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What a horrible week for our Constitutional Republic

Eight years after we elected the president who was going to "heal the nation" and bring us "Hope and Change," little has changed that isn ...

July 17, 2016 | Dave Belton | Columnists


Clarkston goes down a grassy slope

When Mayor Ted Terry talks about the recent decision by him and the Clarkston City Council to dramatically reduce the penalty for the possession of ...

July 17, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Dallas tragedy shows it is time to lower the rhetoric and start the healing

Have we gone totally, completely insane? It is not bad enough that the specter of Islamic terrorism hangs over us like a toxic cloud, now ...

July 17, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Careless Clinton: A new narrative

FBI Director James Comey's remarks regarding then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton being "extremely careless" in the "handling of very sensitive, highly classified information," along ...

July 10, 2016 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


The Supreme Court sends a message

More than four decades have passed since the Supreme Court issued its Roe v. Wade decision that made abortions legal, but the pro-life movement is ...

July 10, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Two state senators who give politics a good name

This is a bit weird. I find myself in the position of having to defend politicians. Well, not all of them, just the good ones.

July 03, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Our Thoughts; Our Independence Day

Firework, flags, barbecue, hot dogs and watermelon, cold beverages and a paid day off -all are symbols and fixtures of the Fourth of July.

July 03, 2016 | Staff Report | Columnists


Ardent Americanism

The Fourth of July brings to mind American Flags, parades, fireworks, BBQ and, where I live, country music. If you are like me, the opening ...

July 03, 2016 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


The Supreme Court sends a message

More than four decades have passed since the Supreme Court issued its Roe v. Wade decision that made abortions legal, but the pro-life movement is ...

July 03, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Have Your Ever Thought … What are we celebrating on the Fourth of July?

One of history's greatest lessons on the power of words is remembered and celebrated every year on July 4th. The Declaration of Independence ...

July 03, 2016 | William Burnham | Columnists


This Sebastian is the real deal and that’s no joke

I don't know how schoolteachers manage to do what they do and do it as well as they do, given the obstacles tossed in ...

June 26, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Georgia can learn something from Louisiana

This may be the first time I've ever written these words, but here goes: Georgia could learn a lesson from Louisiana.

June 26, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Junior E. Lee talks about what bugs him this election year

I had hoped to catch you up on the current status of the presidential race before now but in order to do so, I needed ...

June 19, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Orlando is why we need surveillance

The FBI had the Orlando gunman under watch - twice - and, after much consideration, decided to stop following him. Was this a mistake? Obviously, tragically so.

June 19, 2016 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Defeating radical Islamic terrorism

I normally do not opine about national issues, as I am a state legislator. But I find I must make an exception in this case ...

June 19, 2016 | Dave Belton | Columnists


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Hollywood wasn’t his home

"I'm not James Taylor," laughs Mansfield's singer/songwriter Johnny Roquemore, known more for his humorous, bluegrass-inspired compositions than the smooth ballads delivered by tweed-clad Taylor. Growing up in DeKalb County, Roquemore picked up an electric guitar at 14 and with a neighborhood band made some "big noise," he recalled. "All I ever wanted was an amp taller than me." In college, he played frat parties in another band, but at the same time, he got hooked on acting and enjoyed a memorable run in the Atlanta theater scene, including a lead in an Alliance Theater production.

February 03, 2012 | Barbara Morgan | Columnists


Nothing like retail therapy

On the rainy weekend a few weeks ago I indulged in some retail therapy - shopping. A rainy weekend with nothing to do seemed the perfect occasion to shop. I don't know many women who dislike shopping, especially if they can score a bargain.

February 01, 2012 | Paula Travis | Columnists


Classic games bring good old-fashioned fun

Whatever happened to good, old-fashioned fun? I'm here to tell you, friends. Nothing happened. Good, old-fashioned fun is waiting for you and your family right outside your back door. Not only can you have hours of fun together, but you can do it for free while getting (dare I say it?) exercise, too! Like some cosmic added bonus, you'll all get to unplug from screen time - cell phones, television, computers, eReaders, iWhatevers. You can have a blast together no matter how old your kids are or how un-athletic you may be. Goodness knows, I'm as uncoordinated as ...

February 01, 2012 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | Columnists


Straight from the heart

Whew! That was close! I almost became a Baptist the other day. Not just any Baptist, but a (gulp!) Southern Baptist.

February 01, 2012 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Sweating in South Carolina

The sweat somehow made the moment more real. There we were, standing on the stage at the Hilton Hotel in Downtown Columbia, S.C., on Saturday night with my dad, Newt Gingrich, celebrating his primary victory. It was the sweat rolling down the faces and dripping off the noses of the television cameramen, photographers, audience members and even those on stage celebrating that transformed the almost surreal scene into reality.

January 29, 2012 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


Could scientists discover life in S.C. primary?

In case you missed this, a scientist, Leonid Ksanfomaliti, at the Space Research Institute of Russia's Academy of Science, announced he analyzed photographs from a 1982 probe of Venus and thinks they may reveal life on the planet.

January 29, 2012 | By Ric Latarski | Columnists


Bring on the end of time

Unless you've been under a rock for the past couple of years, you know about predictions from some quarters that the world will end on Dec. 21, 2012. That date marks the end of a 5,125-year cycle as calculated by the now dead Mayan culture that once inhabited parts of southern Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador and Honduras. While the Mayans themselves marked the end of one of their time cycles with celebration, many interpretations of Mayan hieroglyphics say the planet will be destroyed in violent earthquakes and other cataclysmic events next December. Once relegated to the fringes ...

January 27, 2012 | Barbara Morgan | Columnists


Politics, journalists and the birthday girl

State Sen. Tommie Williams (R-Lyons), one of our two unelected lieutenant governors - Chip Rogers (R-Woodstock) is the other - sent out a puff piece taking much credit for authoring a bill to require local school boards to consider a teacher's "effectiveness," not seniority, when getting rid of teachers. People both inside and outside state government tell me that Williams has solved a problem that doesn't exist. Many school boards are already doing this. Seniority is a big issue in the Northeast, where there are teachers' unions. We have none in Georgia. I wish Williams and/or Rogers would share ...

January 25, 2012 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Try geocaching for some extra scratch

Recently, my Littles and I were foraging through some woods out in the wilds of Newton County in search of a geocache. Doesn't that already sound like something wonderful? Just say it with me one time…. "geo-cassshhhhh." See? Doesn't that word just reek of adventure and good times? If you don't know the first thing about geocaching, that's OK. I'm here to tell you a thing or two and why I think it's one of the most awesome activities a family can do together. Geocaching is like treasure hunting made even more fabulous because ...

January 25, 2012 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | Columnists


Teaching vs. the Internet

I don't know what the state curriculum requires now, but when I taught, the Language Arts curriculum required students to write a term paper or research paper in the 10th and 11th grades. It was difficult enough then, but it must be impossible now with the blessing and the curse of the Internet.

January 22, 2012 | Paula Travis | Columnists


4-H projects start youth on a path to the future

Rock Eagle 4-H Center continues to change as cabins are gutted, torn down and replaced with beautiful new cabins.

January 22, 2012 | Terri Kimble | Columnists


Latarski: Three primaries and we're done

As the man said who watched the mule dance: "That just ain't right."

January 21, 2012 | Ric Latarski Columnist | Columnists


McCoy: Late night gone by

Even now - far removed from the original passions - I can still remember that my friends and I were once young and vibrant. When we were just approaching our 20s, we were night owls, prowling the Atlanta New Wave music scene when we should have been doing calculus homework. On a typical weekend in our suburban town, we'd finish our work at the mall or any of a dozen other places desperate enough to hire us, and we'd start out on our night crawls, down to the big city of Hotlanta. Hotlanta was what my out-of-state friend called it ...

January 21, 2012 | David McCoy | Columnists


Travis: Teaching vs. the Internet

I don't know what the state curriculum requires now, but when I taught, the Language Arts curriculum required students to write a term paper or research paper in the 10th and 11th grades. It was difficult enough then, but it must be impossible now with the blessing and the curse of the Internet.

January 21, 2012 | Paula Travis | Columnists


The responsibilities of voting

Our democratic republic is founded on the basis that there is an informed active and participating citizenry. Somehow through the years our society has become apathetic and lazy in the responsibility to stay aware of issues in our government and intellectually curious enough to seek the facts and actions of our elected leaders.

January 20, 2012 | William Perugino | Columnists


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