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Harrop: There's little dignity left in coal

It was a pathetic scene, coal miners flanking President Donald Trump as he signed an order to dismantle the Clean Power Plan. Trump's imagineers ...

March 29, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Anderson: Week 11 under the Gold Dome

With just two days left in the 2017 legislative session, we're almost to the end of what has been an eventful first year as ...

March 29, 2017 | Sen. Tonya Anderson | LEGISLATIVE UPDATES


Belton: A little about Georgia's new budget

The House and Senate passed a joint budget in the quickest amount of time in recent history, totaling $24. billion, a small 5.3 percent ...

March 26, 2017 | Rep. Dave Belton | LEGISLATIVE UPDATES


Gingrich Cushman: Where we belong

While we might have changed a lot since our high school days, according to Emily Esfahani Smith, author of "The Power of Meaning; Crafting a ...

March 26, 2017 | Jackie Gringrich Cushman | Columnists


Yarbrough: Being a modest and much-beloved columnist can get testy at times

I regret I won't have time this week to get into the details about how Barack Obama managed to wiretap Donald Trump's shoelaces ...

March 26, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Jeffares: Week 11 under the Gold Dome

Now that we've wrapped up week 11 and completed legislative day 38, we only have two legislative days left this session to complete our ...

March 26, 2017 | Sen. Rick Jeffares | LEGISLATIVE UPDATES


Harrop: The Trump 'faithful' get the budget cuts they voted for

Kentucky has become a favored dateline for many of President Donald Trump's fervent critics. They collect evidence there of betrayal, such as the ABC ...

March 26, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Parson: Weather can determine when it’s time to plant veggies

You know people ask me about the weather: I'm a farmer. This "winter" has been an interesting time to talk about the weather. Consistent ...

March 26, 2017 | Daniel Parson | Agriculture


Extension agent graduates UGA Extension Academy

I was a Newton 4-H'er for eight years, following in my dad's footsteps. I worked for the 4-H Foundation and as a secretary ...

March 26, 2017 | Terri Fullerton | Agriculture


Candlelight Bridals: A traditional dress shop in the heart of Covington

Candlelight Bridals, located on 1192 Clark St. in Covington, has deep roots in the community. Since 1962, Candlelight Bridals has been offering bridal and prom ...

March 23, 2017 | Samelia Bankole | Business


NHS student has artwork placed in U.S. Capitol

Editor's note: The original story stated Coffee's work would be featured in the White House. That is incorrect. It will actually be featured ...

March 23, 2017 | Xavier I. Lewis xlewis@covnews.com | LIVING


Bouchillon: There's enough SPLOST for everyone

As most of you likely know by now, I have been putting a lot of effort into getting the 2017 SPLOST to pass – writing articles ...

March 20, 2017 | | Columnists


Jeffares: Week 10 under the Gold Dome

We're in the home stretch of the 2017 legislative session with only five more legislative days left to vet and pass legislation. Committees are ...

March 20, 2017 | Sen. Rick Jeffares | LEGISLATIVE UPDATES


Anderson:Bringing family to the Capitol

This week represents a turning point in the 2017 legislative session as we finally have begun to wind things down with the passage of 17 ...

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


Belton: 'Sausage-making' getting frustrating at the Capitol

Very few bills passed this week as the House and Senate "horse-trade" some bills and hold others "hostage" that are important to the other Chamber ...

March 20, 2017 | Rep. Dave Belton | LEGISLATIVE UPDATES


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Yarbrough: Hide the silverware! The legislature is coming!

To Arms! To Arms! The Legislature is coming, the Legislature is coming!

January 15, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Man on the Street: What would you like to see in the Covington Town Center?

The Covington News took to the street to find out what you, the people of Covington, want to see in the upcoming Covington Town Center on Alcovy Road. Here's what you had to say:

January 14, 2017 | Jarred Todd | Your Thoughts


Jeffares: Looking forward: 2017 Legislative Session

For your state lawmakers, a new year brings motivation and a fresh perspective on the needs of Georgians. Monday, Jan. 9 marks the beginning of the first session of the 154th Georgia General Assembly, and your legislators have been preparing for months by researching potential topics and issues. There will be precisely 40 days to present, discuss and vote on legislation to be considered for signing by Gov. Nathan Deal in 2017. There are a number of potential issues that have caught my interest, and I look forward to using my knowledge and experience to make the best decisions ...

January 07, 2017 | Rick Jeffares | LEGISLATIVE UPDATES


Belton: Weak diplomacy

Not in their actions - but in their inaction - are most men judged. Such will be the fate of our departing President

January 07, 2017 | Dave Belton | LEGISLATIVE UPDATES


Yarbrough: Resolutely determined to manage 2017 expectations

The only thing more useless than socks on a pig are New Year's resolutions. Our intentions are applaudable but our follow-through usually leaves a bit to be desired. Still, that should not keep us from trying. I mean, what else is there to do while lying prone on the couch with a snoot full of black-eyed peas and collards and watching the Yada-Yada Bowl?

January 02, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


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


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