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Barbed wire wrapped in seersucker

Years ago, I read Road and Track magazine every month, drooling on the pages as I admired creations by Lotus, BMW, Ferrari, Mercedes and most every foreign manufacturer except for a few who made cars out of egg crates and powered them with mice on treadmills. I was a self-professed car nut, and I could own any auto I wanted, in my mind. And the mind — unlike the real world — was a great place to own some of these cars: no maintenance schedules, no repair bills, no oil leaks, no insurance. One of the best parts of Road and Track ...

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Updated: mar. 29, 2015 3:00 a.m.

Barbed wire wrapped in seersucker

Years ago, I read Road and Track magazine every month, drooling on the pages as I admired creations by Lotus, BMW, Ferrari, Mercedes and most every foreign manufacturer except for a few who made cars out of egg crates and powered them with mice on treadmills. I was a self-professed car nut, and I could own any auto I wanted, in my mind. And the mind — unlike the real world — was a great place to own some of these cars: no maintenance schedules, no repair bills, no oil leaks, no insurance. One of the best parts of Road and Track ...

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Posted: mar. 27, 2015 3:33 p.m. | Updated: mar. 29, 2015 3:00 a.m.

Have you ever thought...

Where did the tradition of using the first day of April as a time for practical jokes come from? Where did we get the idea of using this day to poke fun at others? April Fools’ Day is one of those unofficial holidays that is very much a part of our culture.

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Posted: mar. 27, 2015 3:15 p.m. | Updated: mar. 29, 2015 2:00 a.m.

How the community can help solve the issue of parent accountability?

There is an ancient legend that has given us the expression “cutting the Gordian knot”. This means to find a bold solution to a complex problem. The legend is that Gordius, an ancient king of Phrygia, (that was located in what is now Turkey) tied a knot that said whoever undid the knot would rule Asia. The legend says that Alexander the Great when he was confronted with the knot did not try to untie it but rather cut it. Thus he found a bold answer to what seemed to others an impossible problem.

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Posted: mar. 21, 2015 5:09 p.m. | Updated: mar. 22, 2015 5:00 a.m.

A common sense education

You can obtain a degree in just about anything you want, here in America. And if you don’t want to spend a lot of money and time in college, you can get a certificate in your area of interest. And if that’s too hard, you can go after continuing education credits. Medicine, electronics, law, horticulture, advertising, accounting — you name it; someone will hand you a piece of paper with your name in fancy ink surrounded by Latin phrases. We are living in a land of education, but answer me this: Why can’t you find any training in ...

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Posted: mar. 21, 2015 5:10 p.m. | Updated: mar. 22, 2015 5:00 a.m.
In Bloom

In Bloom

Georgia is in bloom, and Georgia Perimeter College is preparing to celebrate spring with a two-day meeting of the minds at its annual Daffodil Festival.

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Posted: mar. 27, 2015 3:31 p.m.
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The importance of SLEEP

Let’s admit it — we all dread the week that just passed. The “springing forward” is always harder than the “falling back.” Regardless of the promise of more daylight and spring being right around the corner, Daylight Savings Time is like a mild case of jet lag — which is why my 3-, almost 4-year-old is not going to sleep until after 9 p.m. It usually takes my family at least a week to adjust and we are all a little cranky about it.

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Posted: mar. 14, 2015 8:38 p.m. | Updated: mar. 15, 2015 5:00 a.m.

What is St. Patrick’s Day all about?

This coming Tuesday, March 17ith, is St. Patrick’s Day. In the middle of the start of March Madness and usually within days of Easter, there comes this day, when most everyone seems to be Irish. Even though none of my names are Irish but rather either from England or Scotland, come this Tuesday, I am Irish for the day. And it is not for the fact that I write this column for a paper whose publisher is pure Irish, Pat Cavanaugh. We can learn so much from at least being Irish for one day.

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Posted: mar. 14, 2015 8:51 p.m.

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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Posted: feb. 28, 2015 6:19 p.m. | 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.

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