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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


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 ...

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 ...

March 27, 2016 | Beth Rowe | LIVING


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How can I live in more than one place at a time?

When most of us are asked about where we live, our reply is Covington, GA. But we could add, Mystic Falls Virginia, or Sparta Mississippi or Hazard Kentucky, and that is just from some of the TV series that have been produced in our community. You cover a lot of places when you are the Hollywood of the South.

October 18, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Service Guild celebrates 70 years

The Service Guild of Covington was founded as a Georgia Federation of Woman's Club in October of 1945. The organization, which was established to create the first kindergarten in Newton County, celebrated its 70th anniversary Oct. 10.

October 17, 2015 | Staff Report | LIVING


About what progress has happened during the last four years in Covington?

The current presidential race is said by some to be the year of the outsider. Covington was ahead of that trend four years ago when a newcomer to politics, Ronnie Johnston, was convincingly elected mayor.

October 04, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Have You Ever Thought …

Most of us will never serve in an elected position. Most of us will not have great wealth. Most of us will not make some great discovery. Most of us feel we can do little in face of all the problems in the world. But the truth is for one day at least, you can be a world changer.

September 27, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


What a difference others can make when facing a life crisis

I do not believe we were created to face life alone. It is said that humans among all creation needs the nurture of the family the longest. When Christ began his ministry on earth it was not given to individuals but a community of believers. Ask any running back in football how much fun is it to try to run if there is no one blocking for you. Our very nature is that we need each other.

September 20, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Of the power of us coming together in prayer?

The Faith Community of Newton County is being called to a time of prayer this evening, Sept. 13, 2015. This is the annual time of prayer called, "The Community on Our Knees." It will happen at the very heart of Covington, the Square. The Prayer Service starts at 7 p.m. with Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnston welcoming those who have gathered. This is the fourth year the community as gathered for "The Community on Our Knees."

September 13, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Creative Movement classes offer children exercise, social skills

Children 18 months through 3 years can learn dance and social skills through a Creative Movement dance class, offered by Rythmn Elements, 2124 Main St, Porterdale, on Saturday mornings at 9:30 through 10 a.m. The class uses props to explore movement, strengthen coordination, flexibility and rhythm while encouraging self-esteem and imagination.

September 11, 2015 | Staff Report | LIVING


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


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