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What can we learn from a ground hog?

There it is on the calendar for February 2: "Ground Hog Day." I don't know who selects which days to note on the system ...

January 31, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

December 12, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


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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


Changes and more changes

The past few weeks have brought changes that were unimaginable just a decade ago, but before you start wondering if this is yet another column about the Confederate flag or same-sex marriage, let me stop you right there. Sure, those are big changes, and I was just as surprised by them as you were, but this column is about change on a more personal level. This is a story about changes that I'm going through. You see, I'm already married, so all this gay marriage stuff doesn't affect me except as an observer of U.S. law ...

August 02, 2015 | | LIVING


Pilot Club donates to food bank

Pilot Club of Covington recently made a donation to the Community Food Bank Pantry serving citizens of Newton County, presenting Rev. Billy Wade with a check of $700.

August 01, 2015 | Staff Report | LIVING


FFA-FCCLA Center hosts 3rd Annual Udder Mud Run

The Georgia FFA-FCCLA Center will host the Udder Mud Run on Saturday.

August 01, 2015 | Staff Report | LIVING


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