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"The family of retired Oxford Police Chief Fairley Waddleton wants to publicly express our deepest appreciation to Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown and the fine professional men and women of his Honor Guard for the honor they bestowed our father in his passing. Sheriff Brown assisted our family without hesitation and his acts of kindness were felt by us all. Special thanks also to Oxford Police Chief Dave Harvey, his men and the city of Oxford who also assisted in the planning and allowing the use of their city hall. Thank you to the Covington Police Department for your attendance and escort assistance."
"Why do your reporters never write articles about Covington Academy? They have sports and if I do believe correctly, they donated over 3,500 canned goods to help the needy out this past week. That is more than any public school did in the county. You need to show the private schools some love too! This is an awesome school!"
"Just a reply to the person who wrote in griping and complaining about the EBT users. Stop worrying so much about how they spend their food stamp allowance and be thankful you don't have one! Or better yet, allow yourself only a couple hundred dollars this month to try and feed your family on and see how well that goes. I'm so sick of people trying so hard to portray themselves as Christians this time of year when they don't even have a Christian bone in their whole body. People who have plenty tend to think that those who have nothing deserve nothing, not even food to eat! I sure hope you're not raising your kids to be selfish and uncaring like you. Why don't you try teaching them the true meaning of Christmas, which is to have empathy for those less fortunate than you and to do what you can to help them. Instead of taking the time to write in to the local paper and humiliate them and complain about them. Yes, there are a lot of people in need right now, me and my family included. We've been homeless for over two years now and we are sick of being treated as if we don't deserve to live, let alone eat or have a home. People need to check their so-called Christmas spirit because if you really feel this way about the poor then you are in no way a true Christian. Yet, you will go to church and pretend to be one, and then pass a homeless person and act like they don't exist. Not very Christian. Perhaps you should actually go out and do something to help these people instead of ridiculing them in front of the whole town. It's bad enough to even be in this situation but then we have to put up with being treated this way. It's not as easy as people think to even get the piddling amount of food stamps they give you, which is not enough to last all month to begin with, but then people like this are there watching and staring and talking when they try to use them to get some food. But for the grace of God this could be you. And it can happen to any one of us in the blink of an eye. I know this firsthand. So be grateful for what you have and stop harassing those who have nothing. Maybe go out and do something to help them. Donate food or clothing. Feed the homeless. Take care of the poor and do it with love in your heart and thank God that you are in a position to potentially change someone's life for the better ... then go and do it. It's called empathy and, yes, this is what Jesus would do."
"I have a simple question. Is Bobby Sigman starting his campaign to run again? One might say to me 'Well, no, dummy, the election was earlier this year.' What makes me ask such a dumb question, is if you take a drive down Turner Lake (and drive around that new turn-about) and head west on Brown Bridge Road just a short way, there are three Bobby Sigman election posters attach to a billboard type sign on your right side. In order to see them, you need not be reading a text message or typing one (plus, it is against the law). Thought that I read somewhere there is a code that states campaign posters are to be removed within a reasonable time after the election. Just guess that time period has long passed and our code enforcement officers have been too busy digging through trash bags trying to identify who left their trash at the gate of a recycle center. Or, maybe, no one ever noticed this except me -- not even our city/county law enforcement officers. Hey, this possibly is a source of city/county revenue -- a code violation with the possibility of compounding interest charges for being so long in violation. What say you? That turn-a-bout reminds me of the Chevy Chase move 'European Vacation.' The Griswalds didn't know how to properly negotiate it either."
"Our schools are only as good as we demand that they be. Since SACS is coming in the spring make your voice known to Mark Elgart, president of AdvancED/SACS, if you feel that the local system is ignoring you. SACS looks at policies and how and if they are being followed toward an end of greater student achievement. If policies are made and violated they need to know. Contact them here: Alpharetta Office, 9115 Westside Parkway, Alpharetta, GA 30009, 678.392.2285, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org"
"I read an article in the paper where the Covington Police Department keeps getting something called accreditation. This certainly can't be for protecting the public and solving crimes. I live off Lakeview Drive and I have had the following items stolen from me in the last 15 years: 1 go cart, 3 skill saws, 1 large tool box with tools, 3 lawnmowers, 1 30-30-caliber Marlin rifle, 2 leaf blowers, 1 gasoline edger, 2 electric hedge trimmers, 12 trolley motor, 1 electric blower, several cans of gasoline and numerous small tools. I have never heard from the Covington Police on any of these thefts. The Newton County Sheriff's Office did recover one hedge trimmer. You read about daily crimes in Covington, but you never read where any are being solved. The accreditation must be a public relations stunt."