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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


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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


A bit of history

 Mr. Harwell, there are so many things wrong in the column you wrote last Sunday ("USA: Beware the USB") that I just couldn't let it stand unchallenged. The record needs to be cleared on a number of issues.

February 06, 2009 | Rachel Oswald | Opinion


Another kind of hunting season

It was all over the Sunday paper about the recruiting of young athletes to play football at large universities in the region. It's that season. Children are snatched away from their mothers' arms back home in Twobit County, and the next thing you know, the Head Coach is saying, "Ol' Dram Bowie from down in Twobit County is the finest prospect I've ever seen."

Recruiting is important. "You gotta have the horses," a coach once told me, "before you can pull the wagon." Coaches talk like that. Translated, it means if he doesn't get off his tail ...

February 03, 2009 | Lewis Grizzard | Opinion


What the bulldogs need

Let's forget the economy and Barack Obama for a moment. Let's turn to a really serious question that should have been addressed months or even years ago:

What's wrong with the Georgia Bulldogs' football team? Why do the Bulldogs seldom win the big one?

February 03, 2009 | Bill Shipp | Opinion


At DOT, change is on the way

Political science professors for years have been teaching their students that Georgia's affairs are managed by the traditional three branches of government: the executive, the legislative, and the judicial.

January 31, 2009 | Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


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


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