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Have you ever thought …

We are just a few days into December and Christmas is closing in on us. For most of us there seems to be a thousand ...

December 04, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Southern Folk Advent Service scheduled

The Sonny Houston Bluegrass Band will provide bluegrass-Gospel music and preacher-scholar Jason Byassee will speak at Meridian Herald's 24nd annual Southern Folk Advent Service ...

November 29, 2016 | Staff Report | LIVING


Chimney Park hosts 10th Annual Twilights Dec. 4

Chimney Park, "a park with heart", will once again host Twilights, the annual festival of lights held the first Sunday in December. This year marks ...

November 23, 2016 | Staff Report | LIVING


Big shows in Covington and Porterdale

It's really cool that we have so many spots to catch live music and I'm glad we were able to do a rundown ...

November 23, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING


Fairview 4-H’ers present demonstrations

She would not begin her 4-H demonstration until her favorite teacher was there to help.

November 20, 2016 | Staff Report | LIVING


How to get Black Friday deals

As Thanksgiving draws near, retailers begin dropping hints about their Black Friday promotions. Some stores have begun to open their doors on Thanksgiving evening, after ...

November 15, 2016 | Staff Report | LIVING


Host a turkey-free Thanksgiving

Low in fat, high in protein and an inexpensive source of iron, zinc, potassium and B vitamins, turkey makes a healthy addition to a person ...

November 15, 2016 | Staff Report | LIVING


Easy 'green' Thanksgiving ideas

Thanksgiving is a holiday to give thanks and share special moments with family and friends. While the original Thanksgiving might have taken place during a ...

November 15, 2016 | Staff Report | LIVING


Have you ever thought …

By claiming to be a great-grandfather I am not talking about being an excellent grandparent but rather being a part of the next generation. You ...

November 13, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


How a little derpy dog stole my heart

In all truthfulness, I've never really been a dog person. In fact - and I can already hear the Covington Peanut Gallery snickering - I suppose ...

November 13, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING


Introducing the musical venues of Newton County

In the past weeks, this space has highlighted musicians performing in and around Newton County. The local talent has always been great but in the ...

November 06, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING


Have you ever thought …

Three years ago, the Bread and Butter Bakery opened for business on the corner of Monticello and Reynolds Streets. From the day the doors opened ...

November 06, 2016 | Staff Report | LIVING


All the technology and none of the charm

Not so long ago, as I voted in a national election, I witnessed the passing of an era.

November 06, 2016 | Andy Irwin | LIVING


Marshall's Music Minute: A new musical venue in Covington

Welcome back to another edition of the Minute, and let's get ready for another big week of music in Covington.

November 03, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING


4-H’ers tour Athens zoo and UGA

As several 4-H students spilled out of the van in a small parking lot in Athens, they exclaimed: "This isn't the zoo."

October 30, 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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