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Local musician Drew Parker releases new single

Former Alcovy High School student and candidate of TVs The Voice released his new single "Slow Down Small Town" Friday, and the local country musician ...

April 16, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING


Brooke Serrano at Sycamore; Taylor Marie at Mystic Grill

Wow, can you believe we're in the middle of April, already? Everything is getting green, the weather sure has been nice, and the music ...

April 14, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING


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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

March 31, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING


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What makes Valentine's Day special?

Many of us will remember in our childhood when every student made a little decorated "mail box" with your name on it.

February 07, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


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 my smart phone uses but one of the "holidays" chosen is "Ground Hog Day." Now there is something to be noted on the calendar for almost every day. For example did you know that if you go forward a few months that April 2 is National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day? Now that I had to learn on my own, my calendar does not list that one or many others. But "Ground Hog Day" was ...

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 the wall of the Supreme Court, and on many of our car tags. There are those that voices object to its use. They base their objection on the separation of Church and State.

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 Methodist Church in Covington, where he was an active member.

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 there for both recreational opportunities as well as being a part of a viable transportation system. The vision would have the trails connect neighborhoods, schools, commercial centers and parks.

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 started early Friday morning. But for most of us we have not had time to break any resolutions we made or mess up the year too bad yet. So for the next 12 months what really matters to you and your life?

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 her staff for 2015. Both Thursday and Friday nights have been special. The joy and magic of the Christmas season began to arrive with the lighting of the Square with fireworks and this was all before Thanksgiving. And what a season is has been!

December 12, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


What happens when there is no room in the inn?

At the heart of the story of the first Christmas, Mary and Joseph arrive in Bethlehem and find there is no room for them at the Inn. On the very night of the birth of our Lord and Savior, there was no room for his parents.

December 06, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


What it takes to make Covington special?

One of the keys to making our city so special are those willing to offer themselves for elective office and serve when elected. At the end of this year we will be seeing the end of 37 years of service by Janet Goodman. That is a lot of years of service to her community by this beloved lady. She has served on Covington's City Council at Post One of the West Ward.

November 29, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Everybody has a story

I've been asking children, "Does American history only happen to famous people?"

November 22, 2015 | Terri Kimble | LIVING


Who cares for those furry friends who have no voice?

Looking on the national scene, one answer would be the National Humane Society. They deal with issues on a large scale; issues such as advocacy against puppy mills, factoring farming, seal slaughter, horse cruelty, captive hunts and even how the elephants are treated in the circus.

November 15, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Thank your veterans

Have you ever thought about what Veterans Day is all about? On Wednesday we will pause as a nation and as a community to honor all who have served in the United States Armed Forces. In the spring we have Memorial Day in memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice, but this Wednesday is not only for them but all the men and women who have ever been in the service. It is an official federal holiday with most government offices and financial institution closed.

November 08, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


How can I help reduce hunger in our community?

One out of five residents of our county is living in poverty. This makes providing enough for themselves and their families to eat is a challenge. In the midst of having plenty, we face the challenge of hunger.

November 01, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


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