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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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Recycling bin reflections

You can pretty much tell where your heart lies by reading through the checkbook or looking at what's in the recycling bin, can't you? Are the checks written to a church or to a non-profit organization which helps others, or to a package store? Are those ketchup bottles in the recycling bin, or liquor bottles? Do the vegetable and soup cans outnumber the beer cans, or vice versa?

March 08, 2009 | Nat Harwell | Opinion


Catfish the lab has up and died

 My dog Catfish, the black lab, died Thanksgiving night.

March 04, 2009 | Lewis Grizzard | Opinion


The red ghost

Want a formula for winning elections in the South?

March 04, 2009 | Bill Shipp | Opinion


Jesus in the gravy and Lady Mondegreen

Holy week is one of my favorite times of the year.

I love the songs of Easter, both the sad and triumphal ones.

March 03, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Opinion


The many faces of courage

I've always admired courage. Ever since I was knee high to a grasshopper I've been in awe of ordinary folks who, when push came to shove, performed extraordinarily. A voracious reader as a kid, I was amazed by the incredible feats of America's most decorated soldier of World War II, Audie Murphy. And as an adult, the story of a humble Tennessee boy, who was originally a conscientious objector, Alvin York, and his exploits in "the war to end all wars," still dumbfounds me.

March 01, 2009 | Nat Harwell | Opinion


Easy road ahead for Isakson

Sen. Johnny Isakson has many things going for him as he gets his campaign underway for another six-year term in the U.S. Senate.

February 28, 2009 | Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Speeches and memorials

 WASHINGTON-His name is Rafael and he is a member of the U.S. Army. On Tuesday night, he was one of the guests attending the president's message to Congress.

February 27, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Opinion


Government management

 The most amusing comment on the banking crisis that I have heard runs, "the government would be a poor manager." Really? Unlike the current group of bank managers, who have managed not only to tank their own banks but also to take national economies with them. If that's not "poor" management I don't know what "poor" management would look like.

February 27, 2009 | Patrick Durusau | Opinion


Sonny’s really lost it this time

This is a one-question quiz on Georgia government. Only Gov. Sonny Perdue knows the right answer. Pay attention.

February 25, 2009 | Bill Shipp | Opinion


Me and my Guccis

 All my adult life, I have attempted to rise above my humble beginnings. Take shoes, for example. Now that I have steady work and live in the city, I like to wear nice shoes.

February 25, 2009 | Lewis Grizzard | Opinion


The peanut inspector

Georgia's 9th District congressman, Nathan Deal, usually doesn't make ripples in Washington. So when he came out of his shell the other day to defend the peanut before Congress, he made news. He told a House committee hearing on the recent Georgia peanut scandal that he often ate raw peanuts and suffered no ill effects.

His declaration didn't make much impression on his colleagues, who are determined to craft new laws regarding peanut safety.

February 18, 2009 | Bill Shipp | Opinion


Kiss my grits

As one of the nation's leading experts on grits (My mother served them every morning for breakfast), all I can do try to light the way for those still blinded by prejudice and fear.

Grits won't bite you. Grits taste good and they're good for you.

February 18, 2009 | Lewis Grizzard | Opinion


The bombshell of the session

It won't be a huge surprise to our readers when I note that state legislators are more concerned about the interests of corporate CEOs than the problems of ordinary Georgia citizens. That's the way the world works, whether we like it or not.

Even so, what our lawmakers are being asked to do for Georgia Power Co., the electric utility that has always had an outsized influence on state politics, is breathtaking in its enormity.

February 15, 2009 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Lighthearted Covington memories

Every once in a while my lovely wife comments that she's wearied of contemplating the heavy, serious issues which proliferate everyday news. She then hints - rather strongly - that she'd appreciate a column that would make her chuckle, or at least feel good about life, for a moment.

Well, yesterday being Valentine's Day and all, I figured I would lighten up today for her special Valentine's Day gift.

February 15, 2009 | Nat Harwell | Opinion


Bathtub economics

 Not satisfied that we have all taken quite a "bath," economically speaking, the Obama administration, with bipartisan swim trunks on, is about to give us another one. Or at least that is how I interpret the

February 06, 2009 | Patrick Durusau | Opinion


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