The Front Page
The front page of the paper for Friday was filled with three stories that were important but not necessarily the best of news for our community.
Two were financial in nature; a report on the Newton County school budget and one on the continuing real estate foreclosure mess in the area and across the country.
These subjects have been written about before and editorialized about many times, but until that light gets brighter at the end of the proverbial economic recovery tunnel, there will inevitably be further doom and gloom stories about these issues.
The third story, a report on bronze flower vases being stolen from local cemeteries, was more troubling.
These heartless thieves desecrated graves and upset grieving families for a few dollars worth of metal. We hope they are caught and punished to the full extent of the law. Police are stepping up patrols in response. When the thieves are caught, we will be more than glad to display their heartless mugs in the same place we ran this sad story.
To prey on people even after their deaths is despicable and to cause even more hurt to families who have left these memories of love is reprehensible.
The City Square
There is no question that our city square is as beautiful as you will find anywhere in the country.
A testament to that is its use by movie companies through the years.
If you had a chance this past Christmas season to go to town to shop at one of our local merchants or to eat at our growing number of restaurants, we are sure you would agree with us.
The town square success is due in part to the efforts of a strong Main Street program, the city of Covington, the merchants and people like you who have taken pride in its continued development.
Because of the TV and movie notoriety we receive, the downtown square actually attracts a great deal of tourists who leave behind a nice bit of change, which helps the local economy.
But there is one addition to downtown that is needed badly, and that is a public restroom. We might suggest to city council as they prepare their budget to include the building of such a facility.
We can’t have a first-class tourist and shopping destination without a first-class restroom.