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 ...
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.
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 ...
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|
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|
Director, Main Street Covington
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
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|
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|
Newton County Tax Commissioner
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
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|
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
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|
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|
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|
Gunnery Sgt. USMC (Ret.)MCJROTC Marine Instructor
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