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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


Callous disregard

Dear Editor: I am writing this with a heavy heart for close friends and a vast amount of disappointment for the Covington News. As a lifetime member of this community, it was upsetting to see what I and many others deem as irresponsible journalism. The power of the pen has mighty and callous disregard for a victim's family when it is coupled with this type work.

July 29, 2009 | Judt M. Hooten | Letters


Remember the families

Dear Editor: I am Stephanie Singleton, the sister of Rodney Singleton whose murder was a top story in your Ashes to Ashes series last week. I am writing this letter on behalf of my family and the extended family and friends of Rodney Singleton to express our disgust at the insensitivity of The Covington News and to request that the Ashes to Ashes series be discontinued at once.

July 28, 2009 | Stephanie Singleton | Letters


Obamanation

Dear Editor: Our mystic president from Hawaii or Indonesia or Kenya or wherever (but then who cares) promised a transparent and open government as basic for him if elected. Instead, after almost six months in office, his administration seems more politics of smash and grab than ever before seen. As he frantically goes about totally dismantling what it was that got us where we once were, there is little or no outcry from the media, his political opponents and us, the ones who put him there.

While Obama's governing appeal may have reached an apogee, too many stick to ...

July 24, 2009 | Felton Hudson Stone Mountain | Letters


Careless accidents

Dear Editor: Just as we should hold accountable public services when they do not perform to standard or satisfaction, we should also commend them when they perform their duties in an exceptional fashion. The latter applies in this case.

On Sunday, July 19, at 7 p.m. I was driving south on the Bypass in front of Covington Place. A dog entered the road and the cars in front of me slowed. I also slowed as did the car behind me. As I cleared the dog, I started to accelerate. Unfortunately the driver of the vehicle two cars behind me ...

July 24, 2009 | Jared Rutberg Covington | Letters


Take better care

To the editor: In the black section of the Covington City Cemetery, tombstones have been knocked down, vandalized and carried away over the last 50 years. City officials have done nothing. These tombstones were very close to newly built houses. In the last 5 years, the tombstone of Emory Willis, a World War I veteran, has disappeared.

At Westside Cemetery, Henry Willis's tombstone was in place a couple of years ago. He died in the late 1920s. Now that space has been cleared and the marker is gone. The space has been cleared to bury new people.

July 24, 2009 | E. Horne Covington | Letters


Appreciative

Dear Editor: Thank you so much for the support you gave the 181st historic Salem Camp Meeting. The great articles by Colleen Jackson and the pictures by Brittany Thomas were outstanding and should win a Georgia Press Association award.

Salem was very successful this year. I am thankful that we have a newspaper that supports religious institutions that are working for a better community.

July 24, 2009 | Sam Ramsey Chairman, Salem Board of Trustees | Letters


Buy local

Dear Editor: As a resident of the county, we decided our family should support the community that supports us. We had not thought about it this way previously, but in hard times, good decisions need to be made.

We had occasion to visit a local eatery, Debbie's Deli on Pace street. She supports radio with ads for her restaurant and she supports local outings such as the Porterdale July 4th celebration. We were pleasantly surprised. Food at the restaurant is super. Service is impeccable. It's just a really good place to have a meal.

July 22, 2009 | Beverly Kussman Covington | Letters


A different point of view

Dear Editor: Chavez states, "Identity politics involves a sense of grievance against the majority, a feeling that racism permeates American society and its institutions, and the belief that members of one's own group are victims in a perpetual power struggle with the majority."

I strongly disagree with this on two fronts. Identity politics is an interesting term, probably concocted by some conservative spin doctor. I don't accept Ms. Chavez' definition. We all practice identity politics. If we are involved politically, it is because we identify with a candidate, cause or party because their views express our point of ...

July 22, 2009 | Wendy Harrington Covington | Letters


Bravo Porterdale

Dear Editor: Bravo to Porterdale for stepping up to the plate and putting on a fabulous Fourth of July celebration. The fireworks were fantastic, vendors hopping, shops full of people and kids enjoying free inflatables. People were spread out everywhere in anticipation of the show. Traffic was handled well, with free event parking sites.

All of this was paid for by donations. No public monies were utilized. Over 7,000 people attended this wonderful event.

July 17, 2009 | Carol Veliotis Covington | Letters


Thank you not enough

Dear Editor: It is true that thank you, perhaps the two most overused words in the English language, are filled with a wide range of emotions, all of which are accompanied by some measure of gratitude, sometimes merely simple expressions while others have a grander flair. There are, however, times when although powerful, these two universal words fall miserably short of their task in conveying our heartfelt gratitude. What I am about to share with you is one such event.

On April 23, 2009, my family was altered in a very dramatic way, at least for us. My father (83 ...

July 17, 2009 | Kevin Carnes and family | Letters


For the birds

Dear Editor: On my way to work this morning, I picked up one of your papers at my local gas station on Highway 36. I read it at my office in less than five minutes. Your opinion page is for the "birds" and is being sent back to you.

On second thought, I don't want to pay the additional postage. I don't care what unknowns like Dick Yarbrough, Tom Crawford or the people at your paper think. I, like most readers, want to know what the people of Newton County think. I did not even bother to read ...

July 17, 2009 | Jimmy Arnold Covington | Letters


Lamenting litterbugs

Dear Editor: As a proud citizen of Newton County I'm disheartened to see how unappreciative citizens of our county fail to value some of the benefits we enjoy and are going to ruin a good thing for all county tax payers. As citizens of the county we enjoy the benefits of the neighborhood recycling centers, which we enjoy without fees. Over the July 4th holiday I noted a mounting pile of garbage bags outside the closed gate [at] the Oak Hill recycling center. There are signs posted stating what the holidays are for the center and directives as NOT ...

July 10, 2009 | Joan LeJeune | Letters


Thanks Porterdale

Dear Editor: I wanted to express my sincere appreciation to the city of Porterdale for hosting an incredible Fourth of July celebration. The bands that played, the vendors who offered tasty and affordable foods, and the amazing fireworks display made for a wonderful evening for my family and hundreds of others in attendance.

July 08, 2009 | Gina Bryan Social Circle | Letters


Healthcare limited now

Dear Editor: With regard to the healthcare debate, one fact must receive emphasis: corporations took over our health care decades ago. The cost of this takeover has been great, both to our economy and to our health.

No other industrial country spends as much as ours on healthcare. The difference between what we spend compared to the rest of the industrialized world is around 4 percent of our GDP, our entire multi-trillion dollar economic output. Yet this massive amount of money comes from the provision of the spotty health care we receive now.

July 08, 2009 | Roy Evritt Oxford | Letters


Time to speak up

Dear Editor: Like most decent citizens I often ruminate about what is happening to my beloved country, state and county. In the past I found a 100 reasons for staying uninvolved in most civic acts and responsibilities. I rationalized my actions by believing things that I'd sometimes been told like, "Nobody wants to hear anything from you," or, "If someone wanted your input, they'd ask for it." All that and more worked very well for me until June 29. Just prior of 11 a.m. I took a family member to a medical appointment at Newton Medical Center ...

July 02, 2009 | Elie McCoy Covington | Letters


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