To the editor and all Georgia drivers:
Dear Editor: Well, the previous administration of the city of Covington led by Kim Carter was the most dysfunctional I can remember. But now, the current administration is running a close second.
Dear Editor: I read in The Covington News that the Newton County Medical facility is in the black, making a profit and that's good news. Doesn't surprise me though. I walked in the Patient Emergency area the other day, after a home accident and walked out about three hours later after receiving excellent treatment and care. A few days later, I received a statement for $3,579.21. Just like freedom is not free, neither is good medical care.
Dear Editor: Reflecting on the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, and what it might mean, it occurred to me that in some sort of karmic way, I'm part of the problem. Maybe the biggest part.
Dear Editor: I am urging the Newton County School Board to place a law enforcement officer in every elementary school. The law enforcement officer needs to be at the front door of each elementary school to ward off maniacs and any other gun-carrying individual.
Dear Editor: We, at Southern Heartland Gallery, read with great excitement, the article by Gabe Khouli in the Wednesday edition of The Covington News. Located at the corner of Washington and Monticello, we welcome our position and that of oft-time partners and neighbor, Arts Association in Newton County, anchoring the east-end of the proposed Washington Street Artistic Corridor.
Dear Parents: By now, you are well aware of the tragic school shooting that occurred Friday morning at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. As a parent, I am heavy-hearted and know that you, like me, are hurting. There will be extensive media coverage of this terrible tragedy on the news and much discussion about it in our communities in the days and weeks ahead.
Once again, we see the necessity of school systems in even the quietest locations having a plan in place to deal with what happened in Newtown, Conn. These tragedies are happening more and more and both school systems and businesses must have an Emergency Action Plan in place, practiced and ready in case the unthinkable happens.
Dear Editor: Our family is absolutely at a loss for words to express our sincere gratitude and thanks to Amber Pittman at The Covington News, Captain Malcom and all of the Covington Police Department, Santa Claus and Diana Davis of Channel 2 News for everything they did last Thursday, Dec. 6, to bring so much joy to us, especially Sabrina, Joel and Chase, during this tragic time in our lives. All of the gifts on their Christmas list, the gift cards and all of the love you surrounded us with was overwhelming. So many thanks to all of you.
Dear Editor: As a member of Keep Covington-Newton Beautiful's executive board, I would like to thank you for bringing attention to the problem of litter in Newton County. As you mentioned in your editorial, litter can impact economic development and the way new and prospective businesses feel about our community. Likewise, litter has a negative impact on our own views of our community. Research has also shown that a littered environment increases personal stress levels.
Dear Editor: Last Sunday, Friends of Newton Parks welcomed some 1,300 guests and performers to our annual "Twilights at Chimney Park" festival of lights. It was better than ever, and the growth in attendance each year proves that Chimney Park and "Twilights" have become a must-see during the holiday season.
The lights in Chimney Park will be on every Thursday night in December from 5:30 to 9 p.m., and we hope you'll visit often to enjoy the magic created by so many talented volunteers and supporters.
Dear Editor: As Mayor for the City of Covington, I am proud to inform our citizens that today, Nov. 19, 2012, we have taken the first step toward securing a harmonious future for film-making in Covington.