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4-H’ers and volunteers honored at 57th annual banquet

While 4-H in Newton County turns 110 this year, and Cooperative Extension celebrated a century of service just this week, it was the last nine years of those organizations being celebrated at the 4-H banquet recently.

May 10, 2014 | Terri Kimble | News Columnists


Kimble: 4-H seeking tax-deductible donations

It might be a gloomy Saturday morning riding across Atlanta, but for the nearly 50 fourth, fifth and sixth graders who arrived, loaded a bus before 7:30 a.m. in Covington, the excitement level is high.

March 23, 2013 | Terri Kimble | News Columnists


Burgess: Social Circle’s beauty

In every community there's a choir of folks who loudly sing their songs of complaint about anything and everything going on in town. These are usually the people who contribute very little to help make things better. Fortunately, in Social Circle we have many other groups whose members give generously of their time and talents to help make our city a great place to live, work and play. One group in particular inspires all of us in its efforts to appreciate and enhance the beauty of our community. All my conversations about local beautification projects invariably lead to Crenan ...

February 23, 2013 | Madeline Burgess | News Columnists


The circus, camel conundrum

I'm usually a planner, and I actually get a little twitchy when I don't know what's happening when. If there's an event happening and I plan to attend, I make those plans early on and follow through. But Tuesday, I got all impromptu and crazy and decided Colin and I should go to the little circus being held at the armory.

February 21, 2013 | Amber Pittman | News Columnists


Mecca: Elrod fights to end

Wake Island is a pint-sized coral atoll in the middle of nowhere, 2,300 miles west of Honolulu and 1,510 miles east of Guam. This tiny speck of sand and palm trees actually consists of three islands - Wake, Wiles and Peale - with a combined shoreline of 12 miles. The highest elevation is 20 feet. History would record Wake Island as the only battle in World War II where an amphibious assault failed when a ragtag group of American marines, sailors, civilian workers and 45 Chamorro Islanders turned back a Japanese invasion.

February 19, 2013 | Pete Mecca | News Columnists


Countdown to 4-H summer camp

It may be cold today, but I'm already thinking about that big water slide at Rock Eagle 4-H Center.

February 19, 2013 | Terri Kimble | News Columnists


Tech disconnect: be smart with smartphones

Those who know me know that I am constantly on my phone. If my phone is not already in my hand, it is always within reach. I am always texting, texting, texting or scheduling and rescheduling my students' lessons or tutoring sessions on my calendar. Then there are the endless lists and memos that I constantly make and update. Oh and there's the sermon notes that I make every Sunday on my iPhone because my mother likes to know what I'm learning each week. These sermon notes can then be sent from my memos straight to my mother ...

February 19, 2013 | Nhi Ho | News Columnists


How to recover from a bad V-Day

I might not have a designated valentine this year, but I spent a whole lot of years married, and I have been the recipient of some amazing Valentine's Day gifts and events. I have also been on the other end of the spectrum with some pretty awful experiences. So how does one recover from messing up what is supposed to be the one required day of the year for romance?

February 14, 2013 | Amber Pittman | News Columnists


Livestock show teaches responsibility

What child hasn't begged for a pet dog or cat?

February 09, 2013 | Terri Kimble | News Columnists


The integrity of writing: Plagiarism is stealing, period

There is something to be said about the written word and the weight it carries. In academia, there are strict rules against cheating - on homework assignments, quizzes and tests. However, for the countless English classes required for my degree, the syllabus for every class, in every semester, was guaranteed to have it note bolded about plagiarism - Don't do it! - as there are great consequences for essentially stealing someone else's words and writing and thereby misrepresenting them as your own original work.

February 02, 2013 | Nhi Ho | News Columnists


A local view from the Georgia House

During the second week of the legislative session, the House began moving a bit faster as the first few bills came out of the committee system. We voted on three measures on the House floor, the most important of which by far was SB 24, the "Hospital Medicaid Financing Program Act," also known derisively as the "bed tax." This tax, which was first passed three years ago, will reach the end of its authorization in July. It is a levy hospitals must pay as a percentage of revenue. The proceeds are then used, in combination with federal matching funds, to ...

February 02, 2013 | By Doug Holt | News Columnists


How are you preparing our next leaders?

What are you and I doing to give our next generation a clear path to leadership?

February 02, 2013 | Terri Kimble | News Columnists


Mecca: Parkinson no longer MIA

At the end of World War II, the United States government was unable to retrieve and identify more than 79,000 Americans. Almost 70 years later, more than 73,000 are still missing.

January 22, 2013 | Pete Mecca | News Columnists


Kimble: High school 4-H’ers complete project portfolios

Last week, I shared highlights from junior 4-H portfolios, so this week, it's time to talk about our senior 4-H'ers.

January 19, 2013 | Terri Kimble | News Columnists


Build-A-Bear: Not as easy as you think

I don't really do resolutions, but I decided that when 2013 reared its ugly head, Colin and I would have a come-to-Jesus meeting about household chores. While he's far too short to vacuum and too young to clean bathrooms, he can still help out around the house. But how to trick him into helping me...

January 19, 2013 | Amber Pittman | News Columnists


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