Con­tent worth reg­is­ter­ing for

The Covington News - - Opinion - Tharon Gid­dens Tharon Gid­dens is edi­tor of The Cov­ing­ton News. Reach him at (678) 750-5011 or at tgid­dens@cov­news.com.

We here at The Cov­ing­ton News strive to be your go-to source for what’s hap­pen­ing around Newton County.

In any given week, you’ll find at least twice as many sto­ries and pho­tos about lo­cal life and what’s go­ing on here than any­where else.

Over the hol­i­days, from our com­bined edi­tions for Christ­mas through our com­bined edi­tions for New Years, we served up 146 sto­ries and 113 im­ages in three is­sues. We gave you break­ing news such as a truck wreck that blocked I-20, and we gave you draw­ings and sto­ries from lo­cal chil­dren on how Santa works his magic.

Check us out at Cov­news. com, where we post break­ing news, and you’ll find things out first. You can even sign up for alerts to your email so you can al­ways find out what you need to know when you need to know it.

We’re the lo­cal news source, and our com­mu­nity is Newton County. This is who we are, and what we do. There are six of us here in the news­room. We live here, we work here, and we’re ded­i­cated to gath­er­ing and de­liv­er­ing news here.

Whether it’s in print or on­line, it costs money to de­liver all this con­tent and ex­per­tise, and we think we give you a lot of value for your hard­earned money. We’ve been giv­ing this con­tent to you for free on­line, but we re­cently asked you to reg­is­ter be­fore you pe­ruse our re­ports. Your reg­is­tra­tion helps us get a bet­ter idea of who is us­ing our con­tent. This helps us get a bet­ter idea of who our con­sumers are and what they want, and that helps us both fine tune our con­tent and show our ad­ver­tis­ers who they are reach­ing.

But it’s set off a con­ver­sa­tion among our Face­book friends who are per­turbed about the reg­is­tra­tion process.

Sorry for the bother, but re­ally, it just takes a few min­utes of your time (I reg­is­tered in less than three min­utes for ac­cess to our sis­ter site, rock­dale­news.com).

It’s well worth a few mo­ments of ef­fort to ac­cess top-notch news cov­er­age and to stay in the know. Rab­bit is rich( er): Last week I told y’all about how I try to say ‘ rab­bit’ first thing on the first of the month for good luck. Donna and I man­aged to say it first thing for New Year’s and ate our share of greens and black-eyed peas, too. I don’t know if it’s co­in­ci­dence or not, but I got $30 in scratch-off Ge­or­gia Lot­tery tick­ets that morn­ing and now have $60 in win­nings. Yes, I re­al­ize, as a for­mer co­worker said, that play­ing the lot­tery is a self­im­posed tax on stu­pid­ity, but we look on it as do­ing our pa­tri­otic duty and help­ing out Ge­or­gia schools.

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