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A before-New-Years Netflix resolution

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.

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Posted: dec. 19, 2014 4:07 p.m.
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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.”

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Posted: dec. 19, 2014 3:59 p.m.

Keeping the faith

Making a fundamental change in your lifestyle – one that’s going to stick – is not always easy. Even when you are strongly motivated and committed to the challenge, you may experience periods of doubt. I have found that the key to handling those down moments is what I have made my new mantra: Keep the Faith.

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Posted: dec. 19, 2014 12:11 p.m.

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.

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Posted: dec. 19, 2014 11:35 a.m. | Updated: dec. 19, 2014 11:35 a.m.
Engagement: Kali Bell and Christopher Powell

Engagement: Kali Bell and Christopher Powell

Ms. Jurlean Bell of Covington is proud to announce the upcoming marriage of her daughter Kali Bell, to Christopher Powell, son of Ms. Norma Lewis of Stone Mountain. The wedding will take place Saturday, March 28, 2015 at The Church at Covington in Oxford.

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Posted: dec. 13, 2014 2:45 p.m.
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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.

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Posted: dec. 13, 2014 2:42 p.m.

Cooking with Melanie: Grape Salad

Ingredients:

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Posted: dec. 09, 2014 11:51 a.m.
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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.

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Posted: dec. 01, 2014 11:20 a.m.

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.

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Posted: dec. 01, 2014 11:19 a.m.

Homemade butter

Ingredients:

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Posted: dec. 01, 2014 11:16 a.m.

Cooking with Melanie (video)

Weekly Recipes

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Posted: nov. 30, 2014 7:05 a.m. | Updated: nov. 30, 2014 7:09 a.m.
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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?

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Posted: nov. 22, 2014 4:30 p.m. | Updated: nov. 22, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Cooking with Melanie: Sweet Potato cobbler

“My Daddy loved his Grandmother’s sweet potato cobbler. He mentioned many times how he would love to have one like she made. So my sister Emily and I set out to make it for him! After researching recipes, calculating ingredients, and many trials we finally came up with a recipe for Sweet Potato Cobbler. My Daddy was so excited and he loves our cobbler. Even though I never met my Great- Grandmother Smith, it is really cool to bring back and share her memories with my Daddy.

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Posted: nov. 22, 2014 4:51 p.m. | Updated: nov. 22, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Get to know your family history this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is next week. Christmas arrived in Covington on Thursday (with the lighting of the Square) but still… let’s not forget about Thanksgiving! This is one of my favorite holidays.

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Posted: nov. 22, 2014 5:10 p.m. | Updated: nov. 22, 2014 10:00 p.m.
Satsuki Garden Club

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.

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Posted: nov. 22, 2014 4:50 p.m.
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Cooking with Melanie: Bacon and Beans

Cooking with Melanie: Bacon and Beans

“Who doesn’t love bacon? This is a great way to get your teens to eat their greens. These green beans wrapped in bacon will be a nice addition to your family feast. Thanksgiving guests will be pleasantly surprised when you serve these fancy looking green beans instead of plain old boring green beans. I hope you enjoy this simple and delicious recipe. It is one of my family’s favorites and hopefully your family will love it too!”

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Posted: nov. 17, 2014 4:07 p.m.
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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.

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Posted: nov. 17, 2014 4:06 p.m.
Engagement: Kimberly Blair Malcom

Engagement: Kimberly Blair Malcom

Mr. and Mrs. Kent Haralson of Oxford and Mr. and Mrs. Scott Malcom of Shadydale announce the engagement of Kimberly Blair Malcom to James Timothy Walden Jr.

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Posted: nov. 17, 2014 4:04 p.m.
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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.

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Posted: nov. 17, 2014 3:49 p.m.

Our dreams may come true in ways we never expected

I was born and grew up in Athens, Georgia.

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Posted: nov. 17, 2014 3:48 p.m.

Cooking with Melanie: S'mores Cake Bars

“I love smores! This is my creative twist on an old favorite snack. This recipe is so simple and delicious. For this recipe you can use white chocolate or milk chocolate chips, although I prefer the white chocolate for this one. No sticky sticks, just ooey-gooey goodness! I hope you enjoy my S’mores Cake Bars.”

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Posted: nov. 17, 2014 10:07 a.m.

The Great American Smokeout

Last week, a friend of mine ended up in the hospital. He is a healthy looking 20-something and he was suffering from atrial fibrillation. With a pulse of 192, his heart was racing and he had passed out twice earlier in the morning. His body was sending him some SERIOUS signals. The first thing his doctor said was that he needed to quit smoking.

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Posted: nov. 15, 2014 4:04 p.m. | Updated: nov. 15, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Cooking with Melanie: hash brown casserole

“I am trying out for cheerleading this week. This is the coach’s favorite recipe that I make. So I figured this would be a good week to share this recipe. By the time this makes the paper I will know if I made the squad or not. If I do, I might need to make the coach her favorite. If I don’t, then she will have the recipe and can make it for herself. Either way I wanted to share it with you! I hope you enjoy my Hash brown casserole.”

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Posted: nov. 13, 2014 10:47 a.m.

Homemade Soap (video)

The art of Soap with Barbara Alexander

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Posted: nov. 12, 2014 11:00 a.m.
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