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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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Plenty of time left to enjoy Christmas on the Square

Main Street Covington's Christmas on the Square is in full swing with a great Lighting of the Tree and Polar Express night. But don't worry, there is plenty more fun to be had.

December 04, 2016 | Velinda Hardy | Business


Responses to Castro's death reveal wide chasm between Obama, Trump

This past week, Fidel Castro, Cuban dictator, died. The responses from President-elect Donald Trump and the Obama White House underscored how different the two men are, and provided a window into how the next four (or possibly eight) years will differ from the past eight.

December 04, 2016 | Jackie Gingrich-Cushman | Columnists


4-H’er encourages others to be themselves

"I can get up and talk in front of a big crowd, now that I was in 4-H," said Rocky Plains Elementary fifth grader Miranda Leslie.

December 03, 2016 | Terri Fullerton | Agriculture


Thanksgiving is past, now time for cover crops and drought management

For me, Thanksgiving is the best holiday of the year. It's totally focused on seasonal food (except for the green beans - how did that happen?). It comes at a time of year that I can leave the farm without leaving chores undone. And it marks the end of our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program that runs through the week before Thanksgiving. As much as we love filling the boxes of produce for our subscribers, we also like the winter break.

November 27, 2016 | Daniel Parson | Agriculture


Have you ever thought …

Newton County residents might as well associate the sounds of "hogs" with Christmas, as they do with reindeer or silver bells. That is because for the last 18 years the sound of motorcycles in Newton County has been a sign that Christmas is drawing near. Starting in 1999 there has been the "Toy Ride" sponsored by the Newton County Sheriff's Office. This year the date of the ride is Dec. 10. The ride will start at the Kmart Shopping Center on Turner Lake Road with registration beginning at 9 a.m., with the starting time for the ride beginning ...

November 26, 2016 | B. Wiley Stephens | Columnists


Parson: Thanksgiving is past, now time for cover crops and drought management

For me, Thanksgiving is the best holiday of the year. It's totally focused on seasonal food (except for the green beans - how did that happen?). It comes at a time of year that I can leave the farm without leaving chores undone. And it marks the end of our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program that runs through the week before Thanksgiving. As much as we love filling the boxes of produce for our subscribers, we also like the winter break.

November 26, 2016 | | Agriculture


Owens: In the middle of It

January to November has been a long stretch. We've seen a lot of things happen, some good and some bad. From bombings overseas, Brexit, and the Summer Olympics, the passing of Harper Lee, David Bowe, Prince Rodgers Nelson, Muhammad Ali, and Gene Wilder as well as the ever-tiring, and gruesome presidential debate that led to Donald Trump becoming the President-Elect. It has been a long year already for everyone. The Thanksgiving holiday marks the beginning of the "holiday" season. It is during this time of relaxation, reflection and jolly that studies have also shown mark a rise in alcoholism ...

November 26, 2016 | Chip Owens | Religion


Grateful for community

This semester at Oxford College I've been teaching my first solo course. Housed in American studies, "Understanding Community: Oxford Encountering Oxford," is a course that engages students in the critical exploration of the concept of community. They do this so they begin to formulate their own ideas of community, identify various structures of belonging in communities, and develop a deeper understanding of multiple communities to which they have been and are connected. We've talked about communities of origin, the Oxford campus community, virtual communities, communities of self-interest, intentional communities and we've especially focused on the City of ...

November 20, 2016 | Lyn Pace | Religion


Rowe: Making America Great Again

When the Presidential Election ended, I thought the debating, tension and division would be finished as well. But we have more to talk about than ever before.

November 20, 2016 | Beth Rowe | LOCAL


Parson: What’s happening on the farm?

I get asked what's happening on the farm several times a day, and I'm never sure if people really want to know that answer or if they are just making conversation. It makes no difference to me because each time I give them the real answer - from how the weather is, to weeds, to pests, to planting, to descriptions of a crop bounty.

November 16, 2016 | Daniel Parson | Agriculture


Harrop: A political 9/11 changes our world

Like the 2001 terrorist attacks, the Donald Trump upset win threatens Americans' sense of safety and continuity. Financial markets went into convulsions, just as they did on that Sept. 11. The difference is that the 9/11 tragedy forged national unity, whereas the Trump election exposed grave internal discord. And a world that rushed to America's side 15 years ago shudders at us now.

November 15, 2016 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Cushman: The work is just beginning

Sitting in the New York City Hilton, watching the cable newscasters' body language on TV as the numbers began to add up towards a Trump victory was fascinating. Even though I could not hear them, I could see that their body language conveyed an air of disbelief – an inability to comprehend what was happening.

November 15, 2016 | Jackie Gringrich Cushman | Columnists


Crawford: Why do we give money to billionaires?

John Malone is a very wealthy man. His net worth is estimated at $6.9 billion and he is one of this country's largest private landowners.

November 15, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Where trust lies

God has blessed America greatly. The United States has been pulled, pushed, pressed, stretched and tested from the beginning but has remained together and strong thus far.

November 13, 2016 | Isaac Redman | Religion


Skeeter skates puts the real world in perspective One of the dangers of providing you with my opini

One of the dangers of providing you with my opinions each week - besides not having a clue where to put commas - is that it is easy to lose touch with reality and start acting like all the media pundits who think they are so smart that their IQs should be measured with a yardstick. My momma didn't raise me like that.

November 06, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


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