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Children are a gift from God to love and cherish

If you keep reading after the first paragraph or two, you may find yourself checking to see if another author might have penned this column ...

September 04, 2016 | Beth Rowe | LIVING


Have you ever thought …

Tomorrow is Labor Day. The historical roots of this day trace back to the last part of the nineteenth century. It was a time when ...

September 04, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Newborn resident brings a little Blues

I haven't written about a featured artist in this space for quite some time, and I'm glad to bring that feature back now ...

August 31, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING


Have you ever thought …

How critical access to transportation can be?

August 28, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


A dynamic duo returns to the rooftop

There's a lot of returners on the music scene in and around Covington this week, making it a great opportunity to go out and ...

August 25, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING


Have you ever thought …

Throughout the last several years, Jack and Lisa Philips have had a very successful business on the Covington Square, the Cork. At the wine, beer ...

August 21, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


The Esoteric South: Talkin’ Southern

Living, working and growing up in the South, I love the sights of our region. The magnolias are distinctive and the weather is always warm ...

August 21, 2016 | Staff Report | LIVING


A great weekend for great shows

We witnessed another great week of music, and by all accounts the benefit show for Dillon Bragg went very well. That's awesome. The great ...

August 18, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING


Malone, Thomas bring joy at Listening Room at IBP

A full house heard an Atlanta legend, Michelle Malone, perform at The Listening Room at Irish Bred Pub Friday, Aug. 12, in a memorable evening ...

August 15, 2016 | | LIVING


Have you ever thought …

How we spend our leisure time varies a great deal. There are a variety of ways to spend time with our friends and family. One ...

August 14, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


The sights and sounds of summer, the finale

I hope you are holding up in this scorching heat and enjoying the last few weeks of summer. Summer seems to last forever and I ...

August 14, 2016 | Beth Rowe | LIVING


Hannah Thomas at The Listening Room at Irish Bred Pub

Wow, it's been one ridiculously hot summer. How many days in a row have the thermometer hit 90 degrees? Fortunately, though, throughout this heat ...

August 11, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING


Have you ever thought …

One of the keys to economic development is to have good transportation. It is said that transportation ranks right up there with a good labor ...

August 07, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | 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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