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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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Over Here: Competence Amid Repulsive Politics

Belgians planning to "march against fear" on Sunday were told to stay home out of fear for more violence. Americans in Europe, meanwhile, are being advised to "exercise vigilance." What about Americans in America?

April 03, 2016 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Lawmakers don’t follow the clock

Georgia legislators have some problems when it comes to telling time.

April 03, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Terrorists and their Privacy

One inevitable sequel to a terrorist attack is seeing the ugly mugs of creeps-turned-monsters thrust before us over a multitude of news cycles. Another is a debate over cellphone encryption.

March 27, 2016 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Identifying ideology versus tactic

The terrorist attacks in Brussels this past Monday, claimed by the Islamic State, are a clear indication that the West has a lot of work left to do to defeat radical Islam. The attacks, which left more than 30 dead, were carried out by three suicide bombers - two brothers, Ibrahim el-Bakraoui, 30, and Khalid el-Bakraoui, 27, and another man, who has yet to be identified.

March 27, 2016 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


Gov. Deal has two choices on ‘religious liberty’ bill

As Gov. Nathan Deal ponders the "religious liberty" bill that the General Assembly has adopted, he can look to recent examples of how two other Republican governors handled this particular issue.

March 27, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Trump foes should stay off his stage

It's not easy to turn Donald Trump into an object of sympathy, but the hotheads disrupting his rallies are pulling it off. They may see their invasions as a brave effort to stop a frightening, divisive political force. But others - not just Trump followers - see privileged college kids stomping on someone's right to free speech.

March 20, 2016 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


The incumbents are playing defense this election year

Congressman Doug Collins is the kind of politician who would seem to be very conservative.

March 20, 2016 | | Columnists


Take a break and meditate

While hard work gets us ahead, there appear to be limits. It's often the times of rest and recovery that provide us with the energy we need to work hard. In today's ultra-connected worlds of iPhones, email and Twitter, it is often hard to get even a few moments to oneself.

March 20, 2016 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


Johnston: Let’s kick poverty out of town

Just last week, I was asked to read a Dr. Seuss book to a local elementary school class. I get asked to do those types of things often, but I jumped at the chance because I thoroughly enjoying interacting with the future decision makers of our town. I didn't realize that day, in particular, would be an eye-opening experience for me.

March 15, 2016 | Ronnie Johnston | Columnists


Dress codes and the expense of female dignity

How many among us recognize the name of Yolande Betbeze Fox, the Alabama beauty who died recently at the age of 87?

March 15, 2016 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


If you are positively tired of negative news, read this

I had intended to provide you with an in-depth analysis of the SEC primary this week but that will have to wait. For one thing, Junior E. Lee, general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company, located in Greater Garfield, Georgia, tells me that he is going to need time to pore over the results. Currently, he is tied up rummaging around in Aunt Flossy Felmer's drawers looking for fire ants. In addition to being one of this nation's most highly respected political analysts, Junior is also a certified pest control professional.

March 06, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Sanders must level with his young voters

What happened in the South Carolina primary? Bernie Sanders was asked. "We got decimated, that's what happened," he responded.

March 06, 2016 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Georgia legislators contradict themselves

Talk to any member of the General Assembly and most of them will tell you one of their biggest goals is to bring business to the state and create more jobs.

March 06, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Endorsements aren’t worth much anymore

In every election cycle, political pundits will spend a lot of time talking about why endorsements are so important to a candidate.

February 28, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Looking at public education reform efforts past and present

I had the privilege to speak to several hundred educators in Atlanta last week. I was there to talk about my experiences as a member of the Education Reform Commission but, as is my wont, I soon deviated off the purpose for which I had been invited to speak and into unchartered waters. Which raises a question: Why do I spend so much time preparing speeches if I am not going to use them? I must ask myself that sometime. I would be interested in the answer.

February 28, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


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