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Anderson: Update from the Capitol: Budget Week

Another week has passed under the gold dome and it was an eventful and informative one. This week, we took a break from our usual ...

January 22, 2017 | Sen. Tonya Anderson | LEGISLATIVE UPDATES


Belton: A week off is a week on

The General Assembly does not meet during the MLK week. Instead, various committees work on the budget as the rest of us work on bills.

January 22, 2017 | Dave Belton | LEGISLATIVE UPDATES


Yarbrough: Some observations on the national scene and then it’s back to broccoli

I hope you will forgive me but I am going against my better judgment today and sound like one of those inch-wide, inch-deep political pundits ...

January 22, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Keep America Great

This week has placed us at two distinct ends of the American spectrum. At the beginning of the week we celebrated the most iconic figure ...

January 22, 2017 | Rev. E. Chip Owens | Religion


Parson: Making the right seed choices for your garden

Here we are in the cold, dark days of January. With temperatures in the mid-50s, we are right in line with what I expect this ...

January 22, 2017 | Daniel Parson | Agriculture


February Pruning

Before I moved to Newton County around 12 years ago, my wife and I owned a home with a yard that was full of flowering ...

January 22, 2017 | Ted Wynne | Agriculture


4-H’ers honored for service work

As a second grader, I remember finding out that Martin Luther King Jr. wasn't actually royalty.

January 21, 2017 | Terri Fullerton | Agriculture


Man on the Street: How do you take out the trash?

Waste disposal is a hot topic around Newton County these days. The Covington News wants your take on the issue. Here is what we found ...

January 21, 2017 | Jarred Todd covintern@covnews.com | OPINION


Anderson: Getting Started in 2017

Monday, Jan. 9, marked the start of the 2017 legislative session in the state of Georgia and my first day as a state senator. Fifty-five ...

January 21, 2017 | Sen. Tonya Anderson | LEGISLATIVE UPDATES


King's daughter: Fight 'no matter who is in White House'

ATLANTA (AP) - As civil rights leaders and activists gather at sites across the country to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., the slain ...

January 16, 2017 | Bill Barrow Associated Press | STATE


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


Pace: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Beloved Community

I try to write these monthly articles with a good thought in mind or something that helps us engage meaning-making. This month is certainly no ...

January 15, 2017 | Lyn Pace | Religion


Redman: Never give up

It was 12 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2017 when I received the well-predicted "Happy New Year's!" texts that people were eagerly waiting to ...

January 15, 2017 | Isaac Redman | Religion


Belton: Another 'Forty Days' at the Capitol

As a new year arrives and we begin our proverbial "Forty Days" under the Golden Dome, I'd like to once again begin my weekly ...

January 15, 2017 | Dave Belton | LEGISLATIVE UPDATES


Jeffares: Week 1: Update from the Capitol

The Capitol has come alive again this week as we convened for the first session of the 154th Georgia General Assembly. This year promises ...

January 15, 2017 | Rick Jeffares | LEGISLATIVE UPDATES


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Jason Smith named Teacher of the Year

Jason Smith wept and hugged his wife and sons when he was announced as the Newton County School System's top teacher.

October 09, 2016 | Duane M. Ford | LOCAL


Have you ever thought …

We are in the last few weeks of another election cycle. Have you ever thought what the impact of winning can have on the winner's life? Sure, running for office takes a large amount of effort. But what then?

October 09, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Redman: Student Leadership

I have been in schools and around education for years and have watched several student counsels get formed. During these times I have seen that some students truly want those positions and others who didn't want the position as much would be more confident. Those with more confidence would get the position.

October 09, 2016 | Isaac Redman | RELIGION


More states should ban the death penalty

Most of the civilized world has come to regard killing someone held in captivity as barbaric. The death penalty has been abolished in the European Union and 19 U.S. states. Governors in four states that do permit capital punishment - Colorado, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Washington - have imposed a moratorium on executions.

October 09, 2016 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Sizing up what makes Georgia the place to be

Today's topic will not include commentary on a bunch of immature multi-millionaires who play a kid's game and who are being goaded by special interest groups into disrespecting a country that allows them the freedom to do so.

October 09, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Take a close look at the constitutional amendments

In recent columns, we have discussed two of the four constitutional amendments that voters will see on their ballots Nov. 8.

October 09, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Flamenco, Merengue, Jazz and everything in between

It's another week and another round of great music here in Newton County. But this week there's a little something extra.

October 06, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING


Newton County Theme School gets national recognition

Not many schools are invited by the U.S. Department of Education to apply for recognition as a National Blue Ribbon School. But that is exactly what happened to the Newton County Theme School (NCTS) at Ficquett.

October 05, 2016 | Duane M. Ford | LOCAL


Chamber serves up a Taste of Newton

A chance to dig into a variety of tasty foods and gather for a lively feast of people is coming in the sixth annual Taste of Newton.

October 05, 2016 | Xavier I. Lewis news@covnews.com | LOCAL


North Forsyth educator fired over racist Facebook comments about Michelle Obama

NORTH FORSYTH - A north Forsyth educator was fired Monday after posts she has recently been making on social media sparked controversy over their perpetuation of racist and anti-minority sentiments.

October 03, 2016 | Kayla Robins krobins@forsythnews.com | STATE


Eagles fly easy in Homecoming rout

The Eastside Eagles (4-1-1, 2-0 region 4 AAAA) could not have had a better night for their 2016 Homecoming game. The seniors for the Eagles seemed to show up all night with big plays. They took on, and took it to the Druid Hills Red Devils (2-4, 0-2 region 4 AAAA) in what seemed to be a long night for the visiting team.

October 03, 2016 | Kevin Nixon | Eastside


I'm with you

After decades of political experience, and running against President Barack Obama in 2008, Hillary Clinton's performance Monday night was as good as it gets. The first presidential debate between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump, which was held at Hofstra University, broke the viewing record on Monday evening, with more than 84 million people watching the live action. This is three times the number of viewers for the season finale of the Apprentice in 2004.

October 02, 2016 | Jackie Gingrich-Cushman | Columnists


The decline and likely fall of Donald Trump

A recent essay in The Wall Street Journal described Donald Trump thusly: "Rather like the crazy boy-emperors after the fall of the Roman Republic, he may have problems with impulse control -- and an uncontrolled, ill-formed, perpetually fragmented mind."

October 02, 2016 | Froma Harrop | LOCAL


Who should judge the judges?

There are roughly 2,000 judges in Georgia, serving at every level of the judicial system from the State Supreme Court all the way down to local magistrate judges.

October 02, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Is this bed-wetting liberal really a right-wing redneck?

Oh, great. I have just been outed. It turns out that I am a bed-wetting liberal redneck. You were sure to find that out sooner or later, so let me explain.

October 02, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


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