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Everybody has a story

I've been asking children, "Does American history only happen to famous people?"

November 22, 2015 | Terri Kimble | LIVING

Who cares for those furry friends who have no voice?

Looking on the national scene, one answer would be the National Humane Society. They deal with issues on a large scale; issues such as advocacy ...

November 15, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING

Thank your veterans

Have you ever thought about what Veterans Day is all about? On Wednesday we will pause as a nation and as a community to honor ...

November 08, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING

How can I help reduce hunger in our community?

One out of five residents of our county is living in poverty. This makes providing enough for themselves and their families to eat is a ...

November 01, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING

What is Halloween all about?

This coming Saturday, October 31, is Halloween -an "unofficial" holiday that is observed by most. Driving around Covington you can see ghosts and skeletons hanging ...

October 25, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING

4-H’ers celebrate Patriot Day

I was in college on September 11, 2001. In those long days afterward, friends would discuss how they never wanted to bring kids into this ...

October 24, 2015 | Terri Kimble | LIVING

How can I live in more than one place at a time?

When most of us are asked about where we live, our reply is Covington, GA. But we could add, Mystic Falls Virginia, or Sparta Mississippi ...

October 18, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING

Service Guild celebrates 70 years

The Service Guild of Covington was founded as a Georgia Federation of Woman's Club in October of 1945. The organization, which was established to ...

October 17, 2015 | Staff Report | LIVING

About what progress has happened during the last four years in Covington?

The current presidential race is said by some to be the year of the outsider. Covington was ahead of that trend four years ago when ...

October 04, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING

Have You Ever Thought …

Most of us will never serve in an elected position. Most of us will not have great wealth. Most of us will not make some ...

September 27, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


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Archive By Section - LIVING

What a difference others can make when facing a life crisis

I do not believe we were created to face life alone. It is said that humans among all creation needs the nurture of the family the longest. When Christ began his ministry on earth it was not given to individuals but a community of believers. Ask any running back in football how much fun is it to try to run if there is no one blocking for you. Our very nature is that we need each other.

September 20, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING

Of the power of us coming together in prayer?

The Faith Community of Newton County is being called to a time of prayer this evening, Sept. 13, 2015. This is the annual time of prayer called, "The Community on Our Knees." It will happen at the very heart of Covington, the Square. The Prayer Service starts at 7 p.m. with Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnston welcoming those who have gathered. This is the fourth year the community as gathered for "The Community on Our Knees."

September 13, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING

Creative Movement classes offer children exercise, social skills

Children 18 months through 3 years can learn dance and social skills through a Creative Movement dance class, offered by Rythmn Elements, 2124 Main St, Porterdale, on Saturday mornings at 9:30 through 10 a.m. The class uses props to explore movement, strengthen coordination, flexibility and rhythm while encouraging self-esteem and imagination.

September 11, 2015 | Staff Report | LIVING

What is Labor Day all about?

Throughout our nation, the first Monday of September is a holiday. The banks are closed, as well as government agencies. School is out, and the mail is not delivered. The only exception to the holiday is in the retail industry. There are many special Labor Day sales to encourage business.

September 06, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING

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. This 12 acre site is a place for people of all ages to reconnect with nature.

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 book entitled "God and Choice and Life or Death". The book is profound narrative that expounds upon the choices that God has given to all mankind.

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 children live in abusive situations. Have you ever thought how you might make a difference? Have you ever thought how you could help those that need a helping hand?

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 finish it into a full sentence. Just saying, "Who In Their Right Mind?" is enough to tell the listener that someone - somewhere - has done something really, really stupid. Who in their right mind? Doesn't that bring back memories? "Who in their right mind would paint their house Pepto Bismol pink?" I heard that one as a kid, and it's haunted me ever since. I hate to think that someone might drive by my ...

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 the turtle found on top of the fence post; we know one thing for sure: that turtle didn't get there by himself. Yesterday is the one day we cannot change. Whatever our history is, it is our history. And by remembering our past we learn valuable lessons as well as appreciation for those who sacrificed for us.

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 Walking Dead," and other series been shooting scenes for the upcoming fall season, the recently relocated "Sleepy Hollow" production team and cast have been shooting scenes in and around Conyers and Rockdale County.

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 the preferred plants of the insects and birds.

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 four-day event opened on Aug. 6, and will end on Sunday, Aug. 9, and showcases the best of neighborhoods-best barber shop, best church choir, best car wash-and celebrating regular folks. Celebrity performers include Ne-Yo, Robic Thicke, Salt-n-Pepa and Doug E. Fresh. Other events will include the taping of Harvey's "Family Feud" live, his morning show and the awards show at Philips Area. Other offerings include a table classics game room, a singing ...

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 many times it just seems to fit? That is true with people as well as places. Being new to the Covington area, I have questioned where some the names of our cities and counties have originated.

August 02, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING

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