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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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Keep America first

Suppose you woke up one bright morning and you were no longer an American. You were a documented Georgian or Southerner, but no longer a citizen of the United States.

Suppose the Legislature had cut a deal with the federal government to allow, say, Georgia, Alabama and Texas to declare their sovereignty and carve themselves outside the nation's borders. The new maps would show the new United States, with a few rogue jurisdictions hanging to its soft underbelly.

May 06, 2009 | Bill Shipp | Opinion


What's an elephant do?

You have to hand it to those folks in Austin, Texas. They know a good campaign issue when they see one. Just the other day, Gov. Rick Perry of Texas mentioned "secession" - resigning from the United States - as a way to escape the odious government in Washington.

May 03, 2009 | Bill Shipp | Opinion


Keeping abreast

The argument exists that men and women have basically the same feelings and emotions, but that testosterone prevents most men from allowing their sensitive side to be witnessed very often.

May 03, 2009 | Nat Harwell | Opinion


Big Daddy explains times gone by

Depending on when you were born, you've likely heard parents, grandparents or other relatives talk about the challenges of their era.

The old saw about walking uphill in the snow to go to school is one that often comes to mind. But there are other old stories about things like plowing with a mule, picking cotton and making clothes out of flour and feed sacks.

May 01, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Opinion


Hope versus hysteria

President Obama's first 100 days are complete. Fortunately, the energy generated by his election and inauguration has not subsided. Unfortunately, there exists now a most divisive war of words within our nation's discourse. Some would argue that this is standard operational procedure for our democratic process, that the collision and confluence of ideas is healthy dialogue that ultimately serves to strengthen the USA. Nonetheless, this is not that.

I've heard more from Dick Cheney in the last 100 days than I ever did during his 2,922 days as vice president, and he is insisting that the ...

May 01, 2009 | By Eric Lee Guest Columnist | Opinion


Murder in Athens

Three people were shot to death Saturday in Athens, and three others were wounded. A UGA professor was being sought as the killer. I was mildly surprised to hear the news before I switched the TV to "Cops" to watch the San Diego police collar hapless derelicts.

April 29, 2009 | Bill Shipp | Opinion


A changing political landscape

 Out of the many e-mails that were zinging around Georgia's political community last week, one in particular caught my eye.

April 29, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Opinion


Bring back Newt

After losing last year's presidential election, the national Republican Party seems to have lost its way.

April 25, 2009 | Bill Shipp | Opinion


Medical miracles

Our kids let my wife and I know they'd like for us to back off from bragging about them. We're guilty, of course, because our goal as parents was to make it possible for them to actually live their dreams. We celebrate them. Nonetheless, they've basically asked us to disband our parental booster club.

April 25, 2009 | Nat Harwell | Opinion


Karen’s conundrum

 If I were a gambling man, I'd bet a wad, even at this early date, on Secretary of State Karen Handel to win the Republican primary for governor next year.

April 22, 2009 | Bill Shipp | Opinion


Cagle opens door for candidate tidal wave

 Just when you thought you had the next governor's race all figured out, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle decides to mess everything up.

April 22, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Opinion


The Bedford Boys

My dad was in his formative years during the decade history recalls as "The Roaring Twenties." As a young adult he began his professional career just as "The Great Depression" and its repercussions came to bear upon our nation in the 1930s.

April 19, 2009 | Nat Harwell | Opinion


Seems like old times

The run-up to the election for governor next year is beginning to feel like a replay of 1998.

April 19, 2009 | Bill Shipp | Opinion


Trails reduce crime, bring in visitors

Congressman Jim Marshall's securing another $1 million in federal funding for right of way acquisition and multi-use trail construction is great news for Covington and Newton County. I support creating bicycle and pedestrian facilities because

April 15, 2009 | By Maurice Carter Guest Columnist | Opinion


Fear of physicians

The last time I visited a doctor, about a month ago, I fell off the scale in his office and broke a rib. It was 9 o'clock in the morning, and I had consumed only one cup of coffee.

I can tell a dozen stories like that - brushes with bad luck when I put my destiny in the hands of MDs.

April 15, 2009 | Bill Shipp | Opinion


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