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Gingrich Cushman: The challenge tour

This week, President Donald Trump took his first foreign trip, beginning in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Trump's speech in Riyadh provides a clear contrast with ...

May 28, 2017 | Jackie Gringrich Cushman | Columnists


Yarbrough: Remembering a day that was as good as it gets

Sometimes things come together better than peanut butter and jelly. Take last week, for example. I was invited to speak at the 20th annual Awards ...

May 28, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Purdue: Honoring those who made the Ultimate Sacrifice

The women and men in the United States military truly represent the very best of our country and on Memorial Day, we honor the soldiers ...

May 28, 2017 | Sen. David Purdue | Columnists


Yarbrough: The truth is that there is no fake news here

According to our Tweeter-in-Chief, there is a lot of fake news running around these days. I think he is talking about the national television networks ...

May 21, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Conason: Congress: Demand White House Transcript

If Donald Trump disclosed highly classified state secrets to the Russian ambassador and foreign minister, he may be vulnerable to impeachment -- not because he broke ...

May 21, 2017 | Joe Conason | Columnists


Harrop: Can Americans Get Their Democracy Back?

Boy, wouldn't it be great to get that mentally unstable thug out of the Oval Office? That's putting it undiplomatically, I know, but ...

May 21, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Gingrich Cushman: Be Wary of Anonymous Sources

The public's insatiable desire for content has led a number of so-called reporters to lower their standards and practice shoddy journalism -- biased, full of ...

May 21, 2017 | Jackie Gringrich Cushman | Columnists


Weekly Music Fix

Welcome to another exciting edition of the Weekly Fix. Hope you're hungry for some more rock, country and jazz beats that will get your ...

May 21, 2017 | Xavier I. Lewis | Living


Pace: Traveling Through Europe with Oxford College Students

The idea for this trip began with a suggestion from Oxford College's Communications Director, Cathy Wooten. Five years ago she looked at me and ...

May 21, 2017 | Lyn Pace | Religion


Irwin: Road Improvement has Closed Henderson’s

When I am opening a new internet account or phone app or whatever, and it asks me to come up with answers to those security ...

May 21, 2017 | Andy Irwin | Columnists


Conosan: Donald Trump's Death Panels

The real death panels are coming.

May 14, 2017 | Joe Conason | Columnists


Yarbrough: Hogs not happy at being compared with politicians

A few years ago, I decided that what this country needed was an organization that specialized in both in-depth analysis of major political developments as ...

May 14, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Harrop: 'Bro Culture' companies may do poorly by being bad

What exactly does Uber have to offer that other companies do not? The ride-hailing service doesn't own its cars or employ drivers. It's ...

May 14, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Gingrich Cushman: Angels around us

While we tend to celebrate our own mothers on Mothers' Day, this year I am celebrating all mothers who overcome odds to take care of ...

May 14, 2017 | Jackie Gringrich Cushman | Columnists


Redman: Heart of the home

Every day of the summer, the young boy would trample through the living room onto the crystal-clean carpet tracking in dirt, mud, or clay that ...

May 14, 2017 | Isaac Redman | Religion


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Bouchillon: SPLOST voting nears deadline

There is one week of early voting left for the 2017 SPLOST referendum. Those who wish to vote early may visit Suite 103 of the county administration building at 1113 Usher St. through Friday, March 17. Voting hours are from 8am to 5 p.m. Voting on the measure at your individual precincts falls on Tuesday, March 21 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

March 12, 2017 | Baxter Bouchillon | Opinion


Yarbrough: Low-performing schools initiative takes a major step forward

Don't look now, but the initiative to deal with low-performing schools in Georgia has taken a big step toward becoming law. Last week, the Georgia House of Representatives passed HB 338 by a vote of 138-37. That is a margin of roughly 73 percent. (You might want to double-check my figures. I am, after all, a product of the public education system in Georgia.) The measure got strong bipartisan support, including Democratic House Minority Leader Stacy Abrams.

March 12, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Jeffares: Week 9 from under the Gold Dome

This week, the Georgia Senate completed day 33 of the 40-day Legislative Session. With Crossover Day successfully behind us, my colleagues and I are now focused on getting our bills heard in the opposite chamber. This process means that Senators stand before House Committees to present their bills and representatives do the same before Senate Committees.

March 12, 2017 | | Legislative Updates


Anderson: Happily serving at the Capitol

Last Friday was Crossover Day and arguably one of the busiest times during the session for legislators. Crossover Day signifies the last day Senate bills can be passed out of the Senate this year. The countdown is on as we have only 11 legislative days left to vet and vote on legislation before Sine Die, which signifies the end of the 2017 legislative session.

March 12, 2017 | Sen. Tonya Anderson | Legislative Updates


Melvin: Newton County Drug Free Coalition to host drug-free event at NHS

On March 15, Newton High School students and partner agencies of the Newton County Drug Free Coalition will host an event to educate students about the impact substance use and related choices can have on their lives. The event is timely as this is the season when teens and their families are planning post-prom parties and graduation celebrations.

March 12, 2017 | Mollie Melvin | Health


Gingrich Cushman: Frameworks, Gratitude and Grievances

Today's hyper-connected, social media driven world shapes the information and news that each of us consumes. What many of us see on search engines, Facebook and Twitter is based on our history, our likes and our preferences. While this might lead us to click on much of the content curated for us as individuals, it also means that we will see very different information than others -- with different histories and preferences -- will see.

March 12, 2017 | Jackie Gringrich Cushman | Columnists


Harrop: A Plot to Poison Obamacare

Arsenic was a poison favored by Victorian mystery writers. The victims would be fed small amounts, not suspecting the cause of their increasing discomfort. At a certain point, the arsenic buildup would send them into organ failure and death.

March 12, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Redman: Closer than a brother

How close are you willing to get with people?

March 12, 2017 | Isaac Redman | Religion


Young mom beats colon cancer, celebrates milestone

Carrie Fleming was only 30 years old when she was diagnosed with stage III colorectal cancer at Piedmont Newton Hospital.

March 12, 2017 | Special to The Covington News news@covnews.com | Health


‘Hairspray’ cast ready to bring back the ‘60s

The cast of the Arts Association in Newton County's production of "Hairspray" said audience members can expect to laugh, cry and be thrown back into the '60s for a time when integration was in full force and hairspray was everyone's favorite accessory.

March 10, 2017 | Xavier I. Lewis covintern@covnews.com | Living


Harrop: Trump Has Turned His Last Corner

That speech to Congress now seems forever ago. Reading the words off a teleprompter, Donald Trump sounded normal, even presidential. Stern critics opined that he had "turned a corner" and transformed into a serious president. Come the weekend, however, Trump turned another corner, this time into a dark dead end.

March 06, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Butts: A quick lesson in geometry and God

"Where are you at right now?" This is a question I often ask myself. I am not talking about physically; I don't get lost that often. I am talking about where I am spiritually. Where am I in my relationship with God? I recently received an answer that shook me to my core.

March 05, 2017 | Andy Butts | Religion


Carmichael’s Pharmacy: Treating patients and customers like family

Carmichael's Pharmacy in Covington was selected as Small Business of the Month by the Newton County Chamber of Commerce for the month of February. Carmichael's Pharmacy has deep roots in Georgia.

March 05, 2017 | Samelia Bankole | Business


Lahrceny Tavern: A fun new spot in Porterdale

Lahrceny Tavern, a bar & grill restaurant located in Porterdale, opened in January on Main Street.

March 05, 2017 | Samelia Bankole | Business


Yarbrough: Good customer service may be going the way of the dodo bird

Sometimes I wonder if good customer service has gone the way of the dodo bird and 8-track tapes.

March 05, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


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