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Jeffares: Week Five Updates from the State Senate

The days are going by quickly now, as we wrap up our fifth week of the 2016 legislative session. We worked four efficient days this ...

February 13, 2016 | | LOCAL


Belton: A significant week in the state legislature

The fifth week of Georgia Legislative Session this year was by far the most significant, as the House passed a bill that would protect preachers ...

February 13, 2016 | Dave Belton | LOCAL


Marshall’s Music Minute: Hotspots in Covington

It's your pal Marshall McCart here. I'm so pumped to be doing this segment for The News to give its wonderful readership a ...

February 11, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING


What makes Valentine's Day special?

Many of us will remember in our childhood when every student made a little decorated "mail box" with your name on it.

February 07, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Is there only one true progressive?

In our polarized politics, the Democratic Party is trending leftward - not as sharply or as rapidly as the Republican Party has turned toward the far ...

February 07, 2016 | Joe Conason | Columnists


Lawmakers keep on fighting the Civil War

Nathan Deal, meet Franklin Roosevelt.

February 07, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Providing a small town service of love

In writing this new column, I thought long and hard about what the first topic should be on. What is important from the perspective of ...

February 07, 2016 | Andy Butts | RELIGION


What can we learn from a ground hog?

There it is on the calendar for February 2: "Ground Hog Day." I don't know who selects which days to note on the system ...

January 31, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


You have more options for college funding than you think

The cost of their children's college education will take a big bite out of parents' retirement savings.

January 31, 2016 | Mike Lassiter | Business


Crawford: Who wins in this fight over ‘freedom’?

This is a fight over "freedom" that legislators don't really need. It's a fight they could have avoided. But it seems to be ...

January 31, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Jeffares: Week 3 brings bills and committee meetings

Committee meetings are finally underway here at the Capitol. I, and many of my colleagues, have had a busy week juggling our various committee appointments ...

January 31, 2016 | Rick Jeffares | LOCAL


Belton: House votes on amended budget

The third week of Session we voted on what is called the "Small" or "Amended" budget. It is basically the mid-year adjustment to account for ...

January 31, 2016 | Dave Belton | LOCAL


Irwin: Why do I live in Covington? It's home.

While hashing out the idea of writing my column about Southern small town life, I settled on the name Neurotically Sentimental.

January 31, 2016 | Andy Offutt Irwin | LIVING


How we trust in God as a community and a nation?

Recently there have been debates about the use of our nation's motto, "In God We Trust." It is found on the dollar bill, on ...

January 24, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Deal backs away on teacher pay issue

Last year, Gov. Nathan Deal had everyone thinking he would make major changes in the state's public education system when the 2016 legislative session ...

January 24, 2016 | | Columnists


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Nothing but respect for the weather

If I were a wealthy woman, I would be writing this while sitting in the sun in Brazil, not in Newton County, Ga. However, here I am, sitting in my home, hoping my laptop doesn't stop working.

February 20, 2014 | Dorothy Frazier Piedrahita Columnist | Columnists


Man sets himself on fire at Kroger

Officials said a man set himself on fire at the Kroger on U.S. Highway 278 Tuesday afternoon.

February 18, 2014 | By Danielle Everson and Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


309 compete at Newton 4-H event

Newton County 4-H hosted the district project achievement event for 309 Cloverleaf 4-H members and more than 500 additional guests last Saturday at Newton High.

February 15, 2014 | Terri Kimble Fullerton Columnist | LOCAL


What kind of county government do we need?

Newton County citizens recently learned of the unexpected action of the Board of Commissioners (BOC) to appoint an "assistant county manager," which in fact is the new "county manager in waiting" who will replace John Middleton upon his retirement sometime this year. Mr. Tom Garrett, the person selected, may be a good candidate for this job, but the process and timing of his appointment raises serious questions about the genuine commitment of our current commissioners to effectively manage our county.

February 15, 2014 | Larry McSwain Guest Columnist | OPINION


Whatever happened to balance?

The defenestration of Woody Allen started on Feb. 2 with a column in The New York Times by Nicholas Kristof. He began by saying all the right things -- that allegations against Allen of sexually molesting the 7-year-old daughter of his one-time companion Mia Farrow had never been proved and that Allen "should be presumed innocent." Then Kristof threw Allen out the window.

February 13, 2014 | Richard Cohen Columnist | Columnists


Valentine's Day brings thoughts of love

Hate or love it, Valentine's Day is here again. For some, it is a time that reminds us that we are thought of.

February 10, 2014 | Dorothy Piedrahita Columnist | Columnists


The carpetbaggers are at it again

Dear editor,

February 10, 2014 | By Samuel M. Hay, III Covington, Ga. | Letters


Good food, free admission on tap at livestock show

Do not despair!

February 08, 2014 | Terri Kimble Fullerton 4-H Forever columnist | LOCAL


House votes on 12 bills and resolutions

Last week in the House the focus on committee work continued. A few more items made it to the floor for consideration, and we voted on 12 bills and resolutions. All concerned fairly minor topics; a couple are of some interest.

February 08, 2014 | Rep. Doug Holt R-Social Circle | LOCAL


What you won't hear about this month

Feb. 1 begins the 28-day "ceremony to injustice" that is nothing more than an aversion to modernity that encourages people to mire themselves in the past juxtaposed to embracing the present and the future. To me that is the essence of Black History Month. Black History Month is used by the nefarious and the corrupt to divide, to evoke blame and guilt, and often for personal gain.

February 08, 2014 | | Columnists


The high price of isolationism

This being the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I, I have plunged into several books on the subject, most of them relating to what started it, and I have come up with the following conclusion: mustaches. Most of Europe's leaders had either a mustache or a beard -- the German kaiser, the jejune Wilhelm II, had the most resplendent mustache of them all, "fixed into place every morning by his personal barber," Margaret McMillan tells us in her new history of the road to war. This confirms what I always thought: The Germans started the war.

February 06, 2014 | Richard Cohen Columnist | Columnists


A view from the House-- week 3

The third week of the legislative session saw the House turn, at least partially, to non-appropriations committee work. Work on the Fiscal 2015 budget will be ongoing, but at a more measured pace.

February 04, 2014 | Rep. Doug Holt R-Social Circle | LOCAL


Getting to know your history

I believe mankind should know its history.

February 04, 2014 | Dorothy Piedrahita Columnist | OPINION


4-H Forever: Don't merely travel; experience the world

As seniors talk about college applications and acceptances, I can't help but think back.

February 01, 2014 | Terri Kimble Fullerton Columnist | LOCAL


Our desperate quagmire in Afghanistan

While watching the utterly gripping movie "Lone Survivor" recently, I comforted myself by noting that the four Navy SEALs engaged in a desperate firefight with the Afghan Taliban were all volunteers. They asked for this, I told myself. They were not draftees yanked out of civilian life and compelled to fight a war they could neither understand nor win. They had asked for this, I insisted, but I knew all the time that this was a lie. They had volunteered, but certainly not to die and certainly for no purpose.

January 30, 2014 | Richard Cohen Columnist | Columnists


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