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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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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


Re-consecration ceremonies

Community members: I am writing to inform you of two important upcoming events in our community. As you may have heard, recent research has determined that there are hundreds of unmarked slave graves in the historic African-American city cemetery located off East Street in Covington. There is also another city-owned cemetery located off West Street in the sand Hill community where more than 75 unmarked slave graves were discovered.

September 02, 2011 | Deacon Forrest Sawyer President African American Historical Association of Newton County | Letters


Monkey Business

Just in case you missed this, the escaped monkey from Yerkes is still on the loose and officials have called off the search for the elusive creature. It has not been officially determined if the animal could be found hiding under the Gold Dome.

August 28, 2011 | Ric Latarski | Columnists


It takes a village

Dear Editor: We have heard so much negative news about education lately that I felt some positive news was in order. I was looking at the two large bags of school supplies that were just dropped off by a member of the Covington Service Guild and was reminded of what wonderful partners in education we have at Mansfield Elementary School. The ladies of the Service Guild take their title seriously and really serve. They have often come to my rescue with supplies that I would have had to otherwise purchase from my personal funds. I am so grateful for their ...

August 28, 2011 | Diana Wright Mansfield | Letters


Keynesian economics

Dear Editor: I am writing to ask you and your readers to take a serious look into the modern "Keynesian" economists. Despite the political right's claim that the current economic situation disproves the Keynesians, the facts are quite the opposite. They have succeeded and are still succeeding in predicting the state of the economy; their assertions hold up against attempts to discredit them; and they know that our current economic policies will do nothing but cement our economic doldrums for years to come.

August 21, 2011 | Roy Evritt Oxford | Letters


Long time gone — It can’t be 45 years

This spring and summer have found me doing a lot of walking as I break in a new knee and hip joint from Peachtree Orthopedics in Atlanta. My long time pharmacist, Bob Richardson, correctly advised me to stick with walking since I couldn't run a lick in high school. Newton Drive is a favorite route and I made 50 miles in July, not bad for a gimpy, 62-year-old pudgy guy.

August 21, 2011 | Mike Lassiter | Columnists


Meadors: Where do we go from here?

Dismal news on the school front. Budget cuts fall like rain. Well-intended House Bills hold some promise, but high school seniors looking at the future likely wonder "Where do we go from here?" Students seek understanding and advisement as they forge through and navigate the labyrinth of college applications. Visions of dream colleges, second choices, and backup colleges dance in their minds. Yet the prospect of scouring online college websites with fancy Real Players, jazzy YouTube orientations, and perky PDF programs of study often leaves high school seniors exhausted. The recent changes to Hope under House Bill 326 have left ...

August 21, 2011 | Jeff Meadors | News Columnists


Wynne: Armadillos digging could pose problems

A small hard shelled creature visited my yard and many others this summer. Armadillos have been a nuisance in Newton County and other North Georgia Counties for a few years now. Only a few years ago, it was believed that these creatures could only tolerate the cool weather - not cold. In Extreme South Georgia, there was thought to be an imaginary line that existed one or two counties north of the Florida/Georgia line that held these Armadillos within warmer climates. This is not the case. In 1989, I was a County Agent in Fitzgerald where Armadillo complaints were common ...

August 21, 2011 | Ted Wynne | News Columnists


Wynne: Chiggers have plenty of itch time

On a per size basis, chiggers make you itch more than any other insect that I have ever experienced. Chiggers are so small, 1/20th of an inch, you can't see them without a magnifying lens yet they deliver a bite you won't forget. Well, the bite itself goes undetected most of the time, but the itch will last for days.

August 14, 2011 | Ted Wynne Newton County Extension | News Columnists


Life-saving cancer care must be protected

As a radiation oncologist at Covington's Radiotherapy Centers of Georgia - Newton County, every day I am able to witness the positive impact that innovations in cancer care have on patients' lives, particularly in the field of radiation oncology. Recent advancements in technology have extended and greatly enhanced the quality of life for many people right here in our community who have been diagnosed with potentially deadly cancers.

August 14, 2011 | Frederick Schnell, M.D. Guest Columnist | Columnists


Do the math

Dear Editor: Thank you for including the current national debt in your newspaper and its burden upon individuals. This should be a reminder that our government has demonstrated, without a shadow of a doubt, that it is not a competent manager of taxpayers' hard earned money. Therefore, voting taxpayers should insist that the national government limit its activities to those assigned by the Constitution. Philanthropy is not included and should be opposed consistently (even though various "welfare", "entitlement", etc., programs apparently are effective means of buying votes from selected population groups and therefore attractive to career politicians).

August 14, 2011 | Leon A. Leonard Mansfield | Letters


Glorious capitalism

Dear Editor: For those who say I voted and think that that is enough. It is not. It is like saying I attend church on Easter every year no matter what. You must do more to help yourself, your nation and your God.

August 14, 2011 | Luke Knight Covington | Letters


Hour of need

Dear Editor: On April 28, shortly after midnight, our town of Newborn was hit by a tornado. Streets were blocked by fallen trees and for several house we could not get into or out of the town.

August 14, 2011 | Roger W. Sheridan Mayor of Newborn | Letters


Electricity woes

Dear Editor: I have a question that needs to be addressed by Snapping Shoals Electrical Company. When do you have your meetings and send your stock holders invitations to the meetings for those who wanted and needed to attend? Where are the minutes, notes or agendas discussed at the annual meetings?

August 10, 2011 | D. S. Hughes | Letters


Locally grown food and chinch bugs

Locally Grown

August 07, 2011 | By Ted Wynne | News Columnists


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