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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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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 | LIVING


Today in Pictures

Through the Camera

October 14, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LIVING


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 | LIVING


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 | LIVING


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 | LIVING


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 | LIVING


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 | LIVING


‘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 | LIVING


Artful Harvest

The Southern Heartland Art Gallery is hosting its annual Artful Harvest judged art show throughout much of September.

September 11, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LIVING


My husband's agenda love of gadgets

One of the first columns I wrote was about my husband and his love of kitchen gadgets. He hasn't changed his ways.

September 04, 2014 | Paula Travis | LIVING


Pilot Club hosts partner in education

The Pilot Club of Covington welcomed its partner in education for 2014-15 to its monthly meeting in August.

August 28, 2014 | Staff Report | LIVING


Rotary Club gives $500 to end Polio

The Rotary Club of Covington hosted District Governor William E. Strickland III at its weekly meeting Tuesday.

August 28, 2014 | Staff Report | LIVING


Use of smart phone not as clean as the dumb one I washed

I killed my cell phone (it was a dumb phone) by washing it in the washing machine. It was in my pants pocket, and I forgot. The bad thing is this is the second time that I have done that.

August 28, 2014 | Paula Travis | LIVING


Children don’t change, and neither do English teachers

I was on the phone with my sister this week. We usually talk at least once a week unless either of us feels very strongly about a Jeopardy question or answer and has to call the other about it. Then we talk more often. We especially like to brag if we knew final Jeopardy and none of the contestants knew it.

August 23, 2014 | Paula Travis | LIVING


The beauty of oak trees

I am sure most of you saw the picture in The Covington News of the large tree limb which fell into Floyd Street recently. The limb is gone and so is the tree and another large tree that was in the same yard. Every time I drive down Floyd Street and pass where those trees were I get a jolt. It just doesn't look right. It's like buying a new piece of furniture. Every time you enter the room that piece of furniture jumps out at you. The empty space where those trees were just jumps out at ...

August 16, 2014 | Paula Travis | LIVING


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