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Safety first in kids’ Halloween costumes

Dressing up and engaging in role play is an important component of childhood learning and having fun. Although costumes are regularly used in day care centers, schools and at home, they become the center of attention when Halloween arrives.

October 18, 2014 | Staff Report | LIFE


Travis: Kitchen wars

I have come to the conclusion that my husband and I cannot cook together in the same kitchen. We have widely divergent styles, even in preparation for cooking.

October 18, 2014 | Paula Travis | LIFE


Holloway: The movies that put the HORRIBLE in horror

If AMC's horror-thons aren't enough to get those "I'm to scared to get up and see if that's a coat hanging in my closet or the guy with the hook in 'I Know What You Did Last Summer'" juices flowing then there are plenty of movies on Netflix that will. There are more terrible horror movies than there are good ones and Netflix has a full slate of don't-watch-these-unless-you're-drunk-and-want-to-laugh horror flicks. So, instead of listing those movies here are some you should avoid.

October 18, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | LIFE


Today in Pictures

Through the Camera

October 14, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LIFE


Elks and Elkadettes help stock food pantry

The Covington Elks and Elkadettes have been helping out at the Newton County Food pantry this year. They have been stocking the shelves with different food items that are brought in by other groups. Food items like canned vegetables, boxes of rice, baby foods and cereals.They help sack the food items for each family that comes in that needs food. It has been a very worth while project and makes you appreciate how fortunate you are to have food and a place to live. The Elks and Elkadettes have put in about 70 hours just this pass August helping ...

October 11, 2014 | Staff Report | LIFE


Storytellers galore

My club lady with a vengeance friend has dragooned me again into doing something. I am to be a story teller at Scary Tales and Trails. I think I was the first one she called when she decided she needed story tellers, and I agreed without thinking it over much. After all, I told and acted out stories every day while I taught school. Greek myths, legends of King Arthur, Shakespeare. Anything to amuse the masses. You have to be part ham to teach school.

October 11, 2014 | Paula Travis | LIFE


What to stream this week

For those of us, who subscribe to Netflix and/or Amazon Instant Video the beginning of the month brings a new slate of material to binge-watch or not to watch at all, even when you're drunk, or lonely, or both. The month of October offers up a bunch of new movies to stream, as well as TV series to start or continue. Here's the binge-worthy for the month of October.

October 11, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | LIFE


The challenge of downsizing

Have you ever thought we live in a world where often our possessions possess us. The recent release of a new IPhone demonstrated the desire of many to have the newest and latest. The forever multiplying amount of stuff we have demonstrates our weak ability to make critical choices. This is a growing trend in our world. If you look inside the beautiful houses in Covington's historical district, you will notice how much less storage there is as compared to home built in today's world. There were fewer closets and those few were much smaller. And furthermore there ...

October 11, 2014 | Wiley Stephens | LIFE


My cat, the prima donna

The once outdoor cat that my husband invited inside has become quite a prima donna.

September 27, 2014 | Paula Travis | LIFE


‘Mama Mia,’ a blissful getaway

All of us from time to time nowadays feel a certain element of stress. I found a way to relieve mine this past week as Molly, myself and our granddaughter traveled up to the fabled Fox Theater and caught the current production of Mamma Mia.

September 27, 2014 | T. Pat Cavanaugh | LIFE


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A simple customer service test

Before being allowed to work with the public, job applicants should be required to take a customer service skills test to see if they have any business being behind a cash register or wearing a fancy name tag.

January 21, 2014 | David McCoy | LIFE


Through the Camera (video)

Meet Susann Whittle, a clinical care coordinator at Newton Medical Center. Her interests in the medical field and helping others started when she volunteered as a candy striper at the hospital at the age of 15.

January 18, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LIFE


Throw on a scarf, save some money

Things start to get dull after the thrill of the holidays is over. It's only then that you really seem to realize that its winter, it's cold, everything is dead, and there's nothing to do for at least two months. It can be a depressing time, sure. But it doesn't have to be, since I know a little secret… not everything worth doing is on hiatus till Spring, and what's even better: a lot of the things that are fun to do year-round are being offered at discount prices simply because it's winter!

January 04, 2014 | Amber Pittman | LIFE


Education stories highlight many points to ponder

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has had several interesting articles lately concerning education. A Dec. 4 article contained ratings of various countries on the 2012 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA). According to the AJC, more than a half-million students in 65 nations took part in the testing.

December 10, 2013 | Paula Travis | LIFE


Retaurant health scores

Alcovy High School, 14567 Ga. Highway 36, Covington, Sept. 18. 100, A.

December 10, 2013 | Staff Report | LIFE


Tips for getting greeting cards out on time

Millions of greeting cards are sent out each holiday season. Estimates suggest that 85 percent of the United States population, or roughly 250 million people, mails out greeting cards. That adds up to billions of cards going through the postal system - and all in a relatively short period of time.

November 26, 2013 | Staff Report | LIFE


Confessions of a 'last-page reader'

I attended my monthly bridge club last week. The talk turned to books we had recently read. We swapped titles and recommendations.

November 19, 2013 | Paula Travis | LIFE


Time marches on; so does orthodontia

People are generally amazed when I tell them I take just one baby aspirin per day. The invariable comment is, "That is so wonderful for your age." Somehow that doesn't make me feel too wonderful - just old. But then I reply that I make up for it with my teeth.

November 05, 2013 | Paula Travis | LIFE


Elkadettes attend conference

Members of the Covington Elkadettes attended the State Auxiliary meeting at Jekyll Island recently. Attending an installation luncheon for new officers of the State Auxiliary were, left to right, Theresa Parker, Deedee Ingram, Adrian Capes, Helen Irish, Pat Kirkpatrick, Eleanor Haney, Mikie Wagy, Miriam Wheeler, and Penny Blakeney, Covington Auxiliary president.

October 22, 2013 | Staff Report | LIFE


Mutts on the march toward show

The annual Mutt Show will be held Oct. 19 on the square in Covington. Registration will be at 9:30 a.m. and judging at 10 a.m. First-, second- and third-place ribbons will be awarded in four categories: Most Beautiful, Most Handsome, Look Alike and Waggiest Tail. A trophy will be given to Best in Show.

October 08, 2013 | Staff Report | LIFE


Happiness is what counts for Grandmama

I baby-sat two of my grandchildren last Saturday from about 3:30 to 10:30 p.m. I had 28 duplicate boards (decks of cards in plastic holders separated by hands) that had to be premade for a bridge game in which everyone in the United States who plays duplicate at a certain time will play the same hands. I will be the director of that game and must put the hands together for the players. After the game, the players will get a booklet that will tell them how the experts bid and played the same hands.

October 08, 2013 | Paula Travis | LIFE


Waller tribute paves the way

COVINGTON – Construction will begin shortly on paved pathways in Chimney Park, thanks to a recent successful fundraising tribute to local hero David Waller held at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center. The first major fundraising project by Friends of Newton Parks Inc. (FONP), developers of Chimney Park, exceeded the original goal, according to Jean Austin, FONP chair.

October 08, 2013 | Staff Report | LIFE


Newton County Class of ’53

The Newton County High School Class of 1953 celebrated its 60-year reunion with a luncheon at the Oaks Golf Course Sept. 27.

October 01, 2013 | Staff Report | LIFE


Concerts on the Square coming back

With the cooler weather in recent days, Mother Nature seems to be sending a reminder: If the dog days of summer come, can more soothing September be far behind?

August 20, 2013 | Staff Report | LIFE


Creative ways to enjoy pumpkins

Autumn is the season when pumpkins are ripe for the picking, and since Halloween is just around the corner, local farms, stores and roadside vendors are packed with pumpkins.

September 27, 2012 | Staff Report | LIFE


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