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GOP elitists look down on tea party

I'm tired of the arrogant elitism by so-called conservatives, conservatives of expedience and the misguided who are conservative, but who sometimes embrace populace idiocy.

April 22, 2014 | Michal Massie | Columnists

Casting call for 'Taken 3' extras in Covington

Liam Neeson is back kicking bad guy butt for the third installment of the hit "Taken" series, though the plot itself is to-be-announced. Scenes are reportedly to be filmed in Covington and the production is calling for extras.

April 21, 2014 | | LOCAL

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

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Don’t ask

Dear Sir: Now that Congress, in all it's wisdom, has repealed "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," the question might be asked, "What now?" First, DADT did not prevent homosexuals from being in the military. It just required that they keep their sexuality to themselves. No more. Don't be surprised when a 21st century version of Corporal Klinger from "M*A*S*H appears at one of our outposts in Afghanistan. Also, don't be surprised at the increase in sexual harassment charges. One of the most troubling aspects of this whole unsavory mess is that there seems ...

December 22, 2010 | Fred Wheeler Covington | Letters

The wrong time for SPLOST

Fall's all but gone and winter's coming on and for Newton County it promises to be a hard one. There's not much letup in the drip, drip, drip of the Great Recession. And the political greed of local miscreants can only make it worse.

December 19, 2010 | Claude Sitton | Columnists

First Amendment responsibilities

I am a rabid supporter of the First Amendment. For 40 years in the broadcast news biz and half a dozen teaching, I have exercised that right and taught it with vigor. But this "right" of free speech carries with it some obligations.

December 10, 2010 | | Columnists

Palmer-Stone more than a name

The Newton County School System is building a new, massive (1,500 student capacity) elementary school on Ga. Highway 142 and Airport Road. Consequently, Palmer-Stone Elementary School, one of the last in-town schools, will be closed; its students are within the proposed district for the new school. Ficquett Elementary School will transition into the theme school

December 08, 2010 | David Stone Eady Guest Columnist | Columnists


Dear Editor: As we all know these are hard times; the economy is in the tank. This is the time to tighten the belt and really think about how we spend what funds we do have wisely.

It only makes sense that if you have X amount of dollars, you spend it where it will do the most good and for the greatest amount of people. This (SPLOST) is tax money, people, It isn't a government grant or one of Santa's presents. It locks in all consumers in Newton County to a one-cent tax increase for the next ...

December 08, 2010 | Roger Young Covington | Letters

Band Donations

Dear Editor: I saw the article (Dec. 3) about the Newton High Band (seeking $6,000 to perform during the Sugar Bowl halftime show). They have worked hard to meet their goal to go on this trip.; I would ask the people of Newton County to come forward to help these kids (go) on a trip they will never forget.

To help, Covington Ford will donate $500 toward their trip.

December 08, 2010 | Wendell Crowe Covington | Letters

Letter to the editor

Dear editor: It was wonderful to see all of the citizens of Covington who joined the musicians, children's choir and local elected officials to enjoy the lighting of the Christmas lights at the county courthouse.

What would have been a wonderful and fun evening for everyone was turned into a town hall meeting. This was a result of a thorough review of county and city business and a listing of the accomplishments of various public and private citizens during the past year

December 03, 2010 | Jay Larrabee Covington | Letters

Sonny’s disposition not so bright

The year 2010 came in on winged shoes and never stopped running.

December 03, 2010 | Barbara Morgan Columnist | Columnists

Our thoughts... At random

The Turner Lake Road roundabout finally officially opened on Tuesday, an innovation that has been in the works since 1999.

December 03, 2010 | | Our Thoughts

Your Thoughts are a joke

After reading your thoughts from the Sunday edition on Nov. 14, I almost laughed myself into a coma. Apparently, the staff at the Covington News is either trying to get its own late night talk show or a special commentary spot on Fox News. In your article, you spoke so graciously of George Bush's candor. Well… let's look at the meaning of candor. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines candor as being honest or sincere expression. George W. Bush has proven to be neither.

December 01, 2010 | Michael Williams Covington | Letters

Our thoughts... Valiant efforts

In valor there is hope. ~

December 01, 2010 | | Our Thoughts

Have a ‘Berry’ merry Christmas

Chuck Berry has some deep roots in agriculture.

He represents the fifth generation of his family to work the land.

November 28, 2010 | Janet Jernigan | LOCAL

Around the well - Nov. 28

There were wedding bells ringing loudly around Social Circle last Saturday when Ashley Standridge, granddaughter of local business owners Bob and Mabel Standridge, and Jordon Flores, youth minister from The Avenue Church here in Social Circle, were united in marriage. My husband and I knew something big was going on when we walked to the end of our street on Lakewood Drive and saw the huge number of cars lined up end to end on the Standridge front lawn. Music from their wedding reception wafted across the neighborhood and made us think about how great it was to be young ...

November 27, 2010 | Madeline Burgess | News Columnists

Hello, my name is Gratitude

As the weather turns cooler, I often turn inward, seeking warmth and clarity after the active, overtly outward living of spring and summer. November marks the beginning of such spiritual shenanigans for me with the blustery days leading up to our big day of Thanksgiving. I spend time everyday giving thanks and taking names. This year, I took the idea of reflection a step further with a series called "Hello, my name is Gratitude" on my blog - daily posts dedicated to reintroducing gratitude into my life and, by extension, my readers' lives. Here's a few of those posts, a ...

November 27, 2010 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | News Columnists

Dog person can recant on cats

"Cats," one of Broadway's longest-running musicals, was playing at the Fox Theatre some years ago. Friends proposed a night out, and I accepted, despite not feeling even the least bit warm and fuzzy toward the subject cats, to put it mildly. Not long into it, I walked out. A stage full of human beings crawling about on all fours in cat costumes just didn't cut it, gave me heebie-jeebies, in fact.

November 26, 2010 | By Barbara Morgan | Columnists

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