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Gov. Deal has two choices on ‘religious liberty’ bill

As Gov. Nathan Deal ponders the "religious liberty" bill that the General Assembly has adopted, he can look to recent examples of how two other ...

March 27, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Terrorists and their Privacy

One inevitable sequel to a terrorist attack is seeing the ugly mugs of creeps-turned-monsters thrust before us over a multitude of news cycles. Another is ...

March 27, 2016 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Have you ever thought …

Today is the most sacred day of the Christian year. The only day that would come close is Christmas. But Easter is, by far, the ...

March 27, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Telling It Like It Is . . . Bunny Tales

I'm going to let y'all in on a little secret about the Easter Bunny. It started several years ago when I was working ...

March 27, 2016 | Beth Rowe | LIVING


Should you use a Robo Advisor?

Although computer based investment programs have been around for many years, the term "Robo Advisor" is a relatively new label. I can envision the Terminator ...

March 27, 2016 | Mike Lassiter | Business


True Colors grace the Square

March not only means the arrival of flowers and warm weather but also the annual True Colors Youth Art Exhibit hosted by the Arts Association ...

March 26, 2016 | Sidney Cook | LOCAL


Covington has finances that other cities ‘would just covet’

For a long time now, the city of Covington has been leading not only the state of Georgia, but also the nation in finances and ...

March 26, 2016 | Hezekiah Rodgers | Covington


Eastside drops second straight against Locust Grove

The Eastside Eagles baseball team dropped their second game in a row to Locust Grove Wednesday night. Despite a great defensive effort, Eastside fell 4-1 ...

March 24, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | Eastside


Ivey, McDonald, Parker highlight the week

Hello, fine readers. I hope everyone had a good Saint Patrick's Day. Thank you once again for all of the feedback - it's good ...

March 24, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING


How would one prepare for the Easter holiday?

One way to prepare for Easter is to worry about what you are going to wear.

March 20, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


A road builder and a poet

When Minnesotan writer and storyteller, Kevin Kling first learned I was from Georgia he said, "Whoa, you must be a Byron Herbert Reese fan!"

March 20, 2016 | Andy Offutt Irwin | LIVING


Let spring fever begin

Greetings Springlings. The season has arrived and as people emerge from a winter of ignoring their gardens, the fever begins.

March 20, 2016 | Cory Mosser | LOCAL


The incumbents are playing defense this election year

Congressman Doug Collins is the kind of politician who would seem to be very conservative.

March 20, 2016 | | Columnists


Trump foes should stay off his stage

It's not easy to turn Donald Trump into an object of sympathy, but the hotheads disrupting his rallies are pulling it off. They may ...

March 20, 2016 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Irish poets’ work on display at Oxford College library until early May

Tucked away on the scenic Oxford College campus, the Seamus Heaney exhibit is on display in the Fran Elizer Exhibit Gallery at the Oxford College ...

March 19, 2016 | Sidney Cook | Oxford


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Marshall’s Music Minute:

I had the pleasure of hearing the show put on by Chris, Jon and Scott in Porterdale this weekend and am eagerly awaiting another great weekend of music in Newton County.

March 03, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING


Belton: Campus carry comes through house

As Crossover Day draws closer in the state Capital, week seven was a very long one. Feb. 29 is the day that a bill must pass in one chamber to be considered by the other.

February 28, 2016 | Dave Belton | LOCAL


Endorsements aren’t worth much anymore

In every election cycle, political pundits will spend a lot of time talking about why endorsements are so important to a candidate.

February 28, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Mountain Climbers

In 1996, a group of dedicated hikers decided to make the trek to the top of the world. Unbeknownst to the well-trained crew, a storm changed directions across the Himalayan range and arose from the abyss. Before the hikers had a chance to escape to one of the lower base camps, the horrific storm laid claim to many of their lives. This is one of many stories that support the statement that "The Mountain has the last word."

February 28, 2016 | Isaac Redman | LIVING


Have you ever thought …

The building that was, for many years, home to Mayfield Hardware is now the home for "Your Pie". It opened on Saturday, Feb. 20, to the greatest numbers as any in the history of the Your Pie organization. The hardware store moved all its operations out to its location on Hwy. 278 several years ago. But through "Your Pie", along with a new clothing store coming in March, the old building is coming alive again.

February 28, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Chimpy and Three Sweaters

When I was a child I was given a stuffed chimp. I named him Chimpy. I know the correct term for such a thing is "plush toy," but Chimpy wasn't so plush.

February 28, 2016 | Andy Offutt Irwin | LIVING


The important retirement question

When you retire, how long do you want your retirement income to last?

February 28, 2016 | Mike Lassiter | Business


Apple, public safety and selling stuff

Federal investigators hold the iPhone of Syed Rizwan Farook, the terrorist who helped slaughter 14 innocents in San Bernardino, California. They want to look at its contents but can't because the device is encrypted and Apple has refused to unlock it.

February 28, 2016 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Ga. State Trooper throws hat in ring for District 1

Georgia State Trooper Nathan Bradley, a 24-year-old Republican, is running for Newton County's Board of Commissioners District 1 seat. This seat is currently held by John Douglas, who recently announced that he will not be running for reelection.

February 27, 2016 | Hezekiah Rodgers | LOCAL


Jeffares: Senate business picks up ahead of Crossover day

We've had some long days this week as we've been working through a considerable amount of legislation. This Monday is Crossover day (or the 30th legislative day) which is the last day in which bills originating in the Senate Chamber can be voted on and transmitted to the House for consideration. Starting Monday, the Senate will only be hearing bills that originated in the House and vice versa.

February 27, 2016 | Rick Jeffares | LOCAL


VanNess Bill presented for protection of child abuse victims

The Georgia General Assembly completed legislative day 29 out of 40 on Friday, Feb. 26. On Friday the Senate debated and voted on several bills and I expect we will continue to pass more legislation protecting the rights of individuals and business owners throughout the state.

February 27, 2016 | JaNice VanNess | LOCAL


Marshall's Music Minute: Chris, Jon and Scott of Drive Time should not be missed

I'm going to do a two-fer in this week.

February 25, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING


Jeffares: at the halfway point

We have passed the half-way point of the 2016 legislative session and are rapidly approaching Crossover Day as we finish week six. We had the opportunity to hear a number of bills this week, all of which I'm sure will benefit many in our state.

February 23, 2016 | Rick Jeffares | LOCAL


Social hosting and how it affects Newton County’s future

When you think about teenagers and the major decisions that are put into their paths, one of the most important choices that each of them will make is whether or not to consume alcohol. While the choice to drink underage is ultimately their own, the adults of our communities have the responsibility to help educate, support and guide them to make the best choices that they can. There are so many ways that drinking underage can negatively affect a teen's life. From disrupting brain development to causing an auto-accident, alcohol has the ability to absolutely wreck the future of ...

February 22, 2016 | Megan Pope | Health


Indian Creek math team take 3rd in regional

The Indian Creek Middle School math team accomplished something no other Newton County School system middle school has accomplished before.

February 21, 2016 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


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