliation?

September 27, 2009 | Becky S. Sutherland Covington | Letters


Roundabout agreement

Dear Editor: No, Dennis, you're not the only one who considers building a turnabout and pedestrian tunnel on Turner Lake insane. (Covington News 09/25/09) It's just that the rest of us are still in shock after reading about it. We're going to spend almost a million dollars of our money, and, yes, it's our money - the government doesn't have any money - on a project that, as you say, a turn lane and a arrow on a traffic signal would suffice. It truly is insane.

September 27, 2009 | Grier Livingston Sims Covington | Letters


I had a dream

I had a dream.

September 27, 2009 | Emm G. Oxford | Letters


A turn lane is a better option

Dear Editor: The roundabout to be built for Turner Lake is a project to be paid for in part by stimulus money, paid by taxpayers of the United States, Georgia, Newton County and Covington.

I have some questions and concerns. How many roundabouts are there in the U.S.? How many in the Southeast? How many in Georgia? What is their safety record in the U.S.? What is their safety record as opposed to two lanes and a traffic signal? How efficient are roundabouts as opposed to two lanes and a traffic signal?

September 25, 2009 | Dennis G. Mangham Covington | Letters


Good planning

Dear Editor: The recent ruling by Superior Court Judge Horace Johnson to uphold the vote of the Newton County Board of Commissioners denying a conditional use permit for an asphalt plant near the city of Oxford again validates the role of local government in land use planning. It also reinforces the idea that citizen participation can make a difference.

Hundreds of Newton County and Oxford residents signed petitions and attended Board of Commissioners meetings. Some provided expert testimony but most were residents with no special qualification other than that they care about the community in which they live. There is ...

September 25, 2009 | Jerry Roseberry Mayor, Oxford | Letters


A new signal

Dear Editor: I have read about the coming improvements for Newton County's roadways being funded with the $26 million dollars of stimulus money. A few of the projects are sorely needed to help ease congestion and improve quality of life, including the improvements to the US 278/Ga. 142 intersection and the traffic signal at Salem and Spring roads. I question the wisdom of the proposed roundabout at Turner Lake and Clark streets, but that's a question for another day.

I propose another traffic issue that has needed to have been addressed for 10 years. A traffic signal ...

September 23, 2009 | William Scott Jr. Covington | Letters


Meth epidemic

Dear Editor: Recent and current news stories present a decline in the quality of life in America and Newton County. Current FBI crime studies show an overall increase of crime in Newton County. Much of this is caused by newer and more addictive illegal drugs. Recent articles in magazines such as Newsweek and other journals describe meth as America's new drug crisis.

Law enforcement officials say the increased use of meth is out of control and has reached epidemic stage and is getting worse by the month. We read where the Atlanta metro area is now the illegal drug ...

September 23, 2009 | Curtis Smith Covington | Letters


The gang of six

Dear Editor: The health care reform bill seems to be getting somewhere now.

The gang of six, that is the three Republican senators and three Democrat senators, have been trying to get to some middle ground on the health care debate, and they have come up with some compromises. The compromises that they have come up with have lead to some agreement in the US Senate.

September 23, 2009 | John A. Sutherland Covington | Letters


T. Pat at the Tea Party

Dear Editor: A bit unusual it is for newspaper executives to stretch their legs and often ample waist-lines in anti-government protest marches. But there was T. Pat Cavanaugh in that Washington "Tea Party" a week ago Saturday parading down Pennsylvania Avenue with the Georgia delegation.

T. Pat, if you didn't know, is the general manager of The Covington News, the local branch of Savannah-based Morris Multimedia, the print outlets which are noted for a strong list to starboard.

September 23, 2009 | Claude Sitton Oxford | Letters


Truth to Carter’s statement

Dear Editor: I am responding to your comments in Friday's paper entitled, "Stick to peanuts, Jimmy." I certainly believe you do not have to be racist to disagree with President Obama's policies. Constructive criticism is a necessary and beneficial part of our system of government. Also, racism surely can cut both ways - not just white people can be racist.

September 20, 2009 | William B. Wade Jr. Covington | Letters


So very proud

Dear Editor: I wanted to take this opportunity to speak about the District 4 Community Center at Nelson Heights. This has been a dream of mine and many others for the past several years, and I can't express how glad and appreciative I feel that it is finally coming together.

September 19, 2009 | J.C. Henderson Commissioner, District 4 | Letters


Always available

Dear Editor: I regret I was unable to hold a town hall meeting in the northern part of my district during our August recess from votes in Washington.

That entire month was booked long before the recent (astounding) surge in public interest for town halls. So I was only able to squeeze in two. And as I expected, these were great events from my perspective. I wish I could have done dozens.

September 16, 2009 | Rep. Jim Marshall D-Ga. 8th District | Letters


Issue without merit

Dear Editor: In last week's Covington News, weekly columnist Patrick Durusau made reference to the county subsidy of cell phone service for county commissioners. He commented that instead of providing this service to the commissioners the money should be forwarded to the Sheriff's Department for the purchase of bullet proof vests. In writing the article Mr. Durusau did not take into consideration critical factors that come into play when composing his reasoning and rationale for his article.

Since the year 2000, the Newton County Sheriff's Department has been involved with the Bullet Proof Vest Partnership Program. It ...

September 16, 2009 | Earnest Simmons District 2 Commissioner | Letters


Just another speech

Dear Editor: I was reading the news this week about the upcoming speech that President Obama would be giving to a joint session of Congress. I was listening to his speech to hear if there was going to be a public option in the bill and if there was going to be any middle ground on this. He and others seem to think that there is no health care reform without the public option, and to me it sounded like that has not changed. I did not see any middle ground. His speech did not seem like he was talking ...

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


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