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Letter: BOC continues to lack vision and leadership

Dear editor

October 18, 2014 | Aaron Brooks | Letters


Health needs as much attention

Dear Editor,

October 11, 2014 | Staff Report | Letters


Bear Creek Reservoir- A costly history of mismanagement

Dear Editor,

October 11, 2014 | Staff Report | Letters


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


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Deplorable action

Dear Editor: The three district commissioners who voted to retain Tommy Craig as county attorney seriously abrogated their fiscal responsibility not only to their constituents but to the county as a whole.

This is not a broadside against Tommy Craig, but rather a commentary on elected officials who decided to vote for something without having all available information at their fingertips.

January 13, 2009 | Barbara Morgan Covington | Letters


Feeling blessed

On Jan. 17 we buried our father. The funeral procession started at Harwell-Wheeler Funeral Home in Covington and ended at Stewart Baptist Church cemetery - 25 plus miles away.

On the way, I witnessed a truly awesome sight. Everyone driving in the opposite direction pulled to the side of the road as a sign of respect and sympathy.

January 12, 2009 | Heidi Cribbs Palm Coast, Fla. | Letters


Small platform

Dear Editor: Your paper printed an article on the Jan. 2 front page about what Sen. Douglas was going to do concerning sex offenders running for school board seats in Newton County.

My first question is has John Douglas ever done anything in office except talk about sex? Here are some cold hard facts. One year ago John Douglas and the school board member for District Two of Newton County talked about my running for the school board seat. It was printed in your newspaper. Citizens are tired about reading about sex in the newspaper just about every day.

January 06, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


A big thanks

Dear Editor: The Covington Lions Club and Main Street Covington would like to say thanks to all of the people who took part in the 2008 Christmas Parade held on Dec. 6. This year's parade was a success because of the efforts of many folks like you. As the Lions and you have found, it takes time to plan and prepare entries in the parade. Whether it be a walking group, a simple decorated truck or an ornate award-winning float, it does take the efforts of a lot of people. A big thanks goes out to the city of ...

January 03, 2009 | Ed Minge Covington Lions Club Parade Chairman | Letters


’Twas the night before Christmas

Dear Editor: 'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the Covington Housing Authority Complex, all of the staff, volunteers and residents gathered around just to say thanks to the multitude of sponsors, funders, collaborative partners, donors and supporters of this year's 2008 Christmas On Alcovy and the many programs, community events and day-to-day operations that have made it possible for the Sojourner Truth Observational Study Hometel Inc. to declare an end to a successful year, in spite of the decrease in funding and financial support in a time of recession and financial crisis. Although the beginning of the ...

December 31, 2008 | Lillian Bittaye Covington | Letters


Failed justice

Dear Editor: Recently I was involved in a court trial because my car was stolen. My experience with the court system on this case was extremely unpleasant. The verdict I assume you can already figure out, but it's what happened in this case to cause this verdict that is so overwhelming. A key witness testified to one thing under oath a month earlier. After that, he was threatened by the defendants "acquaintances." After the threats came trial. Well, lo and behold, the key witness's testimony changes, ultimately resulting in an unwanted verdict. The kicker behind this entire story ...

December 31, 2008 | Jacob Williams Oxford | Letters


Tapping into the problem

Dear Editor: In the last five years my family has burned up three washing machines, two dishwashers and two hot water heaters. Why? We live in what we call the "no water zone." Our neighbor has burned up two hot water heaters in less than a year.

Our water provider continues to raise our monthly water bills but does nothing about the water pressure or quality. We never know from day to day, or even hour to hour, if we will have water. It takes 45 minutes to an hour just to fill up the tub of the washing machine ...

December 29, 2008 | The Mock Family Airport Road, Oxford | Letters


A lawless nation

Dear Editor: Where is the outcry? Where are the editorials? Where is the chorus of talking heads on TV and talk radio screaming about treason?

December 27, 2008 | J.J. Hayden Covington | Letters


More than money

Dear Editor: I was greatly saddened to read Samuel Hay's letter to the editor, which dealt with the house fire and the demise of Mr. Aubrey Whelchel. Mr. Whelchel taught math and science at Newton County High School while I was a student there in the late 1950s.

Mr. Whelchel was one of the many fine teachers that Newton County was blessed to have during that time and who affected so many lives. I remember Mr. Whelchel and how he insisted on performing and doing what he was paid to do. He had his own style of maintaining discipline ...

December 27, 2008 | Felton Hudson Stone Mountain | 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


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