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Rand Paul’s amateur hour

Not to put too fine a point on it, but what has Rand Paul ever done? Oh, sure, he's a member of the U.S. Senate, but only a freshman, and it's the only political office he has ever held. He's an ophthalmologist, a father, a husband and the son of Ron Paul, who used to run for president. So now it is son Rand who is doing so. Aside from family tradition, the question is why?

April 17, 2014 | Richard Cohen | Columnists


Meth, funny money production found in search

What appeared to be a counterfeit money printing operation and methamphetamine were found at a Rockdale residence when Rockdale County Sheriff's Office and Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies served a search warrant for a wanted suspect.

April 14, 2014 | | LOCAL


Atkinson domestic violence memorial dedication April 13

A stark reminder of the deadly outcomes of domestic violence will be dedicated on Almon Road this Sunday, April 13.

April 11, 2014 | Jessica Smith | LOCAL


Rumsfeld's battle with truth

There is a moment, a mere moment, when Donald Rumsfeld's eyes well up and he chokes a bit. This comes in Errol Morris' documentary "The Unknown Known," in which Rumsfeld mentions visiting the wounded of the Iraq War. It is then that we get a glance at the man behind the word-playing frat boy who should not be able to sleep at night but from all the evidence does -- soundly. Socrates said the unexamined life is not worth living. Maybe. But in Rumsfeld's case, it is certainly worth watching.

April 10, 2014 | Richard Cohen | Columnists


Unladylike Black Girls Is Not Cultural Norm

The following is an excerpt from my forthcoming new book, which as yet is untitled.

April 06, 2014 | | Columnists


Oxford celebrates 175th anniversary

Oxford City Hall is buzzing with activity as it prepares to pass a noteworthy milestone.

March 29, 2014 | By Lisa Dorward | Oxford


One can be the deadliest number

"Sophie, Sophie, don't die! Stay alive for the children,' the dying Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand urged his wife as she slumped over him in the open-topped sports car. But Gavrilo Princip's shot had already killed her. A bodyguard asked Franz Ferdinand if he was in pain. 'It's nothing!' he replied repeatedly. Those were his last words."

March 27, 2014 | Richard Cohen | Columnists


Local man caught in child porn case

A Covington resident and former Barrow County middle school teacher, William Kimbrell, was indicted by a Federal Grand Jury on child pornography charges the day after resigning, the Unites States Attorney's office announced in a release Monday.

March 25, 2014 | Zac Taylor Barrow County News | LOCAL


Watching 'Clueless in Covington'

My husband, Mike and I went to the DAP Theatre's performance of Lamar Townley's "Clueless in Covington" February 15th and were pleasantly surprised by the caliber of performance in Covington! This troupe was amazing. Casting was hysterical, especially if you personally know the people. We happen to know "Ms. Harlot"! (not pictured) The other actors portrayed in this spoof are: Professor Greengenes, Mrs. Pricilla Cock, Rev. Black, Captain Cat Chupp, Professor Pemberton Pinkney, Ms. White and Mr. White. The production is based on the popular game of CLUE. This murder-mystery engages the audience to participate by voting "Whodunit ...

March 21, 2014 | Christy A. Lassiter | LOCAL


To the community of 1st Baptist Church of Covington

My wife and I would like to take this opportunity to thank the congregation at First Baptist Church of Covington.

March 20, 2014 | | Letters


The charter conspirators

In the war between the rich and the poor, I'm enlisting on the side of the underdog - the rich. What a drubbing they've been taking! Across the nation, but particularly in cities such as New York and Washington, the rich are incessantly accused of being slyly manipulative and self-serving. For instance, they support charter schools. Apparently, there is nothing worse.

March 20, 2014 | Richard Cohen | Columnists


Morrow Mustangs run past Rams

"I have to laugh to keep from crying" was Newton coach Andre Byrd's summation of the Newton Rams baseball team's sloppy 5-4 loss to the Morrow Mustangs Wednesday at Newton Stadium.

March 20, 2014 | Phil Manson | Newton


Reporter honored by Senate

The Georgia Senate honored the late Dick Pettys, a former Associated Press reporter who covered state government for decades, with a portrait painted by Dick Yarbrough, a syndicated columnist whose columns appear weekly in The Covington News. Yarbrough was a close friend and colleague of Pettys. With Yarbrough (left) are Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, state Sen. Steve Thompson (D-Marietta), state Rep. Joe Wilkinson (R-Sandy Springs) and Stephanie Pettys, wife of Dick Pettys. The portrait will hang in the Capitol press offices. The Senate press gallery is also to be named after Pettys.

March 15, 2014 | | LOCAL


How are you going to pay for college?

Why do we hear horror stories about college students graduating with tens of thousands of dollars of debt and without good job prospects? And what can college students and their parents do to avoid falling into that debt trap? The answer is financial literacy - education geared at successfully handling one's finances and making wise decisions. This is the time of year when college seniors receive acceptance letters and decide where to attend college. Many factors are involved in this important decision, but for the majority of families the most important factor is affordability. Luckily, there are many opportunities for ...

March 13, 2014 | Leila Lawlor Columnist | Education


History's repeating acts

Pardon the cliche - I think we have come upon a teachable moment. I am referring to the crisis in Ukraine and not just what it teaches us about the future but also what it teaches us about the past. Vladimir Putin has turned us all into Neville Chamberlain. The umbrella, please.

March 13, 2014 | Richard Cohen Columnist | Columnists


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The obligation to vote

"We the People........." the first three words of the United States Constitution define us as a nation and the form of government created by the Founding Fathers. The Founding Fathers were determined to retain the power with the people to control the government and to forever be free of monarchs, dictators and oppressive hierarchies. In order to preserve and endure this power with the people, a citizenry must voice their views and concerns by their vote.

October 28, 2011 | By William Perugino | Columnists


Sheriff: Help us keep your children safe

Parents, our children look forward to Halloween each year for a variety of reasons. First, it gives them an opportunity to dress up as they pretend to be someone else. Secondly, it's a time to travel throughout the community offering neighbors a chance to "trick or treat" them with candy, cookies and other items.

October 26, 2011 | Ezell Brown Sheriff | News Columnists


Missing signs

To the editor: I have no real interest in the city of Covington elections. I do live outside the Covington city limits and just don't spend any time in Covington unless I have to. The bizarre events and extensive coverage of the police action concerning a candidate removing another candidate's signs has been, well, amusing to say the least.

October 25, 2011 | Samuel M. Hay, III | Letters


Take the time to vote

To the editor: Amen to your editorial of Oct. 21. I voted early today and was told, so far, the turnout has been shockingly light. How frightening, if this is any indication of total "legal" votes to be counted Nov. 8.

October 23, 2011 | Irene R. Smith Covington | Letters


English Tea at Rosewood

Imagine being invited to a true English Tea hosted by six ultrafine and delightful women of Covington! Several of the six ladies' friends and acquaintences were invited with an elegant invitation showing Rosewood on the front of the invite and a formal invitation inside listing the six ladies: "Virginia Ann Hoffman, Cynthia Maloney, Betty McIntosh, Louise Morris, Betty Rawlins and Esther Williams requesting the pleasure of your company for English Tea at Rosewood." The home of Mrs. Louise Morris was a most quintenssential English setting for the beautiful event.

October 22, 2011 | Christy Lassiter Columnist | News Columnists


No need for county administrator

The article by the Newton County Commission Chairman, Oct. 16, 2011, regarding a change in the county government structure demands a common sense response.

October 21, 2011 | William Perugino Columnist | Columnists


Occupy Atlanta: An inside view

To the editor: I have been involved for almost two weeks now with Occupy Atlanta and have seen many diverse opinions. It is easy to single out a single individual and write about their views, especially if it is to make fun of them and criticize them. I am not saying everyone's views are correct; however, they need to be taken in context.

In every large gathering, you will find a few people with extreme political views, as well as the misinformed and misled. That said, those views are spread few and far between among the American citizens who ...

October 21, 2011 | Oliver Beinlich Oxford | Letters


When felons and quitters won’t do

Lost in the fancy rhetoric of second indicators, confidence intervals and safe harbor live stories of high quality teachers helping students achieve, succeed, and grow. Anecdotes of success, glimmers of hope, ordinary miracles, call them what you like; they are all part of the daily magic of high quality teachers practicing their craft, increasing student achievement, building strong students and future community leaders.

October 16, 2011 | By Jeff Meadors | News Columnists


A new line of iGadgets

In what has to prove the world is wobbling in its greased groove, two Americans have won the Nobel Prize in economics.

October 16, 2011 | By Ric Latarski | Columnists


Changes to local government

Changes are coming to county government structures all over the state, and I have made myself a student of those initiatives. As Commissioners, we are educated regarding the Five Forms of Government in Georgia by the Carl Vinson Institute of UGA and the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia. Some changes are the customary "tweaks" for efficiencies and changes due to growth. Many of them involve the institution of a county administrator or county manager form of government in which an administrator or manager is hired by the sitting Board of Commissioners to run all the functions and services of ...

October 16, 2011 | By Kathy Morgan | Columnists


Alcovy FFA busy with community projects

Operation book bag begins

October 08, 2011 | Selena Vance news@covnews.com | LOCAL


Latarski: Atlanta roads can’t keep up with growth

Here's a news flash: an outfit named the Texas Transportation Institute determined Atlanta has the worst commute time of any city in the country.

October 08, 2011 | Ric Latarski Columnist | Columnists


Making it through the rain

I hope Barry Manilow didn't really change his mind.

October 07, 2011 | By Tom Purcell | Columnists


Glasses are not the end of the world

It is one of those moments in life when you are jolted by the reality that the train is moving down the track.

October 02, 2011 | By Ric Latarski | Columnists


When it comes to teacher-parent relationships, it takes two to tango

Recently, a Newton County teacher shared with me a column authored by Ron Clark, founder of the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta. Entitled "What teachers really want to tell parents," I found it to ring all too familiar as to the sentiments I've heard, in different locations, over the last decade. It's worth airing because, like some things, there are kernels of wisdom in it. So much so that if we don't pay attention, the nation will not reverse the "average" tenure of new teachers - just 4.5 years.

October 02, 2011 | By Dr. Gary Mathews | News Columnists


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