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Telling It Like It Is… News from around the circle

If it's been a while since your last trip to Social Circle, you might be surprised how much things have changed. For starters, you ...

August 13, 2017 | Beth Rowe | Columnists


Boisson: This school year, worry about mental health, too

A new school year has begun. Over the last few weeks, families travelled the aisles of every mart and market stocking up on gear and ...

August 13, 2017 | Adrienne Boisson | Health


Gingrich Cushman: Shades of Gray

"The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ...

August 13, 2017 | Jackie Gringrich Cushman | Columnists


Harrop: Read This and Weep: Mike Pence for President

President Mike Pence. The words do not trip lightly off the tongue. But as special counsel Bob Mueller dives ever deeper into the murky waters ...

August 13, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Redman: An Unchanging God

Through history we see world powers shift and change along with the balance of leading nations, which becomes undoubtedly inevitable as time goes on.

August 13, 2017 | Isaac Redman | Religion


How to select the right bank for your business

The most common mistake small business owners make in selecting a bank is to pick the one closest to their home or place of business ...

August 06, 2017 | Navin Shah | Business


Gingrich Cushman: White House Communications

If you have been on vacation, you may have been buried in a good summer novel and missed the real-life story of Anthony Scaramucci, whose ...

August 06, 2017 | Jackie Gringrich Cushman | Columnists


Privacy Hits the Dust: Data-Collecting Vacuum Cleaners

Privacy advocates cried in protest after a report that the maker of the Roomba, a robotic vacuum cleaner, will sell maps of customers' homes to ...

August 06, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Butts: It isn’t easy being obedient

Growing up I loved songs like "Fight the Power," "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right to Party," "I Fought the Law," "Anarchy in the U ...

August 06, 2017 | Andy Butts | Religion


Belton: Education is key in Georgia

I periodically like to update you where we are as a state. Last week I talked about how efficient and small our state government is ...

July 30, 2017 | Rep. Dave Belton | Columnists


Gingrich Cushman: Senate should push toward peak performance

This week, after the press predicted doom for the potential repeal and replacement of Obamacare, Senator John McCain, R., Ariz., who had been diagnosed with ...

July 30, 2017 | Jackie Gringrich Cushman | Columnists


Harrop: Trump's New York Rat Pack Continues to Grow

Anthony Scaramucci is two things Jeff Sessions is not. One, he is a New Yorker. Two, he is a New Yorker who made a bundle ...

July 30, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Yarbrough: Paying tribute to a special professor who made a difference

If you are a regular observer of this space, you are no doubt familiar with the story I am about to share. I have told ...

July 30, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Telling It Like It Is... Teaching old dogs new tricks

Seems everywhere I turn things are changing. Now some change is good but I can only handle a little at a time. Not to worry ...

July 30, 2017 | Beth Rowe | Columnists


Jordan: Changing your ‘would-haves’ into action

I have always been an avid reader. Historical literature is one of my favorite genres, and as a child I read every book about the ...

July 30, 2017 | Kasey Jordan | Religion


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Pace: Contemplating Father’s Day

I've been a father for almost five years, and it's been one of the hardest experiences of my life and yet also the most joyous. There are those of you out there, I know, who can relate to such an experience whether you're a father or not.

June 18, 2017 | Lyn Pace | Religion


Irwin: The Ditch Digger

When I was a child my grandmother, Sallie Mae Cook, employed all those "stitch-in-time-saves-nine" sayings. A kind but serious sort, Grandmama harbored low expectations for her wiggly, silly grandson. The first time she ever asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I thought of my role model at the time, Maynard G. Krebs. I answered, "I wanna be a beatnik." From that moment on, throughout my childhood, one of her sayings was:

June 18, 2017 | Andy Irwin | Columnists


CAPTURED: Escaped Georgia inmates captured in Tennessee after 3-day manhunt

Two escaped inmates sought in the killings of two guards on a Georgia prison bus were captured Thursday after they were held at gunpoint by a rural Tennessee homeowner whose vehicle they were trying to steal, authorities said.

June 18, 2017 | Erik Schelzig, Kate Bumback Associated Press | State


Special counsel, independent investigation?

While the news media and pundits are covering the investigation and potential link between the Russian government and Trump's campaign, their ongoing fascination with who said what, how and to whom can obscure understanding of the larger issues. This might confuse many who don't have the time to follow this on a full-time basis. So here is a recap of what has happened so far.

June 18, 2017 | Jackie Gringrich Cushman | Columnists


Harrop: Trump rates close to zero on 'war' against opioids

Police near Daytona Beach, Florida, recently came upon an SUV with the motor running and three little kids in the back. The parents were dead in front from a fentanyl overdose. The city of East Liverpool, Ohio, posted a shocking photograph of another dead overdosed couple, heads back and mouths open from a heroin overdose, a 4-year-old strapped in back. As its Facebook page explained, "It is time that the non-drug using public sees what we are now dealing with on a daily basis."

June 18, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Escaped Georgia prison inmates recaptured in Tennessee

SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Two escaped inmates sought in the killings of two guards on a Georgia prison bus were captured after a chase and being held at gunpoint by a rural Tennessee homeowner whose vehicle they were trying to steal, authorities said.

June 15, 2017 | Kate Brumback Associated Press | State


Rowe: Telling It Like It Is . . . Yearning for the good old days, part 2

Many of you enjoyed my first column about the good old days so much and wanted to hear more so im going to take a stab at it. In addition to many of your questions, I also have a 5-year-old granddaughter full of questions and a simple answer won't do because they want to know the whos, whats, hows and whys about everything and you'd better have lots of patience.

June 11, 2017 | Beth Rowe | Columnists


Redman: To the Class Of 2017: The ‘to-do’s’

To the students who have stuck with it all the way through…Congraduations!

June 11, 2017 | Isaac Redman | Religion


Braden: Summer car safety is vital

Summer is almost here, and with it those lazy days of vacation and fun times with family and friends. But summertime also brings blazing heat and the dangers that come along with it. Climb into your car and you can't wait to turn on the AC. But a child left in the car doesn't have that chance.

June 11, 2017 | | Health


Lockhart: Newton County is ready to combat poverty

If a community wishes to improve the quality of life for its citizens and reduce many of the societal ills we hear of daily in the news, we must address the issue of poverty.

June 11, 2017 | Craig Lockhart | Opinion


Yarbrough: Cut-and-run ideologues make job even more difficult for schoolteachers

Dear Georgia's Public Schoolteachers:

June 11, 2017 | | Columnists


Harrop: The Donald Trump apology tour

Barack Obama much annoyed many of his critics when he noted less-than-stellar moments in American history during his trips abroad. They called it Obama's apology tour.

June 11, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Gingrich Cushman: Let's shine a new light on small businesses

Here is a proposal for a new reality show that could not only help President Trump do his job, but could help millions of other Americans gain or keep theirs.

June 11, 2017 | Jackie Gringrich Cushman | Columnists


Butts: To the Class of 2017…

I believe that all commencement services are done for the year and we have a group of people ready to talk the world or life or however you want to phrase it. When I graduated high school there was an essay written by Mary Schmich called "Advice, like youth, probably just wasted on the young". It was published in the Chicago Tribune and turned into a song by Baz Luhrmann.

June 04, 2017 | Andy Butts | Religion


Kwik Change Lube & Service: A pillar of the Covington community

COVINGTON, Ga. - Kwik Change Lube & Service has been a fixture in the Covington community since 2009 when the business opened as a second auto shop in Covington.

June 04, 2017 | Samelia Bankole | Business


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