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Shane Clark is a little Country, a little Rock and Roll

As I write this column, I'm still feeling how great the Sweet Harmony show was at the Mystic Grill last week. We had a ...

October 20, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING

Tomb of Unknown Soldier guard speaks during DAR program

Herb Smith, a member of the Honor Guard, Tomb of the Unknown Solider Society, spoke during a program hosted by the Sergeant Newton Chapter, of ...

October 19, 2016 | Staff Report | LIVING

Rolling with the punches

This is just a great time of year. Really, there is little to complain about. The weather is perfect and I love spending time outdoors ...

October 16, 2016 | Beth Rowe | LIVING

Have you ever thought …

Most agree that throughout the last few years, new life has come to the Square at the heart of Covington. We have seen a variety ...

October 16, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING

Autumn brings more good music to Covington

Autumn has finally reached our region, and that makes me very happy. Cool temperatures are now here to match all of this cool music. It ...

October 13, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING

Have you ever thought …

We are in the last few weeks of another election cycle. Have you ever thought what the impact of winning can have on the winner ...

October 09, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING

Flamenco, Merengue, Jazz and everything in between

It's another week and another round of great music here in Newton County. But this week there's a little something extra.

October 06, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING

Fall is the best month to plant trees and shrubs

While driving around Newton County this summer, no matter how short the drive, anyone can see a dead tree or shrub in many yards. It ...

October 02, 2016 | Staff Report | LIVING

Pumpkin patch open throughout October

Among the decorations that can be seen throughout Newton County during the cool weather of fall are plenty of pumpkins.

October 02, 2016 | Staff Report | LIVING

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

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Telling it like it is: A tribute to Aunt Kat

I'm dedicating this column to one of the sweetest ladies God put on this earth, my Aunt Kat. I promised not to spill all the beans because she's very special to me, but, today is a very special day to brag on her a little and tell her how much she means to me.

April 10, 2016 | Beth Rowe | LIVING

Harris headed to State 4-H Congress

You might have spotted Lavendar Harris at Leapin' Lizards pet store, where she volunteers.

April 10, 2016 | Terri Kimble-Fullerton | LIVING

Have You Ever Thought …

The website, "Only in Your State," recently released a list of the top 10 restaurants in Georgia. And you don't have to leave Covington to dine at one of them. The third name that pops up on the list is The Mystic Grill, found on Covington's historical square. The list is based on such review sites as Yelp, Open Table, Trip Advisor, and the like.

April 10, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING

Shrek The Musical comes to Newton

The story of Shrek, a beloved Ogre who falls for a princess, first brought to the big screen by Dreamworks, comes to life at Newton High School this coming weekend.

April 09, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LIVING

The simplest things can bring great pleasure

Now there are two. That is the number of geese left on the pond outside our back deck on the Ashton Hills Golf Course. There may be geese elsewhere on the course, but now we just see one pair. During the past two springs we have seen several dozen geese on that pond.

April 03, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING

Why grown-ups are grumpy

And why I am a children's entertainer.

April 03, 2016 | Andy Offutt Irwin | LIVING

NCSS students selected for 2016 honors program

Six Newton County School System (NCSS) students have been selected to participate in the 2016 Governor's Honors Program (GHP) this summer.

April 02, 2016 | Staff Report | LIVING

Dustin Bragg among great week of music

Howdy, folks; it's so good to be back writing for you in this space again. Not only that, but it has been great seeing how much incredible musical talent we have around here. A lot of people seem to make the statement that there must be something in the water, concerning Newton's musicians. And I'm not inclined to disagree with that sentiment.

April 02, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING

David Leinweiber — the flatpicking professor

Greetings and salutations good people, I hope everyone is doing alright. Once again, I appreciate all of the feedback on the last column. There were some great shows this past weekend. And I hope several of you got a chance to see some of the action.

March 31, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING

Have you ever thought …

Today is the most sacred day of the Christian year. The only day that would come close is Christmas. But Easter is, by far, the most sacred. Noted British theologian N.T. Niles wrote, "Take away the stories of Jesus's birth and you loose two chapters of Matthew and two of Luke. But take away the resurrection and you lose the entire New Testament."

March 27, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING

Telling It Like It Is . . . Bunny Tales

I'm going to let y'all in on a little secret about the Easter Bunny. It started several years ago when I was working for Winn-Dixie. I enjoyed shopping there and it was also a good place to work for almost five years. When I worked for Winn-Dixie, I worked in the floral department and dairy and frozen foods sections. But I was approached by the store manager about a new position.

March 27, 2016 | Beth Rowe | LIVING

Ivey, McDonald, Parker highlight the week

Hello, fine readers. I hope everyone had a good Saint Patrick's Day. Thank you once again for all of the feedback - it's good to know you're reading. As I've said before, we have so much talent in our neck of the woods, and it's truly a pleasure to help spread the word.

March 24, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING

How would one prepare for the Easter holiday?

One way to prepare for Easter is to worry about what you are going to wear.

March 20, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING

A road builder and a poet

When Minnesotan writer and storyteller, Kevin Kling first learned I was from Georgia he said, "Whoa, you must be a Byron Herbert Reese fan!"

March 20, 2016 | Andy Offutt Irwin | LIVING

Marshall’s Music Minute: Fluff Whatley

It's so good to be with you again. You're probably wondering who's playing where and when, so let's get right to it:

March 10, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING

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