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Irwin: The Ditch Digger

When I was a child my grandmother, Sallie Mae Cook, employed all those "stitch-in-time-saves-nine" sayings. A kind but serious sort, Grandmama harbored low expectations for ...

June 18, 2017 | Andy Irwin | Columnists


Gingrich Cushman: Let's shine a new light on small businesses

Here is a proposal for a new reality show that could not only help President Trump do his job, but could help millions of other ...

June 11, 2017 | Jackie Gringrich Cushman | Columnists


Harrop: The Donald Trump apology tour

Barack Obama much annoyed many of his critics when he noted less-than-stellar moments in American history during his trips abroad. They called it Obama's ...

June 11, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Yarbrough: Cut-and-run ideologues make job even more difficult for schoolteachers

Dear Georgia's Public Schoolteachers:

June 11, 2017 | | Columnists


Crawford: Business leaders are rewarding failure

The executives of Southern Company, the utility holding company headquartered in Atlanta, have been involved in two of the biggest boondoggles in U.S. industrial ...

June 11, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Rowe: Telling It Like It Is . . . Yearning for the good old days, part 2

Many of you enjoyed my first column about the good old days so much and wanted to hear more so im going to take a ...

June 11, 2017 | Beth Rowe | Columnists


Archives from The Piedmont Chronicles: Starrsville, GA

*originally published in 2012

June 06, 2017 | Marshall McCart | Columnists


Crawford: Sometimes the answer is right in front of you

Have you ever had one of those moments when you don't see that the answer to your problem is sitting there right in front ...

June 04, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Gingrich Cushman: News or newsy covfefe

Early this Wednesday morning, shortly after midnight the night before, President Donald Trump tweeted out "Despite the constant negative press covfefe," and the internet erupted ...

June 04, 2017 | Jackie Gringrich Cushman | Columnists


Yarbrough: A loving farewell to the world’s greatest preacher

In my book, the word "unique" is an absolute. There is no "kind of" unique or "somewhat" unique. Unique is unique. Unmatched. Unequalled. Nonpareil. One ...

June 04, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Harrop: We Can Move Past Trump on Climate Change

President Trump's spoken thoughts on climate change layer ignorance over irresponsibility. They humiliate thinking Americans and frustrate our friends. The president's recent refusal ...

June 04, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Belton: Honoring the brave

This week we honor those who died, but especially to honor the fallen Brave.

May 30, 2017 | Rep. Dave Belton | Columnists


Archives from The Piedmont Chronicles: The Hayston Community

*Author's note: this piece was originally published in 2011 for a different publication. Thx for reading - MBM

May 30, 2017 | Marshall McCart | Columnists


Crawford: Gov. Deal becomes part of the ‘resistance’

Ever since Donald Trump was inaugurated as president, he has been confronted with a counter-movement called "the resistance."

May 28, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Gingrich Cushman: The challenge tour

This week, President Donald Trump took his first foreign trip, beginning in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Trump's speech in Riyadh provides a clear contrast with ...

May 28, 2017 | Jackie Gringrich Cushman | Columnists


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Archives from The Piedmont Chronicles: Newton County’s namesake

*Author's note: this piece was originally published in 2011.

May 23, 2017 | Marshall McCart | Columnists


Irwin: Road Improvement has Closed Henderson’s

When I am opening a new internet account or phone app or whatever, and it asks me to come up with answers to those security questions – Favorite teacher... First pet… Favorite restaurant… – the answer to my favorite restaurant is and ever shall be, Henderson's.

May 21, 2017 | Andy Irwin | Columnists


Gingrich Cushman: Be Wary of Anonymous Sources

The public's insatiable desire for content has led a number of so-called reporters to lower their standards and practice shoddy journalism -- biased, full of conclusions that were reached before facts were verified, reliant on anonymous sources who may have their own axes to grind.

May 21, 2017 | Jackie Gringrich Cushman | Columnists


Harrop: Can Americans Get Their Democracy Back?

Boy, wouldn't it be great to get that mentally unstable thug out of the Oval Office? That's putting it undiplomatically, I know, but the time has passed for treating the presidency of Donald Trump as anything less than a freaky aberration of our democratic norms. Thank you, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, for dispensing with all delicacy and stating that Trump has put our institutions under assault "internally," as well as "externally."

May 21, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Crawford: The contestants for governor are lining up

The dance card is filling up quickly for next year's race for governor.

May 21, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Conason: Congress: Demand White House Transcript

If Donald Trump disclosed highly classified state secrets to the Russian ambassador and foreign minister, he may be vulnerable to impeachment -- not because he broke the law, which evidently he did not, but because he committed an act that would be considered criminal and perhaps treasonous if perpetrated willfully by any other government official.

May 21, 2017 | Joe Conason | Columnists


Yarbrough: The truth is that there is no fake news here

According to our Tweeter-in-Chief, there is a lot of fake news running around these days. I think he is talking about the national television networks and the navel-gazers at the New York Times and the Washington Post. I don't think he is talking about me but who can be sure what is going on inside this guy's cranium.

May 21, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Archives from The Piedmont Chronicles: Presley Jones takes on the Yankees

In July of 1864, well in advance of his famous march to the sea, Sherman had directed Brig. General Kenner Garrard to ride east from Atlanta and head to Covington with his cavalry division to start tearing up railroad tracks; destroying bridges, rail cars, depots, and locomotives; and burning stores and commercial properties. He actually wrote the following in a letter to Garrard: "…but of private property only take what is necessary for your own use, except horses and mules, of which you will take all that are fit for service, exercising of course, some judgment as to the animals ...

May 16, 2017 | Marshall McCart | Columnists


Telling It Like It Is... Yearning for the good old days

I remember hearing my Granny Stapp say "We're living in a different world now" many times and that simple phrase is truer now more than ever. I've always been told I'm a lot like Granny in many ways and I'm perfectly okay with that. There's no telling what Granny would think if she were here to see how much things have changed.

May 14, 2017 | Beth Rowe | Columnists


Gingrich Cushman: Angels around us

While we tend to celebrate our own mothers on Mothers' Day, this year I am celebrating all mothers who overcome odds to take care of their children and others' children. "Janice" (not her real name) is one such woman.

May 14, 2017 | Jackie Gringrich Cushman | Columnists


Harrop: 'Bro Culture' companies may do poorly by being bad

What exactly does Uber have to offer that other companies do not? The ride-hailing service doesn't own its cars or employ drivers. It's basically a smartphone app that connects passengers to drivers using their own vehicles. Rival apps now do much the same thing.

May 14, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Yarbrough: Hogs not happy at being compared with politicians

A few years ago, I decided that what this country needed was an organization that specialized in both in-depth analysis of major political developments as well as pest control.

May 14, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Crawford: Georgia suffers two blows in 24 hours

Within the space of 24 hours, Georgia suffered two devastating blows from their governor and their congressional delegation. I wonder if the state will ever recover from them.

May 14, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Conosan: Donald Trump's Death Panels

The real death panels are coming.

May 14, 2017 | Joe Conason | Columnists


Archives from The Piedmont Chronicles: History of the City of Covington

Editor's note: This column is the start of a weekly series of historic musings brought to you by The Covington News' Columnist Marshall McCart. These columns were previously published by McCart on The Piedmont Chronicles (TPC), which features blog-style posts about Newton County. The Covington News does not have any affiliation with nor does it endorse the content published on TPC.

May 09, 2017 | Marshall McCart | Columnists


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