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Have you ever thought …

We are just a few days into December and Christmas is closing in on us. For most of us there seems to be a thousand ...

December 04, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Southern Folk Advent Service scheduled

The Sonny Houston Bluegrass Band will provide bluegrass-Gospel music and preacher-scholar Jason Byassee will speak at Meridian Herald's 24nd annual Southern Folk Advent Service ...

November 29, 2016 | Staff Report | LIVING


Chimney Park hosts 10th Annual Twilights Dec. 4

Chimney Park, "a park with heart", will once again host Twilights, the annual festival of lights held the first Sunday in December. This year marks ...

November 23, 2016 | Staff Report | LIVING


Big shows in Covington and Porterdale

It's really cool that we have so many spots to catch live music and I'm glad we were able to do a rundown ...

November 23, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING


Fairview 4-H’ers present demonstrations

She would not begin her 4-H demonstration until her favorite teacher was there to help.

November 20, 2016 | Staff Report | LIVING


How to get Black Friday deals

As Thanksgiving draws near, retailers begin dropping hints about their Black Friday promotions. Some stores have begun to open their doors on Thanksgiving evening, after ...

November 15, 2016 | Staff Report | LIVING


Host a turkey-free Thanksgiving

Low in fat, high in protein and an inexpensive source of iron, zinc, potassium and B vitamins, turkey makes a healthy addition to a person ...

November 15, 2016 | Staff Report | LIVING


Easy 'green' Thanksgiving ideas

Thanksgiving is a holiday to give thanks and share special moments with family and friends. While the original Thanksgiving might have taken place during a ...

November 15, 2016 | Staff Report | LIVING


Have you ever thought …

By claiming to be a great-grandfather I am not talking about being an excellent grandparent but rather being a part of the next generation. You ...

November 13, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


How a little derpy dog stole my heart

In all truthfulness, I've never really been a dog person. In fact - and I can already hear the Covington Peanut Gallery snickering - I suppose ...

November 13, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING


Introducing the musical venues of Newton County

In the past weeks, this space has highlighted musicians performing in and around Newton County. The local talent has always been great but in the ...

November 06, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING


Have you ever thought …

Three years ago, the Bread and Butter Bakery opened for business on the corner of Monticello and Reynolds Streets. From the day the doors opened ...

November 06, 2016 | Staff Report | LIVING


All the technology and none of the charm

Not so long ago, as I voted in a national election, I witnessed the passing of an era.

November 06, 2016 | Andy Irwin | LIVING


Marshall's Music Minute: A new musical venue in Covington

Welcome back to another edition of the Minute, and let's get ready for another big week of music in Covington.

November 03, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING


4-H’ers tour Athens zoo and UGA

As several 4-H students spilled out of the van in a small parking lot in Athens, they exclaimed: "This isn't the zoo."

October 30, 2016 | Terri Fullerton | LIVING


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Fall is the best month to plant trees and shrubs

While driving around Newton County this summer, no matter how short the drive, anyone can see a dead tree or shrub in many yards. It would stand to reason they died from dry weather seeing how dry this summer has been. Some would also think the high temperatures were the cause of mortality.

October 02, 2016 | Staff Report | LIVING


Pumpkin patch open throughout October

Among the decorations that can be seen throughout Newton County during the cool weather of fall are plenty of pumpkins.

October 02, 2016 | Staff Report | LIVING


From Mystic to the Yellow River, a big week

Every weekend seems to be a busy one for music in and around Covington, but this weekend can be classified as insanely busy. The weekend finishes off with a festival down by the river.

September 29, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING


Have you ever thought …

The best way I know to help choose what direction our community, state or nation moves toward is by voting for people who best reflect our own beliefs. Voting is a sacred right that we have been given by those who came before us. Some have given their life defending this freedom; some have worked hard to see that right is not for a few but for all, and it would be a great shame if we don't vote and instead allow that right to be wasted.

September 25, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Big shows in Covington and Porterdale this week

It's a big weekend of music in Covington this week, so let's get right down to it.

September 22, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING


Clamato and moose and Vegemite … oh, my!

Clamato juice. Kangaroo meat. Moose sausage. Vegemite. ANZAC biscuits.

September 18, 2016 | | LIVING


Piedmont Academy homecoming court named

The 2016 homecoming festivities for Piedmont Academy concluded Sept. 9 with the crowning of Ashley Johnston as Miss Cougar and Bailyn Whitaker as Miss Homecoming Queen.

September 18, 2016 | Staff Report | LIVING


Dan Forster honored with National Seth Gordon Award

Dan Forster, recently retired Director of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Wildlife Resources Division (WRD), was recognized with the Seth Gordon Award, the highest honor given by the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies (AFWA).

September 18, 2016 | Staff Report | LIVING


For the love of Fall

Although fall hasn't officially arrived yet, I've been enjoying the milder weather as if it was my favorite time of year already. After all, what's not to love about this time of year?

September 18, 2016 | | LIVING


Telling it like it is

Although fall hasn't officially arrived yet, I've been enjoying the milder weather as if it was my favorite time of year already. After all, what's not to love about this time of year?

September 18, 2016 | Beth Rowe | LIVING


Have you ever thought ...

The death of a loved one, or someone close to us, is very difficult to deal with. Grief is a challenge for even the strongest of faith. Grief is particularly frightening for those between 6-years-old and somewhere near 16-or-so. Before 6, most children can find some relief in fantasy, after their teens, a person usually has had more life experiences to equip them to deal with grief. The loss that death brings to any life is difficult but even more so for children and teens.

September 18, 2016 | | LIVING


Reaching nirvana through lawn maintenance

Cutting grass is a passion of mine, and I believe it to be good for the soul. I truly do.

September 18, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING


A new time in Covington music

The music around town continues this week, even though one of the venues regularly featured in this space has closed recently. But other venues are stepping up to fill that void, and the proverbial tide of music seems to keep rising.

September 15, 2016 | Staff Report | LIVING


Irwin: Bicycle helmets are the cause of Armadillo migration

Around Covington - even though it is just the 10th day of September and two weeks will pass before the Autumnal Equinox - the school year has already been underway for a full six weeks. The children are sealed and insulated from the elements in climate-controlled comfort.

September 11, 2016 | Andy Irwin | LIVING


Have you ever thought …

Too many times we wait until we are upset about something to speak up. When we hear of a "town hall," we may think it is a time to protest something we don't approve of. And, indeed, it can serve that purpose, but it is also a time to share our dreams and ideas to make our community even better. Perhaps, even to lead to action that will prevent what would have upset us.

September 11, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


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