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Mahathre: Despite declines in teen pregnancy and birth rates, there is still more work to be done

Despite historic declines in the rates of teen pregnancies and births in the United States, and a 63 percent reduction in the teen pregnancy rate ...

May 14, 2017 | Veronica Mahathre | Health


Telling It Like It Is... Yearning for the good old days

I remember hearing my Granny Stapp say "We're living in a different world now" many times and that simple phrase is truer now more ...

May 14, 2017 | Beth Rowe | Columnists


Collapsed interstate bridge in Georgia to open next week

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta drivers can resume their commutes on a heavily used interstate by early next week at the latest, Georgia's governor and state ...

May 10, 2017 | Kathleen Foody Associated Press | State


Harrop: What's Wrong With Obama's Getting $400,000 for a Speech?

Reports that Barack Obama will receive $400,000 for a speech at a Wall Street health conference have produced some violent finger-wagging by populists on ...

May 07, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Conason: The Grifters Do 'Tax Reform'

If you were paying attention to what we learned about Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign, then you know that the president of the United ...

May 07, 2017 | Joe Conason | Columnists


Gingrich Cushman: He's only just begun

Last Saturday marked President Donald Trump's 100th day in office. But you already know that, since he, his administration, his critics and members of ...

May 07, 2017 | Jackie Gringrich Cushman | Columnists


Covington Family Chiropractic provides quality care to families

COVINGTON, Ga. - Covington Family Chiropractic has provided quality chiropractic care to the Covington community for almost four years, and was recently selected as the April ...

May 07, 2017 | Samelia Bankole | Business


Reach Thrift Store: Serving the community through ministry

COVINGTON, Ga. - Tina Clark, the manager of Reach Thrift Store had a vision for opening a thrift store as part of her church's outreach ...

May 07, 2017 | Samelia Bankole | Business


Bulldog Tire Company celebrates 35years

COVINGTON, Ga. - Bulldog Tire Company has been providing quality automotive services to the Newton County community for 35 years.

May 07, 2017 | Samelia Bankole | Business


Yarbrough:Legislature turns adoption efforts into political sausage

There is a saying that the two things you don't want to see made are law and sausage. Sometimes, they are hard to tell ...

April 30, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Harrop: Can we think our way past robots?

Never mind the wall that President Trump said Mexico must pay for but then Congress must pay for; either that or much of the working ...

April 30, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Gingrich Cushman:A meaningful life

This month has included the passing of my friend Julie who, at 41 years of age, was almost a decade younger than I.

April 30, 2017 | Jackie Gringrich Cushman | Columnists


Harrop: Will Trump's Order Help US Tech Workers or Not?

Let's describe the problem with an example. A few years ago, Southern California Edison employed 300 foreign tech workers through the H-1B visa program ...

April 25, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Owens: Hurry up and wait

For Spring Break my wife and I decided to take a trip to Baltimore. The trip went great until the terrible weather on that Wednesday ...

April 23, 2017 | Rev. E. Chip Owens | Religion


Yarbrough: Georgia’s first ladies make their own mark in state

You may have read about the sudden resignation of Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley last week. The "Luv Guv" as he was known in the local ...

April 23, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


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Extension agent graduates UGA Extension Academy

I was a Newton 4-H'er for eight years, following in my dad's footsteps. I worked for the 4-H Foundation and as a secretary. I tried out finance, journalism, and retail jobs, but 10 years ago I moved back here and announced I was ready to commit to an extension career.

March 26, 2017 | Terri Fullerton | Agriculture


Parson: Weather can determine when it’s time to plant veggies

You know people ask me about the weather: I'm a farmer. This "winter" has been an interesting time to talk about the weather. Consistent warm weather this past winter made last week's seasonable cold seem out of place in March. I remember an April Easter freeze in 2007 that was later and colder than the recent cold snap.

March 26, 2017 | Daniel Parson | Agriculture


Harrop: The Trump 'faithful' get the budget cuts they voted for

Kentucky has become a favored dateline for many of President Donald Trump's fervent critics. They collect evidence there of betrayal, such as the ABC News item featuring a coal truck driver, "one of the Trump faithful," attached to a breathing tube and weeping over his expected loss of coverage for deadly black lung disease.

March 26, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Jeffares: Week 11 under the Gold Dome

Now that we've wrapped up week 11 and completed legislative day 38, we only have two legislative days left this session to complete our business under the Gold Dome. Committees have wrapped up their work vetting bills and we're pushing hard to get our bills passed through the House. It's been nothing short of a busy session with 5,354 pieces of legislation drafted by members of the General Assembly so far this year, and I'm looking forward to the excitement of the final two days.

March 26, 2017 | Sen. Rick Jeffares | Legislative Updates


Yarbrough: Being a modest and much-beloved columnist can get testy at times

I regret I won't have time this week to get into the details about how Barack Obama managed to wiretap Donald Trump's shoelaces or what life was like in Mongolia during the Qing dynasty (1644-1911). Please be patient. I have both subjects at the top of my To-Do list in the coming weeks.

March 26, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Gingrich Cushman: Where we belong

While we might have changed a lot since our high school days, according to Emily Esfahani Smith, author of "The Power of Meaning; Crafting a Life that Matters," (Crown, 2017, New York, New York), one attribute is still the same: we have a need to belong. In high school, this need to belong can influence and change attire, hairstyle and even actions. The same is true as adults; we, too, want to belong.

March 26, 2017 | Jackie Gringrich Cushman | Columnists


Belton: A little about Georgia's new budget

The House and Senate passed a joint budget in the quickest amount of time in recent history, totaling $24. billion, a small 5.3 percent increase from last year. Of the new revenue, $775 million will go to education, $186 to transportation, $128 million to public safety and $39 million to economic development. I'm very grateful my efforts to add dollars to military and rural communities were successful, as well as to K12 education.

March 26, 2017 | Rep. Dave Belton | Legislative Updates


Candlelight Bridals: A traditional dress shop in the heart of Covington

Candlelight Bridals, located on 1192 Clark St. in Covington, has deep roots in the community. Since 1962, Candlelight Bridals has been offering bridal and prom services to the community.

March 23, 2017 | Samelia Bankole | Business


NHS student has artwork placed in U.S. Capitol

Editor's note: The original story stated Coffee's work would be featured in the White House. That is incorrect. It will actually be featured in the U.S. Capitol Building.

March 23, 2017 | Xavier I. Lewis xlewis@covnews.com | Living


Bouchillon: There's enough SPLOST for everyone

As most of you likely know by now, I have been putting a lot of effort into getting the 2017 SPLOST to pass – writing articles, appearing on radio and Facebook live, as well as probably giving an earful to anyone who makes the mistake of getting close enough for me to regale them with everything SPLOST.

March 20, 2017 | | Columnists


Jeffares: Week 10 under the Gold Dome

We're in the home stretch of the 2017 legislative session with only five more legislative days left to vet and pass legislation. Committees are wrapping up their work to vet and pass out legislation and the Senate is continuing to pass more legislation on the floor. A lot of the bills passed this week were clean up bills, which correct language or update bills passed in previous years.

March 20, 2017 | Sen. Rick Jeffares | Legislative Updates


Anderson:Bringing family to the Capitol

This week represents a turning point in the 2017 legislative session as we finally have begun to wind things down with the passage of 17 bills this week. Because the Senate and House disagreed on the allocation of the budget, a conference committee has been called to fix the discrepencies in the Fiscal Year 2018 general budget. And with the last day for bills to be passed out of committee coming at the beginning of next week, we are trying our best to review and vet as many House bills as possible.

March 20, 2017 | Sen. Tonya Anderson | Legislative Updates


Belton: 'Sausage-making' getting frustrating at the Capitol

Very few bills passed this week as the House and Senate "horse-trade" some bills and hold others "hostage" that are important to the other Chamber. It's all part of the "sausage-making" that is frustrating but not all together surprising as in a Constitutional Republic.

March 20, 2017 | Rep. Dave Belton | Legislative Updates


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 expected to bring far worse weather to areas around New York, Philadelphia and Boston.

March 13, 2017 | Jeff Martin Associated Press | State


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, and in most cases, makes sure that only the best bills get done.

March 12, 2017 | Rep. Dave Belton | Legislative Updates


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