20 April 2018

Marshall's Music Minute: Big Saturday Night of Music - Amy Rae @ Mystic; Hannah Thomas @ Lahrceny


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Marshall's Music Minute 

Greetings, music lovers, and welcome back to The Minute - Your Source for the Who, What & Where of the Covington & Newton Co. music scene.

As always, a lot of live tunes going on at the usual spots: Amici on Fridays, Five O'Clock on both weekend nights, Lahrceny down in Porterdale ,Mystic Grill & others.

For this edition, though, I want to cover shows of two of the most talented artists we have amidst this plethora of wonderful musicians & singers that make our "C-town" music scene one of the most impressive in the entire Great State of GA - Amy Rae & Hannah Thomas. With some similarities, both of these amazing ladies are playing this Saturday night in the home county. The true beauty of this is that you can catch both shows! Amy's starting up at 7 at the Mystic so you can grab a bite & enjoy that amazing experience that is the rooftop lounge overlooking the glorious Covington Square. Then, you can ease on down 81 to the lovely mill village of Porterdale & check out professional touring musician Hannah Thomas. Man, what a treat! 

Amy Rae Live at Mystic. Saturday 4/21/18. Covington Square. 7 to 10PM. 


Amy Rae is a tremendous talent. A superb singer & songwriter, she's truly something special. Her main music collaborator is Joe Duke, guitarist extraordinaire. Her track "Georgia Rain" is one of my favorite tunes & she always has a great mix of her topnotch originals complemented by a great mix of covers in the realm of Country & Rock. This is gonna be a great one!


Hannah Thomas Live at Lahrceny Tavern. 3/21/18. Porterdale, GA. 9PM - 1AM



Hannah Thomas...what can be said that hasn't been said in the - and I think my count is right here - 11 times I've written about her over the last several years. Just a joy to watch & hear, she's as talented as anybody you'll ever see. A true fusion of Americana, Country & Rock, we are so fortunate that she's moved her home base of operations back to the GA Piedmont. This will be an epic show down at that lovely watering hole that Mrs. Lahr has created.

Alright, gang, til next time! 

Marshall wears many hats but being a musician & a music enthusiast are chief among them

18 April 2018

A Piece by Perrin Lovett, Feature Writer of National Affairs: "Zuck It Up.." or, "Br’re Fox..."

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Zuck It Up: On the Meeting of a Social Mogul and the Contemptible Congress
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Br’re Fox and Br’er Bear Outwit Br’er Rabbit

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A piece by Contributing Writer Perrin B. Lovett

Special to The Chronicles 


Social media aficionados and much of the slack-jawed public were lately riveted to the televisions watching Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg square off against a panel of Senatorial Congress Critters. (NOT under oath). This writer has seen sadder spectacles but not so many as enlightening and entertaining. Amidst all the fun a pseudo-literary thought jumped into my head. I’ll share in a moment.

The Zucker


The great concern of the people is that Facebook violated their privacy and misappropriated their cherished personal information: email addresses, voting habits, cat pictures, etc. Zuckerberg admitted as much, roundaboutly. Hence, the popular clamor for regulation: if not from Big Social, then by Big Brother.

Now for my funny, impromptu thought. Remember Uncle Remus? Surely your parents read to you those beloved moral stories by Joel Chandler Harris. It seems to me that what I witnessed on the Tube was, literally, a meeting between a sly, elitist, globalist corporatist and a bunch of mid-witted, elitist, globalist statists. Allegorically, I saw an Uncle Remus tale unfold.

The American people played the part of Br’er Rabbit. Facebook and Zuck represented Br’er Fox. Uncle Sam was Br’er Bear. Play along here… The happy little rabbit, while busily posting meal pictures and juvenile memes, noticed the mean old fox was cheating him. Incensed, the rabbit angrily demanded action, either from the fox or from Br’er Bear. In other words the hapless bunny tattled on the small predator to the large predator. Seems risky to me.

The rub is that, in the original yarns from 1881, Br’er Rabbit was clever. He usually outwitted his adversaries, sometimes pitting one against the other, while he hopped away laughing. Here and now, concerning real life and virtual reality, it’s the other way around. The predators are pulling a fast one, openly and at the public’s insistence, as they collude against the Leporidae social media patrons.

Last I checked it was 2018 (AD, not CE). We’ve had this internet thing a few years and general electronic communication a few years more. Those who are even half awake have known for a generation that the government tracks, records, and stores much, if not most, electronic correspondence. Do you know anyone who therefore shuns phone calls, texts, emails, faxes, and web surfing? Me neither.

Likewise, most should know, or suspect, that their social media doings may be subject to monitoring, recording, hacking, and merchandising. If one doesn’t like the prospects, then one either: doesn’t use the socials; limits activity theron, or; carefully scrutinizes who gets to see what. The best course of action? Use. Common. Sense. You see, whatever else it is, Facebook is a voluntary service. One can walk away. Or run.

Running to government for more regulations is the worst course of action. Government is not voluntary; it’s force personified. Some of that force is already present in the social debacle. Facebook, via its information firesale to Cambridge Analytica or whomever, likely violated existing FTC rules. If there were 80 million individual violations and each one carries a possible $40,000 maximum fine, then Facebook is dead and gone, bankrupt. That scenario is far from likely. Zuck was on the Hill partly to head off any such sanction.

His other motive was the afore-mentioned collusion. A dirty little secret of the political world is that large corporations are absolutely, head over heels, in love with government regulation. State mandates price out competition, prevent startup challenges, foster monopolies, and raise profits. One of “your” political heroes hinted around this fact; Zuck nodded along sheepishly.

Hank Rearden would have indignantly rebelled against any threatened intervention with his business. When asked about third-party recording of user data, he might have retorted with NSA data collection. If asked about the complexity of his user agreements, he might have spoken to the complexity of the tax code or the CFR. Not Zuck. He happily agreed that interference is good and that he and his team would just love to help draft more. Sure they would. That would allow them more control while insulating them from the real consequences of a free market. That’s what always comes from government “protecting” the public.

Examples abound: railroads, insurance, banking, healthcare, etc. Back in the days when some barbers practiced surgery the sick and injured had more choices for care and paid lower prices. Enter the State. Declarations of who exactly could practice medicine, medical school requirements, licenses, board certifications, the insurance racket, Medicare, Medicare, and HMOs were all the regulatory invasions, slapping away the invisible hand. Each one resulted in restricted availability and increased prices. Obama “like your doctor, keep your doctor” Care was the latest example. Are your premiums and deductibles higher than they were ten years ago? Well then, consider yourself protected.

Obamacare was crafted by a cabal of medical services administrators, well-greased lobbyists, and insurance industry lawyers - for the benefit of their interests, not those of the public. So it will be with Facebook, Twitter, Google, and Apple.

What we witnessed this week was the deprecation of freedom, free markets, and personal responsibility. Some would spread that spirit beyond the socials unto the whole internet. There’s the old adage about sacrificing essential liberty for false security. Br’er Fox and Br’er Bear will promise saaaaafety, all the while plotting to sacrifice Br’er Rabbit to the dinner pot. Help we could do without, that.

Okay! Back to the baby videos and whatnot.







Fellow Terry College of Business (UGA) grad Brother Perrin Lovett is a true renaissance gentleman & scholar. A recovering attorney, he's into guns & cigars, and the US Constitution. A published authorPrepper columnist & YouTube personality, and an acclaimed blogger, TPC is very proud to have our old friend on board as the C.F. Floyd Feature Writer of National Affairs


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17 April 2018

Kayla's Corner: Johnny's Pizza, Covington Clean-up & the Cheerios Challenge

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Welcome back to the Corner, a place for details on food & fun, cool destinations & local happenings.

For this week's place to eat, I highly recommend one of the best pizza joints in town - Johnny's Pizza! Now under new ownership, local resident & former CPD detective Chip Shirah has taken a good concept & made it even better by extending the beer selection & adding several daily specials.

Also, if you haven't already heard, they host trivia every Wednesday night at 7PM! So come on out, grab a slice & have some fun! 

For events this week, there's two I'd like to mention to you. First off is a way to help our local community. Volunteers will be gathering this Saturday morning, the 21st, at 8:30AM to help clean & beautify sections of the west ward of Covington. Here are the particulars: 

Title

Earth Day Clean Up

Location

Grace UMC and Spiller's Park

Start Time

4/21/2018 8:30 AM

End Time

4/21/2018 12:30 PM

Description

Community Cleanup for Sand Hill / Texas Alley and Nelson Heights

So come on out & get some exercise while helping to make our home a better place! 



Also on Saturday morning, it's the Covington Y Cheerios Challenge. Hosted by the Covington YMCA, this is not only a 5K race. A 10K & a 15K are included in addition to a mile walk & a "Tot Trot." Here's the 411:
The Covington Family YMCA's annual fundraiser is back! On April 21, 2018, we would love for you and your family to come participate in the races. We have a 15k, 10k, 5k, 1 mile fun run, and 50 yard Trix Tot Trot. All proceeds benefit the Y's Annual Why It Matters Campaign, which helps kids learn to swim, go to camp, and play soccer, and it helps make families in our community stronger! We are proud to offer financial assistance for all of our programs, which is made possible through fundraising! 

The 15k, 10k, 5k, and 1 mile are timed races with awards for top finishers. All participants in the 15k and the Tot Trot get a finisher medal. Tshirts are included in race registration (except Tot Trot).

Race registration is open on active.com.

Visit our website at www.ycheerioschallenge.com for race info!

Okay, y'all, so long for now. Can't wait to see you next week!

- K


 Kayla Leasure - Keeping an Eye on Covington
Author of TPC recurring piece, "Kayla's Corner," Ms. Leasure is originally a Walton Co. gal who studied marketing & advertising & loves the beach, the woods & her dogs while keeping herself busy with multiple projects & endeavors. She has her finger on the pulse of the home county like no other & is always "keeping an eye on Covington." A beautiful lady, inside & out, it is The Chronicles' true privilege to have her talents as part of our team.

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Tuesday AM Quick Bites: Bedlam at the COV Work Session; ED Bonuses & Taxpayer Waste

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4/17/18

Good Morn', everybody. We know you're hangry, and we've got some assorted morsels for your dining pleasure. Let's dig in!

  • As first reported by The Citizen, it's been made aware that Serra Hall, senior project leader for Newton Co. OED (Office of Economic Development), will be given a $25,000 bonus for the Facebook deal over in Stanton Springs. This thing has spread like wildfire with conservative & progressive types alike being none too pleased with this seemingly egregious waste of taxpayer dollars. We haven't gotten a list of salaries from Newton Co. in a while, so TPC isn't yet comfortable quoting a specific dollar amount for what Serra's annual salary is, but - surprise, surprise! - it's pretty hefty, not to mention those top-notch GOV benefits. And look, for the record, we really like Serra. She's a very cool & intelligent lady, and we have no doubt that she provides a service for the home county, but, again, isn't that why she's being paid that handsome salary? Regardless, this came from the top - the Board of Directors of the JDA, and they seem to have an unwritten law that they have to be loosey goosey w/ taxpayer dollars.

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  • The Covington work session last Thursday apparently got really good reaching a crescendo when COV Police Chief Cotton had to pull ole pal AB away from the podium after he, like a lot of the assembled group as we're told, had reached his Charley James moment & had enough of JC's ramblings vis-a-vis Spillers Park. Mr. Mayor, perhaps, had let things devolve a bit in an attempt to be overly fair & generous with the time given to the NC Commissioner; however, Hawnethia broke it off legit & dealt with the "bedlam" and tamped down the heated emotions. Never a dull moment folks!


Okay, then. Busy day today. Let me run. Keep an eye out for Kayla's Corner later this afternoon. Thanks for reading, friends. 

15 April 2018

Meet the Contributing Writers of TPC

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15 April 2018

*Ed. note: Well, gang, I'm super excited to introduce you to the expanded contributing staff of The Chronicles. For the better part of three years, it's just been yours truly as Editor & our old pal Ellis "Da" Millsaps as lone contributor for Team TPC. But we've now doubled our overall number with the addition of Kayla Leasure & Perrin Lovett as contributors. Below is the bio of all three along with links to their dedicated pages. Keep an eye out as we will be adding two more contributors over the next few weeks. As always, thanks so much for reading. -MBM 

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Author of TPC recurring piece, "Kayla's Corner," Ms. Leasure is originally a Walton Co. gal who studied marketing & advertising & loves the beach, the woods & her dogs while keeping herself busy with multiple projects & endeavors. She has her finger on the pulse of the home county like no other & is always "keeping an eye on Covington." A beautiful lady, inside & out, it is The Chronicles' true privilege to have her talents as part of our team. 



Kayla's Corner - Keeping an Eye on Covington

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Fellow Terry College of Business (UGA) grad Brother Perrin Lovett is a true renaissance gentleman & scholar. A recovering attorney, he's into guns & cigars, and the US Constitution. A published authorPrepper columnist & YouTube personality, and an acclaimed blogger, TPC is very proud to have our old friend on board as the C.F. Floyd Feature Writer of National Affairs

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Ellis is a recovering Attorney but has worn many hats over the years: father, bus boy, stand-up comedian, novelist, wiffle ball player, rock'n'roll band manager, and at one time wrote a popular and funny column for The Covington News. A Fannin Co. mountain boy originally, Mr. Millsaps now stays at the mill village of Porterdale by way of 20 years in Mansfield. Usually funny and at times irreverent and subversive, he leans left in his political philosophy but can always be counted on for a pretty darn good write-up. The Chronicles are proud to have him involved... 

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13 April 2018

Quick Friday AM Check-in: The Great Newton Co. Mulch Controversy of 2018

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4/13/18

Happy Friday the 13th, Dear Readers, and we hope it's glorious out there for everybody. Speaking of glorious, how 'bout this weather? Very nice. We'll take it. Running behind this morning, so here's a quick rundown of the Real Story in the hometown.

MULCH!!1! 

As TPC reported on its FB page Monday of this week, something beautiful happened over in Green Acres. Citizen volunteers, both black & white; republican & democrat, came together to make improvements at Spillers Park. Spearheaded by BOC 4 candidate Spencer Arnhart, this diverse group decided to be the change they wished to see and made numerous improvements to the park & spread the mulch that the Newton Co. Government had dropped off about a month prior.

The story, and other stories, totally went "viral" as it seemed that many in the home county were truly touched by this display. So you knew it couldn't last...

TPC's first inclination that things were going south is when a source informed us that a certain former county attorney had been in touch with at least one member of the Newton BOC to make them aware that the mulch was, according to this source, in violation of the State EPD. Well, TPC reached out to that state agency & it seems obvious that this was not the case. 


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Again, Newton Co. provided the mulch, as Spillers Park is operated by the Newton County Recreation Commission, a commission of the Newton Co. government.

The next day the story was that it was a Federal EPA thing. Nope...

A vague press release is then sent out yesterday by Newton Co.

Newton County crews worked Thursday morning to pick up mulch which was spread throughout Spillers Parker earlier this week.

The County discovered the mulch was not of park-grade material and worked quickly to maintain the safety of the park. Piles of mulch were placed at the park in late March following a request by a Covington City Councilperson in anticipation of the city’s upcoming clean-up day on April 21. In an effort to be supportive of cleanup efforts and be an active partner with our municipalities, this request was met by the County.
Newton County currently is in communication with the City of Covington to find the best path forward for Spillers Park, along with the Newton County Recreation Commission.

 Questions emailed back to the communications office of Newton remain unanswered as to which county employee or official made this discovery; or as to what testing methods were used; or as to what guidelines were being employed to make the determination that the mulch was not "park-grade material." Because, as far as TPC could ascertain in its research, there's not such thing as "park-grade material." As an aside, TPC has been informed that this is the same mulch found at Academy Springs & other parks in and around Newton.

Now, if they're maybe talking about "certified mulch," then we might have something there (that was confirmed by a source), and apparently that's a standard used by a trade organization in Pennsylvania, apparently. Much research by this publication could not yield any information as to if this trade organization's standard is tied into any federal, state or local regulation or ordinance. So...

Some that TPC have spoken with have offered up a couple of theories as to why tax money was possibly wasted in this situation.

1. As has been seen in cities and counties all across America in response to phenomenon of Citizen Volunteerism taking care of the things that bloated governmental entities seemingly cannot, many times these entities will undo the work of the volunteers (and spending time & money to do so) because, well, if people start doing, for free, what the government is supposed to do with forced taxation, then perhaps people will start wondering what they're paying taxes for. And, possibly moreover, wondering if a lot of what government is is really necessary. It speaks to the well known, longtime rhetorical question of many in libertarian & limited-government circles - "But who will build the roads?" 


2. That these actions were taken by the county government because the beautiful thing that was witnessed was having an adverse effect on the incumbent of the 4th District of the Newton Co. BOC. 

My sources tell me that it's all pretty much point #2, but I have to believe that, at least subconsciously, it's some of #1 as well.

My, my...Another day in our lives, NC edition.

We'll be keeping an eye on it. As always, thx for reading. 

11 April 2018

Kayla's Corner , 4/11/18: Fun Happenings at Amici & "Everybody Walk Newton"

Kayla's Corner 
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Welcome back to the Corner, a place for details on food & fun, cool destinations & local happenings.

And before we get started, I just wanted to say a big thank you for the kind comments & feedback from last week's column. It feels great to be writing again & I'm so glad that y'all are enjoying it!

So for this week's hot spot for food & fun, a full week of food specials & fun events can be found at Amici on College Ave. Wednesday nights have become very popular with their 75-cent wings (dine in only) after 4PM. Amici's wings are so good! And don't forget the ranch! 



This Thursday night at 7PM Amici will once again be hosting Bingo Night! So bring your friends & your lucky rabbit's foot & have some fun. And as they've done for years & years, Friday night is live music night! Music starts at 8PM so you can listen to some groovy tunes while eating some great Italian food! 

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And for local happenings this week, and for the next few weeks, I have to highly recommend "Everybody Walk Newton! Community Walks to Benefit Health, Mind & Soul." Sponsored by Newton Trails & Piedmont, today's version is "Walk with a Doc." Scheduled to start at 6PM, they will be meeting at the Elm Street Trailhead of the Cricket Frog Trail right by the parking deck across from the Newton Co. Administration building. Two doctors from Piedmont will discuss the many health benefits of walking & then the group will take a stroll down the trail. Sounds like so much fun! 



Alright, y'all, that's it for this week. Can't wait to see you next time!
Kayla Leasure - Keeping an Eye on Covington