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What would happen if you won an Oscar?

Many of us watched the annual Academy Awards last Sunday night. The telecast started an hour and half before the actual ceremonies, as the various celebrities walk the "Red Carpet" to enter the auditorium. And that was followed by over three hours of music, film clips, speeches, and awards. For those involved in the ceremony, the night was just starting as the telecast ended. There was the Governor's Ball followed by many parties. The major networks featured the awards in their Monday morning programs.

March 01, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


McCoy: Passion on display

A few years ago, I overheard someone stating his view on books. "Oh, we don't have books in our house. We don't read." I didn't faint, but my heart rate did drop to a dangerous level that would make a pricey surgeon call her local Mercedes dealership to check out the lease rates. "No books? None?" I couldn't imagine this kind of house. What would they put on their bookcases? Clown figurines? Pictures of cats? Maybe they don't even own bookcases! I really couldn't make sense of this statement. No books? Why would you ...

March 01, 2015 | David McCoy | LIVING


From the heart

Mix together a woman's desire to feed the hungry, kind hearts of Newton County residents, recipes handed down through generations, and a need for charitable contributions from the area's homeless shelter and that is a recipe for the "Feed the Hearts of the Hungry" cookbook.

March 01, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LIVING


Pasta Salad Makes Weeknight Dinner Quick and Healthy

(Family Features) Now is the time for diners to transition palates to lighter and healthier meals, especially those packed with fresh, satisfying ingredients.

February 26, 2015 | Staff Report | LIVING


School board changes direction on Clear Touch company

The Newton County School Board changed direction on which company will supply the district with new Clear Touch interactive touchscreen panels for the classrooms.

February 25, 2015 | Martin Rand | LIVING


You grow to what you are committed to

Our lives are molded by the long term commitments that we make. This is true with the commitments we make to one's family, to one's community and nation, to one's profession, to one's faith and to one's friends. These commitments become the standards by which we judge our decisions; they become the guide posts on our journey through life.

February 22, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Before we learned to lie

It's Presidents Day as I write this column, and I've just returned from a cold, wet drive to Madison, Georgia where I dined at Cracker Barrel on a righteous plate of veggies, biscuits and blackberry jelly. That's a bit of a hike from Covington, but I wanted some good food, and I wanted to test out the new Pirelli P4 tires I had installed on Lazarus, my back-from-the-dead, ancient BMW. The ride was silky smooth and the folks at Cracker Barrel had a roaring fire going - one of the other reasons I was willing to trek to ...

February 22, 2015 | David McCoy | LIVING


A 'Wicked' good time

Last Thursday Molly and I traveled to a very cold Atlanta to catch a performance of the musical Wicked.

February 21, 2015 | T. Pat Cavanaugh | LIVING


The other side of humor

Barbed wire wrapped in seersucker

February 15, 2015 | David McCoy | LIVING


How together we can do more than on our own

Today is the "birthday" of the oldest civic club in Covington, the Kiwanis Club. On February 15, 1927, at the Newton County Court House, the local club was organized. The leaders of this effort were P.W. Godfrey and S.H. Adams. There were fifty eight Charter Members. The first officers of the club were S. C. Chandler, president, S.H. Adams and T.G. Callaway, vice-presidents, and A.L. Loyd, the secretary –treasurer. Other directors were P.W. Godfrey (district trustee) R.E. Everett, J.G. Bolton, R.A. Norris, J.O. Porter, T.C Swann, and T.R ...

February 14, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


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


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Cabin (cleaning) fever

It is my turn to have my ladies' bridge club again.

June 07, 2014 | Paula Travis | LIVING


How much longer, Alice?

Alice is dead. The housekeeper in the center square of mod sitcom entertainment has passed away at 88, leaving her Brady Bunch without their rudder.

June 07, 2014 | David McCoy | LIVING


Movie-based tourism thrives

Covington filming locations have grown in popularity as local businesses have capitalized on the success of popular shows and films. The Mystic Falls/Vampire Stalkers tour recently received a 2014 certificate of excellence from trip advisor, while 12 Oaks Bed and Breakfast topped Fox News' top destinations for readers list.

May 31, 2014 | Sam Reardon | LIVING


A grammar teacher's view

My sister called me last week. We both watch Jeopardy and had been surprised that Ken Jennings did not win the Battle of the Decades on Jeopardy. She also commented on the difficulty of the answers in that Jeopardy Tournament. I agreed. I usually can guess more of the questions than I did during that tournament. But, what she called to comment on was that none of the champions in a particular game rang in and knew the question for the answer "antecedent." That's a grammar question. An antecedent is the noun that a pronoun is taking the place ...

May 31, 2014 | Paula Travis | LIVING


Driving Miss Paula

I have never been a multi-tasker. I like to finish one thing and then move on. And that might describe my style of driving.

May 15, 2014 | Paula Travis | LIVING


Scallions and Gasoline

Scallions and green onions remind me of sweat and gasoline, so is it any wonder that I retch when someone serves me a meal "flavored" with them? Mowing the grass at my Grandmother's house - decades ago when I was a kid - I would guide the old Snapper around the big yard, cutting grass and about half a million wild onions that pretended to be fescue. These obnoxious green demons would slice and dice under the mower's blade and blend with the smell of gasoline, grease, red clay, and my own sweat. As I powered the mower around the ...

May 08, 2014 | David McCoy | LIVING


Fairy Fest, crafts and all, was a hoot

Last Saturday I was dragooned into helping at Chimney Park during the Fairy Festival; it was serendipitous.

May 08, 2014 | Paula Travis | LIVING


Local finalist in Miss Georgia Pageant

Alexus Thitapanh, daughter of Kellee Rachtahi, has been chosen as a state finalist in the National America Miss Georgia Pageant to be held July 4 and 5 at the Renaissance Waverly Hotel.

May 08, 2014 | Staff Report | LIVING


Weekend Festivals (video)

Various festivals from around the community

May 04, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LIVING


Vacation Tips for 2014

I'm not going to tell you where to go on your next vacation, but I will give you some advice so you'll enjoy your time away a bit more. See, I took a little vacation out to Phoenix, and I figure the best advice I can give is to just tell you what I did. And then you can do the exact opposite.

April 22, 2014 | David McCoy | LIVING


Vacuums suck

I love those commercials on television that have a man impersonating an appliance. The dishwasher licks the whip, and the refrigerator complains that he must work every minute of every day while the blender sits in a cabinet and does nothing for most days of the month.

April 22, 2014 | Pete Mecca | LIVING


The sisterhood has come to town

Three friends of Newton County hosted the grand opening of their brand new gift shop April 1, the Ya-Ya Sisters N More. The three friends are Faith Ford, Rita Johnston and Gail Caruth.The business was inspired by Ford, a local entrepreneur who has owned a business in Covington before.

April 15, 2014 | Xavier McKnight | LIVING


Tax time follies

By the time you read this, our annual day of taxation will have come and gone, and you'll have already kissed your money bye-bye as you mailed the government your "fair share" of sweat and tears. But instead of dwelling on the rising tax rate or the marvelously insane tax code, let's try to do something fun with this annual nightmare. Let's imagine where our money is going!

April 15, 2014 | David McCoy | LIVING


Details of butter, BBQ and sentences

Some things will forever be a mystery to me. For instance, why do some recipes call for sweet butter (unsalted) and then tell you to add salt to the batter? I have run across many recipes that make that puzzling request.

April 08, 2014 | Paula Travis | LIVING


The End of a Good Joke

I bet you haven't gone a month in your life without hearing someone ask, "Why did the chicken cross the road?" People love jokes – the cornier the better – and that old poultry joke just keeps popping up. But I think this yuk-yuk might finally be reaching the end of its shelf life.

April 08, 2014 | David McCoy | LIVING


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