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America’s budding tyrants

From the Nazis to the Stalinists, tyrants have always started out supporting free speech, and why is easy to understand. Speech is vital for the realization of their goals of command, control and confiscation. Basic to their agenda are the tools of indoctrination, propagandizing, proselytization. Once they gain power, as leftists have at many universities, free speech becomes a liability and must be suppressed. This is increasingly the case on university campuses.

May 24, 2014 | Walter Williams | Columnists

Tennessee 'ready' to use electric chair

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee is "ready as needed" to use the electric chair if it can't get the drugs used for lethal injections, the state's top prisons official said Friday.

May 23, 2014 | ERIK SCHELZIG, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Students nabbed for releasing crickets

BRIDGEVILLE, Pa. (AP) - Several students will be disciplined for releasing hundreds of crickets in a western Pennsylvania high school as a senior prank.

May 23, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Nunn calls for VA secretary to resign

ATLANTA (AP) - Democrat Michelle Nunn, who's seeking Georgia's open Senate seat, has joined a chorus of congressional candidates from both parties calling for Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to leave amid a growing crisis over veterans' health care.

May 23, 2014 | CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY, Associated Press | STATE

Council Notebook: Legion Park plans questioned

Floyd Street resident Hugh Burnett presented the Covington City Council Monday with a list of questions he and his neighbors would like to see answered before the city begins work to turn Legion Field into a public park and event space.

May 23, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington

Ms. Rose Mary Nolley

In Loving Memory

May 23, 2014 | Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home | OBITS

Aboard the Memphis Belle

The 750-horsepower Pratt and Whitney Hornet engines turned over four propellers sending a beautiful yet chaotic melody of mechanical jazz to those encased in the belly of the flying time capsule that is the Liberty Foundation's B-17 Memphis Belle at the DeKalb-Peachtree Airport Thursday.

June 06, 2013 | Bryan Fazio | A VETERAN'S STORY

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Electric workers recovering from burns

Two Covington electric workers are recovering well this week after being injured on the job last Friday when a wire came loose, causing an arc flash – where electricity travels through the air between conductors – and burning the workers.

May 22, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington

Voter turnout underwhelms; runoffs to ramp up

Newton County's voter turnout for Tuesday's Primary Election was the lowest it's been since at least 2008, as 18.45 percent of the county's 55,141 active, registered voters cast ballots.

May 22, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | Election

Dollar General, McDonald’s coming to east side

A Dollar General and McDonald's are planning to come to Newton County's east side, and officials and residents hope the stores are a precursor to future development.

May 22, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Science stars

Piedmont Academy is graduating two stellar students ready to take on the science world.

May 22, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Education

Four years perfect: Loganville Christian's val and sal

Two students were ready to graduate and acted well beyond their age as they sat in the front office of their school and discussed past accomplishments and future aspirations.

May 22, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Education

Primary Process

The Senate, often thought of as the softer, slower, less-exciting body of the legislative branch, is in the spotlight this year. The Republicans in the House are expected to retain the majority and pick up seats.

May 22, 2014 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | OPINION

To answer or not to answer

I rarely, if ever, answer my home phone. That is not to say it doesn't ring. It rings a lot. However, I no longer have that Pavolvian response to respond immediately to its siren call. A response those of us of a certain age remember. And a response that many far younger than I am feel when their cell phones ring or beep indicating that a text message has arrive.

May 22, 2014 | Paula Travis | LOCAL

Readers vote on Covington's best burger

#1 - Hester's Restaurant and Pool Room

May 22, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | LOCAL

Hand-in-hand

The tables were lit with candles and the lights were down low. The congregation processed out of the church and into the parish hall to sit down for a Middle-Eastern style meal: olives, hummus, pita and dates.

May 22, 2014 | | RELIGION

No place for nuance

Eddie called himself a private detective, although all he really did was repossess cars. He would show up around 4 p.m. at the cafe where I worked after school, have his usual cup of coffee, and tell me a thing or two about what we used to call "real life." One day he told me how he used to load his coat pockets with brass doorknobs, which he used to "put out the lights" of homosexuals. I was 16 and getting an education of sorts.

May 22, 2014 | Richard Cohen | OPINION

First Newton male soccer player to sign an athletic scholarship in over 15 years

It was a historic day for the Newton High School Soccer Program on Wednesday afternoon, as Kenquavious McCollum became the first male soccer player in over 15 years to sign an athletic scholarship.

May 22, 2014 | | Newton

Oduah high jumps to Albany State

Snapping pictures with his closest friends, family and coaches in attendance, high jumper Daniel Oduah announced to the world – well, to the media center at Eastside High School – his decision to attend Albany State University.

May 22, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside

Gray ribbons for Team Traci

When Traci Mask dropped a weight at the gym because her hand went numb, she thought back to all the scattered symptoms she had been experiencing. Headaches, numbness in her right arm, hand and side of her face, trouble walking, tiredness, memory problems and even passing out while driving one day seemed unrelated and spread out to her before, but now she decided to see a doctor.

May 22, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

A voice we can trust

Are you religious? Would you call yourself spiritual? Do you believe in your church? In your pastor? In your faith? How about in the Bible? Or, do you believe in Jesus?

May 22, 2014 | Jonathan E. Scharf | RELIGION

Just a thought: Time's Up!

Yup, we say it, feel it and live like it. Those times when life seems bleak, situations seem impossible, prayers seem to go unanswered for a long time and we conclude, "Time's up!" I have waited and waited but apparently God is not going to do this or that. Or, I have given this ample time (in our time frame) so, God must be saying "no."

May 22, 2014 | William Burnham | RELIGION

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