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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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Wynne: Pruning, poisons and cover crops

Pruning Shrubs

September 25, 2011 | Ted Wynne | News Columnists


Lease the jail

To the editor: This may be a dumb idea, as I have no idea how the old Newton County Jail is being used, but Fulton County is under a court order to purchase another jail. If our old one still has functional cells, let's sell/lease it to Fulton for $1.00 and bring a couple hundred jobs to the Newton County (and consumers to the city of Covington).

September 24, 2011 | By Mike Luna | Columnists


Proud to Present the Newton County Theme School

To the editor: I have been an avid supporter of the Newton County Theme School even before it was a reality. I was interested in the grassroots murmurings about the possibility of a theme school in Newton County even before my child was school-aged.

September 24, 2011 | By Leigh Hays | Letters


Latarski:GDOT Leadership

Don't look now but the Georgia Department of Transportation is looking for a new commissioner and this will be the fifth one in about the last six years. As the ol' boy said when he saw the locomotive sitting on the dirt road: "This ain't no way to run a railroad."

September 24, 2011 | By Ric Latarski | Columnists


Fire burns down house on Ga. 212

A home at 7245 Ga. Highway 212 was destroyed in a fire early Thursday morning, causing the road to be closed between 3:20 a.m. and 9:45 a.m.

September 22, 2011 | | LOCAL


Man shoots daughter, wife in Stockbridge

UPDATE, 12:30 p.m. - The mother is reportedly in stable condition after going through surgery at Atlanta Medical Center. The 10-year-old daughter is reportedly in critical condition and out of surgery.

September 20, 2011 | | LOCAL


The discovery of a new planet

Just in case you missed this, scientists have discovered a planet outside our solar system that is in what they call the Goldilocks Zone - not too hot, not too cold - which makes it a possible place for life to form.

September 18, 2011 | By Ric Latarski | Columnists


Meadors: Testing as fast as they can

I can spend hours examining the rich and varied history of our county. It is filled with anecdotes characterized by the emotional fortitude and tenacity of our founders. Local annals, letters, excerpts of wartime diaries, and research show that roughly 150 years ago these founders had a vision. While the history at times lacks clarity, and the vision does not always appear neatly packaged as some do today, it is clear that education was valued.

September 18, 2011 | By Jeff Meadors | News Columnists


Lady Eagles foiled again

The Eastside Lady Eagle fell to 12 and 7 on the season and 3 and 2 in region play after falling to the Jackson High School Lady Devils 7 to 5 at home Tuesday evening.

September 16, 2011 | By Casey Barts | Eastside


Congrats to NewRock

To the editor: My sincere congratulations to the Newrock Legal Society and its first executive board members. These distinguished women of color have truly set out to make a difference in the lives of those in Rockdale and Newton counties as "each one, teach one" catches on. My prayer is that they realize what a brave mission they have taken on and the responsibility that comes with it.

September 11, 2011 | Antoine C. Threatt | Letters


Latarski: Congress has returned to work

As we leave the Labor Day weekend behind we are greeted with the grand news Congress is returning to work.

September 11, 2011 | Ric Latarski Columnist | Columnists


Lady Rams drop Stephenson High 11-4

The Newton County Lady Rams won 11 to 4 over Stephenson High School of DeKalb County Thursday evening at home. The win improved the Lady Rams record to 10-3 overall and to 2-1 in region play on the season.

September 10, 2011 | Casey Barts | Newton


Lady Redskins fall to Hebron Christian

The Lady Redskins suffered another home defeat Tuesday evening after falling 8-0 to Hebron Christian.

September 10, 2011 | Casey Barts | Social Circle


Newton under tornado watch until 8 p.m.

IN BRIEF: Newton and Rockdale counties are among the Georgia counties under a tornado watch until 8 p.m. Monday as the remnants of Tropical Depression Lee passes over the state, according to the National Weather Service in Peachtree City.

September 05, 2011 | | LOCAL


A view from the House

The General Assembly spent Aug. 15 through Aug. 31 in what is called a special session. It is referred to as "special" because it is outside of the normal 40 legislative day period, specified in the state constitution, that starts in January. Special sessions can only be convened by a formal proclamation of the governor, referred to as "the call." These sessions are also restricted to legislating only on the topics the governor specifically includes in his call. Governor Deal's call for this session included three topics. First and primary was legislative and congressional redistricting. The second topic was ...

September 04, 2011 | By Doug Holt | Columnists


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