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Belton: Small budget reviewed at Capitol

As in year's past, the first few weeks of Session sees only a few bills as much of our time is tied up with ...

January 29, 2017 | Rep. Dave Belton | LEGISLATIVE UPDATES


Yarbrough:Look for a different approach to fixing failing schools in Georgia

Education is all about learning. The defeat of Amendment 1 last fall by Georgia voters was a learning lesson for its proponents, including Gov. Nathan ...

January 29, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Irwin: Praying at Facebook

Hypothesis: More people pray when scrolling on Facebook then in church.

January 29, 2017 | Andy Irwin | Columnists


Lassiter: Looking at 2017

The New Year promises to be a very exciting one as we will probably see some big changes in our country. President-Elect Trump has already ...

January 29, 2017 | Mike Lassiter | Business


Goodbye 2016, hello 2017

Recently, the Piedmont Academy (PAC) FFA Chapter held its first FFA meeting of the new year. This meeting was held at the FFA-FCCLA Camp in ...

January 29, 2017 | Lawton Harris FFA Reporter | Education


Telling It Like It Is . . . Time to Change

It's too early to tell how 2017 is shaping up, but, I can already tell it's going to be an interesting year.

January 29, 2017 | Beth Rowe | Columnists


Have You Ever Thought… How it would feel not to be able to go home?

We have a crises in our state. There are 13,000 children who are separated from their families in Georgia. They are in state custody ...

January 29, 2017 | B. Wiley Stephens | Columnists


Jordan: Measuring our goals for the new year

So we have had a month to see how our "new starts" have fared, and if studies are correct, most of those new starts are ...

January 29, 2017 | Kasey Carty Jordan | Religion


Gingrich Cushman: The People's Government, the People's Work

On January 20, Donald Trump took the oath of office and became the 45th president of the United States. Trump's speech was 1,435 ...

January 28, 2017 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


Harrop: Hitting our heads against a border wall

Illegal immigration from Mexico is yesterday's problem. Last year, more Mexicans left the United States than entered, according to the Pew Research Center. But ...

January 28, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Man on the Street: Is there someone from Newton County that could play in the NFL one day?

With the Falcons making it to the Big Game, The Covington News decided it was time to talk football. All the athletic talent in Newton ...

January 28, 2017 | Jarred Todd covintern@covnews.com | Your Thoughts


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 ...

January 27, 2017 | | 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 ...

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


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Yarbrough: Dedicated to the believers this Christmas

This column has become a Christmas tradition and I share with you once again this year. It is dedicated to all who believe.

December 23, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Belton: Bidding adieu to a good year for Georgia

As we say goodbye to another year and think about our many blessings, I'd like to write a positive article about where we stand today. While I agree our federal politics are a mess, Georgia is in a very good place, especially compared to our sister states.

December 23, 2016 | Dave Belton | LEGISLATIVE UPDATES


Irwin: Secret Santa

When I was around 12 years old, it occurred to me that the season we call Christmas has, within it, several glitter-coated mini-seasons. Because of the length of the season, and how it tries the forbearance of even the most long-suffering of folks, it is easy for kids to discern the two categories of grown-ups.

December 23, 2016 | Andy Irwin | Columnists


Have you ever thought … As a community what do we do for the homeless?

The only shelter in Newton, or adjoining counties, the Garden of Gethsemane Shelter can be part of the solution for dealing with homelessness in our community. The shelter's 20-year history was celebrated at a Christmas Dinner Gathering on Friday, December 9, 2016, at the Church of Covington.

December 19, 2016 | B. Wiley Stephens | Columnists


Redman: What can forgiveness do for us

This article is written to give a perspective of what forgiveness can do for us, and hopefully encourage us to forgive others in our life. Perhaps forgiveness is so powerful because it is often the most difficult thing to do. Naturally, when we have been wronged, we want to see payback. When someone has hurt us, we want to see that person suffer as well, we want to totally disconnect with that person, or we might just hold an inner grudge. Like the popular saying goes, "forgive but not forget."

December 19, 2016 | Isaac Redman | Religion


Yarbrough: Hoping Santa Claus has something special for schoolteachers this Christmas

Dear Santa Claus:

December 19, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Telling it like it is ... Countdown to Christmas, Southern style

Here we are entering the last month of 2016 and getting ready for Christmas. Ready or not, it's almost here. I may not be ready, as I probably won't have everything finished until a week into the New Year. Mom and Dad insist they need more lights, the grandchildren wish list keeps getting longer and the calendar is quickly filling up with school plays, parties, festivities and family functions, along with all the parades, visits and pictures with Santa that the grandchildren insist on. The holidays come and go so fast that by the time I'm finally ...

December 12, 2016 | Beth Rowe | Columnists


Pace: Waiting, Watching, Wonder

I remember how I felt as a child when Christmas Eve would roll around every year. It was magical. In the earlier years of my life as my family and I would travel across town from one family gathering to the next, I would look up at the sky and think to myself, "I wonder if I'll see the sleigh this year." As I grew into my pre-teen and teenage years and was began focusing more on the religious significance of Christmas as a Christian, I started paying attention to the stars in the sky. "How brilliant that it ...

December 12, 2016 | Lyn Pace | Religion


Have you ever thought … How we can serve some of those who served us?

A month ago today, we, as a nation, observed Veteran's Day. Each year we set this day aside to say thank you to all who served in our Armed Forces for their service. We are a free and great nation for what they did for each of us. But now there is a challenge to us to give a hand up to some that now struggle with homelessness.

December 12, 2016 | B. Wiley Stephens | Columnists


Yarbrough: Losing one’s home to fire is a painful experience

Philip Wilheit is a man of no small influence in our state. A community leader and a successful business man - he is president and CEO of Wilheit Packaging in Gainesville - Wilheit is also one of Gov. Nathan Deal's oldest and closest friends and advisers. He served as chairman of Deal's first gubernatorial campaign in 2010 and now sits as a member of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.

December 12, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Gingrich-Cushman: Wow, what a change in direction

Reality has set in, Hillary Clinton is (mostly) out of the news and President-Elect Donald Trump has been named Time Magazine's man of the year. Ignore the snarky line labeling him "the President-elect of the divided States of America."

December 12, 2016 | Jackie Gingrich-Cushman | Columnists


Losing one’s home to fire is a painful experience

Philip Wilheit is a man of no small influence in our state. A community leader and a successful business man - he is president and CEO of Wilheit Packaging in Gainesville - Wilheit is also one of Gov. Nathan Deal's oldest and closest friends and advisers. He served as chairman of Deal's first gubernatorial campaign in 2010 and now sits as a member of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.

December 11, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


More musical treats for your ears

Greetings Covington and welcome back to another installment of The Minute. And just right quick, I wanted to take a moment to thank so many of you who took the time to tell me how much you enjoyed my music Thanksgiving list in the last edition. I appreciate that and am glad that so many of you enjoyed it. Another big week of music around these parts, let's grab a plate and dig in!

December 08, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING


Change isn’t that bad

Life changes all the time. We change homes. We change jobs. We change clothes. We change a lot of things. Some of us like change and some don't. Change can be exciting and scary, bad or good. It seems we have experienced a lot of change lately.

December 04, 2016 | Andy Butts | Religion


Yarbrough: Random thoughts on random subjects

God bless America and God bless Mount Paran Christian School in Cobb County. Before a recent football playoff game, every player on the team came running on the field carrying an American flag. A school official told the Marietta Daily Journal, "The football team decided to all carry flags on the field because of all that's going on in our world with several athletes maybe not showing respect for God and country and the lack of unification in the country after the election. The fact that they did this during a playoff game makes it even more special." Yes ...

December 04, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


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