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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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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.

Breath easier

Spring in Georgia is a wonderful time of year. If you have kids that play outdoor sports or if you participate in any of our plentiful outdoor activities, you know the regular drill. Monitor the forecast and make a rain contingency plan.

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Posted: may. 02, 2015 3:41 p.m. | Updated: may. 03, 2015 5:00 a.m.

Covington Regional Ballet Artistic Director Selected as Governor’s Honors Program Teacher

Covington Regional Ballet is proud to announce that Peter Swan has been offered a teaching position in the Governor’s Honors Program.

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Posted: apr. 25, 2015 12:39 p.m.

Why our YMCA is so special?

I was very pleasantly surprised to find such a strong and vibrant YMCA program as offered by our local Family YMCA. It is very unusual to find such a strong program in our size town. It was founded by some far-sighted citizens in 1986. It had its beginning with an after school program and some exercise classes for adults. The Y began in the small building beside the main facility that is now used for afterschool care. It is located at 2140 Newton Drive.

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Posted: apr. 18, 2015 3:26 p.m. | Updated: apr. 19, 2015 5:00 a.m.

Not too busy to buckle

The week after Spring Break is always a hard transition in my household. It is like a taste of summer hours — we stay outside until dark, go to bed late, and get up at 7:30am (which is late in our house!). So when reality hits and we get back to our school days routine, we inevitably have a few bumpy mornings.

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Posted: apr. 18, 2015 3:30 p.m. | Updated: apr. 19, 2015 5:00 a.m.

Treating weather-related joint pain

Early spring is often marked by wind and rain that precedes the more welcoming warmth synonymous with late spring and summer.

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Posted: apr. 18, 2015 3:35 p.m.

Fairies are returning to Chimney Park May 2

On May 2, Chimney Park will host visitors to the annual Fairy House Festival from 2pm to 5pm. For this one special Saturday in May, the park will host hundreds of fairies, elves, gnomes, and other special creatures to our park where we will have fun activities including the Bubbleman, face painters, a wishing tree, rock painting, a scavenger hunt, fairy wing making, archery, and the Charlie Elliott Birds of Prey. Admission cost is $5 per person; children 2 and under are free.

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Posted: apr. 18, 2015 3:24 p.m.

How does our community respond to Child Abuse?

Did you know that one out of six boys and one out of four girls will be abused before their 18th birthday? This is a threat to their future and all the lives they touch. One of our area’s response to this challenge is “A Child’s Voice”. This is the children advocacy center located in Social Circle. It serves Newton, Walton and surrounding counties.

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Posted: apr. 11, 2015 7:13 p.m. | Updated: apr. 12, 2015 5:00 a.m.

McCoy: Ultimate power

I really liked the music playing in the restaurant. The songs were classics from the ‘70s and ‘80s, including a good number of New Wave tunes — Blondie being the best example. I asked my server about the station, and she said, it was the owner’s favorite, and later, told me that if they tried to change it, (the owner) would fire us.

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Posted: apr. 11, 2015 7:15 p.m. | Updated: apr. 12, 2015 5:00 a.m.

Strike the right balance in your diet

“Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you…” That is a song we all like to sing because it means birthday cake is coming! Today is my daughter’s birthday and Saturday is my son’s birthday so we get to have birthday cake TWICE this week!

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Posted: apr. 11, 2015 7:18 p.m. | Updated: apr. 12, 2015 5:00 a.m.

National Public Health Week

So this is a big week coming up.

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Posted: apr. 04, 2015 6:33 p.m. | Updated: apr. 05, 2015 5:00 a.m.

Easter memories

Many of you of a certain age will remember Kessler’s Department store in downtown Atlanta. I never shopped there, but I loved the Easter ads that would come on television, interrupting my mindless enjoyment of Gilligan’s Island, Leave it To Beaver, and all the other shows that Ted Turner gave us before he became a famous Montana rancher. A girl’s voice — pleasant and youthful — would tell us how nice we’d look in our new Easter clothing, if we’d just venture down to Kessler’s and make a purchase. The Kessler’s ad was an Easter ...

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Posted: apr. 04, 2015 6:36 p.m. | Updated: apr. 05, 2015 5:00 a.m.

Get control of your allergies

Spring is officially here. The flowers, trees, and weather say so. I can remember making all my friends and relatives jealous when I first moved down to Georgia because of the early spring weather. You can gloat a little when you are sitting on your front porch enjoying the sunshine and breeze and everyone in New Jersey is still wearing their long underwear and down coats.

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Posted: mar. 28, 2015 12:31 p.m. | Updated: mar. 29, 2015 3:30 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.

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