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Yarbrough: A salute to an Olympic champion and his pursuit of excellence

Dr. Melvin Pender Jr. is a bona fide American hero: An Olympic gold medalist (4x100 relay in the 1968 Mexico City Games at 31 years ...

February 26, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Irwin: Evidence of the prehistoric sources of humor: A rejected thesis

(Originally published in Storytelling Magazine, January 2016)

February 26, 2017 | | Columnists


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We can't leave mysteries alone

"Nature abhors a vacuum," said the Greek philosopher Aristotle, who lived from 384-322 B.C. Nature, he posited, insists that every space be filled, even just with air.

June 20, 2013 | Barbara Morgan | Columnists


Summer camp: 'Extreme' edition

In 1975, Frank W. Fitch added cabins at Rock Eagle 4-H Center, but nothing like the ones you've likely stayed in. He built small wooden huts in the woods for a more traditional camping experience.

June 15, 2013 | Terri Kimble | Columnists


A shadow over the 'City on a Hill'

The phrase "City on a Hill" was coined by John Winthrop, the first governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. He penned a directive as he crossed the ocean from England to New England aboard the Arabella in early 1630. His passengers were primarily Puritans who had fled England in search of religious freedom.

June 13, 2013 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


No more Smithfield at Mamma's

Sumptuous Sunday dinners - meaning lunches - are a legend in Southern culture. Moms who could ready themselves, husbands and a household of children - eight in our family - for Sunday school and church, plus prepare a table full of Southern fare to be eaten right after church, were multitasking before the word was invented.

June 13, 2013 | Barbara Morgan | Columnists


Charter school oversight in good hands

I have said it before, but let me repeat: I have no problem with charter schools. I did have a big problem with the ham-handed way last November's charter school referendum was rammed through by proponents.

June 11, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Exhibit tells story of King James Bible

My sister and I recently went to see the "Manifold Greatness" exhibit at the Nancy Guinn Library in Conyers. The exhibit celebrates the 400th anniversary of the King James Version of the Bible, first printed in 1611.

June 11, 2013 | Paula Travis | Columnists


Wake up from that school nightmare

Editor's note: Columnist David McCoy is on vacation. This column was originally published in 2011.

June 08, 2013 | David McCoy | Columnists


Rasmussen: Immigration reform

Many pundits assumed that this would be the year that comprehensive immigration reform became law. The conventional wisdom was that President Obama's re-election and his strong showing among Hispanic voters would force Republicans to go along.

June 08, 2013 | Scott Rasmussen | Columnists


Look who’s talking to Congress

In order to understand the liberal and progressive agenda, one must know something about their world vision and values. Let's examine some of the evidence.

June 08, 2013 | Walter Williams | Columnists


Big fish meddling in a small pond

Last week, while defending raises for Covington officials, I criticized East Ward council members and the mayor for not seeking training and networking to inform their decision making. In an editorial preceding my column, The Covington News called out some council members for micromanaging city affairs. I share that view, and it is this combination of under-informed over-involvement that concerns me.

June 08, 2013 | Maurice Carter | Columnists


Morgan: Good obits say it all

Just shy of her 99th birthday, Elizabeth Ellis of Oxford died Monday.

June 06, 2013 | Barbara Morgan | Columnists


Orwell’s creatures home in Washington

"The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again: But already it was impossible to say which was which."

June 06, 2013 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


Give plants an inch, they'll take a yard

I have been working in the yard for the last week or two. All I want to do is get the weeds out of my flower beds.

June 04, 2013 | Paula Travis | Columnists


Freedoms eroding

"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized." -- The Fourth Amendment

June 04, 2013 | | Columnists


Answer Man shares his wisdom

Well, boys and girls, I see by the old clock on the wall that it is June already. We know what that means. It is time for Answer Man to dig into the Question Box and see what is on your hearts and minds and assorted body parts.

June 04, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


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