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Debate over religious freedom returns to Georgia legislature

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Republicans have again proposed legislation they argue will protect people acting on religious belief, undaunted by the forceful veto of a similar ...

February 22, 2017 | Kathleen Foody Associated Press | LEGISLATIVE UPDATES


Anderson: Week six under the Gold Dome

We are officially halfway through the 2017 legislative session and now have 8 days left to introduce legislation in the Senate and 20 days left ...

February 20, 2017 | Sen. Tonya Anderson | LEGISLATIVE UPDATES


Pace: What Should I Give Up This Year?

Valentine's Day has come and gone, and the stores have already put out their Peeps and Cadbury Eggs in anticipation of Easter. Before we ...

February 19, 2017 | Lyn Pace | Religion


Bouchillon: SPLOST: ‘It is not a tax increase’

SPLOST is an acronym for Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax. It is a program whereby counties can add one penny per dollar spent by ...

February 19, 2017 | Baxter Bouchillon | Columnists


Gingrich Cushman: Where strength comes from

This Presidents' Day, instead of buying a new appliance, read George Washington's Farewell Address and Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address.

February 19, 2017 | Jackie Gringrich Cushman | Columnists


Yarbrough: Secretary of agriculture-designate Perdue knows a bit about draining swamps

You may have read that unusually cold winter in parts of Europe as well as drought conditions in the southwest United States have created a ...

February 19, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Harrop: What is Trump most afraid of?

Why does President Trump rush off weekend after weekend to his Mar-a-Lago palazzo in Florida? Because Mar-a-Lago is totally under his control. There he can ...

February 19, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Belton: House passes balanced budget

The House overcame our largest hurdle this week as we passed – once again – a balanced budget…something our federal government in Washington hasn't done ...

February 19, 2017 | Rep. Dave Belton | LEGISLATIVE UPDATES


Jeffares: Week 6 from under the Gold Dome

Having the opportunity to represent each of you under the gold dome every day is an honor I will never take for granted. This week ...

February 19, 2017 | Sen. Rick Jeffares | LEGISLATIVE UPDATES


Pace: What should I give up this year?

Valentine's Day has come and gone, and the stores have already put out their Peeps and Cadbury Eggs in anticipation of Easter. Before we ...

February 19, 2017 | Lyn Pace | Religion


Study: Big data helps struggling college students graduate

WASHINGTON (AP) - Getting through college isn't easy, and it can be even harder for low-income and first generation students with few support resources. A ...

February 18, 2017 | Maria Danilova Associated Press | Education


Lawmakers work on changes to medical cannabis program

ATLANTA (AP) - Sebastien Cotte swears by the power of medical marijuana.

February 18, 2017 | Ezra Kaplan Associated Press | LEGISLATIVE UPDATES


Georgia lawmakers work to end 'surprise billing'

ATLANTA (AP) - Dan Harrison did what any parent of a sick kid would do.

February 14, 2017 | Ezra Kaplan Associated Press | LEGISLATIVE UPDATES


Anderson: Week Five under the Gold Dome

With the completion of legislative days 13 through 16, we now move into week 6 under the Gold Dome. As things really begin to heat ...

February 12, 2017 | Sen. Tonya Anderson | LEGISLATIVE UPDATES


Jeffares: Week 5 from under the Gold Dome

Like a well-oiled machine, the 2017 legislative session is running smoothly as we near the half way point. The General Assembly has sailed through legislative ...

February 12, 2017 | Sen. Rick Jeffares | LEGISLATIVE UPDATES


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Yarbrough: Dedicated to the believers this Christmas

This column has become a Christmas tradition and I share with you once again this year. It is dedicated to all who believe.

December 23, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Belton: Bidding adieu to a good year for Georgia

As we say goodbye to another year and think about our many blessings, I'd like to write a positive article about where we stand today. While I agree our federal politics are a mess, Georgia is in a very good place, especially compared to our sister states.

December 23, 2016 | Dave Belton | LEGISLATIVE UPDATES


Irwin: Secret Santa

When I was around 12 years old, it occurred to me that the season we call Christmas has, within it, several glitter-coated mini-seasons. Because of the length of the season, and how it tries the forbearance of even the most long-suffering of folks, it is easy for kids to discern the two categories of grown-ups.

December 23, 2016 | Andy Irwin | Columnists


Have you ever thought … As a community what do we do for the homeless?

The only shelter in Newton, or adjoining counties, the Garden of Gethsemane Shelter can be part of the solution for dealing with homelessness in our community. The shelter's 20-year history was celebrated at a Christmas Dinner Gathering on Friday, December 9, 2016, at the Church of Covington.

December 19, 2016 | B. Wiley Stephens | Columnists


Redman: What can forgiveness do for us

This article is written to give a perspective of what forgiveness can do for us, and hopefully encourage us to forgive others in our life. Perhaps forgiveness is so powerful because it is often the most difficult thing to do. Naturally, when we have been wronged, we want to see payback. When someone has hurt us, we want to see that person suffer as well, we want to totally disconnect with that person, or we might just hold an inner grudge. Like the popular saying goes, "forgive but not forget."

December 19, 2016 | Isaac Redman | Religion


Yarbrough: Hoping Santa Claus has something special for schoolteachers this Christmas

Dear Santa Claus:

December 19, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Telling it like it is ... Countdown to Christmas, Southern style

Here we are entering the last month of 2016 and getting ready for Christmas. Ready or not, it's almost here. I may not be ready, as I probably won't have everything finished until a week into the New Year. Mom and Dad insist they need more lights, the grandchildren wish list keeps getting longer and the calendar is quickly filling up with school plays, parties, festivities and family functions, along with all the parades, visits and pictures with Santa that the grandchildren insist on. The holidays come and go so fast that by the time I'm finally ...

December 12, 2016 | Beth Rowe | Columnists


Pace: Waiting, Watching, Wonder

I remember how I felt as a child when Christmas Eve would roll around every year. It was magical. In the earlier years of my life as my family and I would travel across town from one family gathering to the next, I would look up at the sky and think to myself, "I wonder if I'll see the sleigh this year." As I grew into my pre-teen and teenage years and was began focusing more on the religious significance of Christmas as a Christian, I started paying attention to the stars in the sky. "How brilliant that it ...

December 12, 2016 | Lyn Pace | Religion


Have you ever thought … How we can serve some of those who served us?

A month ago today, we, as a nation, observed Veteran's Day. Each year we set this day aside to say thank you to all who served in our Armed Forces for their service. We are a free and great nation for what they did for each of us. But now there is a challenge to us to give a hand up to some that now struggle with homelessness.

December 12, 2016 | B. Wiley Stephens | Columnists


Yarbrough: Losing one’s home to fire is a painful experience

Philip Wilheit is a man of no small influence in our state. A community leader and a successful business man - he is president and CEO of Wilheit Packaging in Gainesville - Wilheit is also one of Gov. Nathan Deal's oldest and closest friends and advisers. He served as chairman of Deal's first gubernatorial campaign in 2010 and now sits as a member of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.

December 12, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Gingrich-Cushman: Wow, what a change in direction

Reality has set in, Hillary Clinton is (mostly) out of the news and President-Elect Donald Trump has been named Time Magazine's man of the year. Ignore the snarky line labeling him "the President-elect of the divided States of America."

December 12, 2016 | Jackie Gingrich-Cushman | Columnists


Losing one’s home to fire is a painful experience

Philip Wilheit is a man of no small influence in our state. A community leader and a successful business man - he is president and CEO of Wilheit Packaging in Gainesville - Wilheit is also one of Gov. Nathan Deal's oldest and closest friends and advisers. He served as chairman of Deal's first gubernatorial campaign in 2010 and now sits as a member of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.

December 11, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


More musical treats for your ears

Greetings Covington and welcome back to another installment of The Minute. And just right quick, I wanted to take a moment to thank so many of you who took the time to tell me how much you enjoyed my music Thanksgiving list in the last edition. I appreciate that and am glad that so many of you enjoyed it. Another big week of music around these parts, let's grab a plate and dig in!

December 08, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING


Change isn’t that bad

Life changes all the time. We change homes. We change jobs. We change clothes. We change a lot of things. Some of us like change and some don't. Change can be exciting and scary, bad or good. It seems we have experienced a lot of change lately.

December 04, 2016 | Andy Butts | Religion


Yarbrough: Random thoughts on random subjects

God bless America and God bless Mount Paran Christian School in Cobb County. Before a recent football playoff game, every player on the team came running on the field carrying an American flag. A school official told the Marietta Daily Journal, "The football team decided to all carry flags on the field because of all that's going on in our world with several athletes maybe not showing respect for God and country and the lack of unification in the country after the election. The fact that they did this during a playoff game makes it even more special." Yes ...

December 04, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


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