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Jeffares: A busy legislative session has begun with tough issues ahead

The halls of the Georgia State Capitol are alive again this week as the Senate and House of Representatives gathered in their respective chambers to ...

January 17, 2016 | Rick Jeffares | STATE


Belton: The state of our state is better than the rest

Governor Nathan Deal gave his annual State of the State speech this week, and in general, Georgians can be proud that things are much better ...

January 17, 2016 | Dave Belton | LOCAL


Stephens: Why do we observe a day for Martin Luther King Jr.?

Have you ever thought why, we as a nation, set aside a day every year to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.? The third Monday ...

January 17, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LOCAL


Crawford: They run for president, we’ll run for governor

For the next few weeks you'll see every candidate for president dropping by the capitol as they campaign toward the March 1 presidential primary.

January 17, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Annuity solutions for long term care funding expenses

The problem with how to fund for the risk of Long Term Care expense continues to increase, and the number of lives covered through insurance ...

January 10, 2016 | Mike Lassiter | Business


Where does the trails efforts stand in our area?

Since 1998 a group of our neighbors have been committed to the dream of building a system of trials throughout our communities. They would be ...

January 10, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Belton: Regarding Ga. education: Time to bridge the gap

Teachers in Georgia should be proud that our high school graduation rate is at an all-time high of 79 percent (Newton was even better at ...

January 10, 2016 | | LOCAL


Lawmakers have tough decisions this session

Legislators will be returning to Atlanta soon to convene the 2016 General Assembly session, but this one may have a slightly different feel to it.

January 10, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Thanks for a good year

When it comes to politicians, there was a lot to criticize this year. It would be wrong, however, to end the year without noting some ...

January 03, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


What really matters to you and your life?

For most of you reading this column today, you are still in the Happy New Year stage of the year. Oh, I know that 2016 ...

January 03, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Government 101: Courageous leaders needed

American University Professors Jennifer Lawless and Richard L. Fox have co-authored a book entitled "Running from Office: Why Young Americans are turned off to politics ...

January 03, 2016 | Jerry Roseberry | LOCAL


Thanks for a good year

When it comes to politicians, there was a lot to criticize this year. It would be wrong, however, to end the year without noting some ...

January 03, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


The upcoming power bills will shock customers

You would think we learned our lesson the first time around - but we didn't.

December 20, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Have you ever thought …

Why do we seem to limit so much of the goodness of Christmas to a few weeks?

December 20, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Johnston: A bright future ahead for Covington

Dear city of Covington residents,

December 19, 2015 | Ronnie Johnston | LOCAL


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Battle to be Middle Ridge principal

The Newton County Board of Education approved the promotion of Rhonda Battle from assistant principal to principal at Middle Ridge Elementary School Tuesday night.

December 10, 2015 | Joy Bratcher | Covington


Fighting for life: Covington man in remission after battle with lung cancer

Covington resident Wilbert Hill knows what it means to fight for his life.

December 08, 2015 | Anne Gantt | Health


Covington resident has shocking discovery

When Covington resident Billie Jane Hood underwent a routine evaluation for knee replacement surgery at Piedmont Newton Hospital, the last thing she expected to hear was that she had stage IV lung cancer.

December 08, 2015 | Anne Gantt | Health


What happens when there is no room in the inn?

At the heart of the story of the first Christmas, Mary and Joseph arrive in Bethlehem and find there is no room for them at the Inn. On the very night of the birth of our Lord and Savior, there was no room for his parents.

December 06, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Bratcher: Saying goodbye to a legend

I will never forget the first time I walked on to the University of Georgia (UGA) campus. I was 11-years old and grew up dreaming of one day becoming a part of Bulldog nation.

December 03, 2015 | | SPORTS


Say goodbye to Pinkie’s

From one of my favorite cities, Savannah, comes the sad news that Pinkie Master's Lounge will close at the end of the year.

November 29, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Learn about 100% Tax-Free retirement with yearly growth

If there's anything that will catch the eye of our elected officials in Washington, DC, it's an advertisement like this article's heading. There's more than a few pundits predicting the government will one day attempt to confiscate retirement plans to help lessen our national debt.

November 29, 2015 | Mike Lassiter | Business


What it takes to make Covington special?

One of the keys to making our city so special are those willing to offer themselves for elective office and serve when elected. At the end of this year we will be seeing the end of 37 years of service by Janet Goodman. That is a lot of years of service to her community by this beloved lady. She has served on Covington's City Council at Post One of the West Ward.

November 29, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Learn from history

A day after our president called ISIS "contained" the Islamic State launched a well-coordinated attack on the City of Light. ISIS just took down an airliner and conducted a suicide attack in Beirut. More than 900 citizens of our allies have been murdered by ISIS in a little more than a week.

November 22, 2015 | Dave Belton | LOCAL


Say goodbye to Pinkie’s

From one of my favorite cities, Savannah, comes the sad news that Pinkie Master's Lounge will close at the end of the year.

November 15, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Who cares for those furry friends who have no voice?

Looking on the national scene, one answer would be the National Humane Society. They deal with issues on a large scale; issues such as advocacy against puppy mills, factoring farming, seal slaughter, horse cruelty, captive hunts and even how the elephants are treated in the circus.

November 15, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


There’s no denying that it’s getting wetter

This is what the future looks like.

November 08, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Thank your veterans

Have you ever thought about what Veterans Day is all about? On Wednesday we will pause as a nation and as a community to honor all who have served in the United States Armed Forces. In the spring we have Memorial Day in memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice, but this Wednesday is not only for them but all the men and women who have ever been in the service. It is an official federal holiday with most government offices and financial institution closed.

November 08, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Johnston: The time is now

The retail development referred to by Mr. Dalton in his letter to the citizens of Covington and Newton County, is one of the most important opportunities our community has seen in decades.

November 01, 2015 | Ronnie Johnston | LOCAL


Chamber Board: Project Kitchen Sink

Dear Citizens of Covington and Newton County:

November 01, 2015 | Chamber Board of Directors | LOCAL


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