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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


Jeffares: A busy week at the Capitol

It has been a short but busy week here at the state Capitol in Atlanta.

January 23, 2016 | Rick Jeffares | LOCAL


Redskins repeat

Dan Gable said, "Once you wrestled, everything else in life is easy." There are not many things about wrestling that are easy, but the Social ...

January 18, 2016 | | Social Circle


Eagle swimming has strong showing on senior night

Eastside Swimming Eagles Team Captain Trey Hanson had a perfect night last Friday with four first place events but it wasn't enough as the ...

January 18, 2016 | Staff Report | Eastside


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Massie: Skin color's still important in politics

Today the idea of not being judged by the color of one's skin but being judged by the content of one's character is as farcical as the idea of unicorns. Judging based on color of skin is exactly the barometer race-mongers and racialists measure with today; content of character be damned.

January 25, 2014 | Mychal Massie Columnist | Columnists


A view from the House

During the second week of the legislative session, the House focused its efforts on budget work as part of the emphasis on an expedited session. Initial, informational hearings on the state's finances, which normally don't start until the second week of the session, were completed last week. Thus the nitty-gritty of appropriations work was already underway, somewhat to the exclusion of other legislating. This allowed the House to compose and consider the first component of our budget work on Friday. This was the "little" budget, as the update to the current fiscal year budget is known.

January 25, 2014 | Rep. Doug Holt Special to the News | LOCAL


4-H Forever: Kids taste independence at summer camp

Getting your young ones to branch out on their own is a tough thing to do, but it's part of human nature, and in fact all nature.

January 25, 2014 | Terri Kimble Fullerton Columnist | LOCAL


Forget marijuana, what about cigarettes?

On Jan. 1, Colorado began permitting the legal sale of marijuana. Even before that, the nation's news media had swung into action, arguing just about everything -- marijuana is dangerous or not dangerous, a gateway drug or just a lot of smoke. Nothing I saw mentioned why I, for one, will not smoke marijuana. I'm afraid it would lead me back to cigarettes.

January 23, 2014 | Richard Cohen Columnist | Columnists


Changes to speed up legislative session

Georgia's 2014 legislative session began smoothly last week, but moved at an accelerated pace. The reason for the faster pace is a change in the elections calendar. Last year, a federal court ruled that Georgia needed to better accommodate overseas and military voters by holding an earlier primary. The concern was that the existing schedule, in which primaries are held in late July, didn't provide enough time for the return of those votes – especially if a primary runoff was required. Thinking back to my service on the Newton County Board of Elections, I see the reason for the ...

January 21, 2014 | Doug Holt Special to the News | LOCAL


In era of rampant bullying, parents must take action

The Jan. 15 edition of The Covington News featured a story that saddened me for many reasons.

January 21, 2014 | Dorothy Piedrahita Columnist | Columnists


Watch one of Newton's own shine in 4-H concert

Everyone is invited to a free concert on Wednesday starting at 7 p.m. at the Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Eatonton.

January 18, 2014 | Terri Kimble Fullerton Columnist | LOCAL


What boycotts are telling Israel

Yet another academic group is mulling censuring Israel. This time it is the Modern Language Association. Just recently, it was the American Studies Association, which called for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions. Before that, similar resolutions were passed by European academic associations, much concerned with Israel's occupation of the West Bank. These are asinine movements in all but one respect: They tell Israel what it needs to hear.

January 16, 2014 | Richard Cohen Columnist | Columnists


Keep winter memories alive to warm the heart

This past week, we came to know the meaning of "Polar Vortex." The cold converged on Midwest and the Eastern regions of the country without mercy. Health issues became a matter of life and death for humans and other animals. Frostbite was threatening exposed skin. Schools were closed, and people were told to stay indoors. More than 1,000 flights were canceled. It was too dangerous for the news reporters to continue reporting on how dangerous it was. If some of us had forgotten words like "Fahrenheit" and "hypothermia," we remembered them in a hurry.

January 14, 2014 | Dorothy Piedrahita Columnist | Columnists


4-H forever: 70 youths present projects

Seventy young people in fourth through sixth grades competed for top honors at 4-H County Project Achievement Thursday.

January 11, 2014 | Terri Kimble Fullerton Columnist | LOCAL


'Duck Dynasty' uproar shows power of We the People

A friend recently wrote me, "What the 'Duck Dynasty' affair means to me is that, finally, some have had the courage to say 'ENOUGH' within the context of the media."

January 11, 2014 | MYCHAL MASSIE Columnist | Columnists


Memories of burgers, hot rods and a furry minidress

Here's the Samuel Hay Chronology, as best I can remember:

January 09, 2014 | Samuel Hay Guest columnist | Columnists


First ladies are fascinating

Bucket lists come in many varieties. Mine is a little more grounded than, say, skydiving, tasting all the foods of world cuisine, or visiting the outer reaches of the atmosphere.

January 07, 2014 | Dorothy Piedrahita Columnist | Columnists


4-H forever: Competition is Jan. 9

Every eye is on you. The room is silent, and suddenly you can't remember the introduction to your speech.

January 04, 2014 | Terri Kimble Fullerton Columnist | LOCAL


Voicing a color 'concern'

A person going by mjw@mjw27290516 tweeted me the following: "Mychal, why is color your problem and why do you spell colour incorrectly?" There is no doubt in my mind whatsoever per the insidious point this "person" was in his/her own condescending way attempting to make.

January 04, 2014 | Mychal Massie Columnist | Columnists


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