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REVIEW: 'Avatar' a must see

Every so often, a film comes along that changes the way we view movies. In 1991, director James Cameron forever altered the movie landscape with the release of "Terminator 2: Judgment Day." The film used revolutionary technology, blending groundbreaking CGI seamlessly with actors. Eighteen years later Cameron has done it again.

"Avatar" is a movie that is not only watched, but experienced. Cameron is again treading new ground, producing the most believable 3D effects ever to grace the screen. "Avatar's" story centers on the fight for Pandora, a planet humans have begun to pillage for its natural resources. Following ...

December 23, 2009 | Tyler Smith | ENTERTAINMENT

Stonecrest hosts PBS KIDS family fun day

 Miss Rosa, the host of PBS KIDS will appear at the Mall at Stonecrest on Saturday during PBS KIDS Family Fun Day with special guest appearances by Sid the Science Kid and Super Why. Three magical shows will be the highlights of this fun-filled day.

October 28, 2009 | Staff Report | ENTERTAINMENT

The Mutt Show: a dog-gone good time

Dogs from around Newton County will be strutting their stuff at the annual Mutt Show beginning at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the square.

Sponsored by the Humane Society of Newton County, the event will feature the county's cutest, most stylish and most energetic dogs, who will compete in seven competitions: Most Beautiful Female, Most Handsome Male, Best Dressed, Waggiest Tail, Best Kisser, Best Trick and the Look Alike Contest, where the most similar dog and owner will take home the prize.

October 20, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | ENTERTAINMENT

Celebrate the outdoors on National Public Lands Day

Put away your wallet and pull out your fishing pole or hiking boots. Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites is offering free admission on Saturday, Sept. 26, as part of National Public Lands Day.

The statewide celebration is a way to thank park visitors and volunteers for their support of outdoor recreation and historic preservation.

September 23, 2009 | Staff Report | ENTERTAINMENT

'Vampire Diaries' stars arrested for flashing interstate motorists

FORSYTH - Several members of "The Vampire Diaries" TV series landed behind bars after a photo shoot on a bridge in Georgia prompted motorists to call police.

The drivers last month reported women dangling off the side of the bridge and flashing them in Forsyth, south of Atlanta.

September 12, 2009 | The Associated Press | ENTERTAINMENT

Time again for an Artful Harvest

Southern Heartland Arts Inc. will open its annual fall art show, Artful Harvest, on Sept. 4 at the gallery on the Covington square. The exhibits will be on display until Sept. 28.

Artists from throughout the state of Georgia will vie for awards in two categories: one dimensional work including oil, pastel, watercolor, acrylic, mixed media and collage, as well as three dimensional, which will include sculpture, turned wood, pottery, free-form clay, carvings, glass, gourds and jewelry. Interested artists may download the application on the gallery Web site,

August 26, 2009 | Staff Report | ENTERTAINMENT

‘Basterds’ among Pitt, Tarantino’s best movies yet

Trying to categorize "Inglorious Basterds" is nearly impossible. Is it a World War II action movie? Well, sort of. Is it a comedy or a drama? Both. Is it a Brad Pitt movie? Yes, but he's really not in it that much. I guess the best way to describe "Basterds" is that it is the most Quentin Tarantino movie Quentin Tarantino has ever directed.

August 25, 2009 | Tyler Smith | ENTERTAINMENT

Are you a BBQ master?

For the amateur in you, here's your chance to shine. On Saturday, Oct. 10, the Covington Lions will hold a Backyard BBQ competition in chicken and pork rib categories. Here's the place for the aspiring cook to get a taste of what the pro competitors go through every week. And, if you think you are really good, come cook in the "Anything But" dessert competition on Friday night.

You will have a 20 x 20 site to pitch your tent, if you'd like. Set-up begins at 8 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 9, and judging begins at ...

August 19, 2009 | Staff Report | ENTERTAINMENT

You can’t beat the classics

Newton County car enthusiasts don't have any problem getting their fix of classic cars, with two cruise-ins and a car show every month.

August 05, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | ENTERTAINMENT

Playing His music

Music for God:

August 02, 2009 | Staff Report | ENTERTAINMENT

The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker Regional Ballet will be hosting auditions on Saturday, Aug. 22, for dancers interested in being a part of the 2009 performances. Auditions are open to all children ages five and up.

Auditions will be held at Mainstream Children's Dance Studio on College Avenue in Covington. Auditions for children five to six years old will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Auditions for applicants seven and up will be from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

July 24, 2009 | Staff Report | ENTERTAINMENT

Six films in, Potter movies still magical

A person's reaction to "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince" will depend largely on how devoted they are to J.K. Rowling's novel on which it is based. Those who believe any cuts from book to screen are a sacrilege will be largely disappointed. Unfortunately for those fans, studios are not in the habit of making eight hour blockbusters. But for everyone else, the sixth entry into the Potter franchise presents the darkest and most compelling entry to date.

As Harry enters his sixth year at Hogwarts, the wizarding world is in a state of fear after ...

July 22, 2009 | Tyler Smith | ENTERTAINMENT

Angela Dames–Johnson releases “What’s Gerald Done Now?: Supermarket Fun”

PublishAmerica is proud to present "What's Gerald Done Now?: Supermarket Fun" by Angela Dames-Johnson of Covington.

June 10, 2009 | Staff Report | ENTERTAINMENT

Maseyree releases “It Just Gets Better with Time,” begins work on screenplay

They are all back, and the drama continues. In this twisted tale, Andrea, Dorothy, Caroline, Sullivan, Monet and Punkin all have new issues with which they are each faced. Rather battling with bouts of love, death, infidelity, sex, domestic disturbances or unexpected pregnancies, this bunch incurs it all, and no subject is taboo.

June 10, 2009 | Staff Report | ENTERTAINMENT

Gospel on the square

Singing praise: Early Hope Baptist Church kicked off the inaugural gospel music series May 31 on the Covington square. The series is co-sponsored by Forrest and Sharron Sawyer's WGFS radio program "Thy Brother's and Sister's Keepers" and Main Street Covington. According to Forrest Sawyer, more than 150 people attended the first concert. The series will continue through November on the last Sunday of the month, with the exception of the month of July. Sawyer said he hopes to include as many churches as possible in the series. If your church would like information about performing in the ...

June 03, 2009 | Staff Report | ENTERTAINMENT

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