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Community members help give bicycles to 80 children

Eighty children got a chance to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, who dropped off a present for each and every one of the young Newton ...

December 19, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LIVING


Oh Come Ye Covington tradition

For 25 years Mack McKibben has been working on bringing an idea to life. He has tinkered, toiled and tried out different elements.

December 12, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LIVING


Hands behind shelter gather for celebration

The Rainbow Community Center opened June 16, 1996 as a summer camp for underprivileged children. In 2001, Pastor Clara Lett launched The Garden of Gethsemane ...

December 12, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LIVING


More musical treats for your ears

Greetings Covington and welcome back to another installment of The Minute. And just right quick, I wanted to take a moment to thank so many ...

December 08, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING


Have you ever thought …

We are just a few days into December and Christmas is closing in on us. For most of us there seems to be a thousand ...

December 04, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Southern Folk Advent Service scheduled

The Sonny Houston Bluegrass Band will provide bluegrass-Gospel music and preacher-scholar Jason Byassee will speak at Meridian Herald's 24nd annual Southern Folk Advent Service ...

November 29, 2016 | Staff Report | LIVING


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 ...

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 ...

November 23, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING


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4-H drone discovery

Could technology change the way law enforcement uses force?

October 23, 2016 | Terri Fullerton | LIVING


Have you ever thought …

In the past few months our nation has struggled with issues between those who protect and serve us in law enforcement and those segments of the population that feel oppressed. We are blessed here in Covington with a police department, under the leadership of Police Chief Stacy Cotton, which is held in high esteem by the community. The challenge is how do we build on that relationship and make it even stronger. The time to act is before the crisis occurs.

October 23, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Shane Clark is a little Country, a little Rock and Roll

As I write this column, I'm still feeling how great the Sweet Harmony show was at the Mystic Grill last week. We had a really good show and we did a version of "Jolene" that I think took us all a couple hundred thousand feet about sea level.

October 20, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING


Tomb of Unknown Soldier guard speaks during DAR program

Herb Smith, a member of the Honor Guard, Tomb of the Unknown Solider Society, spoke during a program hosted by the Sergeant Newton Chapter, of the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution at Merryvale on Oct. 12.

October 19, 2016 | Staff Report | LIVING


Rolling with the punches

This is just a great time of year. Really, there is little to complain about. The weather is perfect and I love spending time outdoors in the cooler temperatures.

October 16, 2016 | Beth Rowe | LIVING


Have you ever thought …

Most agree that throughout the last few years, new life has come to the Square at the heart of Covington. We have seen a variety of shops, restaurants and eateries open. And others are set to join them soon. What's even more amazing is the number of people you see walking through the Square and sitting on the benches, visiting all throughout the day and evening.

October 16, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Autumn brings more good music to Covington

Autumn has finally reached our region, and that makes me very happy. Cool temperatures are now here to match all of this cool music. It's good stuff.

October 13, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING


Have you ever thought …

We are in the last few weeks of another election cycle. Have you ever thought what the impact of winning can have on the winner's life? Sure, running for office takes a large amount of effort. But what then?

October 09, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Flamenco, Merengue, Jazz and everything in between

It's another week and another round of great music here in Newton County. But this week there's a little something extra.

October 06, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING


Fall is the best month to plant trees and shrubs

While driving around Newton County this summer, no matter how short the drive, anyone can see a dead tree or shrub in many yards. It would stand to reason they died from dry weather seeing how dry this summer has been. Some would also think the high temperatures were the cause of mortality.

October 02, 2016 | Staff Report | LIVING


Pumpkin patch open throughout October

Among the decorations that can be seen throughout Newton County during the cool weather of fall are plenty of pumpkins.

October 02, 2016 | Staff Report | LIVING


From Mystic to the Yellow River, a big week

Every weekend seems to be a busy one for music in and around Covington, but this weekend can be classified as insanely busy. The weekend finishes off with a festival down by the river.

September 29, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING


Have you ever thought …

The best way I know to help choose what direction our community, state or nation moves toward is by voting for people who best reflect our own beliefs. Voting is a sacred right that we have been given by those who came before us. Some have given their life defending this freedom; some have worked hard to see that right is not for a few but for all, and it would be a great shame if we don't vote and instead allow that right to be wasted.

September 25, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Big shows in Covington and Porterdale this week

It's a big weekend of music in Covington this week, so let's get right down to it.

September 22, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING


Clamato and moose and Vegemite … oh, my!

Clamato juice. Kangaroo meat. Moose sausage. Vegemite. ANZAC biscuits.

September 18, 2016 | | LIVING


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