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Student concert returns to the Square

A group of diverse musicians will perform at McKibben Music's open-air recital in the Square. The event is free and open to the community.

July 24, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | LIFE


This year’s pageant a rocking sock hop

Hosts Crissy Alter and Stephanie Hollis partnered with The Varsity to make this year's Fifth Anniversary Miss Covington Pageant event extra special.

July 24, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | LIFE


Letting go of Mr. Lenin

How tightly do you hold on to things? I'm not talking about holding on to handrails. Everyone knows you should hold on tightly to handrails, especially in stairwells where the fluorescent bulbs are always flickering, and the stair treads are made out of those slippery glazed tiles that are like walking on ice. No, what I mean is, "How tightly do you hold on to personal possessions?" This can include all kinds of knickknacks, mementos, you name it. You don't have to admit to being a full-blown hoarder, but many of us have a tough time letting go ...

July 19, 2014 | David McCoy Pecan pie for the mind | LIFE


Introducing Faith Community Church

I would like to introduce you to Faith Community Church. As I prayed about where to launch a new work for God, He began showing me the needs in Newton County and the surrounding areas. With over 101,000 people in Newton, I found out that only 41 percent of the population was active in a church family. Together, with the help of others, we decided to help more people find a church home where they can connect honestly with God, connect with others in genuine friendship and connect to our community.

July 19, 2014 | David Grace Columnist | LIFE


Hitting home

I went to have my annual physical recently. I could remember the words the doctor wanted me to, and I was able to name a good many animals when he asked me to name as many as I could in two minutes. In fact, he said I tied for the most animals named with one of his other patients. So I guess my mind is still OK.

July 19, 2014 | Paula Travis Columnist | LIFE


4-H’ers keep busy over summer

It hardly seems like it's nearly the end of summer already.

July 12, 2014 | Terri Kimble | LIFE


Best laid plans

I went to my sister's last weekend for the express purpose of making yet more curtains. This time for my granddaughter.

July 10, 2014 | Paula Travis | LIFE




Believe in something bigger than yourself

Anytime someone heads out for a night at a restaurant, the diner looks for an experience they can't find in their home kitchen.

July 05, 2014 | Terri Kimble | LIFE


Milazzo’s whiskey dinner full of spirit

Anytime someone heads out for a night at a restaurant, the diner looks for an experience they can't find in their home kitchen.

July 05, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LIFE


Order of Easter Stars installs officers

The Order of the Eastern Star is a non-profit, benevolent order and housed in Covington at Golden Fleece Lodge.

July 03, 2014 | Staff Report | LIFE


Save your books for Antiques Roadshow

I have bought my sister's Christmas present and she will buy mine early. We have the same taste in books. So we have gotten into the habit of buying each other books for Christmas that we both want to read. We buy them early, read them first and then give the book as a Christmas present. It does mean we have one less surprise for Christmas. But at our ages who needs surprises? We'd rather have something we want and will enjoy.

July 03, 2014 | Paula Travis | LIFE


Serve up grilled American lamb and pinot noir

Experts recommend pairing grilled lamb with a rich, structured pinot noir.

June 19, 2014 | Staff Report | LIFE


Celebrating the tiniest things

Complaining is a snap! If America were to hold a Complaining Olympics, I'm certain I'd have a shot at gold for most of the indoor events. Complaining is natural and highly contagious, like Ebola, or some of those sniffles the birdies and piggies are trying to give us. So, what do we do about it? Do we keep complaining, or do we start to call out life's joys as a bit of neuro-linguistic programming to change our wicked ways? Let's try that. Let's start celebrating tiny little things that matter to us. I'll go ...

June 19, 2014 | David McCoy | LIFE


Cabin visitors meet the host with the most

My bridge club enjoyed the field trip to my husband's cabin.

June 19, 2014 | Paula Travis | LIFE


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Conyers Food Truck Festival to celebrate street cuisine

Atlanta's favorite food trucks will roll into Parker Road Field in Conyers on March 29 for an event celebrating street cuisine.

March 04, 2014 | Staff Report | LIFE


Husband's key building material is creativity

My husband invited me down to his cabin last weekend to see his new additions. Well, he also wanted me to clean and loaded up the vacuum cleaner and various cleansers as well as me for the trip.

March 04, 2014 | Paula Travis | LIFE


Let's make every day Thanksgiving

You probably know by now: I'm a complete rabble-rouser who can't stand traditions that get in the way of a meaningful life. Today, I'm going to eviscerate the holiday where we're supposed to be "thankful." Yes... I know we just celebrated Valentine's Day, and Thanksgiving isn't until November, but I want us to look at how we're being manipulated by this holiday. We're told to "Be thankful on this special day," but we're bombarded with sales, sports, parades, and all manner of distractions. Do you remember what you were thankful for ...

February 25, 2014 | David McCoy | LIFE


New bathtub took a long journey

My bathtub arrived in the middle of January, two months after it was promised. I was given a date in January when it should arrive in a warehouse in Athens. At that point, I was assured, someone would call me and schedule a delivery.

February 25, 2014 | Paula Travis | LIFE


Clogged arteries & slow drivers

If you've ever driven a car, you'll recognize this situation. You're about to pull out onto a busy street where there's no traffic signal. So you sit there, and you wait and wait and wait. Finally, you see an opening that should allow you to pull out safely, and then it happens.

February 18, 2014 | David McCoy | LIFE


Forbidden fruit is always sweet

I don't know what it is with us humans, but we always want more or think the grass is greener on the other side of the fence.

February 18, 2014 | Paula Travis | LIFE


Right birthdate, wrong month

I am one of those people who has to keep a calendar. I have to write down all my appointments or I forget. Not just the obligatory doctor and dentist appointments, but social ones as well: bridge dates, when I have to direct bridge for the duplicate club, hair appointments, and other minutiae of life.

February 10, 2014 | Paula Travis | LIFE


Surviving the winter season

I generally prefer winter to summer based on the theory that you can put more clothes on to get warm, but there is a limit to the clothes you can take off to get cool.

February 04, 2014 | Paula Travis | LIFE


A simple customer service test

Before being allowed to work with the public, job applicants should be required to take a customer service skills test to see if they have any business being behind a cash register or wearing a fancy name tag.

January 21, 2014 | David McCoy | LIFE


Through the Camera (video)

Meet Susann Whittle, a clinical care coordinator at Newton Medical Center. Her interests in the medical field and helping others started when she volunteered as a candy striper at the hospital at the age of 15.

January 18, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LIFE


Throw on a scarf, save some money

Things start to get dull after the thrill of the holidays is over. It's only then that you really seem to realize that its winter, it's cold, everything is dead, and there's nothing to do for at least two months. It can be a depressing time, sure. But it doesn't have to be, since I know a little secret… not everything worth doing is on hiatus till Spring, and what's even better: a lot of the things that are fun to do year-round are being offered at discount prices simply because it's winter!

January 04, 2014 | Amber Pittman | LIFE


Education stories highlight many points to ponder

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has had several interesting articles lately concerning education. A Dec. 4 article contained ratings of various countries on the 2012 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA). According to the AJC, more than a half-million students in 65 nations took part in the testing.

December 10, 2013 | Paula Travis | LIFE


Retaurant health scores

Alcovy High School, 14567 Ga. Highway 36, Covington, Sept. 18. 100, A.

December 10, 2013 | Staff Report | LIFE


Tips for getting greeting cards out on time

Millions of greeting cards are sent out each holiday season. Estimates suggest that 85 percent of the United States population, or roughly 250 million people, mails out greeting cards. That adds up to billions of cards going through the postal system - and all in a relatively short period of time.

November 26, 2013 | Staff Report | LIFE


Confessions of a 'last-page reader'

I attended my monthly bridge club last week. The talk turned to books we had recently read. We swapped titles and recommendations.

November 19, 2013 | Paula Travis | LIFE


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