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What would happen if you won an Oscar?

Many of us watched the annual Academy Awards last Sunday night. The telecast started an hour and half before the actual ceremonies, as the various celebrities walk the “Red Carpet” to enter the auditorium. And that was followed by over three hours of music, film clips, speeches, and awards. For those involved in the ceremony, the night was just starting as the telecast ended. There was the Governor’s Ball followed by many parties. The major networks featured the awards in their Monday morning programs.

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Updated: mar. 01, 2015 7:00 a.m.

McCoy: Passion on display

A few years ago, I overheard someone stating his view on books. “Oh, we don’t have books in our house. We don’t read.” I didn’t faint, but my heart rate did drop to a dangerous level that would make a pricey surgeon call her local Mercedes dealership to check out the lease rates. “No books? None?” I couldn’t imagine this kind of house. What would they put on their bookcases? Clown figurines? Pictures of cats? Maybe they don’t even own bookcases! I really couldn’t make sense of this statement. No books? Why would you ...

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Posted: feb. 28, 2015 6:14 p.m. | Updated: mar. 01, 2015 7:00 a.m.
From the heart

From the heart

Mix together a woman’s desire to feed the hungry, kind hearts of Newton County residents, recipes handed down through generations, and a need for charitable contributions from the area’s homeless shelter and that is a recipe for the “Feed the Hearts of the Hungry” cookbook.

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Posted: feb. 28, 2015 6:18 p.m. | Updated: mar. 01, 2015 7:00 a.m.
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Pasta Salad Makes Weeknight Dinner Quick and Healthy

Pasta Salad Makes Weeknight Dinner Quick and Healthy

(Family Features) Now is the time for diners to transition palates to lighter and healthier meals, especially those packed with fresh, satisfying ingredients.

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Posted: feb. 26, 2015 4:48 p.m.
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School board changes direction on Clear Touch company

The Newton County School Board changed direction on which company will supply the district with new Clear Touch interactive touchscreen panels for the classrooms.

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Posted: feb. 25, 2015 11:33 a.m.

You grow to what you are committed to

Our lives are molded by the long term commitments that we make. This is true with the commitments we make to one’s family, to one’s community and nation, to one’s profession, to one’s faith and to one’s friends. These commitments become the standards by which we judge our decisions; they become the guide posts on our journey through life.

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Posted: feb. 21, 2015 3:44 p.m. | Updated: feb. 22, 2015 7:00 a.m.

Before we learned to lie

It’s Presidents Day as I write this column, and I’ve just returned from a cold, wet drive to Madison, Georgia where I dined at Cracker Barrel on a righteous plate of veggies, biscuits and blackberry jelly. That’s a bit of a hike from Covington, but I wanted some good food, and I wanted to test out the new Pirelli P4 tires I had installed on Lazarus, my back-from-the-dead, ancient BMW. The ride was silky smooth and the folks at Cracker Barrel had a roaring fire going — one of the other reasons I was willing to trek to ...

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Posted: feb. 21, 2015 3:45 p.m. | Updated: feb. 22, 2015 7:00 a.m.

Go red for women

February 15… the day after Valentine’s Day. If you are one of the 62% of Americans celebrate Valentine’s Day, happy day-after. This is when all that Valentine’s Day chocolate goes on sale! If you have small children, you spent the days leading up to Valentine’s Day in a frenzy of glue and glitter.

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Posted: feb. 21, 2015 3:46 p.m. | Updated: feb. 22, 2015 7:00 a.m.
A 'Wicked' good time

A 'Wicked' good time

Last Thursday Molly and I traveled to a very cold Atlanta to catch a performance of the musical Wicked.

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Posted: feb. 21, 2015 3:42 p.m.
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The other side of humor

Barbed wire wrapped in seersucker

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Posted: feb. 14, 2015 3:31 p.m. | Updated: feb. 15, 2015 7:00 a.m.

How together we can do more than on our own

Today is the “birthday” of the oldest civic club in Covington, the Kiwanis Club. On February 15, 1927, at the Newton County Court House, the local club was organized. The leaders of this effort were P.W. Godfrey and S.H. Adams. There were fifty eight Charter Members. The first officers of the club were S. C. Chandler, president, S.H. Adams and T.G. Callaway, vice-presidents, and A.L. Loyd, the secretary –treasurer. Other directors were P.W. Godfrey (district trustee) R.E. Everett, J.G. Bolton, R.A. Norris, J.O. Porter, T.C Swann, and T.R ...

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Posted: feb. 14, 2015 3:23 p.m.

Warning: Valentine is right around the corner

How did we remember all these holidays before we had our “smart” phones to automatically list them for us? Of course we would remember Christmas and the Fourth of July, but there seems to be a special day almost every week. The other day my calendar showed it was Ground Hog Day. Now who made that a holiday? Or which Ground Hog is right?

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Posted: feb. 07, 2015 6:49 p.m. | Updated: feb. 08, 2015 8:00 a.m.

Eat your way to a healthy, happy you

My super-busy life began seven years ago when my dad was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. At the time, his diagnosis was really scary for our family.

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Posted: jan. 31, 2015 4:12 p.m. | Updated: feb. 01, 2015 7:00 a.m.

National Wear Red Day February 6

The color of February is red. Not for Valentine’s Day (though that is so romantic that you thought that). No, the color of February is red… for women’s heart disease.

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Posted: jan. 31, 2015 4:14 p.m. | Updated: feb. 01, 2015 7:00 a.m.

The sneaky thief of sight

I have to admit something: I grew up in an era that made fun of kids with glasses. Especially big, thick ones. Now these thick, dark frames are all the rage. So the last time I went to the eye doctor, I had a hard time picking out frames because all I saw were big, thick, dark frames, until I found these lovely red ones (yes red!).

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Posted: jan. 24, 2015 12:36 p.m. | Updated: jan. 24, 2015 11:30 p.m.

YMCA gets new treadmills

As Newton County is growing and developing, so is the local YMCA. Located on 2140 Newton Drive Northeast, the YMCA has received several new treadmills that will replace old ones.

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Posted: jan. 24, 2015 12:37 p.m. | Updated: jan. 24, 2015 11:30 p.m.
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Redbox movies you should be watching this week

It’s been too cold to go outside and play lately, but it’s the perfect weather to grab a blanket, some popcorn and watch a few movies from Redbox. Instead of holding up the line at your nearest Redbox station, this comprehensive list of five movies that you’d be mistaken not to pick up are here to get you in and out faster than Ben Affleck’s crew robbing a bank in “The Town.” Mild spoiler alerts follow.

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Posted: jan. 16, 2015 5:11 p.m. | Updated: jan. 18, 2015 2:00 p.m.

Melanie's Awesome Alfredo

“I love this rich and creamy alfredo. It’s an easy recipe that is so delicious and is sure to impress your family or dinner guests! Why go to a fancy restaurant and spend lots of money for something you can make at home? I promise you will be glad you tried this. My Alfredo sauce is quick, easy, and delicious!”

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Posted: jan. 16, 2015 5:13 p.m. | Updated: jan. 18, 2015 10:00 a.m.

Beating the winter blues

The sun will rise at 7:41 a.m. on Monday. And it will set at 5:46 a.m. that same day. That means that we will have 10 hours of daylight on Monday. We have already passed the shortest day of the year – the winter solstice was on December 21. With the recent grey and rainy weather of the past couple weeks, it may seem like these are all short days of daylight, if we even see the sun at all. I recently was asked by a friend if London had relocated to Covington. I then had to ...

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Posted: jan. 16, 2015 5:29 p.m. | Updated: jan. 18, 2015 10:00 a.m.

Playing for Keeps: New Year’s resolutions that last

Here we are in the New Year, and if you’re like most people, you’ve made resolutions to lose weight, eat better, get more exercise, and generally take better care of yourself.

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Posted: jan. 16, 2015 5:30 p.m.
50th Wedding Anniversary

50th Wedding Anniversary

Mr. and Mrs. John Degonia celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Jan. 1. They were married in Santa Ana, California on Jan. 1, 1965.

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Posted: jan. 10, 2015 5:16 p.m.
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Bacon-Spinach Mac & Cheese

Most children love mac & cheese. I certainly do! In this recipe I combine what children love with a little of what they need. Parents always say “eat your vegetables.” This recipe is a sure way to get your children to at least try those veggies. This is a very simple dish and fits in easily with your planned meal. Your children may even want to help make this delicious recipe for dinner! So ask for some help and get them cooking. It’s always a good time to start teaching children how to cook. This has quickly become one of ...

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Posted: jan. 10, 2015 5:14 p.m.

Every day is a new day, our challenge is how we are going to respond.

Have you ever thought that despite change being a daily occurrence most of us resist it?

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Posted: jan. 16, 2015 5:12 p.m.
Birth announcement: Alana Rodriguez

Birth announcement: Alana Rodriguez

Alana Cheri-Lynne Rodriguez 19.5 inches and 7 pounds, 3 ounces born on Dec. 29 at 10:39 at Newton Medical Center. Mother is Morgan Alana Thompson and father is Megail Enrique Rodriguez.

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Posted: jan. 03, 2015 2:41 p.m.
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Engagement: Everson-Williams

Engagement: Everson-Williams

Mr. and Mrs. David Leon Everson of Covington are proud to announce the engagement of their daughter Danielle Veronica Everson to Jamal Jeron Williams, the grandson of Ms. Patricia Oliver of Clayton, and son of the late Mrs. Tanya Deneen Parker of Paterson, New Jersey. Danielle Everson is a 2005 graduate of Newton High School. She received a bachelor’s degree in English from Valdosta State University, and she is currently employed as an associate editor at a commercial real estate magazine in Atlanta. Jamal Williams is a 2002 graduate of Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School in Rabun Gap. He received two ...

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Posted: jan. 03, 2015 2:40 p.m.
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