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Harrop: Not Enough Exercise, Too Much: Americans Polarized Here, Too

The boarding process for a recent flight required going up a modest set of stairs. Greatly slowing it all was a woman carrying at least ...

July 23, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Yarbrough: It’s time to stop fighting a war that has been over 152 years

My son, a learned philosopher, says of an impending competition between two football teams he particularly dislikes: "May they play a zero-zero tie in the ...

July 23, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Gingrich Cushman: Media Hype Forces Friction

Americans' interests and broadcast news coverage are at odds. Additionally, the tendency of the news media to focus on conflict rather than progress helps create ...

July 23, 2017 | Jackie Gringrich Cushman | Columnists


Belton: Georgia is in good plans

I periodically like to update you on where we are as a state. While our federal politics are largely a mess, Georgia is in a ...

July 23, 2017 | Rep. Dave Belton | Columnists


Yarbrough: This recruit blows off opportunity to blow up

KNOCK! KNOCK! "Sir, you wanted to see me?"

July 16, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Belton: The day the President became President

An odd thing occurred a week ago...the leader of the Free World defended the Free World.

July 16, 2017 | Rep. Dave Belton | Columnists


Harrop: America's dumb war against trade

Donald Trump bragged that he would put America in the driver's seat. He would keep us out of trade accords that let China swamp ...

July 16, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Gingrich Cushman: Frame of Reference

It's common to hear political debates and read headlines regarding immigration, policy and how welcoming (or unwelcoming) the United States is to those who ...

July 16, 2017 | Jackie Gringrich Cushman | Columnists


Pace: What Makes a Good Community?

I recently had the grand opportunity to walk in the Fourth of July parade in Oxford, because my son had been invited to ride on ...

July 16, 2017 | Lyn Pace | Religion


Junior Volunteers gain experience at Piedmont Newton

COVINGTON, Ga. - "The mission of the Junior Volunteer Program is to provide students the opportunity to gain exposure with a hospital environment and to help ...

July 09, 2017 | Cheyenne Cesar | Health


Newton County celebrates Minority Mental Health Month

When speaking about wellness, oftentimes physical health is the first thing that comes to mind. This usually includes conversation with one's primary care physician ...

July 09, 2017 | Naran Butler-Houck & Tara Echols | Health


Yarbrough: Skeeter skates learns about face paint and twerping

I don't need Caller ID to know when Skeeter Skates is calling. The phone has a different kind of sound to it, like very ...

July 09, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Harrop: Breast Cancer-Wine Link: Scary or Just a Scare?

Many women obsess over their risk for breast cancer. That's why news media flash blazing headlines whenever a study suggests a link between breast ...

July 09, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Gingrich Cushman: Feeling Free

According to a recent write up by Jon Clifton, a managing partner at Gallup, we have a lot to work on in our country, starting ...

July 09, 2017 | Jackie Gringrich Cushman | Columnists


Redman: A call to stand

If one were to survey the teen-aged student base and ask them to state the date that the Declaration of Independence was signed, I am ...

July 09, 2017 | Isaac Redman | Religion


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Anderson: Week 12 under the Gold Dome

My first session as a state Senator has come to an end and I couldn't be more thankful for the opportunity to serve the citizens of District 43. It has been a long, exciting and productive three months and I look forward to many more. Over 1,000 bills were filed in the Senate and House this session and while I would love to be able to tell you about everything that happened, I'll just touch on a few highlights. Here are a couple of things that passed on the Senate floor last week:

April 03, 2017 | Sen. Tonya Anderson | Legislative Updates


Life Dance Wellness Center: Improving quality of life, one person at a time

COVINGTON, Ga. - Life Dance Wellness Center, a health and wellness center located on Industrial Boulevard in Covington is dedicated to providing quality wellness services for clients in Newton County. Life Dance Wellness Center was selected as April's Small Business of the Month by the Covington Newton County Chamber of Commerce, sponsored by Newton Federal Bank.

April 03, 2017 | Samelia Bankole | Business


Sen. Tonya Anderson welcomes Gladys Brown to the Senate Chamber

Senator Tonya Anderson (D – Lithonia) welcomed Gladys Brown to the Senate Chamber on Tuesday, March 28, 2017.

April 03, 2017 | Sen. Tonya Anderson | Legislative Updates


Last day of the 2017 Assembly

"Sine Die" (the last day of the Session) was long and slow in the House, but very busy in the Senate as the Senators got to work passing the House's many bills.

April 02, 2017 | Rep. Dave Belton | Legislative Updates


Gingrich Cushman: Connecting and Communicating

This past week, after President Donald Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan, R-WI, pushed for a vote on the repeal/replacement of Obamacare, the bill was pulled at the last minute due to lack of votes. All week they thought they could get there, and they were wrong. There were two errors made in the process: an artificial deadline for an incredibly complex issue, and failing to build support with the American People.

April 02, 2017 | Jackie Gringrich Cushman | Columnists


Harrop: Carmakers, don't pick a fight with California

News flash: The Obama-era fuel-economy standards would add $875 to the average price of a new vehicle. But proposed border taxes or other tariffs on Mexican imports would add $2,000. President Donald Trump wants a weaker mandate on mileage, and he also wants the tariffs.

April 02, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Campus gun bill passes, adoption update stuck at Sine Die

Georgia lawmakers agreed to allow concealed handguns on college campuses but failed to update the state law on adoption before the gavel fell on this year's legislative session early Friday.

April 02, 2017 | Kathleen Foody and Ezra Kaplan Associated Press | Legislative Updates


3 arrested in Atlanta fire underneath interstate bridge

ATLANTA (AP) - Three people have been arrested in connection with the raging fire that collapsed a portion of Interstate 85 a few miles north of downtown Atlanta, crippling a major traffic artery in a city already known for dreadful rush-hour congestion.

April 01, 2017 | Bill Barrow and Kate Brumback, Associated Press news@covnews.com | State


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 have turned coal miners into a Madison Avenue version of the besieged American working man, the pretty wrapping on a toxic package of environmental delinquency.

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 a state Senator. Last week was filled with long nights and a lot of deliberation about the 35 bills we heard on the Senate floor. Here are a few that could affect our district:

March 29, 2017 | Sen. Tonya Anderson | Legislative Updates


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. I tried out finance, journalism, and retail jobs, but 10 years ago I moved back here and announced I was ready to commit to an extension career.

March 26, 2017 | Terri Fullerton | Agriculture


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 warm weather this past winter made last week's seasonable cold seem out of place in March. I remember an April Easter freeze in 2007 that was later and colder than the recent cold snap.

March 26, 2017 | Daniel Parson | Agriculture


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 News item featuring a coal truck driver, "one of the Trump faithful," attached to a breathing tube and weeping over his expected loss of coverage for deadly black lung disease.

March 26, 2017 | Froma Harrop | 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 business under the Gold Dome. Committees have wrapped up their work vetting bills and we're pushing hard to get our bills passed through the House. It's been nothing short of a busy session with 5,354 pieces of legislation drafted by members of the General Assembly so far this year, and I'm looking forward to the excitement of the final two days.

March 26, 2017 | Sen. Rick Jeffares | Legislative Updates


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 or what life was like in Mongolia during the Qing dynasty (1644-1911). Please be patient. I have both subjects at the top of my To-Do list in the coming weeks.

March 26, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


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