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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


Home equity loan or reverse mortgage?

Your personal residence is one of your largest, if not the largest, asset you will own in your life. It's a great feeling when ...

May 10, 2016 | By Mike Lassiter | LIVING


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


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Archive By Section - LIVING


Irwin: Why do I live in Covington? It's home.

While hashing out the idea of writing my column about Southern small town life, I settled on the name Neurotically Sentimental.

January 31, 2016 | Andy Offutt Irwin | LIVING


How we trust in God as a community and a nation?

Recently there have been debates about the use of our nation's motto, "In God We Trust." It is found on the dollar bill, on the wall of the Supreme Court, and on many of our car tags. There are those that voices object to its use. They base their objection on the separation of Church and State.

January 24, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Blood drive to be held in memory of Jeff Blount

An American Red Cross blood drive will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 26 from 2-7 p.m. in memory of Jeff Blount at Prospect United Methodist Church in Covington, where he was an active member.

January 21, 2016 | Staff Report | LIVING


Where does the trails efforts stand in our area?

Since 1998 a group of our neighbors have been committed to the dream of building a system of trials throughout our communities. They would be there for both recreational opportunities as well as being a part of a viable transportation system. The vision would have the trails connect neighborhoods, schools, commercial centers and parks.

January 10, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


What really matters to you and your life?

For most of you reading this column today, you are still in the Happy New Year stage of the year. Oh, I know that 2016 started early Friday morning. But for most of us we have not had time to break any resolutions we made or mess up the year too bad yet. So for the next 12 months what really matters to you and your life?

January 03, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Have you ever thought …

Why do we seem to limit so much of the goodness of Christmas to a few weeks?

December 20, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


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


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