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Have you ever thought?... Does it really matter how I respond to change?

Pogo, a cartoon character created by cartoonist Walt Kelly, famously said, "We have met the enemy and he is us." While there are "enemies" to ...

August 13, 2017 | Wiley Stephens | Living


Have you ever thought?... How we should react to a total eclipse of the sun?

About 40 years ago Reba McEntire had a hit song, "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia." In keeping with that thought we are ...

August 06, 2017 | Wiley Stephens | Living


Have You Ever Thought… What the impact from the Three Ring Studios will be?

There was excitement is the air as about 600 came on Thursday, July 20, to a informational meeting to hear about the Three Ring Studios ...

July 30, 2017 | Wiley Stephens | Living


Have you Ever Thought… It may be July but it is time for a new school year to start?

It may be July and we find ourselves not ever a month past the Fourth of July. But for those who are students in the ...

July 27, 2017 | Wiley Stephens | Living


Have You Ever Thought… How can I show visitors why we are called the Hollywood of the South?

Covington and Newton County is rightly labeled "the Hollywood of the South." To celebrate this rich heritage a "pop up" museum has opened on the ...

July 16, 2017 | Wiley Stephens | Living


Have You Ever Thought… What A Difference A Year Could Make in Your Life and in the World?

About a year ago, I wrote about the start of a year-long venture for one of my granddaughters, Katie Johnston, daughter of Ronnie and Kelley ...

July 09, 2017 | Wiley Stephens | Living


Have You Ever Thought… That for at least one day we are all red, white, and blue?

When color was added to our televisions, the various networks began to use color to identify during their reports on elections who won. As a ...

July 02, 2017 | Wiley Stephens | Living


Have You Ever Thought… Where do I turn if I can’t do it alone?

The health condition of a loved one or yourself can present a variety of challenges. How to provide the care that is needed can be ...

June 25, 2017 | Wiley Stephens | Living


Have You Ever Thought… Why Do We Have Father’s Day

As families gather to celebrate Father's Day today, let me share a very vital reminder that I got from a decision that another father ...

June 18, 2017 | Wiley Stephens | Living


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Archive By Author - Wiley Stephens


Have You Ever Thought … How our community is on the cutting edge of saving lives?

Several years ago, not many would have said that thousands in the world would look to our area to be the difference between life and death. But as we near production at the Shire Plant that is exactly what it means. The products made there will bring hope to those fighting rare diseases.

June 11, 2017 | Wiley Stephens | Living


Have You Ever Thought … There are those in Newton with amazing stories to tell

I would have never expected to meet a man who is a "legend" in the world of dog sled racing right here in Covington. His name is Bob Holder and he lives out near the Hub Junction on the eastside of Newton County. A native of Florida, a letterman in Basketball at the University of Georgia, and winner of the Bronze Star in the U.S. Rangers during the War in Vietnam. Bob moved to Newton County in 1968 to go into the well-drilling business.

June 04, 2017 | Wiley Stephens | Living


Have You Ever Thought… Why do we have Memorial Day?

The statement that "All Politics is Local" is usually accredited to the late Tip O'Neal, who served as the 55th Speaker of the U.S. House, 1977-1987. He is said to have used the phrase in his first campaign for the House in 1935. I would want to paraphrase that statement on this Memorial Day Weekend, to say that "All Patriotism is Local." Those we recall this weekend who gave their lives that we might be free, did it not so much for some abstract idea but for their families and neighbors.

May 28, 2017 | Wiley Stephens | Living


Have You Ever Thought… Of the Difference between Graduation and Commencement?

With May coming to an end, most schools are ending their academic year. This is the time for the issuing of diplomas as students complete their work at a given school. Most universities and colleges have already had their commencements. For the three high schools of Newton County this coming weekend is when the Commencements will be held. All three will be at the Springfield Baptist Church.

May 21, 2017 | Wiley Stephens | Living


Have You Ever Thought… We build the future of the arts in our community today?

Your Arts Association in Newton County has as its mission to encourage youth and adults to participate in the arts both as audience and as artist.

May 07, 2017 | Wiley Stephens | Living


Have You Ever Thought… Music is a vital part of making our Square so special?

If you have been around the Square in Covington in the last few years, you know there is a growing vibrant sense of community. New shops, places to eat, and other attractions have to come downtown to join the successful businesses' in area of the Square. Spring and summer bring great sounds to the square that give even more reasons to come and gather.

April 30, 2017 | Wiley Stephens | Living


Have You Ever Thought… You might find yourself attending the Annual Hornyhead tournament, festival?

It is time again for the Hornyhead Fishing Tournament and Festival in Newborn. It will be this coming Saturday, April 29. With the competition for catching the winning fish starting at 8 a.m. This will mark the 31st time the Festival has been held.

April 23, 2017 | Wiley Stephens | Living


Have You Ever Thought?... What Easter Is All About?

The month of April each year is made up of an interesting mix of days. The very first day of April starts with a joke as the tradition is to try to fool someone with what today some would call "fake news." We start the month with "April Fool's Day." From that start, the mix only gets more interesting.

April 16, 2017 | Wiley Stephens | Living


Have You Ever Thought?... What Easter Is All About?

The month of April each year is made up of an interesting mix of days. The very first day of April starts with a joke as the tradition is to try to fool someone with what today some would call "fake news." We start the month with "April Fool's Day." From that start, the mix only gets more interesting.

April 16, 2017 | Wiley Stephens | Living


Have You Ever Thought?... About joining your friends and neighbors for “Everybody Walks”

Last Wednesday was to be the ribbon cutting for the start of the Rail Trail that will reach from Covington to Newborn. But the weather dictated otherwise. This great milestone of progress has been rescheduled to be a part of the final walk of the spring. The fourth walk of the spring will now come on the first Wednesday of May, May 3. Join us that evening for the ribbon cutting at the trail head on Elm Street. It is all a part of "Everybody Walks Newton."

April 09, 2017 | Wiley Stephens | Living


Have you ever thought?... How the Right Steps Today Leads to a Brighter Future?

Making a difference in the future of our community and its young people starts a new major step forward with the coming of a Boy and Girls Club to the Newton/Covington community. This is a national movement that serves nearly four million young people through membership and community outreach in more than 4,200 clubs.

April 02, 2017 | Wiley Stephens | Living


Have You Ever Thought… What having a home means?

For some people, having a home means owning some property. A place that is yours. For others it may mean to rent or lease but it still grows to feel like home. Home is also a place for family. Home is a place where memories are made. It is a place of security, a place to step away from the world and feel you are "home". Someone has well stated it when they said, "Home is where they have to take you in whether they want to or not."

March 26, 2017 | Wiley Stephens | Living


Have You Ever Thought… Who will help us make a difference in the appearance of our community?

Someone has said that two people are responsible for litter. The one who thoughtlessly created it and the one who passes it by. Our challenge is to find out how we can make our community look better to both those visiting and those who live here. It is not enough to be careful with what one does with their own litter, but how we can help clean up the litter that others create.

March 19, 2017 | Wiley Stephens | Living


Have You Ever Thought… How one good idea can open the way to even more good ideas?

One great example of how one good idea can build on another is what is happening at Chimney Park. A very special place is becoming even more special as Sandy's Dog Park is added to what is now Chimney Park.

March 12, 2017 | Wiley Stephens | Living


Have You Ever Thought… That it is time for us in Covington to move?

Being the "Hollywood of the South" means you can be in more than one place at a time when you are in fact in Covington. Stop in front of the Welcome Center on Clark Street and you will be welcomed to Mystic Falls, Virginia as well as Sparta, Mississippi from the "Heat of the Night." Before this past Christmas you could have stopped by the filming of Dolly Parton's "Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love" and been in Sevierville, Tennessee. Monticello Street has been set in Selma, Alabama and the Court House in Hazard County, Kentucky.

March 05, 2017 | Wiley Stephens | Living


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