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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 | LIFE


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 | LIFE


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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


‘War Horse’ play worth the hype

In a story centered around relationships, it's the relationship between the audience and the cast that makes this play so engaging and globally recognized.

September 27, 2012 | Bryan Fazio | LIFE


Mister, Miss Pageant draws a crowd

Although the annual Mister and Miss Covington Pageant is only in its third year, but it's already becoming a staple event in Newton County as the pageant continues to draw in more contestants each year.

August 18, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LIFE


Soldiering on and staying strong

The last time I wrote a column for this newspaper, it was about how my happy family carried on a tradition of picking strawberries - just me, my husband and my son. Little did I know just weeks later he would ask me for a divorce.

So how does a 14-year relationship, a 7-year marriage, die in such a short period of time? How do you go from a happy family of three to a single mom of a 3-year-old? I can't answer those questions, and honestly, neither can my estranged husband. I believe if you truly love someone, the ...

June 30, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LIFE


Tech Trends: Password security

It happened again. A large social media website was hacked and millions of passwords were exposed. LinkedIn.com, the social media site primarily focused at the business professional, was the latest victim. It has been reported that more than 6.5 million users' passwords were stolen in the hacking. Some estimate it's as high as eight million. The online dating site eHarmony.com was also hacked.

June 14, 2012 | William Brawley | LIFE


When fiction becomes a reality - the legacy of Ray Bradbury

Science fiction writer Ray Bradbury painted the landscape of how human nature and mass media co-mingle. In many ways, he describes technology as both a blessing and a curse.

June 14, 2012 | Meghan de St. Aubin | LIFE


Using newspaper archives to find relatives

This week, I want to continue talking about the free websites on my list.

May 29, 2012 | Ellen Blakeslee | LIFE


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