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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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Updated: jan. 18, 2015 2:00 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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Praline Dream Cake

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a great holiday season. New Years Day is my Mommy’s birthday, so I always start my New Year with a wonderful cake creation! It’s a sweet way to start off the New Year. I hope 2015 is going to be a great year of strength for me and that we all will have a year full of laughter, lots of love, and many memorable moments. So, here’s my recipe and I hope you enjoy my Praline Dream Cake.

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Posted: jan. 03, 2015 2:42 p.m.

The Power of a Christmas Wish

Have you ever thought about what you might remember years from now about the Christmas we have just celebrated? I hope it will be something that makes you feel good as you recall the Christmas of 2014. Every year we spend hours looking for the perfect gift for friends and family. But most of the time it is not the gift that really matters. It is the spirit it is given in.

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Posted: jan. 03, 2015 2:36 p.m.

HAPPINESS = HEALTHINESS

When the excitement of Christmas has worn off, we look to the renewal of the New Year. We reflect on the past and hope for the future. We look for opportunity to change…ourselves.

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Posted: dec. 27, 2014 3:45 p.m. | Updated: dec. 27, 2014 3:46 p.m.

Don't forget food safety this holiday

Let the celebrating begin! During this time of year, our social calendars fill with meals with friends and family at favorite restaurants and at our own homes. We know that restaurants get a health inspection every year, but what about our own kitchen? Or the Christmas party at the boss’s house?

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Posted: dec. 20, 2014 3:27 p.m.
Cooking with Melanie: Eggnog and eggnog poundcake

Cooking with Melanie: Eggnog and eggnog poundcake

Eggnog

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Posted: dec. 19, 2014 4:41 p.m.
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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.

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