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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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Ignoring the facts of Medicare

WASHINGTON - Republicans and Democrats are being equally nasty in their campaign rhetoric, but they're not being equally truthful. To cite one example, much of what the GOP is saying about Medicare simply isn't supported by the facts.

August 18, 2012 | Eugene Robinson | Columnists


County management taking liberties

The daily operations and management of our county are controlled by county regulations, procedures and codes as well as state laws and regulations. These rules and regulations are necessary to the responsible, fair and controlled management of our county. Of course, without the enforcement of these provisions there is anarchy and corruption. The duly elected officers who manage the county in various positions all take an oath of office, sworn to God, to uphold those governing regulations, codes and laws.

August 18, 2012 | William Peruguino | Columnists


Drawing a new battle line

Forget conservatism versus liberalism, capitalism against socialism, or even Democrats fighting Republicans. In picking Paul Ryan as his vice presidential running mate, Mitt Romney has drawn a new battle line. Throughout his political career, Paul Ryan has been an outspoken crusader in what he calls the "fight between individualism and collectivism."

August 18, 2012 | Maurice Carter | Columnists


The rules of a good argument

It's a fact: If you have an opinion, you can be sure someone will have an argument to match it. And a good argument is nothing to be afraid of. A good argument is a logical analysis of differing opinions. It's called a debate.

August 18, 2012 | David McCoy | Columnists


The final quarter

We are less than three months out from the presidential election. Yes, I know that it seems as if it has already lasted forever, but so far, it's simply been the warm-up.

August 18, 2012 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


Travis: Fire hydrant hijinks

I have a fire hydrant in my yard. Not a working one next to the street, but a non-working one about 20 feet from the street next to my drive way. It is a real fire hydrant, just not a working one. It is the outside of a fire hydrant.

The metal, rather utilitarian, hulk that you see dogs eyeing in comic strips. But it has no insides and is not hooked up to any water.

August 14, 2012 | Paula Travis | Columnists


On patrol with the color coordination police

We all have embarrassing social flaws, don't we? Well, maybe you don't have any, but I'm loaded with them. I'm cursed with an inability to dance; I don't enjoy professional sports; I have no interest in going to Vegas to gamble away my paycheck; and I'm a total bore at political fundraisers. The list could go on and on, but I want to complain a bit about the one social flaw that seems to bite me in the tail every day of the week: when it comes to dressing myself, apparently I have no ...

August 11, 2012 | David McCoy | Columnists


Government has no business dabbling in business affairs

Just 16 percent of voters nationwide believe it was a good idea for the government to provide Solyndra with loan guarantees. The solar power company went bankrupt and stuck taxpayers with the tab for a half-billion dollars.

August 11, 2012 | Scott Rasmussen | Columnists


7 minutes of triumph

Here's my first admission: I'm a geek. In school, I was the bookish girl who kept her head down during class and barely talked with other students. A bit of a nerd, geek or whatever other slang word would fit at the time. A voracious reader, I spent most lunch hours during my eighth-grade year reading in the library. It was easier to go there than it was to endure the process of trying to find someone to sit with in the cafeteria.

August 11, 2012 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


A need for alternative energy sources

Excuse me, folks, but the weather is trying to tell us something. Listen carefully, and you can almost hear a parched, raspy voice whispering, "What part of 'hottest month ever' do you people not understand?"

August 11, 2012 | Eugene Robinson | Columnists


Not talking with my mouth full

I wasn't at Chick-fil-A on Wednesday, Aug. 1. For the record, I haven't eaten there in at least 60 days. That's not a political statement or a reflection of my food preferences; it's a necessity while trying (with some success) to get my clothes to fit again.

August 11, 2012 | Maurice Carter | Columnists


Finally a positive energy bill

What with all the terrible tragedies happening around the country and the wash of divisive and negative news on all fronts, it is indeed refreshing to see that we are making progress in one area: a good energy bill was proposed in the Senate that would begin to move us forward towards energy independence. This is a good but not perfect bill and goes a long way to moving us off our current energy policy failure.

Senator John Hoeven, R-ND, recently introduced the Domestic Energy and Jobs Act, which would greatly expand access to energy and simplify burdensome regulations that ...

August 09, 2012 | William Peruguino | Columnists


Literacy starts early

Kim Degonia has a pretty full plate as it is. She's a part-time magistrate judge for Newton County and a municipal judge in Porterdale. She and her husband have three boys, ages 5, 9 and 11, whom she calls "trouble," and she teaches yoga on the side "to preserve my sanity," she laughs.

August 09, 2012 | Barbara Morgan | Columnists


Saluting teachers

Believe it or not, I have written a column for one year and this one marks the beginning of a second year. I have yet to understand why you find the trivia of my life interesting, but I am glad you enjoy it.

August 07, 2012 | Paula Travis | Columnists


The heavy burden of government

In my hometown, everyone is required to have a landline telephone so local officials can reach us with a reverse 911 call.

August 04, 2012 | Scott Rasmussen | Columnists


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