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Why Thanksgiving?

Is our national observance of Thanksgiving a religious holiday? Where is it mostly celebrated? When did it start? What are some of the ways we observe Thanksgiving?

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Updated: nov. 22, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Cooking with Melanie: Sweet Potato cobbler

“My Daddy loved his Grandmother’s sweet potato cobbler. He mentioned many times how he would love to have one like she made. So my sister Emily and I set out to make it for him! After researching recipes, calculating ingredients, and many trials we finally came up with a recipe for Sweet Potato Cobbler. My Daddy was so excited and he loves our cobbler. Even though I never met my Great- Grandmother Smith, it is really cool to bring back and share her memories with my Daddy.

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Posted: nov. 22, 2014 4:51 p.m. | Updated: nov. 22, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Get to know your family history this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is next week. Christmas arrived in Covington on Thursday (with the lighting of the Square) but still… let’s not forget about Thanksgiving! This is one of my favorite holidays.

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Posted: nov. 22, 2014 5:10 p.m. | Updated: nov. 22, 2014 10:00 p.m.
Satsuki Garden Club

Satsuki Garden Club

The members of the Satsuki Garden Club were busy during their November meeting at the Newton County Library. Alisha Reynolds from A Bouquet by Betty gave the program on Autumn Arrangements, and pine gardens. After the program, member design flower arrangements for The Benton house that we do every November.

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Posted: nov. 22, 2014 4:50 p.m.
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Cooking with Melanie: Bacon and Beans

Cooking with Melanie: Bacon and Beans

“Who doesn’t love bacon? This is a great way to get your teens to eat their greens. These green beans wrapped in bacon will be a nice addition to your family feast. Thanksgiving guests will be pleasantly surprised when you serve these fancy looking green beans instead of plain old boring green beans. I hope you enjoy this simple and delicious recipe. It is one of my family’s favorites and hopefully your family will love it too!”

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Posted: nov. 17, 2014 4:07 p.m.
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Elections should not be decided by campaign spending

The AJC reported in a Nov. 3 article that Michelle Nunn spent over $13.1 million on her campaign while David Perdue spent $11.4 million. Outside interests spent $28.4 million on the senate race. In the governor’s race Nathan Deal spent $14.2 million and Jason Carter spent $7.8 million.

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Posted: nov. 17, 2014 4:06 p.m.
Engagement: Kimberly Blair Malcom

Engagement: Kimberly Blair Malcom

Mr. and Mrs. Kent Haralson of Oxford and Mr. and Mrs. Scott Malcom of Shadydale announce the engagement of Kimberly Blair Malcom to James Timothy Walden Jr.

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Posted: nov. 17, 2014 4:04 p.m.
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The race is on

Like summer is a time for action blockbusters, winter is for prestige films—the films that will make you think, probably cry and win a ton of awards. This is also the time for film studios to push out their prestige films before the Dec. 31 deadline for awards like the Oscars and the Golden Globes.

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Posted: nov. 17, 2014 3:49 p.m.

Our dreams may come true in ways we never expected

I was born and grew up in Athens, Georgia.

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Posted: nov. 17, 2014 3:48 p.m.

Cooking with Melanie: S'mores Cake Bars

“I love smores! This is my creative twist on an old favorite snack. This recipe is so simple and delicious. For this recipe you can use white chocolate or milk chocolate chips, although I prefer the white chocolate for this one. No sticky sticks, just ooey-gooey goodness! I hope you enjoy my S’mores Cake Bars.”

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Posted: nov. 17, 2014 10:07 a.m.

The Great American Smokeout

Last week, a friend of mine ended up in the hospital. He is a healthy looking 20-something and he was suffering from atrial fibrillation. With a pulse of 192, his heart was racing and he had passed out twice earlier in the morning. His body was sending him some SERIOUS signals. The first thing his doctor said was that he needed to quit smoking.

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Posted: nov. 15, 2014 4:04 p.m. | Updated: nov. 15, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Cooking with Melanie: hash brown casserole

“I am trying out for cheerleading this week. This is the coach’s favorite recipe that I make. So I figured this would be a good week to share this recipe. By the time this makes the paper I will know if I made the squad or not. If I do, I might need to make the coach her favorite. If I don’t, then she will have the recipe and can make it for herself. Either way I wanted to share it with you! I hope you enjoy my Hash brown casserole.”

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Posted: nov. 13, 2014 10:47 a.m.

Homemade Soap (video)

The art of Soap with Barbara Alexander

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Posted: nov. 12, 2014 11:00 a.m.
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Today in Pictures

Today in Pictures

a look around town through the camera

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Posted: nov. 12, 2014 10:54 a.m.
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Make some positive changes this month

I recently ate out with a friend of mine. After I had ordered my sandwich and side, I listened to her carefully place her order. She took great pains to not stress out the server and be labeled a difficult customer, but she had some very particular food choices. Sauces and dressings on the side, no salt added during cooking, substitute broccoli for fries, grilled with no extra butter. When it was all said and done, I was much more interested in her creative meal than my boring old sandwich combo.

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Posted: nov. 08, 2014 7:22 p.m. | Updated: nov. 08, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Home makeovers

I spent last week helping one of my daughters paint the paneling in her den. For most of you who are not my age those two words (paneling and den) are probably words you have not heard very often.

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Posted: oct. 25, 2014 5:15 p.m. | Updated: oct. 25, 2014 5:17 p.m.
Cooking with Melanie: Pumpkin spice cake

Cooking with Melanie: Pumpkin spice cake

Melanie Thompson is a 13-year-old seventh grader at Indian Creek Middle School has been cooking since she first helped her great grandmother, Louis, in the kitchen when she was 2.

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Posted: oct. 25, 2014 5:20 p.m.
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Friday Night Lights review

Initially this column was going to be about what baseball movies are good ones to stream, but I’ve decided to switch it up – actually Netflix and Amazon forced me to switch it up when I realized they didn’t have good number of quality baseball movies.

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Posted: oct. 25, 2014 5:16 p.m.

Halloween pedestrian safety

Halloween is coming.

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Posted: oct. 25, 2014 4:58 p.m.

Spider-Man and Captain America at Mall st Stonecrest

Marvel superheroes Spider-Man and Captain America will appear on Saturday, October 25 at noon at the Mall at Stonecrest. Fans of The Avengers are invited to meet Spider-Man and Captain America up close and personal during this exclusive Atlanta appearance.

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Posted: oct. 19, 2014 10:13 p.m.
Safety first in kids’ Halloween costumes

Safety first in kids’ Halloween costumes

Dressing up and engaging in role play is an important component of childhood learning and having fun. Although costumes are regularly used in day care centers, schools and at home, they become the center of attention when Halloween arrives.

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Posted: oct. 18, 2014 5:17 p.m.
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Travis: Kitchen wars

I have come to the conclusion that my husband and I cannot cook together in the same kitchen. We have widely divergent styles, even in preparation for cooking.

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Posted: oct. 18, 2014 5:11 p.m. | Updated: oct. 18, 2014 5:12 p.m.

Holloway: The movies that put the HORRIBLE in horror

If AMC’s horror-thons aren’t enough to get those “I’m to scared to get up and see if that’s a coat hanging in my closet or the guy with the hook in ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’” juices flowing then there are plenty of movies on Netflix that will. There are more terrible horror movies than there are good ones and Netflix has a full slate of don’t-watch-these-unless-you’re-drunk-and-want-to-laugh horror flicks. So, instead of listing those movies here are some you should avoid.

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Posted: oct. 18, 2014 5:09 p.m.
Help yourself to better health with health literacy

Help yourself to better health with health literacy

There once was a town in the heart of America where health seemed to come naturally for everyone. The town lay in the midst of a checkerboard of organic and wholesome farms. Fresh fruit and vegetables were bountiful and affordable. Within the town itself, recreational opportunities were free and plentiful – children, adults, and senior citizens were often seen exercising with broad smiles on their faces.

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Posted: oct. 18, 2014 5:08 p.m.
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Today in Pictures

Today in Pictures

Through the Camera

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Posted: oct. 14, 2014 11:39 a.m.
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