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Pace: What Should I Give Up This Year?

Valentine's Day has come and gone, and the stores have already put out their Peeps and Cadbury Eggs in anticipation of Easter. Before we ...

February 19, 2017 | Lyn Pace | Religion


Bouchillon: SPLOST: ‘It is not a tax increase’

SPLOST is an acronym for Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax. It is a program whereby counties can add one penny per dollar spent by ...

February 19, 2017 | Baxter Bouchillon | Columnists


Gingrich Cushman: Where strength comes from

This Presidents' Day, instead of buying a new appliance, read George Washington's Farewell Address and Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address.

February 19, 2017 | Jackie Gringrich Cushman | Columnists


Yarbrough: Secretary of agriculture-designate Perdue knows a bit about draining swamps

You may have read that unusually cold winter in parts of Europe as well as drought conditions in the southwest United States have created a ...

February 19, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Harrop: What is Trump most afraid of?

Why does President Trump rush off weekend after weekend to his Mar-a-Lago palazzo in Florida? Because Mar-a-Lago is totally under his control. There he can ...

February 19, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Belton: House passes balanced budget

The House overcame our largest hurdle this week as we passed – once again – a balanced budget…something our federal government in Washington hasn't done ...

February 19, 2017 | Rep. Dave Belton | LEGISLATIVE UPDATES


Jeffares: Week 6 from under the Gold Dome

Having the opportunity to represent each of you under the gold dome every day is an honor I will never take for granted. This week ...

February 19, 2017 | Sen. Rick Jeffares | LEGISLATIVE UPDATES


Pace: What should I give up this year?

Valentine's Day has come and gone, and the stores have already put out their Peeps and Cadbury Eggs in anticipation of Easter. Before we ...

February 19, 2017 | Lyn Pace | Religion


Study: Big data helps struggling college students graduate

WASHINGTON (AP) - Getting through college isn't easy, and it can be even harder for low-income and first generation students with few support resources. A ...

February 18, 2017 | Maria Danilova Associated Press | Education


Lawmakers work on changes to medical cannabis program

ATLANTA (AP) - Sebastien Cotte swears by the power of medical marijuana.

February 18, 2017 | Ezra Kaplan Associated Press | LEGISLATIVE UPDATES


Georgia lawmakers work to end 'surprise billing'

ATLANTA (AP) - Dan Harrison did what any parent of a sick kid would do.

February 14, 2017 | Ezra Kaplan Associated Press | LEGISLATIVE UPDATES


Anderson: Week Five under the Gold Dome

With the completion of legislative days 13 through 16, we now move into week 6 under the Gold Dome. As things really begin to heat ...

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


Jeffares: Week 5 from under the Gold Dome

Like a well-oiled machine, the 2017 legislative session is running smoothly as we near the half way point. The General Assembly has sailed through legislative ...

February 12, 2017 | Sen. Rick Jeffares | LEGISLATIVE UPDATES


Belton: Many bills on the General Assembly agenda

The Session is picking up as we move towards the last day in which a bill must pass one chamber in order to be considered ...

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


Yarbrough: Some advice for two young people beginning their journey together

Please allow me a bit of a preamble: Nicholas Sanford Wansley is grandson Number Three chronologically and - pardon a grandfather's pride - a high achiever ...

February 12, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


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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


Yarbrough: Hide the silverware! The legislature is coming!

To Arms! To Arms! The Legislature is coming, the Legislature is coming!

January 15, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


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