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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


Magazine thief

Dear Editor: I'd like to address this to the person who stole two magazines from the Newton Library. To the person who stole the new copies of Essence and the National Review: your theft of the current issues of these magazines, although not a great monetary loss, are a significant loss to our community. These issues both commemorated the historic election of Barack Obama. Now that they have been taken from the library, many people will be unable to enjoy the articles and pictures that mean so much to our country.

It makes me wonder who you are. I ...

December 27, 2008 | Wendy Harrington Covington | Letters


Above and beyond

Dear Editor: Covington and Newton County lost one of our Native sons on Nov. 22. Mr. Aubrey Whelchel died in a fire at his home on College Street.

Mr. Aubrey will be long remembered not only for his life, but in passing he has left us all with a marvelous collection of gifts to many different organizations - the Humane Society, the Salvation Army, UGA Scholarship Programs, Oxford College and a gift of land for the development of a large Regional Cultural Center, complete with an amphitheater, a civic center, a small performing arts center and a museum, a corporate retreat ...

December 20, 2008 | Samuel M. Hay III Covington | Letters


A broken system

Dear Editor: The system is broken. Why do I say that? Using statistical tools, we know that less than 5 percent (or .3 percent, or in the case of 6 Sigma, .3 per million) failures means that the error is random. However, greater than 5 percent means that the system is failing. So when 2 out of our 3 high schools in Newton County fail AYP, we conclude that it means there is a system failure. When 41 percent of schools fail to achieve Annual Yearly Progress (AYP), we conclude that is a system failure. What do you do about ...

December 17, 2008 | Chris Roesel Covington | Letters


Thank you surprise stranger

Dear Editor: I would like to thank a special young lady, who on Nov. 25 at about 6:15 p.m. happened to be in the drive-through line at Chick-fil-A. I failed to get her name, but I will never forget her kindness.

December 15, 2008 | Peggy Cox Oxford | Letters


Explanation needed

Dear Editor: Superintendent Cox, I have the utmost respect for the position which you hold, and it is because of this respect that I am writing you.

My son has been in the "Quest" program in Newton County since his third grade year. He was placed there because of his writing and artistic ability. Our oldest son was placed there because of his science and math ability.

December 13, 2008 | Kimberly Miller Covington | Letters


Letter to the editor... Oxford apathy

Dear Editor: Covering the South as a newspaper reporter for eight years and more, I never saw a city or town without a readily identifiable police station. Yet, that will be so of Oxford if its police force is scattered among other city functions on two floors in a new city hall.

December 07, 2008 | Staff Report | Letters


Commentary...Not all Republicans are racists

 This is in response to the column by Bill Shipp in The Covington News "Advice for the GOP."

December 06, 2008 | Elizabeth Christian Covington | Letters


Letter to the editor...Healthcare reform

Dear Editor: I cannot believe that no one understands the basic foundation of this country - the American worker. I would not expect a soldier with the flu to fight a better fight, nor would I expect a ditch digger to dig deeper when his son is at home with a toothache. We need a health and dental plan across the board for this county.

Imagine the play-ball pit at McDonald's. Every individual ball in that pit represents an American occupation. Now, if the census bureau and an independent research firm merged to give an accurate accounting of the number ...

December 01, 2008 | Wayne Pickens Covington | Letters


Time for a change

Dear Editor: Statewide, 82 percent of schools passed Annual Yearly Progress in 2006-2007, an indicator from No Child Left Behind. In Newton last year, 59 percent passed. One of our three high schools passed: 33 percent. It appears that our students are not achieving adequately, according to these indicators.

November 29, 2008 | Chris Roesel Covington | Letters


Healing Home Depot

 If more people would go to Home Depot, it would relieve the strain on the doctors and reduce our medical cost. The other day I was at Home Depot, and as I walked through the parking lot, a pickup pulled into a handicap space. A middle age man got out; he looked like a construction worker. He limping badly on his right leg; so badly I thought he should have a cane or crutches. Construction work is dangerous. About 10 minutes later I saw him in the store loading lumber on a cart, and he was completely healed; he didn ...

November 29, 2008 | Frank Harrison Covington | Letters


Urban gardens

Dear Editor,

November 24, 2008 | Brad Oehlerich Covington | Letters


American made

Dear Editor: It amazes me that we can be sitting here having a discussion on whether or not to bail out the U.S. auto industry. There are actually people in this country who are prepared to see them fail, and some who say it may even be good for our country. Just where do these people come from?

 How can we possibly be prepared to call ourselves the most powerful nation on earth, when we may soon not even be able to build the cars that we drive? Is there no pride left in "American Made?" Oh, forgive me.

November 24, 2008 | Bill Mauldin Jackson | Letters


Missing the moment

 Dear Editor: I had not had an opportunity to see your paper on Friday before sending you [an] e-mail and I wish to ensure your awareness that it was a pleasure to see something worthy of the office in print about the President-elect. However, the historical nature of the election should not have had to wait from Wednesday until Friday to be noted.

November 22, 2008 | Staff Report | Letters


Misreporting the news

Your article in Friday's edition ("GOP incumbent faces bus driver...") was most peculiar, from the headline to its lack of information on Mr. Eddie Johnson. I personally do not live in District 2, nor do I know Mr. Johnson, but I recognized a totally inept and biased article. You did publish a small "correction" on page 2 of the Sunday edition with no explanation of how your reporter left out all of Mr. Johnson's background.

November 19, 2008 | Staff Report | Letters


Mockery of intellect

Dear Editor: Unbelievable is the best word I can conjure to describe a myriad of thoughts and emotions I experienced when I looked at the Wednesday, November 5, 2008 edition of The Covington News. A defining moment in history was totally downplayed as if it didn't matter. What a sad commentary for your newspaper and your reporting of national/world news.

November 19, 2008 | Staff Report | Letters


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