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Yarbrough: Recent high-profile events are proof you can’t fix stupid

So, what possessed comedian Kathy Griffin to post a picture of herself holding the decapitated and bloody head of the President of the United States?

June 25, 2017 | Staff Report | Columnists


Crawford: Lawmaker fights a war he cannot win

It was not a good week for state Rep. Tommy Benton (R-Jefferson).

June 25, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Crawford: Lawmaker fights a war he cannot win

It was not a good week for state Rep. Tommy Benton (R-Jefferson).

June 25, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Leaving Home: A Short Story by Marshall McCart

The time was the early 1950's. The place was a farm out in the country in the heart of the Georgia Piedmont, and the ...

June 25, 2017 | Marshall McCart | Columnists


Yarbrough: Recent high-profile events are proof you can’t fix stupid

So, what possessed comedian Kathy Griffin to post a picture of herself holding the decapitated and bloody head of the President of the United States?

June 25, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


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Fazio: Farewell to ‘The News’

A community newspaper really is a great thing. It's the pulse of a town; it is a measure of growth and change; it's a record of history; and it's a way to strengthen a network of people to make it what it represents – a community.

January 02, 2017 | Bryan Fazio | Columnists


Yarbrough: Resolutely determined to manage 2017 expectations

The only thing more useless than socks on a pig are New Year's resolutions. Our intentions are applaudable but our follow-through usually leaves a bit to be desired. Still, that should not keep us from trying. I mean, what else is there to do while lying prone on the couch with a snoot full of black-eyed peas and collards and watching the Yada-Yada Bowl?

January 02, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Crawford: Some good news for the holiday season

There have been some interesting political stories to tell this year, but two of the most interesting happened last week in Georgia's neighboring states to the south and east.

December 23, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Yarbrough: Dedicated to the believers this Christmas

This column has become a Christmas tradition and I share with you once again this year. It is dedicated to all who believe.

December 23, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Irwin: Secret Santa

When I was around 12 years old, it occurred to me that the season we call Christmas has, within it, several glitter-coated mini-seasons. Because of the length of the season, and how it tries the forbearance of even the most long-suffering of folks, it is easy for kids to discern the two categories of grown-ups.

December 23, 2016 | Andy Irwin | Columnists


Have you ever thought … As a community what do we do for the homeless?

The only shelter in Newton, or adjoining counties, the Garden of Gethsemane Shelter can be part of the solution for dealing with homelessness in our community. The shelter's 20-year history was celebrated at a Christmas Dinner Gathering on Friday, December 9, 2016, at the Church of Covington.

December 19, 2016 | B. Wiley Stephens | Columnists


Talkin’ Southern, Part 2

In the very first installment of this column some months back, I wrote about the key differences between a fellow, fella and a feller; made fun of Yankees for saying soda and pop; and discussed the pen-pin merger. This time around I'll talk about some key Southern words and phrases in order to give a better understanding of what it is to be "talkin' Southern."

December 19, 2016 | Marshall McCart | Columnists


Yarbrough: Hoping Santa Claus has something special for schoolteachers this Christmas

Dear Santa Claus:

December 19, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Crawford: It’s a very merry Christmas for the Speaker

It isn't quite Christmas Day, but Rep. David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge), the speaker of the Georgia House, has already received probably the best gift he ever got in his life.

December 19, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Telling it like it is ... Countdown to Christmas, Southern style

Here we are entering the last month of 2016 and getting ready for Christmas. Ready or not, it's almost here. I may not be ready, as I probably won't have everything finished until a week into the New Year. Mom and Dad insist they need more lights, the grandchildren wish list keeps getting longer and the calendar is quickly filling up with school plays, parties, festivities and family functions, along with all the parades, visits and pictures with Santa that the grandchildren insist on. The holidays come and go so fast that by the time I'm finally ...

December 12, 2016 | Beth Rowe | Columnists


Have you ever thought … How we can serve some of those who served us?

A month ago today, we, as a nation, observed Veteran's Day. Each year we set this day aside to say thank you to all who served in our Armed Forces for their service. We are a free and great nation for what they did for each of us. But now there is a challenge to us to give a hand up to some that now struggle with homelessness.

December 12, 2016 | B. Wiley Stephens | Columnists


Marshall Music Minute: Big shows coming in Covington, Newborn and Porterdale

Well my word, these temperatures are dropping fast but fortunately we've got some great music this week to heat things up.

December 12, 2016 | Marshall McCart | Columnists


Yarbrough: Losing one’s home to fire is a painful experience

Philip Wilheit is a man of no small influence in our state. A community leader and a successful business man - he is president and CEO of Wilheit Packaging in Gainesville - Wilheit is also one of Gov. Nathan Deal's oldest and closest friends and advisers. He served as chairman of Deal's first gubernatorial campaign in 2010 and now sits as a member of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.

December 12, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Gingrich-Cushman: Wow, what a change in direction

Reality has set in, Hillary Clinton is (mostly) out of the news and President-Elect Donald Trump has been named Time Magazine's man of the year. Ignore the snarky line labeling him "the President-elect of the divided States of America."

December 12, 2016 | Jackie Gingrich-Cushman | Columnists


Crawford: Tom Price is coming after your insurance

Back when he was serving in the Georgia Senate, Tom Price acquired a nickname among the capitol crowd: Ned Flanders.

December 12, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


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