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Yarbrough: Paying tribute to a special professor who made a difference

If you are a regular observer of this space, you are no doubt familiar with the story I am about to share. I have told ...

July 30, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Telling It Like It Is... Teaching old dogs new tricks

Seems everywhere I turn things are changing. Now some change is good but I can only handle a little at a time. Not to worry ...

July 30, 2017 | Beth Rowe | Columnists


Irwin: Perpetual Calendars

Now, I shall speak of time and the marking of time.

July 30, 2017 | Andy Irwin | Columnists


A night on the town in Mansfield—‘It’s coming.’

It's early Friday evening at Rooster's in Mansfield. All the seats are taken and the packed parking lot is testimony to the Ford ...

July 30, 2017 | Rob Levin | Columnists


Archives from The Piedmont Chronicles: The Dark Tale of John S. Williams, Part I

*Author's note: much of my research for this series of articles was found in "Lay This Body Down," a book by Gregory Freeman that ...

July 27, 2017 | Marshall McCart | Columnists


“A History of Georgia Railroads” - by Robert C. Jones, a book review by Marshall McCart

If, like me, you have long been fascinated by and have had a long, deep-rooted interest of trains, railroads and things of the like, then ...

July 27, 2017 | Marshall McCart | Columnists


Harrop: Not Enough Exercise, Too Much: Americans Polarized Here, Too

The boarding process for a recent flight required going up a modest set of stairs. Greatly slowing it all was a woman carrying at least ...

July 23, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Crawford: Georgia has its own mini-Trump

For those Georgia voters who couldn't get enough of Donald Trump in last year's election, fear not.

July 23, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Yarbrough: It’s time to stop fighting a war that has been over 152 years

My son, a learned philosopher, says of an impending competition between two football teams he particularly dislikes: "May they play a zero-zero tie in the ...

July 23, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Gingrich Cushman: Media Hype Forces Friction

Americans' interests and broadcast news coverage are at odds. Additionally, the tendency of the news media to focus on conflict rather than progress helps create ...

July 23, 2017 | Jackie Gringrich Cushman | Columnists


Belton: Georgia is in good plans

I periodically like to update you on where we are as a state. While our federal politics are largely a mess, Georgia is in a ...

July 23, 2017 | Rep. Dave Belton | Columnists


Archives From The Piedmont Chronicles: Walton County and the City of Social Circle

Hey Folks! I hope this column finds everyone well. In our last journey, we explored Jasper County, the city of Monticello and Seven Islands. There ...

July 18, 2017 | Marshall McCart | Columnists


Yarbrough: This recruit blows off opportunity to blow up

KNOCK! KNOCK! "Sir, you wanted to see me?"

July 16, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Belton: The day the President became President

An odd thing occurred a week ago...the leader of the Free World defended the Free World.

July 16, 2017 | Rep. Dave Belton | Columnists


Harrop: America's dumb war against trade

Donald Trump bragged that he would put America in the driver's seat. He would keep us out of trade accords that let China swamp ...

July 16, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


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Crawford: All eyes are on the 6th Congressional District election

There's never been an off-year election like the one happening in the 6th Congressional District, where voters will pick a replacement for departed congressman Tom Price.

April 16, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Yarbrough: This week a time to remember what Easter is all about

Continuing a long-standing Easter Week tradition in this space.

April 16, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Gingrich Cushman: Life, Resurrection and Easter

Growing up in rural Georgia in the 1970s, I thought of Easter not only as the resurrection of Jesus, but as a sign that spring had sprung. It was also the time for a new Sunday dress, a hat, gloves and more chocolate than I could eat -- at least at one time.

April 16, 2017 | Jackie Gringrich Cushman | Columnists


Harrop: Phone addiction has unleashed a deadly toll

It was a horrific scene. The pickup truck had smashed head-on into a bus taking elderly church members on an outing. Thirteen died. The 20-year-old truck driver said he had been texting when he swerved across the center line in Texas Hill Country. Moments before, a good citizen following the truck had called the police to report a truck driving erratically, as though there were no center line or even road.

April 11, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


The Esoteric South: God Bless the people who have to drive to Atlanta on a regular basis

(Author's note: This column was originally conceived of and most of it written several weeks ago. As fate would have it, last Thursday as I was finalizing this piece, I, like most of you, saw the horrific events on I-85 on the news. Due to the nature of this column and the subject material involved, a decision was made by The Covington News staff and myself to wait to publish the piece. So now here it is. Hope you enjoy!)

April 10, 2017 | Marshall McCart | Columnists


Yarbrough: Broccoli up the nose ends any thoughts of a political career

My fellow Americans, it is with heavy heart that I inform you today that I am not now nor will I become a candidate for public office. I felt compelled to share my decision with you after I was deluged with mail this past week urging me to offer myself for public service. (Note from editor: He got three emails. Big deal.) However, there is much work yet to be done in carrying out the awesome responsibilities with which you have entrusted me. (Note from editor: Barf.)

April 09, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Harrop: Liberals find community, and that could be big

During the presidential campaign, many Hillary Clinton voters in Atlanta's suburbs thought they were alone. That was an easy conclusion to draw because few felt comfortable putting Clinton signs on their front lawns or expressing their political preference at parties. Their neighbors seemed overwhelmingly Republican.

April 09, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Crawford: We no longer have a legislature

I wish I could tell you that Georgia's lawmakers are getting better at the way they handle the people's business, but that would be a lie.

April 09, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Harrop: Liberals find community, and that could be big

During the presidential campaign, many Hillary Clinton voters in Atlanta's suburbs thought they were alone. That was an easy conclusion to draw because few felt comfortable putting Clinton signs on their front lawns or expressing their political preference at parties. Their neighbors seemed overwhelmingly Republican.

April 09, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Gingrich Cushman: Surviving weather and turbulence

In the South, spring thunderstorms and tornadoes can leave deadly destruction in their wake. The milder storms bring relief from pollen, leaving the air purer and easier to breathe, as well as providing much-needed water for the rapidly growing crops and flowers.

April 09, 2017 | Jackie Gringrich Cushman | Columnists


Crawford: Legislators actually consider a new idea

One of the most frustrating aspects of covering Georgia's legislature is that you find yourself writing the same stories about the same set of issues, year after year.

April 02, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Gingrich Cushman: Connecting and Communicating

This past week, after President Donald Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan, R-WI, pushed for a vote on the repeal/replacement of Obamacare, the bill was pulled at the last minute due to lack of votes. All week they thought they could get there, and they were wrong. There were two errors made in the process: an artificial deadline for an incredibly complex issue, and failing to build support with the American People.

April 02, 2017 | Jackie Gringrich Cushman | Columnists


Harrop: Carmakers, don't pick a fight with California

News flash: The Obama-era fuel-economy standards would add $875 to the average price of a new vehicle. But proposed border taxes or other tariffs on Mexican imports would add $2,000. President Donald Trump wants a weaker mandate on mileage, and he also wants the tariffs.

April 02, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Harrop: There's little dignity left in coal

It was a pathetic scene, coal miners flanking President Donald Trump as he signed an order to dismantle the Clean Power Plan. Trump's imagineers have turned coal miners into a Madison Avenue version of the besieged American working man, the pretty wrapping on a toxic package of environmental delinquency.

March 29, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Harrop: The Trump 'faithful' get the budget cuts they voted for

Kentucky has become a favored dateline for many of President Donald Trump's fervent critics. They collect evidence there of betrayal, such as the ABC News item featuring a coal truck driver, "one of the Trump faithful," attached to a breathing tube and weeping over his expected loss of coverage for deadly black lung disease.

March 26, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


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