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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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Oxendine’s ready to take the wheel

If there's one lesson that John Oxendine should have learned by now, it's that cars and politics don't mix.

December 17, 2008 | Tom Crawford columnist | OPINION


Banning free enterprise

Last week the Newton County Board of Commissioners voted to bar new home-based day care centers.

December 15, 2008 | Patrick Durusau Columnist | OPINION


Are the kids OK?

A whole lot of folks out there would like to believe the answer is "yes."

December 15, 2008 | Maggie Gallagher | OPINION


Economists take note

Some might scoff at the fact I consider myself quite the expert on the economy.

December 13, 2008 | Lewis Grizzard | OPINION


He's baaaaack....

Thank goodness. Zell Miller is back. The former heavyweight champion of populist Southern Democrats has come out of retirement. He helped Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss in his just-finished bout with Democrat Jim Martin.

Miller also aided Chambliss in his first race against incumbent Democratic Sen. Max Cleland, who, once upon a time, had been one of Zell's closest pals and fiercest supporters.

December 13, 2008 | Bill Shipp | OPINION


Looking back, looking forward

 Here's wishing a very pleasant Sunday morning after Thanksgiving to all. I'm hopeful this finds you in peaceful repose, that you and yours have rejoiced in fellowship together and that those who must be on the highways and byways arrive safely home. Of course, there's special hope for the safety of our men and women in America's armed forces, wherever they may be.

December 10, 2008 | Nat Harwell | OPINION


Don’t mess with the teachers

If you want to accomplish anything in Georgia politics, you had better remember one thing: - don't mess around with public school teachers, particularly with their pensions.

December 10, 2008 | Tom Crawford Columnist | OPINION


How we fit into the world

Imagine college students and elementary school students learning together about the way a constructed wetland purifies the waste water from a green building.

December 07, 2008 | By Stephen Bowen | OPINION


But before the grace of God

My mother had a saying that most of you will recognize, "...there but for the grace of God go I." I heard it most often after we had encountered someone with an "afflicted" child or that was suffering from some sort of physical disability.

December 07, 2008 | By Patrick Durusau | OPINION


Bing won’t be home...

 I went out to buy some Christmas music. What I like to do during Christmas is build a fire, sit by it and listen to, as the radio announcers say, songs of the season.

December 06, 2008 | Lewis Grizzard | OPINION


Advice for the GOP

For Republicans seeking a silver lining from the last election, try this one:

December 03, 2008 | Bill Shipp | OPINION


I'm thankful

 One Saturday night in early 1969, as a high school senior who should have known better, I decided to see how fast my 1964 Impala sport coupe could go. Bought for $995 just a few months before, my sweet baby had a 327 V8, a Muncie 4-speed and new state-of-the-art, wide oval, Tiger Paw red-stripe tires on her.

December 03, 2008 | Nat Harwell | OPINION


Free market security blanket

Now that Democrats are asking for benefits for the rest of us, the tired canard about "free markets" is

December 01, 2008 | Patrick Durusau Columnist | OPINION


Not fiscally fit

It has been a while since I had a column appear here in The Covington News. I spent the spent the last five months working for Bob Barr, the Libertarian Party's presidential nominee and former United States Representative. It was a great experience and I will miss it.

A lot has happened over the last several months. The biggest news, of course, is that Sen. Barack Obama defeated Sen. John McCain in the presidential election.

December 01, 2008 | Jason Pye Columnist | OPINION


Unintended consequences run again

There is a longstanding tradition in Georgia that the political party controlling state government will try to give itself an advantage over the opposition by fiddling with the election laws.

November 29, 2008 | Tom Crawford Columnist | OPINION


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