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Of the power that is in imagination?

Behind the Newton County Health Department and near the Covington Branch of the Newton County Library, you will find a very different place, Chimney Park ...

August 30, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Newton resident publishes first book

Ellen Kelly Gordon, a daughter of the late Deacon Nelson Kelly and Mrs. Jeanie Kelly and a Newton County 1978 graduate, has published her first ...

August 23, 2015 | | LIVING


Have you ever thought?

Every nine seconds a woman is assaulted in our nation. One out of three women will be abused in their life time. In addition many ...

August 23, 2015 | B. Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Who in their right mind?

I love the Southern question that begins, "Who In Their Right Mind..." It's such a well-known phrase that we don't even have to ...

August 23, 2015 | David McCoy | LIVING


Of how powerful words can be?

Whoever said, "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me" was wrong. Words are powerful.

August 16, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Pine Valley Mission closes

The Pine Valley Mission closed its doors on Sunday, July 26 after serving the community for nearly 25 years.

August 15, 2015 | Staff Report | LIVING


Have you ever thought?

What of the past do we keep? Why is it important for us to remember what events happened before our time? We are much like ...

August 09, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


A look at what's filming

The film community in the metro Atlanta area has been busy this summer. Not only have production teams for "The Originals," "The Vampire Diaries," "The ...

August 09, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LIVING


Tips for creating the perfect butterfly oasis

As summer nears its end, gardeners longing to fill their flowerbeds with the flutter of butterflies, bees and hummingbirds must quickly design a space for ...

August 09, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | LIVING


Weekend events

Steve Harvey has brought the Ford Neighborhood Awards to the Georgia World Congress Center, 1 Georgia Dome Drive Northwest, to celebrate neighborhoods and neighbors. The ...

August 07, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LIVING


Where did that name come from?

Have you ever thought, "How did that town or river or county get that name?" Have you ever noticed that once a name is used ...

August 02, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Changes and more changes

The past few weeks have brought changes that were unimaginable just a decade ago, but before you start wondering if this is yet another column ...

August 02, 2015 | | LIVING


Pilot Club donates to food bank

Pilot Club of Covington recently made a donation to the Community Food Bank Pantry serving citizens of Newton County, presenting Rev. Billy Wade with a ...

August 01, 2015 | Staff Report | LIVING


FFA-FCCLA Center hosts 3rd Annual Udder Mud Run

The Georgia FFA-FCCLA Center will host the Udder Mud Run on Saturday.

August 01, 2015 | Staff Report | LIVING


Have you ever thought?

There is an old saying, "When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on." The point I think is ...

July 26, 2015 | B. Wiley Stephens | LIVING


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Why our YMCA is so special?

I was very pleasantly surprised to find such a strong and vibrant YMCA program as offered by our local Family YMCA. It is very unusual to find such a strong program in our size town. It was founded by some far-sighted citizens in 1986. It had its beginning with an after school program and some exercise classes for adults. The Y began in the small building beside the main facility that is now used for afterschool care. It is located at 2140 Newton Drive.

April 19, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Fairies are returning to Chimney Park May 2

On May 2, Chimney Park will host visitors to the annual Fairy House Festival from 2pm to 5pm. For this one special Saturday in May, the park will host hundreds of fairies, elves, gnomes, and other special creatures to our park where we will have fun activities including the Bubbleman, face painters, a wishing tree, rock painting, a scavenger hunt, fairy wing making, archery, and the Charlie Elliott Birds of Prey. Admission cost is $5 per person; children 2 and under are free.

April 18, 2015 | Staff Report | LIVING


How does our community respond to Child Abuse?

Did you know that one out of six boys and one out of four girls will be abused before their 18th birthday? This is a threat to their future and all the lives they touch. One of our area's response to this challenge is "A Child's Voice". This is the children advocacy center located in Social Circle. It serves Newton, Walton and surrounding counties.

April 12, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


McCoy: Ultimate power

I really liked the music playing in the restaurant. The songs were classics from the '70s and '80s, including a good number of New Wave tunes - Blondie being the best example. I asked my server about the station, and she said, it was the owner's favorite, and later, told me that if they tried to change it, (the owner) would fire us.

April 12, 2015 | David McCoy | LIVING


Easter memories

Many of you of a certain age will remember Kessler's Department store in downtown Atlanta. I never shopped there, but I loved the Easter ads that would come on television, interrupting my mindless enjoyment of Gilligan's Island, Leave it To Beaver, and all the other shows that Ted Turner gave us before he became a famous Montana rancher. A girl's voice - pleasant and youthful - would tell us how nice we'd look in our new Easter clothing, if we'd just venture down to Kessler's and make a purchase. The Kessler's ad was an Easter ...

April 05, 2015 | David McCoy | LIVING


Barbed wire wrapped in seersucker

Years ago, I read Road and Track magazine every month, drooling on the pages as I admired creations by Lotus, BMW, Ferrari, Mercedes and most every foreign manufacturer except for a few who made cars out of egg crates and powered them with mice on treadmills. I was a self-professed car nut, and I could own any auto I wanted, in my mind. And the mind - unlike the real world - was a great place to own some of these cars: no maintenance schedules, no repair bills, no oil leaks, no insurance. One of the best parts of Road and Track ...

March 29, 2015 | David McCoy | LIVING


Have you ever thought...

Where did the tradition of using the first day of April as a time for practical jokes come from? Where did we get the idea of using this day to poke fun at others? April Fools' Day is one of those unofficial holidays that is very much a part of our culture.

March 29, 2015 | B. Wiley Stephens | LIVING


How the community can help solve the issue of parent accountability?

There is an ancient legend that has given us the expression "cutting the Gordian knot". This means to find a bold solution to a complex problem. The legend is that Gordius, an ancient king of Phrygia, (that was located in what is now Turkey) tied a knot that said whoever undid the knot would rule Asia. The legend says that Alexander the Great when he was confronted with the knot did not try to untie it but rather cut it. Thus he found a bold answer to what seemed to others an impossible problem.

March 22, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


A common sense education

You can obtain a degree in just about anything you want, here in America. And if you don't want to spend a lot of money and time in college, you can get a certificate in your area of interest. And if that's too hard, you can go after continuing education credits. Medicine, electronics, law, horticulture, advertising, accounting - you name it; someone will hand you a piece of paper with your name in fancy ink surrounded by Latin phrases. We are living in a land of education, but answer me this: Why can't you find any training in ...

March 22, 2015 | | LIVING


In Bloom

Georgia is in bloom, and Georgia Perimeter College is preparing to celebrate spring with a two-day meeting of the minds at its annual Daffodil Festival.

March 22, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LIVING


What is St. Patrick’s Day all about?

This coming Tuesday, March 17ith, is St. Patrick's Day. In the middle of the start of March Madness and usually within days of Easter, there comes this day, when most everyone seems to be Irish. Even though none of my names are Irish but rather either from England or Scotland, come this Tuesday, I am Irish for the day. And it is not for the fact that I write this column for a paper whose publisher is pure Irish, Pat Cavanaugh. We can learn so much from at least being Irish for one day.

March 14, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


What would happen if you won an Oscar?

Many of us watched the annual Academy Awards last Sunday night. The telecast started an hour and half before the actual ceremonies, as the various celebrities walk the "Red Carpet" to enter the auditorium. And that was followed by over three hours of music, film clips, speeches, and awards. For those involved in the ceremony, the night was just starting as the telecast ended. There was the Governor's Ball followed by many parties. The major networks featured the awards in their Monday morning programs.

March 01, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


McCoy: Passion on display

A few years ago, I overheard someone stating his view on books. "Oh, we don't have books in our house. We don't read." I didn't faint, but my heart rate did drop to a dangerous level that would make a pricey surgeon call her local Mercedes dealership to check out the lease rates. "No books? None?" I couldn't imagine this kind of house. What would they put on their bookcases? Clown figurines? Pictures of cats? Maybe they don't even own bookcases! I really couldn't make sense of this statement. No books? Why would you ...

March 01, 2015 | David McCoy | LIVING


From the heart

Mix together a woman's desire to feed the hungry, kind hearts of Newton County residents, recipes handed down through generations, and a need for charitable contributions from the area's homeless shelter and that is a recipe for the "Feed the Hearts of the Hungry" cookbook.

March 01, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LIVING


Pasta Salad Makes Weeknight Dinner Quick and Healthy

(Family Features) Now is the time for diners to transition palates to lighter and healthier meals, especially those packed with fresh, satisfying ingredients.

February 26, 2015 | Staff Report | LIVING


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