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Will digging into your family history unearth the unexpected?

Actress Katey Sagal discovered a surprising fact about her family history when she appeared on the "Who Do You Think You Are?" TV show, which ...

January 31, 2017 | Staff Report | LIVING


Georgia State’s Newton Campus fields now home to Peachtree Academy

Georgia State University's Newton Campus has leased the university's ball fields to Peachtree Academy.

January 30, 2017 | Staff Report | LIVING


Mentoring provides rewarding results for everyone involved

Alcovy Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Horace Johnson saw how mentoring programs can have a positive impact on communities during his time in Leadership Georgia ...

January 29, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | LIVING


How to help kids in your community

People give back to their communities in various ways. Some support local charities by volunteering or making financial donations, while others may deliver meals to ...

January 24, 2017 | Staff Report | LIVING


Get involved with youth organizations

Volunteer work can benefit volunteers emotionally and physically. Many people aspire to get involved by donating their time or resources, but they may not know ...

January 24, 2017 | Staff Report | LIVING


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Chimney Park hosts 10th Annual Twilights Dec. 4

Chimney Park, "a park with heart", will once again host Twilights, the annual festival of lights held the first Sunday in December. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the fun-filled event.

November 23, 2016 | Staff Report | LIVING


Big shows in Covington and Porterdale

It's really cool that we have so many spots to catch live music and I'm glad we were able to do a rundown of all the great music venues in Newton County throughout the last two weeks.

November 23, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING


Fairview 4-H’ers present demonstrations

She would not begin her 4-H demonstration until her favorite teacher was there to help.

November 20, 2016 | Staff Report | LIVING


How to get Black Friday deals

As Thanksgiving draws near, retailers begin dropping hints about their Black Friday promotions. Some stores have begun to open their doors on Thanksgiving evening, after many people have filled up on turkey and trimmings.

November 15, 2016 | Staff Report | LIVING


Host a turkey-free Thanksgiving

Low in fat, high in protein and an inexpensive source of iron, zinc, potassium and B vitamins, turkey makes a healthy addition to a person's diet. Turkey also tends to be the star of the show on Thanksgiving and other holidays. Even though turkey can be a delicious addition to any holiday table, some people prefer to buck Thanksgiving tradition from time to time and divert focus from the golden gobbler.

November 15, 2016 | Staff Report | LIVING


Easy 'green' Thanksgiving ideas

Thanksgiving is a holiday to give thanks and share special moments with family and friends. While the original Thanksgiving might have taken place during a time when food was sparse, nowadays Thanksgiving often involves excessive amounts of food, with more food ending up in the garbage than in celebrants' bellies.

November 15, 2016 | Staff Report | LIVING


Have you ever thought …

By claiming to be a great-grandfather I am not talking about being an excellent grandparent but rather being a part of the next generation. You might think it makes you feel old but the truth is it makes you feel younger. It's the start of a new day, a new generation. I am writing this column this week because as of Tuesday, Linda and I are great-grandparents. Our granddaughter-in-law, Maggie Johnston, gave birth to precious, little, Tenley Ann. The proud father is Zac Johnston. Maggie Johnston is a math teacher and volleyball coach at Eastside High School and Zac ...

November 13, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


How a little derpy dog stole my heart

In all truthfulness, I've never really been a dog person. In fact - and I can already hear the Covington Peanut Gallery snickering - I suppose I've always been more of a cat kind of guy.

November 13, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING


Introducing the musical venues of Newton County

In the past weeks, this space has highlighted musicians performing in and around Newton County. The local talent has always been great but in the past, there have not been enough venues to see and hear that talent. That is changing, folks.

November 06, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING


Have you ever thought …

Three years ago, the Bread and Butter Bakery opened for business on the corner of Monticello and Reynolds Streets. From the day the doors opened, it offered a variety of bread and baked goods. A particular favorite has been its cinnamon rolls. However, the small space proved inadequate as the variety of goods offered grew.

November 06, 2016 | Staff Report | LIVING


All the technology and none of the charm

Not so long ago, as I voted in a national election, I witnessed the passing of an era.

November 06, 2016 | Andy Irwin | LIVING


Marshall's Music Minute: A new musical venue in Covington

Welcome back to another edition of the Minute, and let's get ready for another big week of music in Covington.

November 03, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING


4-H’ers tour Athens zoo and UGA

As several 4-H students spilled out of the van in a small parking lot in Athens, they exclaimed: "This isn't the zoo."

October 30, 2016 | Terri Fullerton | LIVING


Have you ever thought …

There is an old saying that it is too late to close the barn door when the horse is out. So with our community we need to make sure we are ahead of any crises that may come our way. We are blessed with a great relationship between our law enforcement agencies and the community they serve. But we cannot assume that it will always stay that way. Playing on the old saying about closing the door before the horse escapes, we as a community need to make sure we build on that positive relationship between the police and the ...

October 30, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Washington Street CC receives $25,000 from Springfield Baptist

Springfield Baptist Church presented the Washington Street Community Center with a $25,000 check Thursday.

October 28, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LIVING


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