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Our thoughts: Manners

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

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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.

'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.

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