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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


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 ...

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 ...

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


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A Washington recall this fall

Maybe Mother Nature knows what's best. This week, she brought her own version of a government shutdown to Washington. While the Post Office might continue to work through rain, snow, sleet and hail, the snow in the capital resulted in the House suspending votes for the week and the Senate scaling back its calendar.

February 14, 2010 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | OPINION


This old house

Our house was built in 1973 and was one of the first to occupy our quiet little lane. For years it stood virtually alone on the east side of the street, but today it's part of 25 homes which comprise our snug little enclave.

February 14, 2010 | Nat Harwell | OPINION


Budget woes continue

The Georgia legislature completed days nine through 13 last week with attention continuing to focus on the budget, water issues and related items of interest.

February 10, 2010 | Senator John Douglas Guest Columnist | OPINION


Don’t expect big changes

Gov. Sonny Perdue is nearing the end of his time as governor, but he had one more big idea to throw out for discussion.

February 10, 2010 | Tom Crawford | OPINION


Rome is burning, no one cares

"Rome is burning, and no one cares," my colleague Jim exclaimed to our boss on a conference call in the late-1990s. We were trying to explain the budget crisis in our largest property, which was responsible for more than $1 billion in revenue.

February 07, 2010 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | OPINION


Thicker skin required

White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel caught heat last week when he referred to a group of liberal Democrats as "retarded." President Obama's senior political aide must've felt as if he'd stepped in a yellow jacket hole after sticking both feet in his mouth. Vocal, visceral criticism from varied quarters, including the president's senior political advisor, David Axelrod - whose 27-year-old daughter has a developmental disability - forced Emanuel to immediately try and staunch the bleeding.

February 07, 2010 | Nat Harwell | OPINION


Health and human services

We often take things like our health for granted until it goes downhill. Other things like the services the library offers or athletic programs for our children also are often under appreciated until they disappear.

After health and human services day with my Leadership Newton County class, I have a new found respect for all the people who work behind the scenes at elderly care facilities, health departments, hospitals, libraries and recreation departments.

February 05, 2010 | Jennifer T. Long | OPINION


You've got a friend

My wife loves Carole King songs. The "Tapestry" album, issued in 1971, features several hit tunes, among them one of the greatest songs King ever penned: "You've Got a Friend."

January 31, 2010 | Nat Harwell | OPINION


You've got me, babe

"Well, the big difference here and in '94 was you've got me," was President Obama's response to possible problems in the upcoming midterm elections, according to Rep. Marion Berry.

January 31, 2010 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | OPINION


Bruce Goddard and Eulan Brown

I was in Central Florida recently and someone suggested I take a couple of minutes and drive through the town of Celebration, Fla.

January 29, 2010 | Harris Blackwood | OPINION


A long way to go

After a break for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday on Jan. 18, the Georgia House and Senate spent three days receiving budget requests from the various departments of state government. Gov. Sonny Perdue led the briefings on Tuesday afternoon with his overall assessment of state finances and his proposed amended FY 2010 and full FY 2011 budgets. The "amended budget" means that money taken in over the previous budget estimates can be applied to important programs or visa versa if less money is received than estimated.

January 29, 2010 | Senator John Douglas Guest Columnist | OPINION


Aftershocks

A really big earthquake hit the third world nation of Haiti last week. Now, the brutal fact is that there's not a great deal of discernible difference between Haiti before the 'quake, and Haiti afterward. But the world's developed nations have immediately sent hundreds of millions of dollars in emergency assistance to the Caribbean nation, which occupies one-third of the island of Hispaniola. Fittingly, the Dominican Republic, which occupies the other two-thirds, was the first nation to offer help to Haiti.

The amount of aid pledged to assist the nine million citizens of Haiti is as staggering, in ...

January 17, 2010 | Nat Harwell | OPINION


National insecurity

Imagine. You have been sworn in as president of the United States and it is your first Christmas in the White House. What a year it has been. Now some worried-looking aide enters the room. You wonder. Is it war in the Middle East? Unrest in Iran? Earthquakes in Peru?

January 15, 2010 | Patrick Durusau | OPINION


A place to prepare

In response to your editorial regarding the city council's retreat at Brasstown, let's put the blame where it belongs, with me. As the city's HR director, I am responsible for organizing and developing training for city employees. The retreats for the mayor and council are somewhat new, so it's understandable that many citizens may not be aware of the critical need for having the governmental body isolated for a period of time to learn new skills and develop a strategic plan. Most people don't realize that a representative form of government, in this case a ...

January 01, 2010 | R.H. Cowan Guest Columnist | OPINION


Making 2010 different

The new year has seen itself in without any assistance from me for a number of years. My being sleepy and grumpy on the first day of a new year is a poor start. I don't make New Year's resolutions as a general rule. But, a bout of nasty health issues this past year made me realize that having goals for the new year might not be a bad thing. Nothing terribly dramatic but simply reminders of what I can do to make 2010 different from 2009.

I resolve to do something that shows how much I care ...

January 01, 2010 | Patrick Durusau | OPINION


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