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Welch: CPA week 9: The last responder

It is hard to believe that week nine of the Porterdale Police Department's Citizens Police Academy (CPA) is already over. It literally seems like ...

April 02, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Opinion


Within an hour’s drive: Broadway in Atlanta brings ‘Annie’

In less than hour, Newton County residents were able to throw themselves into the Municipal Girls Orphanage with Little Orphan Annie and for two nights ...

March 27, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Opinion


Welch: CPD week 8: Not Guilty!

Testifying in court can be a stressful experience even if you're just a witness. At week eight of the Porterdale Police Department (PPD) Citizens ...

March 26, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Opinion


Welch: CPD week 7: Time to use what we’ve learned

It's hard to believe that we're at week seven of the Porterdale Police Department's Citizens Police Academy. Just two more classes and ...

March 20, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Opinion


Welch: CPA week 6 – Shots Fired

Week 6 of the Porterdale Police Department's (PPD) Citizen's Police Academy (CPA) gave the class the chance to see, handle and fire some ...

March 12, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Opinion


Bouchillon: SPLOST voting nears deadline

There is one week of early voting left for the 2017 SPLOST referendum. Those who wish to vote early may visit Suite 103 of the ...

March 12, 2017 | Baxter Bouchillon | Opinion


Bouchillon: There's no reason to vote 'no' to SPLOST

Last fall, the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) appointed a 23-person citizens' committee to hear information about potential SPLOST projects. The committee was charged ...

March 05, 2017 | Baxter Bouchillon | Opinion


Welch: CPA week 5: Criminal investigations and gangs

Another week of the Porterdale Police Department (PPD) Citizens Police Academy (CPA) is in the books. This class is going by much too fast. For ...

March 05, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Opinion


Welch: CPA week 4: Domestic violence and traffic enforcement

Week four of the Porterdale Police Department's (PPD) Citizens Police Academy (CPA) gave the class the opportunity to hear about one of the more ...

February 26, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Opinion


Bouchillon: What SPLOST is and isn't good for

There are some expenditures just too large to include in a General Fund budget. The cost of maintaining and improving the roads is one example ...

February 26, 2017 | Baxter Bouchillon | Opinion


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Welch: CPA week 3: The heroes we never see

We have all been there. Faced with an emergency situation, we pick up our phone and dial 9-1-1. We impatiently stand by waiting for the fire truck, ambulance or police car to arrive. We probably even fume that it's taking so long for them to get there when in reality it only takes six or seven minutes.

February 19, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Opinion


Welch: Citizens Police Academy week 2 – K9’s and drug detection

The second week of the Porterdale Police Department's Citizens Police Academy was as interesting and informative as it was touching.

February 12, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Opinion


Welch: Learning what cops do

With much respect for the contributions and sacrifices made by the military, there's also another group of heroes who work daily to protect ourway of life. They pin on badges, strap on Glocks and climb into cars and SUVs with blue lights on top for a living. They are cops. Without our system of jurisprudence and those tasked with enforcing it, life would be vastly different for all of us.

February 06, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Opinion


Man on the Street: What do you do for fun in Covington?

Megan Hardnett: "I definitely enjoy the festivities for the holidays…the tours for the different things since they've been filming a lot."

February 04, 2017 | Jarred Todd | Opinion


Welcome to Oxford

Columnist: Lyn Pace

September 18, 2016 | | Opinion


Huge contrast

With less than two months to go before the presidential election, every day counts. This past week provided a huge contrast between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump.

September 18, 2016 | | Opinion


There oughta be a law

July is a special time in Georgia because it's the month when most of the laws passed during the previous legislative session go into effect.

August 01, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Opinion


Recasting Hillary Clinton

The Democratic National Convention's attempt to focus this week on party unity was almost overwhelmed even before the coronation process in Philadelphia got underway.

August 01, 2016 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Opinion


There's no Bernie Revolution without Bernie

One hesitates to discuss the small group of Bernie Sanders followers throwing tantrums at the Democratic convention. Some 90 percent of Sanders backers say they've already moved their support to Hillary Clinton.

August 01, 2016 | Froma Harrop | Opinion


By popular demand: Junior E. Lee analyzes presidential races

Please don't say anything to Junior E. Lee about this but I had several people come up to me after a recent speech to ask why they had not seen his observations in the paper recently. If he knew that, he might ask for a raise.

August 09, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Opinion


As I look through my telescope

Does 2025 sound like the far, distant future? Guess what? It's not. We are less than a decade away from Covington's 203rd birthday. I want to invite you to take a look through my telescope at what life in Covington will be like in the year 2025 (or in 10 years if that sounds closer to you).

June 07, 2015 | Ronnie Johnston | Opinion


Weariness, not weakening

Dear Editor,

May 10, 2015 | Barbara Morgan | Opinion


Believing in public education

The General Assembly did not meet this week, so I thought I would talk about why I believe so much in public education.

January 25, 2015 | Dave Belton | Opinion


Media miss the real news of the week

This past week, one of the world's most famous and influential men made a major announcement concerning our global future. But you might have missed it because America's national news media was obsessing over President Obama's State of the Union address.

January 25, 2015 | Scott Rasmussen | Opinion


Will the West defend itself?

Leftists and progressives believe that the U.S. should become more like Europe. They praise Europe's massive welfare state, socialized medicine and stifling economic regulation and accept its unwillingness to defend itself against barbarism. I wonder whether America's leftists and progressives want to import some of Europe's barbaric extremism associated with its Muslim population.

January 25, 2015 | Walter Williams | Opinion


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