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Jeffares: Week Five Updates from the State Senate

The days are going by quickly now, as we wrap up our fifth week of the 2016 legislative session. We worked four efficient days this ...

February 13, 2016 | | LOCAL


Belton: A significant week in the state legislature

The fifth week of Georgia Legislative Session this year was by far the most significant, as the House passed a bill that would protect preachers ...

February 13, 2016 | Dave Belton | LOCAL


Marshall’s Music Minute: Hotspots in Covington

It's your pal Marshall McCart here. I'm so pumped to be doing this segment for The News to give its wonderful readership a ...

February 11, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING


What makes Valentine's Day special?

Many of us will remember in our childhood when every student made a little decorated "mail box" with your name on it.

February 07, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Is there only one true progressive?

In our polarized politics, the Democratic Party is trending leftward - not as sharply or as rapidly as the Republican Party has turned toward the far ...

February 07, 2016 | Joe Conason | Columnists


Lawmakers keep on fighting the Civil War

Nathan Deal, meet Franklin Roosevelt.

February 07, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Providing a small town service of love

In writing this new column, I thought long and hard about what the first topic should be on. What is important from the perspective of ...

February 07, 2016 | Andy Butts | RELIGION


What can we learn from a ground hog?

There it is on the calendar for February 2: "Ground Hog Day." I don't know who selects which days to note on the system ...

January 31, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


You have more options for college funding than you think

The cost of their children's college education will take a big bite out of parents' retirement savings.

January 31, 2016 | Mike Lassiter | Business


Crawford: Who wins in this fight over ‘freedom’?

This is a fight over "freedom" that legislators don't really need. It's a fight they could have avoided. But it seems to be ...

January 31, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Jeffares: Week 3 brings bills and committee meetings

Committee meetings are finally underway here at the Capitol. I, and many of my colleagues, have had a busy week juggling our various committee appointments ...

January 31, 2016 | Rick Jeffares | LOCAL


Belton: House votes on amended budget

The third week of Session we voted on what is called the "Small" or "Amended" budget. It is basically the mid-year adjustment to account for ...

January 31, 2016 | Dave Belton | LOCAL


Irwin: Why do I live in Covington? It's home.

While hashing out the idea of writing my column about Southern small town life, I settled on the name Neurotically Sentimental.

January 31, 2016 | Andy Offutt Irwin | LIVING


How we trust in God as a community and a nation?

Recently there have been debates about the use of our nation's motto, "In God We Trust." It is found on the dollar bill, on ...

January 24, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Deal backs away on teacher pay issue

Last year, Gov. Nathan Deal had everyone thinking he would make major changes in the state's public education system when the 2016 legislative session ...

January 24, 2016 | | Columnists


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Communication is vital to governing

Newton County has several matters awaiting a decision by the Board of Commissioners. The board has rightfully sought public input and employed citizen committees to study some of the most important items. Now, the time is approaching for the board to wrap up the studying and public meetings and make decisions that only it can make. Those decisions will impact every resident of Newton County, including residents of the municipalities.

December 14, 2015 | Jerry Roseberry | LOCAL


Georgia has its own Grinch for Christmas

It's the Holiday season, a time when people are supposed to be having fun, going to parties, and bestowing good wishes on friends and family.

December 13, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


What is the Grinch all about?

This coming week sees the last of the special Christmas events brought to us by Main Street Covington under the leadership of Velinda Wheeles and her staff for 2015. Both Thursday and Friday nights have been special. The joy and magic of the Christmas season began to arrive with the lighting of the Square with fireworks and this was all before Thanksgiving. And what a season is has been!

December 12, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Battle to be Middle Ridge principal

The Newton County Board of Education approved the promotion of Rhonda Battle from assistant principal to principal at Middle Ridge Elementary School Tuesday night.

December 10, 2015 | Joy Bratcher | Covington


Fighting for life: Covington man in remission after battle with lung cancer

Covington resident Wilbert Hill knows what it means to fight for his life.

December 08, 2015 | Anne Gantt | Health


Covington resident has shocking discovery

When Covington resident Billie Jane Hood underwent a routine evaluation for knee replacement surgery at Piedmont Newton Hospital, the last thing she expected to hear was that she had stage IV lung cancer.

December 08, 2015 | Anne Gantt | Health


What happens when there is no room in the inn?

At the heart of the story of the first Christmas, Mary and Joseph arrive in Bethlehem and find there is no room for them at the Inn. On the very night of the birth of our Lord and Savior, there was no room for his parents.

December 06, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Bratcher: Saying goodbye to a legend

I will never forget the first time I walked on to the University of Georgia (UGA) campus. I was 11-years old and grew up dreaming of one day becoming a part of Bulldog nation.

December 03, 2015 | | SPORTS


Say goodbye to Pinkie’s

From one of my favorite cities, Savannah, comes the sad news that Pinkie Master's Lounge will close at the end of the year.

November 29, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Learn about 100% Tax-Free retirement with yearly growth

If there's anything that will catch the eye of our elected officials in Washington, DC, it's an advertisement like this article's heading. There's more than a few pundits predicting the government will one day attempt to confiscate retirement plans to help lessen our national debt.

November 29, 2015 | Mike Lassiter | Business


What it takes to make Covington special?

One of the keys to making our city so special are those willing to offer themselves for elective office and serve when elected. At the end of this year we will be seeing the end of 37 years of service by Janet Goodman. That is a lot of years of service to her community by this beloved lady. She has served on Covington's City Council at Post One of the West Ward.

November 29, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Learn from history

A day after our president called ISIS "contained" the Islamic State launched a well-coordinated attack on the City of Light. ISIS just took down an airliner and conducted a suicide attack in Beirut. More than 900 citizens of our allies have been murdered by ISIS in a little more than a week.

November 22, 2015 | Dave Belton | LOCAL


Say goodbye to Pinkie’s

From one of my favorite cities, Savannah, comes the sad news that Pinkie Master's Lounge will close at the end of the year.

November 15, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Who cares for those furry friends who have no voice?

Looking on the national scene, one answer would be the National Humane Society. They deal with issues on a large scale; issues such as advocacy against puppy mills, factoring farming, seal slaughter, horse cruelty, captive hunts and even how the elephants are treated in the circus.

November 15, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


There’s no denying that it’s getting wetter

This is what the future looks like.

November 08, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


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