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I have Tom Thumb’s saber!

When I was about 11-years-old my mother and I were cleaning out a small outbuilding we all called The Pack House. This was a single-car ...

May 01, 2016 | Andy Offutt Irwin | LIVING


Mill Street Music Festival brings Drivin N Cryin

After missing last week, and writing an article on Drew Parker's new single "Slow Down Small Town", it's good to be back with ...

April 28, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING


Have you ever thought …

Our imagination can help us sense the world in a different way. We all need those special places where we can see more than the ...

April 24, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Club responds to needs shared by missionaries

The Covington Women's Club recently hosted missionaries from Costa Rica, who spoke about their work in the Central American country.

April 23, 2016 | Staff Report | LIVING


Behind the musical: Shrek

The students of the Arts Association of Newton County were busy this weekend, performing Shrek the Musical in front of the crowds at Newton High ...

April 19, 2016 | Lily Mayfield | LIVING


Have you ever thought …

The family and home should be at the very core of any young life. When these turn against the child or youth, where does one ...

April 17, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Happy April; time to get growing

It's time to break some ground and get growing. Maybe it's time to break out of that rut of growing four tomato plants ...

April 17, 2016 | Cory Mosser | LIVING


Local musician Drew Parker releases new single

Former Alcovy High School student and candidate of TVs The Voice released his new single "Slow Down Small Town" Friday, and the local country musician ...

April 16, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING


Brooke Serrano at Sycamore; Taylor Marie at Mystic Grill

Wow, can you believe we're in the middle of April, already? Everything is getting green, the weather sure has been nice, and the music ...

April 14, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING


Telling it like it is: A tribute to Aunt Kat

I'm dedicating this column to one of the sweetest ladies God put on this earth, my Aunt Kat. I promised not to spill all ...

April 10, 2016 | Beth Rowe | LIVING


Harris headed to State 4-H Congress

You might have spotted Lavendar Harris at Leapin' Lizards pet store, where she volunteers.

April 10, 2016 | Terri Kimble-Fullerton | LIVING


Have You Ever Thought …

The website, "Only in Your State," recently released a list of the top 10 restaurants in Georgia. And you don't have to leave Covington ...

April 10, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Shrek The Musical comes to Newton

The story of Shrek, a beloved Ogre who falls for a princess, first brought to the big screen by Dreamworks, comes to life at Newton ...

April 09, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LIVING


The simplest things can bring great pleasure

Now there are two. That is the number of geese left on the pond outside our back deck on the Ashton Hills Golf Course. There ...

April 03, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Why grown-ups are grumpy

And why I am a children's entertainer.

April 03, 2016 | Andy Offutt Irwin | LIVING


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What is the Grinch all about?

This coming week sees the last of the special Christmas events brought to us by Main Street Covington under the leadership of Velinda Wheeles and her staff for 2015. Both Thursday and Friday nights have been special. The joy and magic of the Christmas season began to arrive with the lighting of the Square with fireworks and this was all before Thanksgiving. And what a season is has been!

December 12, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


What happens when there is no room in the inn?

At the heart of the story of the first Christmas, Mary and Joseph arrive in Bethlehem and find there is no room for them at the Inn. On the very night of the birth of our Lord and Savior, there was no room for his parents.

December 06, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


What it takes to make Covington special?

One of the keys to making our city so special are those willing to offer themselves for elective office and serve when elected. At the end of this year we will be seeing the end of 37 years of service by Janet Goodman. That is a lot of years of service to her community by this beloved lady. She has served on Covington's City Council at Post One of the West Ward.

November 29, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


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 against puppy mills, factoring farming, seal slaughter, horse cruelty, captive hunts and even how the elephants are treated in the circus.

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 all who have served in the United States Armed Forces. In the spring we have Memorial Day in memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice, but this Wednesday is not only for them but all the men and women who have ever been in the service. It is an official federal holiday with most government offices and financial institution closed.

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 challenge. In the midst of having plenty, we face the challenge of hunger.

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 from trees, tombstones in front yards and pumpkins on the front porches. There are big blow-up figures and lights much like Christmas, except this time they maybe black cats and jack-a-lanterns. The lights will most likely be orange.

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 new, scary world.

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 or Hazard Kentucky, and that is just from some of the TV series that have been produced in our community. You cover a lot of places when you are the Hollywood of the South.

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 create the first kindergarten in Newton County, celebrated its 70th anniversary Oct. 10.

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 a newcomer to politics, Ronnie Johnston, was convincingly elected mayor.

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 great discovery. Most of us feel we can do little in face of all the problems in the world. But the truth is for one day at least, you can be a world changer.

September 27, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | 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


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