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Telling It Like It Is . . . Time to Change

It's too early to tell how 2017 is shaping up, but, I can already tell it's going to be an interesting year.

January 29, 2017 | Beth Rowe | Columnists


Have You Ever Thought… How it would feel not to be able to go home?

We have a crises in our state. There are 13,000 children who are separated from their families in Georgia. They are in state custody ...

January 29, 2017 | B. Wiley Stephens | Columnists


Gingrich Cushman: The People's Government, the People's Work

On January 20, Donald Trump took the oath of office and became the 45th president of the United States. Trump's speech was 1,435 ...

January 28, 2017 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


Harrop: Hitting our heads against a border wall

Illegal immigration from Mexico is yesterday's problem. Last year, more Mexicans left the United States than entered, according to the Pew Research Center. But ...

January 28, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Crawford: Sonny Perdue will feel right at home

The new president has finished filling the vacancies in his cabinet by nominating Georgia's own Sonny Perdue as the secretary of agriculture.

January 28, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Yarbrough: Some observations on the national scene and then it’s back to broccoli

I hope you will forgive me but I am going against my better judgment today and sound like one of those inch-wide, inch-deep political pundits ...

January 22, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Have You Ever Thought?... How great it would be to have more variety in shopping and eating out?

I say we have great merchants and eateries in Covington. But I would add what is needed is more variety in both areas as well ...

January 22, 2017 | Wiley Stephens | Columnists


Yarbrough: Hide the silverware! The legislature is coming!

To Arms! To Arms! The Legislature is coming, the Legislature is coming!

January 15, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Crawford: Keep your elected officials accountable

When Donald Trump was campaigning for president, he pledged he would "drain the swamp" in Washington and put an end to all the influence peddling ...

January 15, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


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 ...

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 ...

January 02, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


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McCoy: How to order a gully washer

As I write this, it's raining in Conyers and Covington.

June 22, 2013 | David McCoy | Columnists


Rasmussen: Looking for heroes in the NSA scandal

While recognizing that it's important to fight terrorism with all of the tools at our disposal, the American people are having a hard time finding good guys in the story about the National Security Agency's surveillance program.

June 22, 2013 | Scott Rasmussen | Columnists


Looking for heroes in the NSA scandal

While recognizing that it's important to fight terrorism with all of the tools at our disposal, the American people are having a hard time finding good guys in the story about the National Security Agency's surveillance program.

June 22, 2013 | Scott Rasmussen | Columnists


McCoy: We're all rainmakers

As I write this, it's raining in Conyers and Covington.

June 22, 2013 | David McCoy | Columnists


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


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