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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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USA: Beware the USB

Thomas Jefferson cautioned that "a government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take away everything you have." Not two weeks into his elected term of office, President Barack Obama has begun implementing his policies via executive orders, thus effectively skirting the legislative branch, supposedly the voice of the people.

January 31, 2009 | Nat Harwell | OPINION


The quality of mercy

 Unlike many citizens, I have actually represented people on death row. It seems another lifetime ago, but casual calls for executions still get my attention.

January 29, 2009 | Patrick Durusau | OPINION


Flubbing lines in front of a crowd

 I didn't get to watch the inauguration of President Barack Obama until they replayed it on cable.

January 29, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | OPINION


Good books

One of the first adages I recall learning was "you can't always judge a book by its cover." It's especially true about people, isn't it? My high school biology teacher was a tall, square-jawed, broad-shouldered lady with flaming red hair and a temper to match. She was all business, allowing no joking around, so I decided early on that I didn't like her and didn't much care for biology either. My first report card reflected my attitude, and that biology grade surely got my parents' attention.

January 24, 2009 | Nat Harwell | OPINION


My first week as chair

Sometimes the best way to learn is to dive in head first. My first week as chairman of the Newton County Board of Commissioners was a lot like diving in head first. There is so much to learn, so many names to remember and don't even mention the acronyms.

Everyone tells me that soon I will be speaking in this foreign language and even know what it means. I have become reacquainted with old friends, met many new ones and have reinforced my faith in the Newton County employees.

January 22, 2009 | Staff Report | OPINION


Surprises lurk after 50

Once you begin staring at the half-century mark as I am, you figure it rather unlikely there are any completely new experiences left.

January 20, 2009 | Lewis Grizzard | OPINION


A view from the house

Our first week of session revolved around legislative rituals. Tasks like electing the Speaker and other House officials for the 2009/2010 term, adopting rules for our chamber to operate by, and holding a joint session with the Senate to hear Gov. Perdue's state of the state address were at the top of the agenda.

This time was a bit different for me, since I had the honor of serving on the Governor's escort into the House chamber. In any case, while these activities seem a bit time-consuming, they are vitally important to maintaining a society based on ...

January 20, 2009 | Rep. Doug Holt | OPINION


A good landing

The most amazing story of 2009 may well have been told already, and we're only a couple of weeks into this historic year. Makes you wonder what else is in store for us, doesn't it?

January 17, 2009 | Nat Harwell | OPINION


It’s bigger than Obama

It was a somber, winter's day in Georgia on Feb. 7, 2006. Thousands of people had gathered that day at the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia to pay their respects to the legacy and family of the late Coretta Scott King. All four living presidents, H.W. Bush, G.W. Bush, Carter and Clinton attended. Accompanying them was a sizable congressional delegation from both the United States House of Representatives and the Senate. Among them was Barack Hussein Obama, then the junior senator from the state of Illinois. Obama was easy to identify as he was the ...

January 17, 2009 | Eric Lee | OPINION


The best help

Every day brings more reports of bailouts, loans, tax credits, tax breaks, all in the name of economic stimulus. Like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, I don't see anything in the government sack that is going to help the economy. The pundits can nick each other in solemn tones, but recovery won't start until we start helping ourselves.

January 15, 2009 | Patrick Durusau | OPINION


Will lawmakers act like adults?

One of the advantages of being more than two billion dollars in the hole is that it forces you to prioritize and focus on the things that really matter.

January 15, 2009 | Tom Crawford Columnist | OPINION


What evil lurks? Catfish knows

It was a night of terror I shall not soon forget.

I was sitting on my living room sofa around half past eleven eating a bowl of ice cream and searching for a movie on the cable.

January 13, 2009 | Lewis Grizzard | OPINION


Chuck and the judge

I remember when ...

... Chuck Morgan sat in his shabby fourth-floor office in an aging building on Forsyth Street. Known among reporters as the Bomb-Throwers' Building, the low-rent edifice housed most of the civil rights organizations in Atlanta.

January 13, 2009 | Bill Shipp | OPINION


A view from the state senate

The 150th session of the Georgia General Assembly opened for business Jan. 12 facing a number of serious issues. The budget, education, healthcare, transportation and water are again at the top of our list. We have already begun acting on these critical issues in the pursuit of making Georgia a state that people are proud to call home.

At midweek, we heard from Governor Sonny Perdue in his annual State of the State Address in which he gives all Georgians a progress report on our state and rolls out his new budget initiatives and legislative agenda for 2009.

January 12, 2009 | By Sen. John Douglas Guest Columnist | OPINION


Playing Devil’s advocate

I'm old school, as you already know if you converse regularly with me Sunday mornings. So, it shouldn't be difficult for you to presuppose my position on a multiplicity of issues. It shouldn't surprise you to learn that I firmly support capital punishment. Nor would you be startled at my suggestion as to how best save tax money currently spent sustaining death row inmates: tomorrow morning, feed the condemned that last meal, then parade them out and do away with them!

January 10, 2009 | Nat Harwell | OPINION


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