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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

August 09, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING

A look at what's filming

The film community in the metro Atlanta area has been busy this summer. Not only have production teams for "The Originals," "The Vampire Diaries," "The ...

August 09, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LIVING

Tips for creating the perfect butterfly oasis

As summer nears its end, gardeners longing to fill their flowerbeds with the flutter of butterflies, bees and hummingbirds must quickly design a space for ...

August 09, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | LIVING


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Warning: Valentine is right around the corner

How did we remember all these holidays before we had our "smart" phones to automatically list them for us? Of course we would remember Christmas and the Fourth of July, but there seems to be a special day almost every week. The other day my calendar showed it was Ground Hog Day. Now who made that a holiday? Or which Ground Hog is right?

February 08, 2015 | B. Wiley Stephens | LIVING

Redbox movies you should be watching this week

It's been too cold to go outside and play lately, but it's the perfect weather to grab a blanket, some popcorn and watch a few movies from Redbox. Instead of holding up the line at your nearest Redbox station, this comprehensive list of five movies that you'd be mistaken not to pick up are here to get you in and out faster than Ben Affleck's crew robbing a bank in "The Town." Mild spoiler alerts follow.

January 18, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | LIVING

Every day is a new day, our challenge is how we are going to respond.

Have you ever thought that despite change being a daily occurrence most of us resist it?

January 04, 2015 | | LIVING

The Power of a Christmas Wish

Have you ever thought about what you might remember years from now about the Christmas we have just celebrated? I hope it will be something that makes you feel good as you recall the Christmas of 2014. Every year we spend hours looking for the perfect gift for friends and family. But most of the time it is not the gift that really matters. It is the spirit it is given in.

January 03, 2015 | B. Wiley Stephens | LIVING

Cooking with Melanie: Eggnog and eggnog poundcake


December 19, 2014 | Staff Report | LIVING

A before-New-Years Netflix resolution

2015 is coming. With that will come a bunch of New Years resolutions – from people that will never fulfill them – like, "I'm going to lose weight" or "I'm gonna start going to church" and of course "I'm going to stay single" as if it takes a new year to start the process, but I digress. What you should really focus on is all of the really good movies that are leaving Netflix after December.

December 19, 2014 | Staff Report | LIVING

Have you ever thought

As Christmas fast approaches, you will see in some yards and on the back of some cars a sign or decal exhorting passerby to "Keep Christ in Christmas."

December 19, 2014 | B. Wiley Stephens | LIVING

Homework with the granddaughter

Last weekend I went to Macon to help my oldest granddaughter prepare for a midterm exam in English (I guess Language Arts). She is in 7th grade and having a midterm? She had to be able to identify all kinds of pronouns, some of which I had to look up. She also had to recognize compound, simple, complex and compound-complex sentences. She had to label the clauses in the sentence, identify them as to independent or dependent and then label the type of sentence.

December 19, 2014 | Paula Travis | LIVING

What do those Red Kettles you see at Christmastime mean?

Starting in November, all across our nation, Red Kettles from the Salvation Army began to appear as they do each year. It has grown from the start in San Francisco in 1891.

December 13, 2014 | B. Wiley Stephens | LIVING

Tree decorations and family

My two daughters and four granddaughters came to my house the Saturday before Thanksgiving to help me put up my Christmas decorations and tree. I usually don't put up the tree that early, but who is going to turn down free help.

December 01, 2014 | Paula Travis | LIVING

Warning: The Christmas spirit is catching

I have always felt sorry for those folks that see Christmas right around the corner and complain they just can't get in the Christmas Spirit. If you live near Covington and you name is not Scrooge you have no excuse to fail to get the Christmas Spirit.

December 01, 2014 | | LIVING

Why Thanksgiving?

Is our national observance of Thanksgiving a religious holiday? Where is it mostly celebrated? When did it start? What are some of the ways we observe Thanksgiving?

November 22, 2014 | B. Wiley Stephens | LIVING

Satsuki Garden Club

The members of the Satsuki Garden Club were busy during their November meeting at the Newton County Library. Alisha Reynolds from A Bouquet by Betty gave the program on Autumn Arrangements, and pine gardens. After the program, member design flower arrangements for The Benton house that we do every November.

November 22, 2014 | Staff Report | LIVING

Elections should not be decided by campaign spending

The AJC reported in a Nov. 3 article that Michelle Nunn spent over $13.1 million on her campaign while David Perdue spent $11.4 million. Outside interests spent $28.4 million on the senate race. In the governor's race Nathan Deal spent $14.2 million and Jason Carter spent $7.8 million.

November 17, 2014 | Paula Travis | LIVING

The race is on

Like summer is a time for action blockbusters, winter is for prestige films-the films that will make you think, probably cry and win a ton of awards. This is also the time for film studios to push out their prestige films before the Dec. 31 deadline for awards like the Oscars and the Golden Globes.

November 17, 2014 | Staff Report | LIVING

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