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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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Christmas in his heart

My favorite story of the season is Dicken's "A Christmas Carol." But, I have always doubted the ending that Scrooge really kept "Christmas in his heart" every day of the year. Like many, I have done the Sunday school visits to the sick or elderly and the "less fortunate" at Christmas, but never beyond that.

Many years after first hearing that story, I actually met someone who really does keep "Christmas in his heart" every day of the year. My mother-in-law now resides at Palms Shade Villa, an assisted-care facility here in Newton County.

December 22, 2008 | Patrick Durusau Columnist | Opinion


Trampling reform

 Not many folks in these parts remember or even care much anymore, but 10 years ago education reform was a top priority on the national and state agendas.

December 20, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Opinion


Christmas moose smooch

 I was driving along and listening to Christmas carols on the radio, and I started thinking back to those wonderful days when I was a kid and we used to draw names for the annual class Christmas party.

December 20, 2008 | Lewis Grizzard | Opinion


Silver and pearl

I come by my emotion honestly. For as long as I can remember Daddy would always stand with his hand over his heart whenever "The Star Spangled Banner" was played or whenever the flag would pass in a parade, and many times he'd unashamedly have tears in his eyes.

December 17, 2008 | Nat Harwell | Opinion


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


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