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The sisterhood has come to town

Three friends of Newton County hosted the grand opening of their brand new gift shop April 1, the Ya-Ya Sisters N More. The three friends are Faith Ford, Rita Johnston and Gail Caruth.The business was inspired by Ford, a local entrepreneur who has owned a business in Covington before.

April 15, 2014 | Xavier McKnight | LIFE


Tax time follies

By the time you read this, our annual day of taxation will have come and gone, and you'll have already kissed your money bye-bye as you mailed the government your "fair share" of sweat and tears. But instead of dwelling on the rising tax rate or the marvelously insane tax code, let's try to do something fun with this annual nightmare. Let's imagine where our money is going!

April 15, 2014 | David McCoy | LIFE


Details of butter, BBQ and sentences

Some things will forever be a mystery to me. For instance, why do some recipes call for sweet butter (unsalted) and then tell you to add salt to the batter? I have run across many recipes that make that puzzling request.

April 08, 2014 | Paula Travis | LIFE


The End of a Good Joke

I bet you haven't gone a month in your life without hearing someone ask, "Why did the chicken cross the road?" People love jokes – the cornier the better – and that old poultry joke just keeps popping up. But I think this yuk-yuk might finally be reaching the end of its shelf life.

April 08, 2014 | David McCoy | LIFE


Forget about your perfect world

"What would a perfect world look like?" This seems like such a simple question, doesn't it? We think we know what "perfection" means, but let's play a game just to see how difficult this concept really is. We'll start with a simple test: "Would a perfect world have termites?" My wife used to joke about termites "cranking up their little bulldozers" and starting to work. We laughed about that, but we had no problem spraying the little buggers silly when they invaded a spot in our garage. In my perfect world, I wouldn't have to worry ...

March 25, 2014 | David McCoy | LIFE


The trouble with scrapbooking

I told you it took 16 hours to get those pesky columns in a scrapbook and in the right order. How much trouble, you may ask, is it to put tape on the pack of a newspaper clipping, attach it to a sheet of copy paper and slip it into a plastic sleeve?

March 25, 2014 | Paula Travis | LIFE


Pecan Pie for the Mind

People who work around radioactivity wear those little gadgets called dosimeters to detect if they've been exposed to an unsafe level of radiation. I think it sure would be helpful if we had dosimeters for other uses in our lives. For instance, wouldn't you like to know that you've been exposed to an excessive level of shopping on any given weekend? And what if a dosimeter could warn you when you've ingested a near-lethal dose of AM talk radio? I think we could find about a million uses for these little gadgets. ... or at least enough ...

March 11, 2014 | David McCoy | LIFE


It's all in the scrapbook

This is my 135th column. I aim for about 700 words in each column. That comes to about 95,000 words. I didn't know I had that much to say.

March 11, 2014 | Paula Travis | LIFE


Conyers Food Truck Festival to celebrate street cuisine

Atlanta's favorite food trucks will roll into Parker Road Field in Conyers on March 29 for an event celebrating street cuisine.

March 04, 2014 | Staff Report | LIFE


Husband's key building material is creativity

My husband invited me down to his cabin last weekend to see his new additions. Well, he also wanted me to clean and loaded up the vacuum cleaner and various cleansers as well as me for the trip.

March 04, 2014 | Paula Travis | LIFE


Let's make every day Thanksgiving

You probably know by now: I'm a complete rabble-rouser who can't stand traditions that get in the way of a meaningful life. Today, I'm going to eviscerate the holiday where we're supposed to be "thankful." Yes... I know we just celebrated Valentine's Day, and Thanksgiving isn't until November, but I want us to look at how we're being manipulated by this holiday. We're told to "Be thankful on this special day," but we're bombarded with sales, sports, parades, and all manner of distractions. Do you remember what you were thankful for ...

February 25, 2014 | David McCoy | LIFE


New bathtub took a long journey

My bathtub arrived in the middle of January, two months after it was promised. I was given a date in January when it should arrive in a warehouse in Athens. At that point, I was assured, someone would call me and schedule a delivery.

February 25, 2014 | Paula Travis | LIFE


Clogged arteries & slow drivers

If you've ever driven a car, you'll recognize this situation. You're about to pull out onto a busy street where there's no traffic signal. So you sit there, and you wait and wait and wait. Finally, you see an opening that should allow you to pull out safely, and then it happens.

February 18, 2014 | David McCoy | LIFE


Forbidden fruit is always sweet

I don't know what it is with us humans, but we always want more or think the grass is greener on the other side of the fence.

February 18, 2014 | Paula Travis | LIFE


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Archive By Section - LIFE


Concerts on the Square coming back

With the cooler weather in recent days, Mother Nature seems to be sending a reminder: If the dog days of summer come, can more soothing September be far behind?

August 20, 2013 | Staff Report | LIFE


Creative ways to enjoy pumpkins

Autumn is the season when pumpkins are ripe for the picking, and since Halloween is just around the corner, local farms, stores and roadside vendors are packed with pumpkins.

September 27, 2012 | Staff Report | LIFE


‘War Horse’ play worth the hype

In a story centered around relationships, it's the relationship between the audience and the cast that makes this play so engaging and globally recognized.

September 27, 2012 | Bryan Fazio | LIFE


Mister, Miss Pageant draws a crowd

Although the annual Mister and Miss Covington Pageant is only in its third year, but it's already becoming a staple event in Newton County as the pageant continues to draw in more contestants each year.

August 18, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LIFE


Soldiering on and staying strong

The last time I wrote a column for this newspaper, it was about how my happy family carried on a tradition of picking strawberries - just me, my husband and my son. Little did I know just weeks later he would ask me for a divorce.

So how does a 14-year relationship, a 7-year marriage, die in such a short period of time? How do you go from a happy family of three to a single mom of a 3-year-old? I can't answer those questions, and honestly, neither can my estranged husband. I believe if you truly love someone, the ...

June 30, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LIFE


Tech Trends: Password security

It happened again. A large social media website was hacked and millions of passwords were exposed. LinkedIn.com, the social media site primarily focused at the business professional, was the latest victim. It has been reported that more than 6.5 million users' passwords were stolen in the hacking. Some estimate it's as high as eight million. The online dating site eHarmony.com was also hacked.

June 14, 2012 | William Brawley | LIFE


When fiction becomes a reality - the legacy of Ray Bradbury

Science fiction writer Ray Bradbury painted the landscape of how human nature and mass media co-mingle. In many ways, he describes technology as both a blessing and a curse.

June 14, 2012 | Meghan de St. Aubin | LIFE


Using newspaper archives to find relatives

This week, I want to continue talking about the free websites on my list.

May 29, 2012 | Ellen Blakeslee | LIFE


Wyatt wins Miss Tween Atlanta

Miss Kayla Wyatt was selected as Miss Tween Atlanta Girl on Aug. 20. The competition was for girls ages 9-12 and consisted of a commercial shoot, photo shoot and fashion show runway walk. Kayla, the youngest of the group, took the title She will be featured in an eight-page spread in the November issue of Atlanta Girl Magazine.

August 28, 2011 | Staff Report | LIFE


Back 2 School Block Party Sunday

The annual Back 2 School block party is set for Sunday, but it's not too late to drop off much-needed supplies.

July 19, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LIFE


Nine local artist in FOLK FEST

Nine artists from Southern Heartland Gallery on the Square will participate in the annual Slotin Art "FOLK FEST" Aug. 19-21 at the North Atlanta Trade Center.

July 19, 2011 | Staff Report | LIFE


Five Generations: Polk

Five generations of one family gathered recently for a photo: (L-r) Great-great-grandmother Della Kitchens, mother Ashlee Polk holding Laynie Rose Polk. Back row are great-grandmother Gwen Hammond and grandmother Deneen Taylor.

July 16, 2011 | Staff Report | LIFE


Five Generations - Daniels-Porter

Five generations of one family gathered recently for a photo: The great-great grandmother, Nora Daniels of Oxford; the great-grandfather, Dick Daniels of Covington; the grandmother, Cheryl Daniels Porter of Flowery Branch, formerly of Covington; the mother Susan Porter of Whatley; and her infant, Olivia Ann. Cheryl Porter grew up in Covington and attended Newton High School.

July 02, 2011 | Staff Report | LIFE


Five Generations

Meet the five generations of the Howard family: Mae Pridgen, Joan Evans, Charmon Hamilton, Carmon Howard, and Jeffrey Howard.

February 20, 2011 | Staff Report | LIFE


Five Generations

A Mansfield family welcomes its newest generation. Pictured: Great-great grandmother, Mrs. Mildred Wild; great grandmother, Shannon Jones; grandmother, Linda Piper; mother, Brittni Jones; and 3 month old baby girl, Ruby Blaire Richardson.

February 06, 2011 | Staff Report | LIFE


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