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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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Tax cuts, now where are the jobs?

Georgia's lawmakers have always been willing to approve tax breaks for the state's business leaders and special interests, but they have really stepped on the gas since Republicans took control of the House and Senate four years ago.

In that first year of Republican control, legislators passed a huge break for corporations: a bill that would give them tax reductions totaling nearly $1 billion over a 10-year period.

March 25, 2009 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


What really counts

A sincere plea to Sonny and Romeo: Please don't embarrass Georgia again.

I can see what you're up to. You're already shuffling the political deck so you can play the race card in the next election. Don't do it. We've been hurt enough.

March 25, 2009 | Bill Shipp | Opinion


Out of Africa

A parent's worst nightmare came out of Africa last week with the news that a 24-year-old Peace Corps volunteer, Cathrine "Kate" Puzey, had been murdered. Formerly of Cumming, Kate received a sociology degree from William and Mary in 2006, joined the Peace Corps and had been teaching English in a small village in Benin since July 2007. Her two-year hitch in West Africa was almost up.

March 22, 2009 | Nat Harwell | Opinion


Barnes sounds more like a candidate

Over the past year or so, there has been one question about politics that I hear more often than any other: "Is Roy going to run?"

March 22, 2009 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion


Looking like celebrities not all it's cracked up to be

When somebody thinks you're somebody that you're not, it can either be really good or really bad.

I have years of experience in this field. In 1970, I had gone to visit an aunt in Jacksonville, Fla.

March 20, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Opinion


Crescendo of legislating

Last week saw our first crescendo of legislating, as we passed the crossover mark of the session. We worked through 112 bills and resolutions. For the next few weeks, we'll be reviewing bills sent over from the Senate as we approach the end of the session.

A number of the measures we considered are worth mention. HB 23 would prohibit provisional driver's license holders under 18 from using cell phones and similar electronic communications devices. Young drivers generally don't have sufficiently solid driving skills to handle a car at the same time as talking on a phone ...

March 20, 2009 | By Doug Holt State Representative | Opinion


Crossover day passes

The legislature reached a significant landmark in the 2009 session on March 12, which was the 30th legislative day. That means that it was the turning point for all Senate legislation to be passed and transferred to the House in order to continue through the legislative process. Likewise, members of the House of Representatives worked diligently to send their legislation to the Senate for a chance at final passage. Several important pieces of legislation were voted on this week, but perhaps most significant was the FY 2009 supplemental budget.

Thanks to a cooperative spirit between both the Senate and House ...

March 18, 2009 | By Sen. John Douglas Columnist | Opinion


Flowers seem to grow on you

Why is it the older you get the more you begin to notice things you really never paid much attention to before? Simple things. Quiet things. Natural things.

It's been that way for me, for instance, with flowers. When I was growing up in Moreland, my Aunt Jessie's yard was the flower capital of the county. People drove from as far away as Grantville, Corinth and Smith City to gaze at the color show Aunt Jessie's yard put on each spring.

March 18, 2009 | Lewis Grizzard | Opinion


We’re rolling down a bumpy road

There is less than a month to go before the legislative session adjourns and our lawmakers don't appear to be any closer than they were last year at this time to resolving the state's highway congestion issues.

March 14, 2009 | Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


I’m so excited

Hey, I'm excited! Have you heard of three fantastic things happening right here in our neck of the woods? They have such potential for improving life that if you'd tried a month ago to tell me they could happen here, I'd have called you a liar.

March 14, 2009 | Nat Harwell | Opinion


The bailout game

With all the talk of bailouts, there has been a popular demand for a home edition of the bailout game.

You will need $110,030 in play money, a pizza and four players. One person acts as the bank. The bank player starts off with $10,000 and there is $100,000 in "bailout" money. The other three players have $10 each.

March 13, 2009 | Patrick Durusau | Opinion


Making laws and marrying folks

What can you do in 40 days?

In Noah's day, that was enough time to flood the earth.

March 13, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Opinion


A new vision for Georgia

House Speaker Glenn Richardson has just unveiled a new vision for Georgia that would surpass previous endeavors and might even make a little money.

Richardson would make Georgia the marriage capital of the nation almost overnight. Atlanta could become Las Vegas east without quite as many home foreclosures with a lot more churches.

March 11, 2009 | Bill Shipp | Opinion


The book on fried green tomatoes

A lot of people who saw the movies "Fried Green Tomatoes" probably asked themselves, "What's fried green tomatoes?"

There wasn't any dialogue that I recall concerning fried green tomatoes in the movie - just a sign outside the Whistle Stop Café that advertised they were on sale inside.

March 11, 2009 | Lewis Grizzard | Opinion


It was a bad week for Georgians

There are times when it just doesn't pay to get out of bed in the morning. Last week was such a time for Georgia's citizens and the people they elect to make their political decisions.

March 08, 2009 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion


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