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Have you ever thought …

A community is a composite of the efforts of many people who came before us. We are indebted to those who laid the foundations of ...

June 26, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


The Newton County Farm Bureau celebrated National Dairy Month in June.

The dairy industry is a crucial part of Georgia's agriculture industry. The state of Georgia is home to approximately 83,000 head of dairy ...

June 24, 2016 | Staff Report | LIVING


McCart: Whiskey Bent back in Covington

Greetings! So glad y'all enjoyed the last edition and I appreciate the feedback about the album review I did of the Apostles of Bluegrass ...

June 23, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING


Rowe: The sights and sounds of summer, Part 2

In my previous column I started a series on something that both myself, and you as readers, I'm sure, are very passionate about - music ...

June 19, 2016 | Beth Rowe | LIVING


Have you ever thought ...

Who we are is a product of the people who shape and form our personalities long before we are fully aware of our dependence of ...

June 19, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


The Higher Choir opens The Listening Room

After taking off for the Memorial Day weekend, welcome back to another installment of The Minute. We have plenty to catch up on, so let ...

June 09, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING


Irwin: Lightning Bugs

"The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug." – Mark Twain

June 07, 2016 | | LIVING


Have you ever thought …

Most of us can deal with a loved one or ourselves being physically ill much better than we can with deal with mental illness. Perhaps ...

June 07, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Josh Milwood rounds out concerts on the Square

It looks like we have another great week of music ahead of us, so let's not delay and get right to who to see ...

May 26, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING


Have you ever thought …

One of the sure signs of spring is all of the graduation ceremonies and graduates celebrating the end of their high school careers. The sights ...

May 22, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Campbell Harrison highlights a busy music week

Thanks for all the feedback on last week's edition. There's a lot to cover, so let's get down to it.

May 19, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING


We are looking for an old tire

Nowadays, my son, Liam, is scrolling the eBay and the Craigslist, and is perusing the Thrifty Nickel in the hopes of finding the perfect, old ...

May 15, 2016 | Andy Offutt Irwin | LIVING


Have you ever thought ...

Decades ago, as a nation, we declared a war on drugs. We are reminded every day that the war has not yet been won. We ...

May 15, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


The Joys of Spring

It was a long wait but spring has finally sprung, and it was worth the wait to see the flowers and trees blooming, birds singing ...

May 15, 2016 | Beth Rowe | LIVING


Graduate reflects on 4-H career

The following is a speech presented at the annual 4-H banquet by Eastside high senior Mallori Johnson, reflecting on her 4-H career. Johnson was recognized ...

May 10, 2016 | By Mallori Johnson | LIVING


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NCSS students selected for 2016 honors program

Six Newton County School System (NCSS) students have been selected to participate in the 2016 Governor's Honors Program (GHP) this summer.

April 02, 2016 | Staff Report | LIVING


Dustin Bragg among great week of music

Howdy, folks; it's so good to be back writing for you in this space again. Not only that, but it has been great seeing how much incredible musical talent we have around here. A lot of people seem to make the statement that there must be something in the water, concerning Newton's musicians. And I'm not inclined to disagree with that sentiment.

April 02, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING


David Leinweiber — the flatpicking professor

Greetings and salutations good people, I hope everyone is doing alright. Once again, I appreciate all of the feedback on the last column. There were some great shows this past weekend. And I hope several of you got a chance to see some of the action.

March 31, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING


Have you ever thought …

Today is the most sacred day of the Christian year. The only day that would come close is Christmas. But Easter is, by far, the most sacred. Noted British theologian N.T. Niles wrote, "Take away the stories of Jesus's birth and you loose two chapters of Matthew and two of Luke. But take away the resurrection and you lose the entire New Testament."

March 27, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Telling It Like It Is . . . Bunny Tales

I'm going to let y'all in on a little secret about the Easter Bunny. It started several years ago when I was working for Winn-Dixie. I enjoyed shopping there and it was also a good place to work for almost five years. When I worked for Winn-Dixie, I worked in the floral department and dairy and frozen foods sections. But I was approached by the store manager about a new position.

March 27, 2016 | Beth Rowe | LIVING


Ivey, McDonald, Parker highlight the week

Hello, fine readers. I hope everyone had a good Saint Patrick's Day. Thank you once again for all of the feedback - it's good to know you're reading. As I've said before, we have so much talent in our neck of the woods, and it's truly a pleasure to help spread the word.

March 24, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING


How would one prepare for the Easter holiday?

One way to prepare for Easter is to worry about what you are going to wear.

March 20, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


A road builder and a poet

When Minnesotan writer and storyteller, Kevin Kling first learned I was from Georgia he said, "Whoa, you must be a Byron Herbert Reese fan!"

March 20, 2016 | Andy Offutt Irwin | LIVING


Marshall’s Music Minute: Fluff Whatley

It's so good to be with you again. You're probably wondering who's playing where and when, so let's get right to it:

March 10, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING


Have you ever thought …

In our world of hurry and worry, where can I go to find a few moments of tranquility and peace? In our world of noise and interruptions, where can I step aside for a while to find some calm for my life? There is one place nearby that I would recommend to you. For many the Monastery of the Holy Spirit is just such a place. You will find the Monastery about a half hour from Covington on Ga. Hwy. 212 near Conyers.

March 06, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Marshall’s Music Minute:

I had the pleasure of hearing the show put on by Chris, Jon and Scott in Porterdale this weekend and am eagerly awaiting another great weekend of music in Newton County.

March 03, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING


Chimpy and Three Sweaters

When I was a child I was given a stuffed chimp. I named him Chimpy. I know the correct term for such a thing is "plush toy," but Chimpy wasn't so plush.

February 28, 2016 | Andy Offutt Irwin | LIVING


Have you ever thought …

The building that was, for many years, home to Mayfield Hardware is now the home for "Your Pie". It opened on Saturday, Feb. 20, to the greatest numbers as any in the history of the Your Pie organization. The hardware store moved all its operations out to its location on Hwy. 278 several years ago. But through "Your Pie", along with a new clothing store coming in March, the old building is coming alive again.

February 28, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Mountain Climbers

In 1996, a group of dedicated hikers decided to make the trek to the top of the world. Unbeknownst to the well-trained crew, a storm changed directions across the Himalayan range and arose from the abyss. Before the hikers had a chance to escape to one of the lower base camps, the horrific storm laid claim to many of their lives. This is one of many stories that support the statement that "The Mountain has the last word."

February 28, 2016 | Isaac Redman | LIVING


Marshall's Music Minute: Chris, Jon and Scott of Drive Time should not be missed

I'm going to do a two-fer in this week.

February 25, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING


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