Here we come 2014

The Covington News - - OPINION -

For the last five years we have suf­fered through a ma­jor re­ces­sion with many los­ing their jobs and many more los­ing their homes.

We have watched as many small busi­nesses have strug­gled to stay afloat.

In last week’s pa­per there was good news about new de­vel­op­ments be­ing started and com­pleted. We are also a year closer to hav­ing Bax­ter up and run­ning, a re­sult we hope will bring even more busi­nesses to Newton County. In Jan­uary, a first class restau­rant will open on the square, which if suc­cess­ful, should draw more high-qual­ity es­tab­lish­ments. This could even pos­si­bly be the start of the Cov­ing­ton square be­com­ing a night­time desti­na­tion for lo­cal res­i­dents of Newton and sur­round­ing coun­ties, and a pos­si­ble tourist desti­na­tion.

Al­though our lo­cal schools have stum­bled a bit re­cently on their for­ward progress, we still have great hope that we are go­ing to have a first-class school sys­tem that will at­tract busi­ness to our com­mu­nity.

This will also be an elec­tion year, and you can help make sure we have the right rep­re­sen­ta­tion on the fed­eral, state and lo­cal level, if you will get in­volved.

Build­ing up com­merce, ed­u­ca­tion and gov­ern­ment will be a great pos­i­tive in 2014. Heck, if we can over­come the neg­a­tives of the Af­ford­able Care Act in the up­com­ing year, we will have man­aged to over­come any­thing else thrown our way. We are pos­i­tive about 2014. It is time for our com­mu­nity to pros­per again, and we think the new year will be just the time for that pos­i­tive move­ment.

All of us here at The Cov­ing­ton News wish you a pros­per­ous and pro­duc­tive 2014.

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