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Storm could bring some snow, high winds to Georgia mountains

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters are warning of slick roads and a mix of rain and snow in northeast Georgia, part of a storm system that's ...

March 13, 2017 | Jeff Martin Associated Press | STATE


Young mom beats colon cancer, celebrates milestone

Carrie Fleming was only 30 years old when she was diagnosed with stage III colorectal cancer at Piedmont Newton Hospital.

March 12, 2017 | Special to The Covington News news@covnews.com | Health


Redman: Closer than a brother

How close are you willing to get with people?

March 12, 2017 | Isaac Redman | Religion


Harrop: A Plot to Poison Obamacare

Arsenic was a poison favored by Victorian mystery writers. The victims would be fed small amounts, not suspecting the cause of their increasing discomfort. At ...

March 12, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Gingrich Cushman: Frameworks, Gratitude and Grievances

Today's hyper-connected, social media driven world shapes the information and news that each of us consumes. What many of us see on search engines ...

March 12, 2017 | Jackie Gringrich Cushman | Columnists


Melvin: Newton County Drug Free Coalition to host drug-free event at NHS

On March 15, Newton High School students and partner agencies of the Newton County Drug Free Coalition will host an event to educate students about ...

March 12, 2017 | Mollie Melvin | Health


Anderson: Happily serving at the Capitol

Last Friday was Crossover Day and arguably one of the busiest times during the session for legislators. Crossover Day signifies the last day Senate bills ...

March 12, 2017 | Sen. Tonya Anderson | LEGISLATIVE UPDATES


Jeffares: Week 9 from under the Gold Dome

This week, the Georgia Senate completed day 33 of the 40-day Legislative Session. With Crossover Day successfully behind us, my colleagues and I are now ...

March 12, 2017 | | LEGISLATIVE UPDATES


Yarbrough: Low-performing schools initiative takes a major step forward

Don't look now, but the initiative to deal with low-performing schools in Georgia has taken a big step toward becoming law. Last week, the ...

March 12, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Bouchillon: SPLOST voting nears deadline

There is one week of early voting left for the 2017 SPLOST referendum. Those who wish to vote early may visit Suite 103 of the ...

March 12, 2017 | Baxter Bouchillon | OPINION


Belton: Best bills move forward during lull

This week was very slow at the Capitol as the Senate and House start to look at each other's bills. This is fairly typical ...

March 12, 2017 | Rep. Dave Belton | LEGISLATIVE UPDATES


‘Hairspray’ cast ready to bring back the ‘60s

The cast of the Arts Association in Newton County's production of "Hairspray" said audience members can expect to laugh, cry and be thrown back ...

March 10, 2017 | Xavier I. Lewis covintern@covnews.com | LIVING


Harrop: Trump Has Turned His Last Corner

That speech to Congress now seems forever ago. Reading the words off a teleprompter, Donald Trump sounded normal, even presidential. Stern critics opined that he ...

March 06, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Yarbrough: Good customer service may be going the way of the dodo bird

Sometimes I wonder if good customer service has gone the way of the dodo bird and 8-track tapes.

March 05, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Jeffares: Week 8 from under the Gold Dome

The Capitol halls were buzzing with excitement this week as we reached another important milestone in the 2017 legislative session: Crossover Day. This is a ...

March 05, 2017 | Sen. Rick Jeffares | LEGISLATIVE UPDATES


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Jeffares: Keeping a balanced budget

Budget Week at the Capitol has come and gone with joint appropriations meetings with the General Assembly to discuss balancing Georgia's budget for the rest of this fiscal year and next. The Governor and state agencies delivered presentations and projections of how they suggest the budget be distributed.

January 27, 2017 | | LEGISLATIVE UPDATES


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 shrubs. Yard work was a pleasure and my shrubs showed their appreciation by producing blooms abound.

January 22, 2017 | Ted Wynne | Agriculture


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 month. Wait a minute… Those are the lows!

January 22, 2017 | Daniel Parson | Agriculture


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 of civil rights, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. On Friday, we experienced the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States, who over the weekend attacked another civil rights icon and rep from the great state of Georgia, Congressman John Lewis. This places us in a conundrum because we find a president who based his candidacy on the premise that America was a Christian nation that had fallen into obscurity at the hands of ...

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


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 and blah-blah bloggers who can be more boring than a tree stump.

January 22, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


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


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 routine to hold joint budget hearings. While I am eager to be back in chamber, the budget is one of the most important steps in making sure our money is efficiently and fairly allocated in our state.

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


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 so far.

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


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 senators from across the state took the oath of office and officially became state senators of their respective districts. I look forward to working hard during our 40 day session to create positive change under the gold dome for everyone in District 43 and our state.

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 civil rights leader's daughter is encouraging Americans to fight for his vision of love and justice "no matter who is in the White House."

January 16, 2017 | Bill Barrow Associated Press | STATE


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 to be very busy and offers endless opportunities to strengthen our state's position as a top place to live, to work and to play.

January 15, 2017 | Rick Jeffares | LEGISLATIVE UPDATES


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 updates to you, my constituents.

January 15, 2017 | Dave Belton | LEGISLATIVE UPDATES


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 send with their thumbs on the tab.

January 15, 2017 | Isaac Redman | Religion


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 different, but instead of using my own words as encouragement or motivation I want to invite you to a couple of events that have inspired me so over the last eight years that I've lived here and help move me in the direction of King's vision for the beloved community.

January 15, 2017 | Lyn Pace | Religion


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