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The sisterhood has come to town

Three friends of Newton County hosted the grand opening of their brand new gift shop April 1, the Ya-Ya Sisters N More. The three friends are Faith Ford, Rita Johnston and Gail Caruth.The business was inspired by Ford, a local entrepreneur who has owned a business in Covington before.

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Updated: apr. 15, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Tax time follies

By the time you read this, our annual day of taxation will have come and gone, and you’ll have already kissed your money bye-bye as you mailed the government your “fair share” of sweat and tears. But instead of dwelling on the rising tax rate or the marvelously insane tax code, let’s try to do something fun with this annual nightmare. Let’s imagine where our money is going!

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Posted: apr. 15, 2014 7:40 p.m. | Updated: apr. 15, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Details of butter, BBQ and sentences

Some things will forever be a mystery to me. For instance, why do some recipes call for sweet butter (unsalted) and then tell you to add salt to the batter? I have run across many recipes that make that puzzling request.

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Posted: apr. 08, 2014 8:24 p.m. | Updated: apr. 08, 2014 10:00 p.m.

The End of a Good Joke

I bet you haven’t gone a month in your life without hearing someone ask, “Why did the chicken cross the road?” People love jokes – the cornier the better – and that old poultry joke just keeps popping up. But I think this yuk-yuk might finally be reaching the end of its shelf life.

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Posted: apr. 08, 2014 8:23 p.m. | Updated: apr. 08, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Forget about your perfect world

“What would a perfect world look like?” This seems like such a simple question, doesn’t it? We think we know what “perfection” means, but let’s play a game just to see how difficult this concept really is. We’ll start with a simple test: “Would a perfect world have termites?” My wife used to joke about termites “cranking up their little bulldozers” and starting to work. We laughed about that, but we had no problem spraying the little buggers silly when they invaded a spot in our garage. In my perfect world, I wouldn’t have to worry ...

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Posted: mar. 25, 2014 8:29 p.m. | Updated: mar. 25, 2014 10:00 p.m.

The trouble with scrapbooking

I told you it took 16 hours to get those pesky columns in a scrapbook and in the right order. How much trouble, you may ask, is it to put tape on the pack of a newspaper clipping, attach it to a sheet of copy paper and slip it into a plastic sleeve?

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Posted: mar. 25, 2014 8:30 p.m.
Sarah Brandon and Chet Holt

Sarah Brandon and Chet Holt

Sarah Catherine Brandon and Chet Joseph Holt married March 11 at the Covington Courthouse in front of Judge Henry Baker.

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Posted: mar. 18, 2014 8:22 p.m. | Updated: mar. 18, 2014 10:00 p.m.
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Smith-Seymour

Mr. and Mrs. Donald Smith would like to announce the engagement of their daughter, Kathryn Leeann Smith of Covington, to Cory Byrd Seymour of Milledgeville.

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Posted: mar. 11, 2014 3:33 p.m. | Updated: mar. 11, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Pecan Pie for the Mind

People who work around radioactivity wear those little gadgets called dosimeters to detect if they’ve been exposed to an unsafe level of radiation. I think it sure would be helpful if we had dosimeters for other uses in our lives. For instance, wouldn’t you like to know that you’ve been exposed to an excessive level of shopping on any given weekend? And what if a dosimeter could warn you when you’ve ingested a near-lethal dose of AM talk radio? I think we could find about a million uses for these little gadgets. ... or at least enough ...

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Posted: mar. 11, 2014 3:30 p.m. | Updated: mar. 11, 2014 10:00 p.m.

It's all in the scrapbook

This is my 135th column. I aim for about 700 words in each column. That comes to about 95,000 words. I didn’t know I had that much to say.

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Posted: mar. 11, 2014 3:32 p.m. | Updated: mar. 11, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Conyers Food Truck Festival to celebrate street cuisine

Atlanta’s favorite food trucks will roll into Parker Road Field in Conyers on March 29 for an event celebrating street cuisine.

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Posted: mar. 04, 2014 3:19 p.m. | Updated: mar. 04, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Husband's key building material is creativity

My husband invited me down to his cabin last weekend to see his new additions. Well, he also wanted me to clean and loaded up the vacuum cleaner and various cleansers as well as me for the trip.

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Posted: mar. 04, 2014 3:14 p.m. | Updated: mar. 04, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Let's make every day Thanksgiving

You probably know by now: I’m a complete rabble-rouser who can’t stand traditions that get in the way of a meaningful life. Today, I’m going to eviscerate the holiday where we’re supposed to be "thankful." Yes... I know we just celebrated Valentine’s Day, and Thanksgiving isn’t until November, but I want us to look at how we’re being manipulated by this holiday. We’re told to "Be thankful on this special day," but we’re bombarded with sales, sports, parades, and all manner of distractions. Do you remember what you were thankful for ...

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Posted: feb. 25, 2014 3:01 p.m. | Updated: feb. 25, 2014 10:00 p.m.

New bathtub took a long journey

My bathtub arrived in the middle of January, two months after it was promised. I was given a date in January when it should arrive in a warehouse in Athens. At that point, I was assured, someone would call me and schedule a delivery.

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Posted: feb. 25, 2014 3:03 p.m. | Updated: feb. 25, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Clogged arteries & slow drivers

If you’ve ever driven a car, you’ll recognize this situation. You’re about to pull out onto a busy street where there’s no traffic signal. So you sit there, and you wait and wait and wait. Finally, you see an opening that should allow you to pull out safely, and then it happens.

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Posted: feb. 18, 2014 4:12 p.m. | Updated: feb. 18, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Forbidden fruit is always sweet

I don’t know what it is with us humans, but we always want more or think the grass is greener on the other side of the fence.

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Posted: feb. 18, 2014 4:10 p.m. | Updated: feb. 18, 2014 10:00 p.m.

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