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Harrop: Not Enough Exercise, Too Much: Americans Polarized Here, Too

The boarding process for a recent flight required going up a modest set of stairs. Greatly slowing it all was a woman carrying at least ...

July 23, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Crawford: Georgia has its own mini-Trump

For those Georgia voters who couldn't get enough of Donald Trump in last year's election, fear not.

July 23, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Yarbrough: It’s time to stop fighting a war that has been over 152 years

My son, a learned philosopher, says of an impending competition between two football teams he particularly dislikes: "May they play a zero-zero tie in the ...

July 23, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Gingrich Cushman: Media Hype Forces Friction

Americans' interests and broadcast news coverage are at odds. Additionally, the tendency of the news media to focus on conflict rather than progress helps create ...

July 23, 2017 | Jackie Gringrich Cushman | Columnists


Belton: Georgia is in good plans

I periodically like to update you on where we are as a state. While our federal politics are largely a mess, Georgia is in a ...

July 23, 2017 | Rep. Dave Belton | Columnists


Archives From The Piedmont Chronicles: Walton County and the City of Social Circle

Hey Folks! I hope this column finds everyone well. In our last journey, we explored Jasper County, the city of Monticello and Seven Islands. There ...

July 18, 2017 | Marshall McCart | Columnists


Yarbrough: This recruit blows off opportunity to blow up

KNOCK! KNOCK! "Sir, you wanted to see me?"

July 16, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Belton: The day the President became President

An odd thing occurred a week ago...the leader of the Free World defended the Free World.

July 16, 2017 | Rep. Dave Belton | Columnists


Harrop: America's dumb war against trade

Donald Trump bragged that he would put America in the driver's seat. He would keep us out of trade accords that let China swamp ...

July 16, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Crawford: Is Kemp already shooting himself in the foot?

When you look over the Republican field of candidates for the governor's race, two names stand out as front runners: Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle ...

July 16, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Gingrich Cushman: Frame of Reference

It's common to hear political debates and read headlines regarding immigration, policy and how welcoming (or unwelcoming) the United States is to those who ...

July 16, 2017 | Jackie Gringrich Cushman | Columnists


Archives from The Piedmont Chronicles: Jasper County—Monticello, Road to Shady Dale, Seven Islands

Let's turn our attention to Jasper County.

July 11, 2017 | Marshall McCart | Columnists


Crawford: Trumpcare's impact on Georgia would be devastating

It's not quite there yet, but it's getting closer.

July 09, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Yarbrough: Skeeter skates learns about face paint and twerping

I don't need Caller ID to know when Skeeter Skates is calling. The phone has a different kind of sound to it, like very ...

July 09, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Harrop: Breast Cancer-Wine Link: Scary or Just a Scare?

Many women obsess over their risk for breast cancer. That's why news media flash blazing headlines whenever a study suggests a link between breast ...

July 09, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


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Archives from The Piedmont Chronicles: Newton County’s namesake

*Author's note: this piece was originally published in 2011.

May 23, 2017 | Marshall McCart | Columnists


Irwin: Road Improvement has Closed Henderson’s

When I am opening a new internet account or phone app or whatever, and it asks me to come up with answers to those security questions – Favorite teacher... First pet… Favorite restaurant… – the answer to my favorite restaurant is and ever shall be, Henderson's.

May 21, 2017 | Andy Irwin | Columnists


Gingrich Cushman: Be Wary of Anonymous Sources

The public's insatiable desire for content has led a number of so-called reporters to lower their standards and practice shoddy journalism -- biased, full of conclusions that were reached before facts were verified, reliant on anonymous sources who may have their own axes to grind.

May 21, 2017 | Jackie Gringrich Cushman | Columnists


Harrop: Can Americans Get Their Democracy Back?

Boy, wouldn't it be great to get that mentally unstable thug out of the Oval Office? That's putting it undiplomatically, I know, but the time has passed for treating the presidency of Donald Trump as anything less than a freaky aberration of our democratic norms. Thank you, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, for dispensing with all delicacy and stating that Trump has put our institutions under assault "internally," as well as "externally."

May 21, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Crawford: The contestants for governor are lining up

The dance card is filling up quickly for next year's race for governor.

May 21, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Conason: Congress: Demand White House Transcript

If Donald Trump disclosed highly classified state secrets to the Russian ambassador and foreign minister, he may be vulnerable to impeachment -- not because he broke the law, which evidently he did not, but because he committed an act that would be considered criminal and perhaps treasonous if perpetrated willfully by any other government official.

May 21, 2017 | Joe Conason | Columnists


Yarbrough: The truth is that there is no fake news here

According to our Tweeter-in-Chief, there is a lot of fake news running around these days. I think he is talking about the national television networks and the navel-gazers at the New York Times and the Washington Post. I don't think he is talking about me but who can be sure what is going on inside this guy's cranium.

May 21, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Archives from The Piedmont Chronicles: Presley Jones takes on the Yankees

In July of 1864, well in advance of his famous march to the sea, Sherman had directed Brig. General Kenner Garrard to ride east from Atlanta and head to Covington with his cavalry division to start tearing up railroad tracks; destroying bridges, rail cars, depots, and locomotives; and burning stores and commercial properties. He actually wrote the following in a letter to Garrard: "…but of private property only take what is necessary for your own use, except horses and mules, of which you will take all that are fit for service, exercising of course, some judgment as to the animals ...

May 16, 2017 | Marshall McCart | Columnists


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 than ever. I've always been told I'm a lot like Granny in many ways and I'm perfectly okay with that. There's no telling what Granny would think if she were here to see how much things have changed.

May 14, 2017 | Beth Rowe | Columnists


Gingrich Cushman: Angels around us

While we tend to celebrate our own mothers on Mothers' Day, this year I am celebrating all mothers who overcome odds to take care of their children and others' children. "Janice" (not her real name) is one such woman.

May 14, 2017 | Jackie Gringrich Cushman | Columnists


Harrop: 'Bro Culture' companies may do poorly by being bad

What exactly does Uber have to offer that other companies do not? The ride-hailing service doesn't own its cars or employ drivers. It's basically a smartphone app that connects passengers to drivers using their own vehicles. Rival apps now do much the same thing.

May 14, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Yarbrough: Hogs not happy at being compared with politicians

A few years ago, I decided that what this country needed was an organization that specialized in both in-depth analysis of major political developments as well as pest control.

May 14, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Crawford: Georgia suffers two blows in 24 hours

Within the space of 24 hours, Georgia suffered two devastating blows from their governor and their congressional delegation. I wonder if the state will ever recover from them.

May 14, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Conosan: Donald Trump's Death Panels

The real death panels are coming.

May 14, 2017 | Joe Conason | Columnists


Archives from The Piedmont Chronicles: History of the City of Covington

Editor's note: This column is the start of a weekly series of historic musings brought to you by The Covington News' Columnist Marshall McCart. These columns were previously published by McCart on The Piedmont Chronicles (TPC), which features blog-style posts about Newton County. The Covington News does not have any affiliation with nor does it endorse the content published on TPC.

May 09, 2017 | Marshall McCart | Columnists


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