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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


Crawford: Keep your elected officials accountable

When Donald Trump was campaigning for president, he pledged he would "drain the swamp" in Washington and put an end to all the influence peddling ...

January 15, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Marshall’s Music Minute: New album release by Johnny Roquemore, The Apostles of Bluegrass playing at

Welcome back to the Minute! And thanks so much for all the feedback on the last column. That Joshua Jacobson is something else, and his ...

January 12, 2017 | Marshall McCart | Columnists


Marshall’s Music Minute: New album release from Joshua Jacobson; several good shows on tap

Greetings, music lovers, welcome back to another installment of the Music Minute. There is a lot to cover today, so let's get right to ...

January 02, 2017 | Marshall McCart | Columnists


Fazio: Farewell to ‘The News’

A community newspaper really is a great thing. It's the pulse of a town; it is a measure of growth and change; it's ...

January 02, 2017 | Bryan Fazio | Columnists


Yarbrough: Resolutely determined to manage 2017 expectations

The only thing more useless than socks on a pig are New Year's resolutions. Our intentions are applaudable but our follow-through usually leaves a ...

January 02, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Marshall’s Music Minute: Big night of music for New Year's Eve

Howdy, folks! We took last week off for the Christmas holiday but we're sure glad to be back with you times two this week ...

December 30, 2016 | Marshall McCart | Columnists


Crawford: Some good news for the holiday season

There have been some interesting political stories to tell this year, but two of the most interesting happened last week in Georgia's neighboring states ...

December 23, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Yarbrough: Dedicated to the believers this Christmas

This column has become a Christmas tradition and I share with you once again this year. It is dedicated to all who believe.

December 23, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Irwin: Secret Santa

When I was around 12 years old, it occurred to me that the season we call Christmas has, within it, several glitter-coated mini-seasons. Because of ...

December 23, 2016 | Andy Irwin | Columnists


Have you ever thought … As a community what do we do for the homeless?

The only shelter in Newton, or adjoining counties, the Garden of Gethsemane Shelter can be part of the solution for dealing with homelessness in our ...

December 19, 2016 | B. Wiley Stephens | Columnists


Marshall Music Minute: "O Come Y'all to Covington" and other big shows

Welcome back to the Music Minute as we wind down the year. There are some really good shows lined up this week and it's ...

December 19, 2016 | Marshall McCart | Columnists


Talkin’ Southern, Part 2

In the very first installment of this column some months back, I wrote about the key differences between a fellow, fella and a feller; made ...

December 19, 2016 | Marshall McCart | Columnists


Yarbrough: Hoping Santa Claus has something special for schoolteachers this Christmas

Dear Santa Claus:

December 19, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Crawford: It’s a very merry Christmas for the Speaker

It isn't quite Christmas Day, but Rep. David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge), the speaker of the Georgia House, has already received probably the best gift ...

December 19, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


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Harrop: Goodbye, Facebook. you're evil

Dear Facebook friends,

November 20, 2016 | Staff Report | Columnists


Harrop: A political 9/11 changes our world

Like the 2001 terrorist attacks, the Donald Trump upset win threatens Americans' sense of safety and continuity. Financial markets went into convulsions, just as they did on that Sept. 11. The difference is that the 9/11 tragedy forged national unity, whereas the Trump election exposed grave internal discord. And a world that rushed to America's side 15 years ago shudders at us now.

November 15, 2016 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Cushman: The work is just beginning

Sitting in the New York City Hilton, watching the cable newscasters' body language on TV as the numbers began to add up towards a Trump victory was fascinating. Even though I could not hear them, I could see that their body language conveyed an air of disbelief – an inability to comprehend what was happening.

November 15, 2016 | Jackie Gringrich Cushman | Columnists


Crawford: Why do we give money to billionaires?

John Malone is a very wealthy man. His net worth is estimated at $6.9 billion and he is one of this country's largest private landowners.

November 15, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Skeeter skates puts the real world in perspective One of the dangers of providing you with my opini

One of the dangers of providing you with my opinions each week - besides not having a clue where to put commas - is that it is easy to lose touch with reality and start acting like all the media pundits who think they are so smart that their IQs should be measured with a yardstick. My momma didn't raise me like that.

November 06, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Ditmann: The day Marcel saw his first Jeep

This 1943 class picture was taken in Mondoubleau, a central France hamlet like hundreds of others. The 10-year-old boy in the back row, fourth from the right, was Marcel, a Parisian refugee living on a farm under an assumed name. He had to – he was Jewish. The French police had already arrested his father in 1942.

November 06, 2016 | Laurent Ditmann | Columnists


It's all in the emails

It's less than a week before the election, and many of us are continuing to count down the days until this seemingly never-ending campaign is over. As the days dwindle, the chaos and carnage of the campaigns have seemingly accelerated. The race coverage has taken on a frenzied and frantic quality, which will accelerate and intensify until all the votes are counted (and possibly recounted) and the election is complete.

November 06, 2016 | Jackie Gingrich-Cushman | Columnists


Voters could get two senators for the price of one

There's not much suspense about who will win Georgia's senate race.

November 06, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


No, Bill Clinton Did Not Call Obamacare 'Crazy'

Spurred by screaming headlines about "skyrocketing" premiums on some government insurance exchanges, Obamacare foes are dredging up Bill Clinton's colorful quote regarding the Affordable Care Act. No, Clinton didn't call it "crazy."

October 29, 2016 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Politics of personality and polling

The election is, in fact, not quite over. As you watch and listen to the media in the next week, keep a few questions in mind.

October 29, 2016 | | Columnists


Two big ballot questions remain unanswered

As Georgians ponder how they will cast their ballots in this general election, there are only two issues that really have any suspense to them.

October 29, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Deal's Opportunity School District amendment no sure thing

In Georgia, it is a political fact of life that whatever the governor wants - no matter who occupies the seat - the governor usually gets. That is because the office controls a lot of money and patronage and can dispense or withhold either, depending on whether or not you support or oppose the governor.

October 29, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


The bell tolls

The courthouse in this town has just tolled the hour of three.

October 25, 2016 | Andy Irwin | Columnists


A broader perspective

This political season has been so heated that many voters are looking forward to putting it behind them - regardless of the outcome. For those of us who have been inundated with social media, cable and television political talk - it can seem depressing and debilitating.

October 23, 2016 | Jackie Gingrich-Cushman | Columnists


Harrop: Clinton’s Wall Street speeches were actually brilliant

I've dismissed talk of Hillary Clinton's "secrecy problem" as mere babble in an election year. I thought, for example, that Clinton had no obligation to disclose her mild pneumonia, a temporary ailment she was over in a few days.

October 23, 2016 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


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