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Yarbrough: Remembering a day that was as good as it gets

Sometimes things come together better than peanut butter and jelly. Take last week, for example. I was invited to speak at the 20th annual Awards ...

May 28, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Purdue: Honoring those who made the Ultimate Sacrifice

The women and men in the United States military truly represent the very best of our country and on Memorial Day, we honor the soldiers ...

May 28, 2017 | Sen. David Purdue | Columnists


Irwin: Standing for Something

"If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything."

May 28, 2017 | Andy Irwin | Columnists


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Despite our plans, life happens

It's been a strange week. My sister and I passed the coursework and pool portion for open-water scuba diving, my son turned 12, and my mother ended up in ICU. You can plan as much as you like, but oftentimes life happens, and not as you might have planned.

August 01, 2013 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


Cooking up strategies to save time

Though I have been retired from teaching for almost 13 years, I still work part time. I stay busy, and I sometimes wonder how I ever got anything done while I worked full time, especially when I had children at home.

July 30, 2013 | Paula Travis | Columnists


Delay of mandate detour for ‘Obamacare’

I, as well as most Americans, have been watching the unfolding of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare," on a daily asis. It truly is a moving vehicle.

July 30, 2013 | Rhonda Sheridan | Columnists


A tale of two Georgias

I read recently in the Atlanta newspapers that our intrepid public servants just keep on going - on trips, that is.

July 30, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Cleaning? Use dirty tricks

I'm not trying to move in on Heloise's turf, offering snappy "household hints" to my readers, but we're chasing dust bunnies and candy wrappers with our vacuum cleaner, and I wanted to share a few of my own cleaning tricks.

July 27, 2013 | David McCoy | Columnists


Outrage is going wrong way

I heard a defense attorney say that while she believed in the jury process and felt that they had reached the right decision, "George Zimmerman being found not guilty does not mean he is innocent."

July 27, 2013 | Mychal Massie Columnist | Columnists


Morgan: Covington's days gone by

In years gone by, anything the heart desired could be found around our bustling square.

July 25, 2013 | Barbara Morgan | Columnists


Travis: Hydrangeas, gardeners rejoice

This has been the wettest spring and early summer that I can remember. Or maybe it just seems so because we had gone previously through about five years of drought.

July 23, 2013 | Paula Travis | Columnists


Rasmussen: Why whites, blacks differ on the Zimmerman verdict

Sixty-four percent of Americans say that it's possible to have an honest discussion about race in America. I would like to believe that, but I am skeptical.

July 20, 2013 | Staff Report | Columnists


Life is lived in the gray area

If you try hard, you might recall the beauty of a bright blue sky studded with big, puffy white clouds, both missing for weeks. But look around and revel in the rainbow of colors that summer brings, rain or shine: lemony daylilies, rosy crepe myrtles, shiny red tomatoes, bold yellow squash, massed purple petunias and verbena, golden marigolds, the look-at-me colors of Gerbera daisies, inky blue blueberries, the quietly alluring pink, blue and lavender of heavy-headed hydrangeas, and the let-me-have-a-taste-red of fresh-picked strawberries. The unrelenting rain makes the variegated greens of shrubs, lawns and trees more luscious than ever.

July 18, 2013 | Barbara Morgan | Columnists


Women in Congress seek consensus

Currently 20 of the 100 U.S. senators are women, as are 78 of the 435 representatives, for a grand total of 18 percent of congressional seats.

July 18, 2013 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


Lobbyists, Yellow Jackets and more from the peanut gallery

After much posturing, the General Assembly passed a sleeves-out-of-their-vests piece of legislation on lobbying reform in the last session and wants us to believe it has answered our concerns. Not so.

July 16, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Grandchildren, like fireworks

My two weeks of grandchildren-sitting are over. I have about gotten my house back in order.

July 16, 2013 | Paula Travis | Columnists


I’m a don’t-do-it-yourselfer

I had a bit of time to burn last week and wasn't totally sure what I'd do with my short taste of freedom, so one of my friends asked, "Don't you have a 'Honey Do' list?"

July 13, 2013 | David McCoy | Columnists


Black education tragedy

As if more evidence were needed about the tragedy of black education, Rachel Jeantel, a witness for the prosecution in the George Zimmerman murder trial, put a face on it for the nation to see.

July 13, 2013 | Walter Williams | Columnists


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