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If it seems like we have been celebrating Independence Day for more than a week, that's because we have. This is the time we celebrate our birth as a nation and the freedoms that we cherish. It seems that we can't get it all into just one day.

July 05, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


We're all fat now

When I was a kid, I was beyond skinny. I was a beanpole, a stick, a rail of a boy who could eat and eat and still be blown over by a strong March wind. Calories weren't my problem. In fact, calories meant one thing to me: "fat people." In my partial view of reality, the only people who talked about calories were "fat people." March forward a few too many decades, and I'm talking about calories, and I'm one of those "fat people." Maybe you are too? We're all fat now, from what I read ...

June 28, 2015 | David McCoy | LIVING


Why we see dogs as man’s best friend?

For centuries dogs have been called man's best friend. Many of us either have dogs as pets or remember with fondness the years that we did. Perhaps it is because in most cases the dogs seem to think a lot more of us than we are really worth. A dog can be a great example of unconditional love. The other day I found a whole new reason to give this title of "best friend" to a dog.

June 27, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Stephens: Why Father's Day

Today is the day that tradition has set aside in our nation as the day we honor our fathers. Though there is no clear history on the day. When we look at the time line, the day came into existence after Mother's Day was first observed.

June 21, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


50th anniversary

Carolyn and Loring Burgess have been happily married for 50 years, as of June 5, 2015. Loring Burgess is retiring from Lithonia Lighting in 1995 and is now the owner of Burgess Hauling Garbage Service.

June 14, 2015 | Staff Report | LIVING


Taking action this summer

How excited you were when summer approached and you were going to be out of school? Summer vacation meant for most of us not having to go to bed as early and sleeping in a little later in the morning. You may have memories of summer camps, of cousins coming to visit or you visiting them; you may remember Vacation Bible School or family reunions; there were for many fun trips to the beach or lake; it was a time for homemade ice cream or watermelon. For some it meant going barefooted a whole lot more than during the school ...

June 14, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Lower your windows

We live in sealed houses, ride in sealed cars, shop in sealed stores and generally live our lives isolated from the ugly, mean, cruel outdoors. We love our air conditioning, and our air filters, and those little dispensers that spray nice smelling air into our lives, but we might as well be on Mars, ensconced in a terrarium just like some fancy turtle that can do long division. If we claim our lives "are a zoo," is it any wonder? We've built an indoor zoo and we live there year 'round, caged for our own protection.

June 14, 2015 | David McCoy | LIVING


Newton County High Class of 1952 Reunion

The first 12th grade class to graduate from Newton County High School (Class of 1952) celebrated its 63rd class reunion at Burnt Pine Plantation on May 23. Forty-three members, out of a class of 111 are now deceased and they were remembered at the reunion with individual white roses placed into a large floral arrangement. There were 18 class members and nine spouses present at the reunion. Class members who attended are: left to right, June Moore Camp, Thomas Jay, George Barnett, Earl Stallworth, Alton Ewing, June Parnell Savage, Bob Capes, Peggy Cofer Sailers, Peggy Piper Madden, Cornelia Dial KitchensJ ...

June 12, 2015 | Staff Report | LIVING


Have you ever thought?

As May has come to an end, we also have come to the end of the season for commencements. Whether a child is finishing pre-school or a young adult is graduating from high school or college, it seems like the whole world is graduating as summer approaches.

June 07, 2015 | B. Wiley Stephens | LIVING


My shampoo doesn't trust me

Okay. I know shampoo isn't a sentient product with a mind of its own, so we can both agree that any statement about it lacking "trust" is just poetic license. Well, I'm fine with that because I've always wanted to be a poet, and I wondered where the licensing bureau was. Now, back to the shampoo. My fancy shampoo has a little electronic tag on it that says it's being "protected." The store that sold it to me most likely put the little tag on it so no one could stick the big bottle of coconut ...

May 31, 2015 | David McCoy | LIVING


Laseter, Harrison receive scholarships

Two Newton County students won visual art scholarships recently through Southern Heartland Arts, Inc.

May 30, 2015 | Staff Report | LIVING


What would our community be missing if we didn't have a Chamber of Commerce?

In the middle part of the 20th century some of the business and community leaders came together to form the Covington/Newton County Chamber of Commerce. The purpose of the chamber is to bring the business and professional community together to work for the common good of our area. Through the Chamber there is a unified voice to address the concerns of the economic community.

May 17, 2015 | | LIVING


Learning the ancient lands

All around are stones. The buildings are mason-crafted from sandstone. Many of the street walks are cobbled in smooth rock. And the land of Edinburgh is itself a mass of stone, a fortress of a city spied upon by the castle at the heights. This is Scotland's capital, and it's been my temporary home for a week after an overnight sleeper train from London. E dinburgh is Scotland, and Scotland has been a mystery all my life, until now. It's not that I have decoded all of Scotland's mysteries; it's just that the land and ...

May 17, 2015 | David McCoy | LIVING


Have you ever thought...

The tradition of observing Mother's Day in our land all started in a small Methodist Church. The year was 1907. On the second Sunday in May, a special service was held in the Methodist Episcopal Church in Grafton, West Virginia, organized by Anna Jarvis in honor of her mother who had died on May 9, 1905.

May 10, 2015 | Wiley Stevens | LIVING


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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


Cooking with Melanie: Eggnog and eggnog poundcake

Eggnog

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


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