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We're all fat now

When I was a kid, I was beyond skinny. I was a beanpole, a stick, a rail of a boy who could eat and eat and still be blown over by a strong March wind. Calories weren't my problem. In fact, calories meant one thing to me: “fat people.” In my partial view of reality, the only people who talked about calories were “fat people.” March forward a few too many decades, and I'm talking about calories, and I'm one of those “fat people.” Maybe you are too? We're all fat now, from what I read ...

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Updated: jun. 28, 2015 5:00 a.m.

Why we see dogs as man’s best friend?

Why we see dogs as man’s best friend?

For centuries dogs have been called man’s best friend. Many of us either have dogs as pets or remember with fondness the years that we did. Perhaps it is because in most cases the dogs seem to think a lot more of us than we are really worth. A dog can be a great example of unconditional love. The other day I found a whole new reason to give this title of “best friend” to a dog.

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Posted: jun. 27, 2015 12:47 p.m.
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Stephens: Why Father's Day

Today is the day that tradition has set aside in our nation as the day we honor our fathers. Though there is no clear history on the day. When we look at the time line, the day came into existence after Mother’s Day was first observed.

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Posted: jun. 20, 2015 12:36 p.m. | Updated: jun. 21, 2015 5:00 a.m.

Fletcher: Blood and needles

Let’s talk about everybody’s favorite subjects.

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Posted: jun. 20, 2015 12:29 p.m.
50th anniversary

50th anniversary

Carolyn and Loring Burgess have been happily married for 50 years, as of June 5, 2015. Loring Burgess is retiring from Lithonia Lighting in 1995 and is now the owner of Burgess Hauling Garbage Service.

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Posted: jun. 12, 2015 4:45 p.m. | Updated: jun. 14, 2015 4:37 p.m.
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Taking action this summer

How excited you were when summer approached and you were going to be out of school? Summer vacation meant for most of us not having to go to bed as early and sleeping in a little later in the morning. You may have memories of summer camps, of cousins coming to visit or you visiting them; you may remember Vacation Bible School or family reunions; there were for many fun trips to the beach or lake; it was a time for homemade ice cream or watermelon. For some it meant going barefooted a whole lot more than during the school ...

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Posted: jun. 12, 2015 4:37 p.m. | Updated: jun. 14, 2015 5:00 a.m.

Lower your windows

We live in sealed houses, ride in sealed cars, shop in sealed stores and generally live our lives isolated from the ugly, mean, cruel outdoors. We love our air conditioning, and our air filters, and those little dispensers that spray nice smelling air into our lives, but we might as well be on Mars, ensconced in a terrarium just like some fancy turtle that can do long division. If we claim our lives “are a zoo,” is it any wonder? We've built an indoor zoo and we live there year 'round, caged for our own protection.

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Posted: jun. 12, 2015 4:47 p.m. | Updated: jun. 14, 2015 5:00 a.m.
Newton County High Class of 1952 Reunion

Newton County High Class of 1952 Reunion

The first 12th grade class to graduate from Newton County High School (Class of 1952) celebrated its 63rd class reunion at Burnt Pine Plantation on May 23. Forty-three members, out of a class of 111 are now deceased and they were remembered at the reunion with individual white roses placed into a large floral arrangement. There were 18 class members and nine spouses present at the reunion. Class members who attended are: left to right, June Moore Camp, Thomas Jay, George Barnett, Earl Stallworth, Alton Ewing, June Parnell Savage, Bob Capes, Peggy Cofer Sailers, Peggy Piper Madden, Cornelia Dial KitchensJ ...

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Posted: jun. 12, 2015 4:46 p.m.
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A little sunscreen goes a long way

My kids have been out of school for two weeks and the morning routine has drastically changed. There is a lot of squirming from my youngest and a few excuses from my oldest… It is a struggle to get them to wear sunscreen.

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Posted: jun. 06, 2015 12:41 p.m. | Updated: jun. 07, 2015 7:00 a.m.
Engagement: Catherine Verdery & Travis Knight

Engagement: Catherine Verdery & Travis Knight

Mr and Mrs. Winslow Verdery, of Baldwin, announce the engagement of their daughter, Catherine Verdery, to Travis Knight.

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Posted: jun. 06, 2015 3:53 p.m. | Updated: jun. 07, 2015 7:00 a.m.
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Get the scoop on pool sanitizers

Many homeowners enjoy the convenience and recreational value of having a pool in their backyards. Pools can be a great spot to gather on warm days, often serving as the centerpiece of summer recreation.

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Posted: jun. 06, 2015 12:42 p.m. | Updated: jun. 07, 2015 5:00 a.m.

Have you ever thought?

As May has come to an end, we also have come to the end of the season for commencements. Whether a child is finishing pre-school or a young adult is graduating from high school or college, it seems like the whole world is graduating as summer approaches.

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Posted: jun. 06, 2015 3:49 p.m. | Updated: jun. 07, 2015 5:00 a.m.

My shampoo doesn't trust me

Okay. I know shampoo isn't a sentient product with a mind of its own, so we can both agree that any statement about it lacking “trust” is just poetic license. Well, I'm fine with that because I've always wanted to be a poet, and I wondered where the licensing bureau was. Now, back to the shampoo. My fancy shampoo has a little electronic tag on it that says it's being “protected.” The store that sold it to me most likely put the little tag on it so no one could stick the big bottle of coconut ...

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Posted: may. 30, 2015 11:31 a.m. | Updated: may. 31, 2015 5:00 a.m.
Laseter, Harrison receive scholarships

Laseter, Harrison receive scholarships

Two Newton County students won visual art scholarships recently through Southern Heartland Arts, Inc.

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Posted: may. 30, 2015 11:32 a.m.
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Let’s keep helping the women in our lives

I know Mother’s Day was last Sunday, so I have to ask a few questions: Did you enjoy the day? Were you celebrated? Did you celebrate that special mother in your life?

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Posted: may. 16, 2015 4:15 p.m. | Updated: may. 17, 2015 5:00 a.m.

What would our community be missing if we didn't have a Chamber of Commerce?

In the middle part of the 20th century some of the business and community leaders came together to form the Covington/Newton County Chamber of Commerce. The purpose of the chamber is to bring the business and professional community together to work for the common good of our area. Through the Chamber there is a unified voice to address the concerns of the economic community.

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Posted: may. 16, 2015 4:20 p.m. | Updated: may. 17, 2015 5:00 a.m.

Learning the ancient lands

All around are stones. The buildings are mason-crafted from sandstone. Many of the street walks are cobbled in smooth rock. And the land of Edinburgh is itself a mass of stone, a fortress of a city spied upon by the castle at the heights. This is Scotland’s capital, and it’s been my temporary home for a week after an overnight sleeper train from London. E dinburgh is Scotland, and Scotland has been a mystery all my life, until now. It’s not that I have decoded all of Scotland’s mysteries; it’s just that the land and ...

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Posted: may. 16, 2015 4:21 p.m. | Updated: may. 17, 2015 5:00 a.m.

Jester-Taylor

Marilyn Jester, of Covington, announces the engagement of her daughter LaTara Shamika Jester, also the daughter of the late Ronnie Scofield, to John Dee Taylor III of Covington.

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Posted: may. 16, 2015 4:28 p.m.

Have you ever thought...

The tradition of observing Mother’s Day in our land all started in a small Methodist Church. The year was 1907. On the second Sunday in May, a special service was held in the Methodist Episcopal Church in Grafton, West Virginia, organized by Anna Jarvis in honor of her mother who had died on May 9, 1905.

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Posted: may. 08, 2015 5:05 p.m. | Updated: may. 10, 2015 5:00 a.m.

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