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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

September 11, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Big week of music in the Mill Village

There's another epic week of music on the horizon, so grab a plate and dig into to the smorgasbord that is the Music Minute.

September 08, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING


Pop tabs for Ronald McDonald houses

Raise your hands, if you are ready for a major medical diagnosis in your family?

September 04, 2016 | Terri Fullerton | LIVING


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Archive By Section - 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. Music is something that touches people in different and sometimes very profound ways. My earliest memories are connected to music, and throughout the years it has become as much a part of me as the very air I breathe.

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 them. No one is more important than the members of our family. Of that family, in most cases, our parents are the ones who have the most influence upon us.

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's dig right in.

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 it is the stigma that some would attach to mental illness. Perhaps because it is much more difficult to define or to understand for most of us. And one out of every six Americans will suffer from some form of mental illness in a given year. The challenge for all ages is real.

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 and where to listen to them.

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 of graduation are everywhere - there is a special graduation section in this edition of The Covington News; signs of congratulations appear in front of subdivisions and homes; there will be parties and gifts. All this is indication of a time of completion and restarting to a lot of young lives.

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 Chevy small block 350 engine that he plans to drop into his 1986 Jaguar XJ6 that awaits in our driveway.

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 continue to seek what might be the answer. We have tried simply saying "no." We have seen our prison population explode in numbers. For many who get caught up in drugs, it seems to control the rest of the days of their lives. How do we bring real change to our community and to the lives of those struggling with addiction?

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 and bees and butterflies heralding spring's arrival.

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 at Northwest District Project Achievement for competing all 8 years of her 4-H career. She will enter Georgia Southern University in early childhood education in the fall.

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 you make that final mortgage payment! Should you wish to sell your home and downsize after you retire, the revenue code can be very generous. If you owned and lived in your home two of five years prior to the sale, up to $250,000 of the profit may be tax-free or up to $500,000 for if you are married filing joint.

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, garage-sized structure on the property next to the house that my mother grew up in. The Pack House may have been a smokehouse, but everyone who would have been able to tell me is no longer on this earthly plane.

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 another edition of The Minute.

April 28, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING


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