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Local musician Drew Parker releases new single

Former Alcovy High School student and candidate of TVs The Voice released his new single "Slow Down Small Town" Friday, and the local country musician ...

April 16, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING


Brooke Serrano at Sycamore; Taylor Marie at Mystic Grill

Wow, can you believe we're in the middle of April, already? Everything is getting green, the weather sure has been nice, and the music ...

April 14, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING


Telling it like it is: A tribute to Aunt Kat

I'm dedicating this column to one of the sweetest ladies God put on this earth, my Aunt Kat. I promised not to spill all ...

April 10, 2016 | Beth Rowe | LIVING


Harris headed to State 4-H Congress

You might have spotted Lavendar Harris at Leapin' Lizards pet store, where she volunteers.

April 10, 2016 | Terri Kimble-Fullerton | LIVING


Have You Ever Thought …

The website, "Only in Your State," recently released a list of the top 10 restaurants in Georgia. And you don't have to leave Covington ...

April 10, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Shrek The Musical comes to Newton

The story of Shrek, a beloved Ogre who falls for a princess, first brought to the big screen by Dreamworks, comes to life at Newton ...

April 09, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LIVING


The simplest things can bring great pleasure

Now there are two. That is the number of geese left on the pond outside our back deck on the Ashton Hills Golf Course. There ...

April 03, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Why grown-ups are grumpy

And why I am a children's entertainer.

April 03, 2016 | Andy Offutt Irwin | LIVING


NCSS students selected for 2016 honors program

Six Newton County School System (NCSS) students have been selected to participate in the 2016 Governor's Honors Program (GHP) this summer.

April 02, 2016 | Staff Report | LIVING


Dustin Bragg among great week of music

Howdy, folks; it's so good to be back writing for you in this space again. Not only that, but it has been great seeing ...

April 02, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING


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David Leinweiber — the flatpicking professor

Greetings and salutations good people, I hope everyone is doing alright. Once again, I appreciate all of the feedback on the last column. There were some great shows this past weekend. And I hope several of you got a chance to see some of the action.

March 31, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING


Have you ever thought …

Today is the most sacred day of the Christian year. The only day that would come close is Christmas. But Easter is, by far, the most sacred. Noted British theologian N.T. Niles wrote, "Take away the stories of Jesus's birth and you loose two chapters of Matthew and two of Luke. But take away the resurrection and you lose the entire New Testament."

March 27, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Telling It Like It Is . . . Bunny Tales

I'm going to let y'all in on a little secret about the Easter Bunny. It started several years ago when I was working for Winn-Dixie. I enjoyed shopping there and it was also a good place to work for almost five years. When I worked for Winn-Dixie, I worked in the floral department and dairy and frozen foods sections. But I was approached by the store manager about a new position.

March 27, 2016 | Beth Rowe | LIVING


Ivey, McDonald, Parker highlight the week

Hello, fine readers. I hope everyone had a good Saint Patrick's Day. Thank you once again for all of the feedback - it's good to know you're reading. As I've said before, we have so much talent in our neck of the woods, and it's truly a pleasure to help spread the word.

March 24, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING


How would one prepare for the Easter holiday?

One way to prepare for Easter is to worry about what you are going to wear.

March 20, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


A road builder and a poet

When Minnesotan writer and storyteller, Kevin Kling first learned I was from Georgia he said, "Whoa, you must be a Byron Herbert Reese fan!"

March 20, 2016 | Andy Offutt Irwin | LIVING


Marshall’s Music Minute: Fluff Whatley

It's so good to be with you again. You're probably wondering who's playing where and when, so let's get right to it:

March 10, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING


Have you ever thought …

In our world of hurry and worry, where can I go to find a few moments of tranquility and peace? In our world of noise and interruptions, where can I step aside for a while to find some calm for my life? There is one place nearby that I would recommend to you. For many the Monastery of the Holy Spirit is just such a place. You will find the Monastery about a half hour from Covington on Ga. Hwy. 212 near Conyers.

March 06, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Marshall’s Music Minute:

I had the pleasure of hearing the show put on by Chris, Jon and Scott in Porterdale this weekend and am eagerly awaiting another great weekend of music in Newton County.

March 03, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING


Chimpy and Three Sweaters

When I was a child I was given a stuffed chimp. I named him Chimpy. I know the correct term for such a thing is "plush toy," but Chimpy wasn't so plush.

February 28, 2016 | Andy Offutt Irwin | LIVING


Have you ever thought …

The building that was, for many years, home to Mayfield Hardware is now the home for "Your Pie". It opened on Saturday, Feb. 20, to the greatest numbers as any in the history of the Your Pie organization. The hardware store moved all its operations out to its location on Hwy. 278 several years ago. But through "Your Pie", along with a new clothing store coming in March, the old building is coming alive again.

February 28, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Mountain Climbers

In 1996, a group of dedicated hikers decided to make the trek to the top of the world. Unbeknownst to the well-trained crew, a storm changed directions across the Himalayan range and arose from the abyss. Before the hikers had a chance to escape to one of the lower base camps, the horrific storm laid claim to many of their lives. This is one of many stories that support the statement that "The Mountain has the last word."

February 28, 2016 | Isaac Redman | LIVING


Marshall's Music Minute: Chris, Jon and Scott of Drive Time should not be missed

I'm going to do a two-fer in this week.

February 25, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING


Marshall’s Minute: What to hear, where to hear it and when to hear it

Featured Shows

February 19, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING


What You Might Miss If You Were Unable to Read

Our ability to communicate and learn through the written word is one of the keys to civilization. One of the key turning points in human development was when humankind began to write and thus preserve the thoughts of one generation for another. Have you ever thought what it might be like if you could not read?

February 14, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


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