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Thank you John Middleton

Thank you John Middleton for your 14 years of service as Newton County’s Manager.

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Updated: aug. 28, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Proposed park a great idea for Covington

Covington has a problem. And a cure.

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Posted: aug. 26, 2014 6:15 p.m. | Updated: aug. 26, 2014 10:00 p.m.

'Hero' chief proves CPR works

Newton County Fire Chief Kevin O’Brien, like all firefighters, justly advocates for public CPR training.

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Posted: aug. 23, 2014 3:48 p.m. | Updated: aug. 23, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Good decisions made for 2050

We believe Tuesday’s Board of Commissioners meeting was the most critical in recent memory, and we applaud the commissioners for their efforts.

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Posted: aug. 21, 2014 6:57 p.m. | Updated: aug. 21, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Williams proves nothing is impossible

Tichelle Florence is a walking, talking miracle — emphasis on walking.

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Posted: aug. 19, 2014 7:42 p.m. | Updated: aug. 19, 2014 10:00 p.m.

County deserves stronger leadership

A simple question doesn’t have an easy answer. But it should.

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Posted: aug. 16, 2014 4:29 p.m. | Updated: aug. 16, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Our thoughts on persecution

Religious and cultural bigotry has been around since, seemingly, the beginning of recorded time.

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Posted: aug. 12, 2014 5:53 p.m. | Updated: aug. 12, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Our thoughts: Politics might have ruined 2050 panel

Sometimes what starts out as a good idea gets hijacked along the way.

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Posted: aug. 09, 2014 7:50 p.m. | Updated: aug. 09, 2014 10:00 p.m.

School bus stops: Stop

Now that school has started back, motorists on many of our county roads are finding their commute time extended because of the band of bright yellow school busses carrying our children to and from their homes and school.

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Posted: aug. 07, 2014 5:08 p.m. | Updated: aug. 07, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Our thoughts: When a panel gets too big

The concept of a working committee to study the 2050 Plan proposal and make recommendations to streamline it seemed until this week to be a workable solution.

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Posted: aug. 05, 2014 8:28 p.m. | Updated: aug. 05, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Our thoughts: Recognize improvements

Students and teachers returned to the classroom Friday, hopefully taking note of last year’s improvements in many testing areas to do even more positive work this school year.

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Posted: aug. 02, 2014 3:56 p.m. | Updated: aug. 02, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Our thoughts: Citizens' panel

During a Rotary Club of Covington meeting Tuesday, Newton County Chairman Keith Ellis announced that the commissioners are planning to start a citizens’ panel consisting of an appointed member by each commissioner and appointees from each city in the county and entities such as the chamber, water and sewage authority and school board.

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Posted: jul. 31, 2014 6:34 p.m. | Updated: jul. 31, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Our thoughts: NYT’s pro-marijuana stance is disappointing

The New York Times editorial board this past Sunday called for the federal government to legalize marijuana in the United States.

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Posted: jul. 29, 2014 5:53 p.m. | Updated: jul. 29, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Our thoughts: Be fair and impartial

There was an unfortunate incident in our community last week where a man for reasons unknown at this time was seen in a quiet community wielding a sword of some type, harassing passing cars and trash cans.

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Posted: jul. 26, 2014 4:02 p.m. | Updated: jul. 26, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Our thoughts on recent local news items

The Covington City Council voted this past week to add a code officer to its staff. The city currently has only one officer.

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Posted: jul. 24, 2014 7:28 p.m. | Updated: jul. 24, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Our thoughts on 2050: Make changes now

It’s time for a change on the 2050 Plan — both to the document itself and officials’ approach in presenting it to the public.

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Posted: jul. 22, 2014 5:50 p.m. | Updated: jul. 22, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Our thoughts on community hospital

One of the cornerstones of pride in the Newton County community is that we have our own hospital; and throughout its existence the taxpayers have supported its development.

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Posted: jul. 19, 2014 4:41 p.m. | Updated: jul. 19, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Our thoughts on voting

We realize that voting Tuesday, four full days away, is the farthest thing from your mind right now. But you need to make it first in your mind.

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Posted: jul. 17, 2014 6:14 p.m. | Updated: jul. 17, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Locals speak out at 2050 hearing

The first public hearing for the 2050 Plan was held Monday night, giving the public an opportunity to let themselves be heard.

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Posted: jul. 15, 2014 5:53 p.m. | Updated: jul. 15, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Show up for the 2050 Plan

Here’s some of what we have heard from concerned citizens over the last two weeks:

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Posted: jul. 12, 2014 6:40 p.m. | Updated: jul. 12, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Our thoughts on passion

There is one person in town that we doubt that anyone who knows him could ever question his passion for the things he believes in.

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Posted: jul. 10, 2014 5:10 p.m. | Updated: jul. 10, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Our thoughts on the Fourth of July

We are grateful that the long holiday weekend passed, and despite all the people and activities occurring with the Fourth of July festivities, there were no major reports of injuries associated with beverage consumption, firework exhibitions or rowdy behavior.

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Posted: jul. 08, 2014 6:49 p.m. | Updated: jul. 08, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Our thoughts on outside vendors

We are never happy to see groups come into our community, especially on holidays, to set up shop for a week or two and sell products that rob profits from our local merchants who pay taxes on a regular basis.

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Posted: jul. 05, 2014 4:12 p.m. | Updated: jul. 05, 2014 10:00 p.m.

OUr thoguhts: Celebrate your independence

Our community is planning to celebrate the Fourth of July in a grand way today.

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Posted: jul. 03, 2014 5:52 p.m. | Updated: jul. 03, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Our thoughts: Fourth of July

“Our founders got it right when they wrote in the Declaration of Independence that our rights come from nature and nature’s God, not from government.”

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Posted: jul. 03, 2014 5:51 p.m. | Updated: jul. 03, 2014 10:00 p.m.

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