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Covington Regional Ballet Artistic Director Selected as Governor’s Honors Program Teacher

Covington Regional Ballet is proud to announce that Peter Swan has been offered a teaching position in the Governor's Honors Program.

April 25, 2015 | Staff Report | LIVING


Why our YMCA is so special?

I was very pleasantly surprised to find such a strong and vibrant YMCA program as offered by our local Family YMCA. It is very unusual to find such a strong program in our size town. It was founded by some far-sighted citizens in 1986. It had its beginning with an after school program and some exercise classes for adults. The Y began in the small building beside the main facility that is now used for afterschool care. It is located at 2140 Newton Drive.

April 19, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Fairies are returning to Chimney Park May 2

On May 2, Chimney Park will host visitors to the annual Fairy House Festival from 2pm to 5pm. For this one special Saturday in May, the park will host hundreds of fairies, elves, gnomes, and other special creatures to our park where we will have fun activities including the Bubbleman, face painters, a wishing tree, rock painting, a scavenger hunt, fairy wing making, archery, and the Charlie Elliott Birds of Prey. Admission cost is $5 per person; children 2 and under are free.

April 18, 2015 | Staff Report | LIVING


How does our community respond to Child Abuse?

Did you know that one out of six boys and one out of four girls will be abused before their 18th birthday? This is a threat to their future and all the lives they touch. One of our area's response to this challenge is "A Child's Voice". This is the children advocacy center located in Social Circle. It serves Newton, Walton and surrounding counties.

April 12, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


McCoy: Ultimate power

I really liked the music playing in the restaurant. The songs were classics from the '70s and '80s, including a good number of New Wave tunes - Blondie being the best example. I asked my server about the station, and she said, it was the owner's favorite, and later, told me that if they tried to change it, (the owner) would fire us.

April 12, 2015 | David McCoy | LIVING


Easter memories

Many of you of a certain age will remember Kessler's Department store in downtown Atlanta. I never shopped there, but I loved the Easter ads that would come on television, interrupting my mindless enjoyment of Gilligan's Island, Leave it To Beaver, and all the other shows that Ted Turner gave us before he became a famous Montana rancher. A girl's voice - pleasant and youthful - would tell us how nice we'd look in our new Easter clothing, if we'd just venture down to Kessler's and make a purchase. The Kessler's ad was an Easter ...

April 05, 2015 | David McCoy | LIVING


Barbed wire wrapped in seersucker

Years ago, I read Road and Track magazine every month, drooling on the pages as I admired creations by Lotus, BMW, Ferrari, Mercedes and most every foreign manufacturer except for a few who made cars out of egg crates and powered them with mice on treadmills. I was a self-professed car nut, and I could own any auto I wanted, in my mind. And the mind - unlike the real world - was a great place to own some of these cars: no maintenance schedules, no repair bills, no oil leaks, no insurance. One of the best parts of Road and Track ...

March 29, 2015 | David McCoy | LIVING


Have you ever thought...

Where did the tradition of using the first day of April as a time for practical jokes come from? Where did we get the idea of using this day to poke fun at others? April Fools' Day is one of those unofficial holidays that is very much a part of our culture.

March 29, 2015 | B. Wiley Stephens | LIVING


How the community can help solve the issue of parent accountability?

There is an ancient legend that has given us the expression "cutting the Gordian knot". This means to find a bold solution to a complex problem. The legend is that Gordius, an ancient king of Phrygia, (that was located in what is now Turkey) tied a knot that said whoever undid the knot would rule Asia. The legend says that Alexander the Great when he was confronted with the knot did not try to untie it but rather cut it. Thus he found a bold answer to what seemed to others an impossible problem.

March 22, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


A common sense education

You can obtain a degree in just about anything you want, here in America. And if you don't want to spend a lot of money and time in college, you can get a certificate in your area of interest. And if that's too hard, you can go after continuing education credits. Medicine, electronics, law, horticulture, advertising, accounting - you name it; someone will hand you a piece of paper with your name in fancy ink surrounded by Latin phrases. We are living in a land of education, but answer me this: Why can't you find any training in ...

March 22, 2015 | | LIVING


In Bloom

Georgia is in bloom, and Georgia Perimeter College is preparing to celebrate spring with a two-day meeting of the minds at its annual Daffodil Festival.

March 22, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LIVING


What is St. Patrick’s Day all about?

This coming Tuesday, March 17ith, is St. Patrick's Day. In the middle of the start of March Madness and usually within days of Easter, there comes this day, when most everyone seems to be Irish. Even though none of my names are Irish but rather either from England or Scotland, come this Tuesday, I am Irish for the day. And it is not for the fact that I write this column for a paper whose publisher is pure Irish, Pat Cavanaugh. We can learn so much from at least being Irish for one day.

March 14, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


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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


What do those Red Kettles you see at Christmastime mean?

Starting in November, all across our nation, Red Kettles from the Salvation Army began to appear as they do each year. It has grown from the start in San Francisco in 1891.

December 13, 2014 | B. Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Tree decorations and family

My two daughters and four granddaughters came to my house the Saturday before Thanksgiving to help me put up my Christmas decorations and tree. I usually don't put up the tree that early, but who is going to turn down free help.

December 01, 2014 | Paula Travis | LIVING


Warning: The Christmas spirit is catching

I have always felt sorry for those folks that see Christmas right around the corner and complain they just can't get in the Christmas Spirit. If you live near Covington and you name is not Scrooge you have no excuse to fail to get the Christmas Spirit.

December 01, 2014 | | LIVING


Why Thanksgiving?

Is our national observance of Thanksgiving a religious holiday? Where is it mostly celebrated? When did it start? What are some of the ways we observe Thanksgiving?

November 22, 2014 | B. Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Satsuki Garden Club

The members of the Satsuki Garden Club were busy during their November meeting at the Newton County Library. Alisha Reynolds from A Bouquet by Betty gave the program on Autumn Arrangements, and pine gardens. After the program, member design flower arrangements for The Benton house that we do every November.

November 22, 2014 | Staff Report | LIVING


Elections should not be decided by campaign spending

The AJC reported in a Nov. 3 article that Michelle Nunn spent over $13.1 million on her campaign while David Perdue spent $11.4 million. Outside interests spent $28.4 million on the senate race. In the governor's race Nathan Deal spent $14.2 million and Jason Carter spent $7.8 million.

November 17, 2014 | Paula Travis | LIVING


The race is on

Like summer is a time for action blockbusters, winter is for prestige films-the films that will make you think, probably cry and win a ton of awards. This is also the time for film studios to push out their prestige films before the Dec. 31 deadline for awards like the Oscars and the Golden Globes.

November 17, 2014 | Staff Report | LIVING


Our dreams may come true in ways we never expected

I was born and grew up in Athens, Georgia.

November 17, 2014 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Homemade Soap (video)

The art of Soap with Barbara Alexander

November 12, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LIVING


Today in Pictures

a look around town through the camera

November 12, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LIVING


Home makeovers

I spent last week helping one of my daughters paint the paneling in her den. For most of you who are not my age those two words (paneling and den) are probably words you have not heard very often.

October 25, 2014 | Paula Travis | LIVING


Friday Night Lights review

Initially this column was going to be about what baseball movies are good ones to stream, but I've decided to switch it up – actually Netflix and Amazon forced me to switch it up when I realized they didn't have good number of quality baseball movies.

October 25, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | LIVING


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