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Anderson: Update from the Capitol: Budget Week

Another week has passed under the gold dome and it was an eventful and informative one. This week, we took a break from our usual ...

January 22, 2017 | Sen. Tonya Anderson | LEGISLATIVE UPDATES


Belton: A week off is a week on

The General Assembly does not meet during the MLK week. Instead, various committees work on the budget as the rest of us work on bills.

January 22, 2017 | Dave Belton | LEGISLATIVE UPDATES


Yarbrough: Some observations on the national scene and then it’s back to broccoli

I hope you will forgive me but I am going against my better judgment today and sound like one of those inch-wide, inch-deep political pundits ...

January 22, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Keep America Great

This week has placed us at two distinct ends of the American spectrum. At the beginning of the week we celebrated the most iconic figure ...

January 22, 2017 | Rev. E. Chip Owens | Religion


Parson: Making the right seed choices for your garden

Here we are in the cold, dark days of January. With temperatures in the mid-50s, we are right in line with what I expect this ...

January 22, 2017 | Daniel Parson | Agriculture


February Pruning

Before I moved to Newton County around 12 years ago, my wife and I owned a home with a yard that was full of flowering ...

January 22, 2017 | Ted Wynne | Agriculture


4-H’ers honored for service work

As a second grader, I remember finding out that Martin Luther King Jr. wasn't actually royalty.

January 21, 2017 | Terri Fullerton | Agriculture


Man on the Street: How do you take out the trash?

Waste disposal is a hot topic around Newton County these days. The Covington News wants your take on the issue. Here is what we found ...

January 21, 2017 | Jarred Todd covintern@covnews.com | OPINION


Anderson: Getting Started in 2017

Monday, Jan. 9, marked the start of the 2017 legislative session in the state of Georgia and my first day as a state senator. Fifty-five ...

January 21, 2017 | Sen. Tonya Anderson | LEGISLATIVE UPDATES


King's daughter: Fight 'no matter who is in White House'

ATLANTA (AP) - As civil rights leaders and activists gather at sites across the country to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., the slain ...

January 16, 2017 | Bill Barrow Associated Press | STATE


Yarbrough: Hide the silverware! The legislature is coming!

To Arms! To Arms! The Legislature is coming, the Legislature is coming!

January 15, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Pace: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Beloved Community

I try to write these monthly articles with a good thought in mind or something that helps us engage meaning-making. This month is certainly no ...

January 15, 2017 | Lyn Pace | Religion


Redman: Never give up

It was 12 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2017 when I received the well-predicted "Happy New Year's!" texts that people were eagerly waiting to ...

January 15, 2017 | Isaac Redman | Religion


Belton: Another 'Forty Days' at the Capitol

As a new year arrives and we begin our proverbial "Forty Days" under the Golden Dome, I'd like to once again begin my weekly ...

January 15, 2017 | Dave Belton | LEGISLATIVE UPDATES


Jeffares: Week 1: Update from the Capitol

The Capitol has come alive again this week as we convened for the first session of the 154th Georgia General Assembly. This year promises ...

January 15, 2017 | Rick Jeffares | LEGISLATIVE UPDATES


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Letter from Randy Vinson

Dear editor,

June 17, 2014 | | Letters


30 years strong

Some may feel like 30 years of marriage is a long time, but one Newton County resident has dedicated over 30 years to coaching youth baseball.

June 14, 2014 | Candice Knight | Recreation


FIFA World Cup by the numbers

With the World Cup underway, I have been thinking about the best way to get folks to identify with the most popular sporting event in the world. While soccer is growing in popularity in the United States, it is still a sport that is a bit alien to some.

June 14, 2014 | Rafe Mauran | Sports Columnists


FIFA World Cup: Beginners only

The FIFA World Cup is finally here! 207 countries have competed in qualifiers since June of 2011 to be here with the 32 best national teams on the planet. All eyes will be focused on Brazil as they host the most popular sporting event in the world.

June 14, 2014 | Rafe Mauran | Sports Columnists


Holt: Talking with the ‘bogeyman’

This week, let's talk about the folks who are, at least in many minds, the great legislative "bogeyman" - that is, lobbyists! These are the presumably dapper, silver-tongued devils who are protecting something we talked about last week - interest. How insidiously un-American!! …Oops! I quickly realized that if we truly believe in freedom of speech, then everyone has a right to protect their interests by petitioning their government and that doing so is America's real national pastime.

June 14, 2014 | | LIVING


Trolley to take hotel guests downtown

Beginning this month, Covington Tourism Director Jenny McDonald will launch the chamber's new trolley and hotel partnership to bring business travelers to Covington's Historic Square.

June 12, 2014 | By Samantha Reardon | LOCAL


Miracle League field nearing completion

Miracle League consultant Tamara Richardson is crossing her fingers in hopes the Miracle League Field will be ready around August or September 2014.

June 12, 2014 | | LOCAL


Only BO knows what made Bergdahl so important

On Tuesday, June 3, I wrote: "Obama is a man on the ropes. He is coming more unhinged. Only a person with deep-seated emotional instability makes the public displays he does. Only a person teetering on the brink of emotional collapse continues to make fallacious statements and then attempts to downplay them by claiming even greater lies." (See: No More Tinkles Down Leg of Chris Matthews)

June 12, 2014 | Mychal Massie | Columnists


Eighth grade CRCT scores improve across state

Georgia eighth graders' scores increased this year, the last year of the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests, showing an eight percentage point gain in reading. Grade 8 students showed a two percentage point increase in English language arts, a three percentage point increase in mathematics, a three percentage point increase in science, and a two percentage point increase in social studies.

June 12, 2014 | | Education


What’s that lawmaker saying?

As with many other fields of endeavor, being a legislator requires getting to know some slang. Herewith is a brief primer of some Georgia General Assembly terms and phrases.

June 10, 2014 | Doug Holt | Columnists


The changing faces of war

I am into my summer routine, which means I drive to a weekend house, and as I do so, I listen to a book on tape. For the moment, it's Laura Hillenbrand's riveting "Unbroken," the story of Louis Zamperini's ordeal during World War II. He was a bombardier, and after his plane went down in the Pacific, he spent 47 days on a decaying raft, fighting off sharks with his fists, and then survived three years of inhumane imprisonment by the Japanese. His and the lives of other POWs were saved by the atomic bombing of Hiroshima ...

June 10, 2014 | Richard Cohen | Columnists


The ‘Party Band of the South’ will play free concert Friday

The Swingin' Medallions began their nearly 50-year run with fraternity parties.

June 10, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | LOCAL


Storm power outages

IN BRIEF: Snapping Shoals EMC is reporting 58 outages affecting 6696 customers. Snapping Shoals EMC provides electricity to 95,000 homes and businesses primarily in Newton, Rockdale, Henry and southern DeKalb counties.

June 10, 2014 | | LOCAL


One plan doesn't fit all

I read with fascination the opinion piece written by Randy Vinson Sunday titled "What Legacy?'. It correctly points out the pride we all feel about the area we call the Square in Covington.

June 05, 2014 | Philip Johnson | Columnists


Pests, trash and mold found in hotel

Pests, dirty mattresses and no hot water were just a handful of complaints from guests of Covington Lodge, an extended stay hotel located at 9161 City Pond Rd in Covington.

June 05, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | LOCAL


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