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Archives from The Piedmont Chronicles: The Dark Tale of John S. Williams, Part IV

When it was all said and done, 11 black men who had been working against their will as peons would be murdered (Peonage, as we ...

August 15, 2017 | Marshall McCart | Columnists


Telling It Like It Is… News from around the circle

If it's been a while since your last trip to Social Circle, you might be surprised how much things have changed. For starters, you ...

August 13, 2017 | Beth Rowe | Columnists


Gingrich Cushman: Shades of Gray

"The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ...

August 13, 2017 | Jackie Gringrich Cushman | Columnists


Crawford: The news just keeps getting worse about Plant Vogtle

When it comes to the nuclear reactors Georgia Power has been trying to build at Plant Vogtle, there never seems to be any good news ...

August 13, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Harrop: Read This and Weep: Mike Pence for President

President Mike Pence. The words do not trip lightly off the tongue. But as special counsel Bob Mueller dives ever deeper into the murky waters ...

August 13, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Archives from The Piedmont Chronicles: The Dark Tale of John S. Williams, Part III

The day after Johnnie Williams became the first victim of this killing spree in the winter of 1921, John S. Williams instructed Clyde Manning, his ...

August 08, 2017 | Marshall McCart | Columnists


Gingrich Cushman: White House Communications

If you have been on vacation, you may have been buried in a good summer novel and missed the real-life story of Anthony Scaramucci, whose ...

August 06, 2017 | Jackie Gringrich Cushman | Columnists


Privacy Hits the Dust: Data-Collecting Vacuum Cleaners

Privacy advocates cried in protest after a report that the maker of the Roomba, a robotic vacuum cleaner, will sell maps of customers' homes to ...

August 06, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Crawford: Buddy Carter tries to jerk a knot in their tail

The biggest political story in the nation, the defeat of Obamacare repeal legislation, featured an unlikely appearance by a person you would never expect to ...

August 06, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


McCart: Vince, Jerry Jeff & Ronald

I've oftentimes thought about what really influences and makes the person who they become. Naturally, it's a lot of things, I think. First ...

August 06, 2017 | Marshall McCart | Columnists


Archives from the Piedmont Chronicles: The Dark Tale of John S. Williams, Part II

So Gus Chapman, the escaped peon, met with Agents Brown and Wismer of the Bureau of Investigation in early 1921. The agents believed Chapman and ...

August 01, 2017 | Marshall McCart | Columnists


Belton: Education is key in Georgia

I periodically like to update you where we are as a state. Last week I talked about how efficient and small our state government is ...

July 30, 2017 | Rep. Dave Belton | Columnists


Gingrich Cushman: Senate should push toward peak performance

This week, after the press predicted doom for the potential repeal and replacement of Obamacare, Senator John McCain, R., Ariz., who had been diagnosed with ...

July 30, 2017 | Jackie Gringrich Cushman | Columnists


Crawford: It’s time to show some common sense on tax breaks

Is Georgia doling out too many tax breaks?

July 30, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Harrop: Trump's New York Rat Pack Continues to Grow

Anthony Scaramucci is two things Jeff Sessions is not. One, he is a New Yorker. Two, he is a New Yorker who made a bundle ...

July 30, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


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Old movies are the best

I guess I'm just a Luddite, trapped in a world-gone-by, but I prefer old movies to most of the ones coming out now. While there are some really good movies - the Harry Potter series comes to mind - most of the new stuff is just too trashy for me. There's too much cussin', too much sex, and way too much irreverence being shown to the things I care about. But those old movies are different. There's something comforting about watching a movie that celebrates goodness and honesty and doesn't glorify evil. That might seem so old fashioned ...

November 13, 2011 | David McCoy | Columnists


My age and my mail

The aging process is a strange thing.

November 13, 2011 | Ric Latarski | Columnists


Changing the county structure

A special work session of the Board of Commissioners of Newton County was held Monday night to determine the continuing status of the Administrative Assistant position and how that position would function and report. Up to this time the position held by Mr. Middleton reported directly to the Chairman of the Board of Commissioners Kathy Morgan. Chairman Morgan had full administrative power and singular control of the daily operations of Newton County.

November 11, 2011 | By William Perugino | Columnists


Tears on Veterans Day

I am still not quite sure whether it is the result of the open-heart surgery I had 13 years ago or the fact I have gotten older, but it seems that I can well up with uncontrolled tears these days due to the strangest things.

November 11, 2011 | T. Pat Cavanaugh | Columnists


Does anybody really care?

If only I could turn my thoughts to all that's pleasant this time of year. Aren't the trees just gorgeous? And what about these perfect, blue-sky days we've enjoyed?

November 11, 2011 | Barbara Morgan | Columnists


A goodbye to Sheila

Gov. Nathan Deal has once again overlooked my immense talents when making his governmental appointments. Seven former legislators have recently been appointed to high posts in the Deal administration. Why legislators? One observer told the Atlanta Newspapers that it helps to have had the experience of serving in the Legislature to understand the inner workings of government. I already understand the inner workings of government: Free "working trips" to Germany, eating off lizard-loafered lobbyists, never paying to see a ballgame and furloughing school teachers. I guess I'll stick to being a modest and much-beloved columnist where my inner working ...

November 09, 2011 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Don’t let bridge die out

I direct a duplicate bridge game once a week. To make me sound important, I am an American Contract Bridge League certified director. That fancy name doesn't mean much. Last week, however, the other directors were out of town, and I had to direct three games.

November 09, 2011 | Paula Travis | Columnists


The real causes of global warming

It's one of those things that makes you go, huh?

November 06, 2011 | By Ric Latarski | Columnists


Three recipes men can make

Gents, we're often accused of being unable to do anything culinary other than burning steaks on a charcoal grill or making peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches. I don't think this reputation is fair, but the ladies may have a point or two in their favor. For instance, I've yet to meet a man who owns a recipe box - one of those wooden dust-gatherers where you keep index cards with step-by-step instructions for making pies, cakes and casseroles. I don't know too many men who wear floral aprons either, but let's stick to the recipe problem. Go out in ...

November 06, 2011 | David McCoy | Columnists


One year countdown

It will take more than a generic Republican candidate to defeat President Obama next year. Repubicans will need a leader that can inspire millions to get involved and take action. Enthusiasm, optimism and passion are called for to make the movement work.

November 06, 2011 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


The end of the war in Iraq

It is fitting that President Obama is ending the war in Iraq. President Kennedy (D) got us into Vietnam and President Nixon (R) got us out. President Bush (R) got us into Iraq, and President Obama (D) will get us out.

November 06, 2011 | Patrick Durusau | Columnists


Something's up around here

If you think you elected a commission chair three years ago as the county Chief Executive Officer and Chief Administrative Officer, think again. By all accounts, three district commissioners plan to strip the administrative duties from the duly elected commission chair and vest them in a hired, unelected administrative position more than a year before the chair's first term ends.

November 04, 2011 | Barbara Morgan | Columnists


The gifts of November

November might just be this tired mom's favorite month of the year. I used to think it was October, what with the arrival of autumn and all the fun family events surrounding Halloween. And my October was truly delightful - I finally made good on a two-year promise to my kids that we'd host a Halloween party, and we all had an awesome time enjoying friends, food and fellowship.

November 02, 2011 | Kari Apted | Columnists


The problem of being associated with the South

The Rev. Bryan Wright, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, announced recently that he has appointed a task force to explore the possibility of changing the name of the organization. It seems that the name "Southern" may soon be gone with the wind. That doesn't sit well with a number of my Baptist friends, who think this is nothing more than political correctness and a denigration of our beloved South.

November 02, 2011 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Stories of slapstick

I got a call from my sister last week. She lives on a farm southwest of Atlanta. She has to obey a burn ban until Oct. 1 (for which she blames me because all of Atlanta's pollution comes to Newton County) and gathers limbs and other such debris all summer into what she calls her burn pile.

November 02, 2011 | Paula Travis | Columnists


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