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Yarbrough: Some observations on the national scene and then it’s back to broccoli

I hope you will forgive me but I am going against my better judgment today and sound like one of those inch-wide, inch-deep political pundits ...

January 22, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Marshall’s Music Minute: Famous by February, Bluesman Adrian Barksdale playing back-to-back shows

Welcome back to the Minute, good readers, so glad you could join us once again.

January 22, 2017 | Marshall McCart | Columnists


Have You Ever Thought?... How great it would be to have more variety in shopping and eating out?

I say we have great merchants and eateries in Covington. But I would add what is needed is more variety in both areas as well ...

January 22, 2017 | Wiley Stephens | Columnists


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


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Moms can embrace change at any age

This week, my mother called around 10 a.m. one morning to chat for a minute and catch up. During our conversation, I realized that she was still in her bed, waiting for an aide to help into a wheelchair.

May 09, 2013 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


College grad is a lesson in tenacity

This is the story of courage. This is a story of tenacity. This is the story of Hill Daniel.

May 07, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Children older than their years

I wrote a column not too long ago bemoaning the fact that my grandchildren were growing up. Well, I have more proof.

May 07, 2013 | Paula Travis | Columnists


Political correctness

The liberal world vision and reality are often at variance, as, for example, with equal pay for equal work.

May 04, 2013 | Walter Williams | Columnists


It’s not nice to forget Mother Nature

My wife and I have been vacationing the past week in south Florida. On the first night of the eight-day trip, we took the hotel clerk's dinner recommendation and headed to the restored riverfront in historic Fort Myers.

May 04, 2013 | Maurice Carter | Columnists


Clip-on tie is the devil’s work

As a kid, I hated Sunday mornings with a passion I now reserve only for unimaginable evils such as genocide and raw onions. Sunday - "the day of rest" - was far from restful for me, and I blame it on a weekly ritual, "dressing up for Sunday school."

May 04, 2013 | David McCoy | Columnists


Americans want choices, not policies

There are many ways to describe the enormous gap between the American people and their elected politicians.

May 04, 2013 | Scott Rasmussen | Columnists


Cats and hamsters don't mix

I grew up with hamsters, so when my kid decided he wanted one for his birthday in December last year, I was totally OK with that.

May 04, 2013 | Amber Pittman | Columnists


Morgan: Fairies add whimsy to weekend

Little is left to the imagination these days. The ever deeper probing of scientists is removing any mystery from life and banishing the unknown and heretofore unknowable.

May 02, 2013 | Barbara Morgan | Columnists


Cushman: Men reach toward heaven

Humans have long reached toward heaven. I don't know whether this desire represents an attempt to get away from the ground, an attempt to associate with God, or an attempt to peer over the balcony and look at all the little people below. But the desire to go higher and higher has long shaped the skylines of our cities.

May 02, 2013 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


Big Bird gets flustered, too

RING! RING!

April 30, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


“Art” installations to cabin

Since I last wrote a column about my husband's cabin, he has made additions.

April 30, 2013 | Paula Travis | Columnists


Butterflies remain free through turmoil

When I finished high school, I left my childhood behind. It was an unconscious decision, but one I recognize now was necessary for me to evolve into the person I was meant to be.

April 27, 2013 | Maurice Carter | Columnists


Potential donor takes stand

Over the past 10 years, I have written columns variously titled "Academic Cesspools," "Academic Dishonesty," "The Shame of Higher Education," "Academic Rot" and "Indoctrination of Our Youth."

April 27, 2013 | Walter Williams | Columnists


McCoy: Sweet memories of kindergarten

Let your mind wander back to kindergarten, and think about those simpler times and all the fun you had. It doesn't matter where you come from; you have to admit that kindergarten was fun. You played with toys, sang songs, colored pictures of fire trucks, and learned radically new concepts like sharing and the letter Q.

April 27, 2013 | David McCoy | Columnists


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