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Our Thoughts: Teacher of the year

Congratulations Kenneth Hanson. It’s a great honor and great testament to your hard work that you were named Newton County School System’s 2015 Teacher of the Year.

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Updated: oct. 18, 2014 11:03 p.m.

Our thoughts: Motion denied

At Tuesday’s Board of Commissioners public meeting, Commissioner John Douglas made a motion to defund The Center for Community Preservation and Planning. Thank goodness there was no second, and this ill-conceived motion died.

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Posted: oct. 11, 2014 3:19 p.m. | Updated: oct. 11, 2014 3:20 p.m.

Our Thoughts: Political correctness

It seems that over the last six years, we as a country have had to endure one scandal after another; distrust in any government entity is at the highest it has been in most of our lifetimes.

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Posted: oct. 04, 2014 5:43 p.m. | Updated: oct. 04, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Our Thoughts: Thanks

Covington has a history of having some outstanding fire chiefs run its fire departments.

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Posted: sep. 30, 2014 7:36 p.m. | Updated: sep. 30, 2014 7:36 p.m.

Our Thoughts: Honor

Dr. William Dobbs was not only a good man and a great, caring doctor, but he was also an honorable politician. It was the right thing for the City of Covington to honor the memory of this respected man, just four months after his death.

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Posted: sep. 30, 2014 7:35 p.m.

Our Thoughts: Manners

It’s become common for Newton County residents to see roads blocked off with filming equipment and tents set up hosting production company personnel, or to turn on their televisions and see the Covington Historic Courthouse or other familiar homegrown sights.

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Posted: sep. 27, 2014 6:17 p.m. | Updated: sep. 27, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Our Thoughts: Curfew

Because we have no place for teens to hang out with their friends, such as a movie theater or a bowling alley, many of our Newton County teenagers visit local cities like Conyers to spend time with friends.

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Posted: sep. 25, 2014 8:00 p.m. | Updated: sep. 25, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Our Thoughts: Beauty

In spite of all the recent political upheaval in the county and the back-channel threats of more to come, Newton County is still a beautiful place to live.

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Posted: sep. 23, 2014 7:19 p.m.

Our thoughts: Manners

When you’re paid by taxpayers, be nice to those taxpayers.

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Posted: sep. 20, 2014 5:46 p.m. | Updated: sep. 20, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Our thoughts: The Square

Covington’s Square Park, which has become world renown because of the movie industry that is attracted to its uniqueness, has recently been spruced up by the city of Covington. This valuable piece of earth has been one of the main reasons the city’s tax base has remained fairly consistent when other municipalities have suffered loss of tax dollars.

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Posted: sep. 16, 2014 9:46 p.m. | Updated: sep. 16, 2014 9:52 p.m.

Our Thoughts: Amazing

The Ray Rice incident is an example of what’s wrong with our new American society in so many ways.

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Posted: sep. 13, 2014 4:22 p.m. | Updated: sep. 13, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Our thoughts: Threats

Last week we ran a story that certain leaders of our large African-American community would call for a public march if their concerns about the Board of Commissioners’ decision to strip Commissioner J.C. Henderson of many of his committee assignments was not properly addressed.

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Posted: sep. 13, 2014 4:23 p.m. | Updated: sep. 13, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Our Thoughts: Too much

The congressman who represents most of us here in Newton County is Hank Johnson, who in reality is elected for us by the voters of DeKalb County, his home base.

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Posted: sep. 11, 2014 8:28 p.m.

Henderson did it to himself

No one can question the fact that there were a lot of fireworks at the last Newton County Board of Commissioners public meeting.

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Posted: sep. 10, 2014 2:25 p.m.

School fees?

School fees?

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Posted: sep. 06, 2014 4:28 p.m. | Updated: sep. 06, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Courage and change

“In whatever arena of life one may meet the challenge of courage, whatever may be the sacrifices he faces if he follows his conscience – the loss of his friends, his fortune, his contentment, even the esteem of his fellow men – each man must decide for himself the course he will follow.”

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Posted: sep. 04, 2014 6:43 p.m. | Updated: sep. 04, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Our Thoughts: Mansfield

The Newton county town of Mansfield has always been a charming little place that most people just drive through on their way to somewhere else.

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Posted: sep. 02, 2014 7:17 p.m. | Updated: sep. 02, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Leadership still lacking

Two weeks ago we editorialized that the Newton County Board of Commissioners should show some leadership, define the county’s form of government, and identify its true manager. The BOC held a workshop on the topic, but left the meeting without a solution, or even clarity on how Newton County should be led.

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Posted: aug. 30, 2014 4:32 p.m. | Updated: aug. 30, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Recommendations to the BOC

The recent loan from Newton County Chairman Keith Ellis on behalf of Newton County to Commissioner J.C. Henderson was a huge problem for our local government.

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Posted: aug. 30, 2014 4:33 p.m. | Updated: aug. 30, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Thank you John Middleton

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

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Posted: aug. 28, 2014 6:12 p.m. | 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.

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