17 July 2018

Kayla's Corner, Week of July 21st: Ma Lena's Grand Opening; Cruise-In at Hot Rod's; Covington Art Walk

Kayla Leasure 


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Welcome back, everyone! Sorry we missed you last week. Had to recover from all the fun activities from the week before.

So I hope you rested up, because this weekend there’s more! A few different events are happening this weekend. We’ve got a car show at Hot Rod’s, Ma Lena’s Soul Food & BBQ is having their Grand Opening, and a there's a downtown Covington Art Walk!



We have a new restaurant in today that a lot of folks are getting really excited about. Ma Lena’s Soul Food & BBQ will have their grand opening this Saturday, July 21st. They are located at 1356 Brown Bridge Rd, Covington, GA, 30016. This is supposed to be some real deal soul food & barbecue, so come out and support a local business, meet new people & eat some good food. 

Our next two events will be taking pace at the same time but at different locations.



On Saturday from 5pm to 8pm, Social Circle’s Hot Rod’s Diner will be hosting their Cruise-In event featuring live music, fun contests, giveaways & door prizes. If you’re looking to admire some awesome rides, or wanting to bring your own, Hot Rod’s will be the place to be. And y'all, I can tell you, their food is so good!

Also on Saturday from 5 to 8PM will be the Downtown Covington Art Walk. Our local downtown sidewalks on the Square will be filled w/ works & pieces from multiple local artists. 




The Downtown Art Walk is a new event that is hosted by Main Street Covington to celebrate our local talent! The event will be held from 5:00pm until 8:00pm on Saturday, July 21, 2018. Visitors can expect to see the work of at least 30 artists along the Art Walk. Visitors and enthusiasts will find a variety of types of art styles and mediums. The downtown sidewalks are sure to be filled with unexpected talent and entertainment. We encourage you to support your local artists!



Okay, y'all, that'll do it for this time. Have a great week & we'll see you next time! 

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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. 


Bess Tuggle - Memoirs of Surviving Children, Pt. VI: The Harridan

I mentioned a dear old friend in a previous column.  She will always be my favorite harridan.  My children were allowed to call her that, too, after she taught them the word, usually with a huge smile on their faces.  She and they had a special relationship.  They have a special place for her in their hearts (and their stomachs).

My friend would come over and bake.  She made cookies galore!  Her cheesecake was the best I’ve ever put in my mouth.  She would share her recipes, but would always leave out one ingredient when sharing so hers were always better than mine. 

A lil’ old Irish woman, she had a unique way of dealing with my children.  One of my favorite memories is of her taking charge of the firewood.

We had a fireplace.  For a few years that was our only heat.  There was a pecking order: my oldest cut and split it, and the rest had to unload it and stack it neatly on the porch.  Mama brought it in, built the fire, and cleaned out the fireplace.  Sounded like a fair deal to me.

My youngest decided to slack.  He had a cell phone, and the games on the cell phone were much more important than unloading firewood.  MUCH more important!

Finally, my friend asked if she could borrow his cell phone.  She said her battery was dead in hers, and she had a very important call to make.  He reluctantly gave it up, but did (sure he was thinking about what kind of cookies he was going to get that evening).

She turned it off and shoved it into the bra of her considerable bosom.  His mouth fell open and he couldn’t say a single word.  Don’t mess with lil’ old Irish women.

He was kindly informed that he would get his phone back when all the wood was unloaded and neatly stacked.  He didn’t –dare- try to take it back.  He was Johnny-on-the-spot unloading and stacking after that.

He got his phone back, I got my wood stacked and we all ate well that night.  I didn’t get cheesecake though. 
 
Bess


A jack of all trades, Bess Tuggle has been a Covington resident since the late 70’s. She's been a K-Mart cashier, cabinet builder, vet tech, office manager for a beef cattle ranch and water well company (where she was able to hold benefits for D.A.R.E. and Scouts), a court reporter, business manager, assistant at a private investigation firm, legal assistant, convenience store clerk, landscaper and elementary school substitute teacher.  Her greatest pleasure is being a wife, mother and grandmother.  Her stories are all real, and all names will be withheld to protect the innocent, and also maybe the guilty, depending on the crime & the Statute of Limitations. 
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08 July 2018

TPC: Gone Fishin' / Open Thread


Howdy, gang! Hope all is well out there.

It's time for The Chronicles' Summer Break.

We'll be back w/ you Sunday the 15th. So don't spill anything on the carpet & consider this an open thread. And we'll be checking in on the book of faces, too.

Happy Trails! 


- MBM 

y'all know how we do! 

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07 July 2018

Bess Tuggle - Memoirs of Surviving Children, Pt. V: The Third Son, First Grade Incident



Raising children is a tough job. They can make you laugh, cry, groan, scream.. drop you to your knees and then hug them until they can’t breath. They’re still all like that old dinosaur show: “I’m the baby, you gotta love me!”

My third son has always been a smart, lil’ mess. There were a lot of times he was too smart for his own good, and mine too.

School homework was required before they were allowed to do anything. If their teacher didn’t send something, I’d make something up. They always had homework. One dear old friend was a regular visitor and once a week she’d take the dictionary off the shelf, open it, close her eyes, point at a word, and all the boys had to learn the word, how to spell it and the definition (the last one she picked was “Harridan,” which means a grumpy old lady). Yes, homework.

I always went to all the teacher conferences. I would come home thinking I was raising a house full of idiots after the conferences, then get their report cards and think “Wow! I’m doing –something- right!” I didn’t know what, but they were doing just fine.

Well, I got notice that son #3 was about to fail first grade. Fail. Flunk. Get held back. Whatever you want to call it. At first I was devastated, and then I got mad.

His grades had been good all year. Regardless of his parent/teacher conferences, his grades were all good on his report cards. So, I scheduled an appointment with the principal.

The meeting was amicable. Everyone agreed the child was smart. He had great grades in reading and math. They were above first grade expectations. The only problem was that they thought he was “immature.” That was their reasoning for holding him back.

I listened as long as I could stand it, then looked the principal dead in the eye and responded “His father is pushing 40 and he’s –still- immature; my child isn’t going to outgrow this.”

My kid moved on to the second grade, graduated high school and is currently a Corporal in the United States Marine Corp.

He’s still immature.
Bess 



A jack of all trades, Bess Tuggle has been a Covington resident since the late 70’s. She's been a K-Mart cashier, cabinet builder, vet tech, office manager for a beef cattle ranch and water well company (where she was able to hold benefits for D.A.R.E. and Scouts), a court reporter, business manager, assistant at a private investigation firm, legal assistant, convenience store clerk, landscaper and elementary school substitute teacher.  Her greatest pleasure is being a wife, mother and grandmother.  Her stories are all real, and all names will be withheld to protect the innocent, and also maybe the guilty, depending on the crime & the Statute of Limitations. 
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05 July 2018

[TPC] - Rockabilly Superstars PSYCHO DEVILLE Live at Irish Bred Pub, Saturday July 7th

"Atlanta's Hot Rod Walt & the Psycho DeVilles are a super-charged, high-energy rockabilly show singing tunes about hot rod cars, mean women, and having a good ol' time"



(Staff Reports)

Hot Rod Walt and the Psycho DeVilles was formed in 2002. They have released 9 CDs.Hot Rod Walt takes pride in recording only original music and has over 200 original songs to his name.

He also takes great pride in Endorsed by Gretsch Guitars and playing nothing but Gretsch guitars........ Nothing else compares.

Hot Rod Walt shares the stage with two talented and loyal musicians......Burford T Ogletree on the Upright bass and Steve "Burnout" Barnett the hard hittin' punk rock drummer that never runs out of energy.

Together the Psycho-DeVilles perform a super high energy show. Singing songs about hot rod cars and mean women.................

In 2010 The Psycho-DeVilles had the pleasure of being a part of two TV shows. "Auction Kings" on Discovery Channel, where Hot Rod Walt auctioned off his Pink 1960 Cadillac.

And "Cafe' Racer" on Discovery HDTheater/velocity, where they brought him a custom built Cafe Racer motorcycle to test ride and build a story on the band.

In 2011 They sent HRW off to the famous Hawleywoods Barbershop for a story on the Pompadour

In 2012 they made and featured a Music video of there song "Ton UP".

In 2013 The Psycho-DeVilles were featured as the "Tennesee Three" in the Lifetime Movie "Ring of Fire" with Jewel and Matt Ross as Johnny Cash and June Carter.

In 2016 The Psycho-DeVilles became endorsed by Miller High Life... the champagne of beers !!

In 2017 The Hot Rod Walt and the Psycho-DeVilles are featured in Two episodes of a tv show called Caffeine and Octaine on Velocity Channel and NBC Sports.

The Psycho-DeVilles have toured the U.S. and Europe extensively and have been privileged to meet many fine and generous people, and have shared the stage with some of the absolute best musicians. 




website- http://www.psychodevilles.com

Facebook-

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Psycho-DeVilles/107887180558
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hot-Rod-Walt-and-the-Psycho-DeVilles/205701902776021
https://www.facebook.com/walt.richards.5


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04 July 2018

[TPC] - Perrin Lovett: Independence From What?



 
Happy Independence Day, America! Or Independence Week, the week of July Fourth - I’m not sure about the week’s publishing schedule. I truly appreciate the comments, here an on the socials, on last week’s installment about the Vampires of Austin. One mentioned that the subject was “very disturbing and incredibly sad.” Yes, yes it was and was so intended. So, too, might be the tone of this column; consider it a call to festivity and a warning.

This Fourth is the 242nd birthday of that unique nation we know as The United States of America. For Americans, it is good and right to celebrate, so long as the celebration is for the right reasons. Folks, while hot dogs, beer, and fireworks are worthy accompaniment for Independence Day, they are not the heart or focus of the holiday. Freedom is. Freedom and tradition.

On July 4, 1776, a small group of men, with vested interests, signed off on a Declaration against the King of England. They essentially gave him the finger. They were serious enough about freedom to risk a war with the world’s most powerful Empire.

Today, are we that serious? Are we serious at all? What, exactly, do modern Americans celebrate independence from? From rule by the British, sure. I do note that many, many Americans are held in rapt attention by Royal weddings and Downton Abbey. But that’s cultural. We are free from the long list of injuries and usurpations set forth in the Declaration - as committed, then, by George III. Go down that list and see how we’re really doing all these years later - with the usurpations of Washington.

National Archives.

Among the complaints against the ancient Monarch was that he imposed taxes on the people without their consent. I forget exactly where I got this, but I recall it was sound: equalizing all forms of taxation from 1776 into a representative income tax, the rate of such would have been around 2%. And this rate only affected a few professions, those heavily dependent on things like paper. (Note: lawyers and newspaper publishers make powerful enemies).  Compare that rate to the lowest rate currently bestowed upon us by the Trump revisions, 10%. Unless I’m mistaken, 10 is larger than 2.

It’s not just the taxes and the governance that has changed. The people themselves are different. In a way, 325,000,000 people sandwiched between Canada and Mexico render into 325,000,000 different individuals. In another way, there are now two general superclasses of people: Americans and Not Americans. I really doubt you need an explanation to differentiate between the two.

There was a clear definition of the original Americans, the free people of the new nation. They were, geography and royal allegiance aside, English. The Declaration addressed “our Brittish brethren” and “the ties of our common kindred.” The Preamble of the Constitution of 1787 repeats this sentiment and clarifies its perpetuation:  

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity…”

In between, the forgotten Articles of Confederation reiterated the notion of the “the free inhabitants” of the several States. See: Art. of Confed., Art. IV, as ratified March 1, 1781.

According to the 2010 Census, this Posterity was down to a mere 8.4% of the population. Here, I’ll add that, due to definitional changes, the real percentage is likely closer to the 1980 tally, 26%. Still, it would seem that actual Americans, as originally intended, are a minority in modern America. If one expands the original definition, to include all of any European descent, then the majority is restored, though it is shrinking.

The Not Americans, it seems, would have it shrink to a minuscule level and then totally disappear. The globalist, socialist left has shifted the rhetoric from Ronald Reagan’s (pitiful) “Anybody … can come to America to live and become an American,” to “everyone is already an American, now let them in!”

An aside, and just for fun: If your favorite leftist (or “conservative”) friend suggests this to you, then agree with them. Smile! And add that, as Vladimir Putin is an American who just happened to be born in Russia, he would make an ideal American President. Putin, 2028! Maybe add that in parting.

The differences between the superclasses are driving wedges between everything traditional. And the schism is heating up, moving beyond rhetoric to violence. There’s a reason why Sarah Sanders, Pam Bondi, Stephen Miller, Rand Paul, and others suffer vicious attacks. There’s a reason why Maxine Waters and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez want no borders whatsoever. There’s a reason why Peter Fonda called for a minor child to be kidnapped and raped by pedophiles (see my other column about the push to normalize). There’s a reason why Rep. Peter King and 31% of the population foresee a coming Civil War.

Sadly, this is what happens to all large, civilized societies. Plato gave us five stages any such state passes through - aristocracy, timocracy, oligarchy, democracy, and … tyranny. See: The Republic, Book VIII. We’re somewhere between stages four and five right now. Actually, I classify the present as a combined ochlocracy and oligarchy, the mob mess being a holdover from the democratic era. Anyway, at these levels, war is frequently an experienced condition.

Perrin’s Bicentennial Wall Rug of Freedom by Ethan Allen.

So, as you celebrate the 242nd birthday - and do celebrate - ponder whether there will be a 252nd. I suspect there will. However, I’m something like 67% confident that the 262nd will be another matter. Amidst all the booms and crackles and the red, white, and blue, remember the reason for this season: the existence of a free, independent, prosperous, sovereign, and distinct People. Then, perhaps, consider preparing for the coming end of that existence.

God Bless America!

PS: They say a house divided against itself cannot stand. We may soon find out.

PPS: The War of the 2030’s, if or when it comes, will probably include the main component of an actual civil war, a feature lacking in that unfortunate affray of the 1860’s: two or more factions fighting for control of a central government. That may be a feature; I doubt those in the Redoubt, Aztlan, or Alaska will really care what happens on the Potomac.





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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03 July 2018

Kayla's Corner - Week of July 4th: Stars & Stripes Fest

Kayla's Corner

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Hope everyone enjoyed this past weekend's musical performances & fun activities as much as I did!

If you missed out, don't worry, this week is packing a whole lot of fun for everyone!

Tomorrow, July the 4th, Jaco Contracting will be presenting the city of Covington's "Stars & Stripes" fest! This special event will be taking place on Covington's downtown square from 3PM to 10PM. Make sure to stop in all the shops! There will be lots of local food vendors, multiple groups & organizations with booths set up, and tons of activities for the kids.

The music is one of the biggest draws of this annual event, and this year's lineup looks amazing! 

The list of musical performers: 


Hannah Thomas
Newton County Community Band & Mass Community Choir
Drive Time
A1A: The Official and Original Jimmy Buffet Tribute Band

For those of you who missed Hannah this past weekend at the Irish Pub, you'll have an opportunity to see her with her full band. I hear they're really good!

And of course the biggest attraction is the fireworks! Rated as one of the top ones in the entire state of Georgia, they're supposed to go for exactly 19 minutes!

For any questions, check out the event's Facebook page. 



Alright, y'all, we'll see you next time. 

- K






Happy 4th of July!


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.