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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


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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The do-over

The game's on the line and the crowd noise is deafening. Snapper and holder do their part, as a lonely placekicker steps forward, into, and through the ball. Amid cheers and groans, defenders leap with joy and the kicker hangs his head. The football falls harmlessly left of target. The victors storm the field.

October 04, 2014 | Maurice Carter | OPINION


Health care predictions from 1983

In 1983, I was the pharmacy director at a 124 bed hospital in Gainesville, GA. The for-profit hospital was owned by Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) and they assigned me to be the pharmacy representative on a national committee to predict what the hospital of 2000 would look like. The group was composed of members from hospitals across the United States and had one representative from each department in the typical hospital. With the recent news of Newton Medical Center looking for an equity partner, I thought back to some of the predictions from thirty-one years ago. I can only ...

October 04, 2014 | Steve Aldridge | OPINION


America Is poised for collapse

America stands on the very brink of collapse and I believe the indications are such that if she doesn't collapse in my lifetime, she will in my son's. If that scares you, it should. America is in trouble such as she has never experienced in her history and it is trouble of our own making.

September 27, 2014 | | OPINION


The Miracle of Mary

For those of us of the baby boomer age, the truth is that we've had the opportunity to be a part of a lot of positive changes in this world. I am sure that most of us can look back and say that we have really enjoyed our lives.

June 21, 2014 | T. Pat Cavanaugh | OPINION


No place for nuance

Eddie called himself a private detective, although all he really did was repossess cars. He would show up around 4 p.m. at the cafe where I worked after school, have his usual cup of coffee, and tell me a thing or two about what we used to call "real life." One day he told me how he used to load his coat pockets with brass doorknobs, which he used to "put out the lights" of homosexuals. I was 16 and getting an education of sorts.

May 22, 2014 | Richard Cohen | OPINION


Primary Process

The Senate, often thought of as the softer, slower, less-exciting body of the legislative branch, is in the spotlight this year. The Republicans in the House are expected to retain the majority and pick up seats.

May 22, 2014 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | OPINION


What kind of county government do we need?

Newton County citizens recently learned of the unexpected action of the Board of Commissioners (BOC) to appoint an "assistant county manager," which in fact is the new "county manager in waiting" who will replace John Middleton upon his retirement sometime this year. Mr. Tom Garrett, the person selected, may be a good candidate for this job, but the process and timing of his appointment raises serious questions about the genuine commitment of our current commissioners to effectively manage our county.

February 15, 2014 | Larry McSwain Guest Columnist | OPINION


Getting to know your history

I believe mankind should know its history.

February 04, 2014 | Dorothy Piedrahita Columnist | OPINION


Alzheimer's steals memory, but not love

This is about love, forever and always. Last weekend, I was asked to care for the last of my mother's sisters, her baby sister. My cousin needed me to care for her mother. There was no question I would agree to do so.

November 12, 2013 | Dorothy Piedrahita Columnist | OPINION


Dispelling 'myths' about Social Security's Ponzi scheme

Last week's column - "Is There a Way Out?" - generated quite a few responses, some a bit angry. Some people were offended by my reference to Social Security and Medicare as "entitlements" or "handouts."

November 09, 2013 | Walter Williams | OPINION


What's behind the push for amnesty for illegals?

Imagine a beautiful woman whom you adore and would rather be with than any other woman you have known.

November 09, 2013 | Mychal Massie Columnist | OPINION


Shutdown better than a kingdom

Yes, it is frustrating. The government should run smoothly and efficiently, going about its business and getting things done without much pomp and circumstance.

October 03, 2013 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | OPINION


Diverse viewpoints on news

"A community needs news for the same reason that a man needs eyes," said British journalist Dame Rebecca West. "It has to see where it is going." On most days, however, I don't want to go where the news says we're going.

October 03, 2013 | Barbara Morgan | OPINION


We don't need Common Core

It's a well-known observation that whenever businessmen get together, sooner or later their conversation turns to how to best separate consumers from their money (which is why businesses, in reality, exist).

September 24, 2013 | Mychal Massie Columnist | OPINION


Employers value 'human equity'

An alarming Gallup poll published earlier this year is still sending shockwaves throughout the business community: Most American workers either hate their jobs or don't care one way or the other about them.

September 07, 2013 | Trevor Wilson Guest columnist | OPINION


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