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ECHS softball team starting bat girl program this season

Girls in grades second through fifth will have the opportunity to participate in one of the Effingham County High School softball team's home games this year as the bat girl. The bat girl will sit in the dugout with the Lady Rebel softball team and will assist in getting bats and chasing foul balls.

July 24, 2014 | Staff report | Sports

Season 2' shares behind-the-scenes peek at 'Downton Abbey'

Editor's note: For fans of the British period drama "Downton Abbey," the fifth season can't come too soon. In the meantime, this is one of a half a dozen books - both novels and nonfiction - that have crossed our desks that have an upstairs/downstairs drama, are set in a similar era or may be of interest to fans of the historical series.

July 24, 2014 | Christine Rappleye Deseret News National | Hot Topics

State DNR sets July 31 deadline for gator quota

SOCIAL CIRCLE - Hunting alligators may be an experience unlike any other adventure. To participate, however, you need to get your online quota application in before midnight July 31.

July 24, 2014 | Staff report | Sports

Questions aplenty for Sun Belt newcomer

NEW ORLEANS - The one word that was thrown around all day was "unknown."

July 24, 2014 | By Matt Yogus | College sports

Turnout in Effingham stronger than anticipated

While a 12.5 percent turnout of registered voters sounds disappointing for an election, it was actually a pleasant surprise in Effingham County for Tuesday's runoff.

July 24, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Georgia's elected

Carter surprised how rough campaign was

SAVANNAH - Buddy Carter is hoping to mend fences within the Republican party, after he won the nomination Tuesday night for the U.S. House 1st District seat.

July 24, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Georgia's elected

New teachers, staff welcomed to school system

Taylor Sauerland fondly recalls the method her fifth-grade teacher at South Effingham Elementary School employed to teach spelling words.

July 24, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Education

Jailer admits to improper contact with inmate

A former Effingham County Jail officer has been arrested for improper contact with an inmate following a six-month-long probe conducted by the Effingham County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Division.

July 24, 2014 | Staff report | Crime Reports

Medient wins round in court against former CEO

The new chief executive officer of Medient Studios said the company got the ruling in its favor from a Nevada judge Wednesday afternoon it anticipated.

July 24, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business

Little Rebel Cheer Camp gets them off their feet

The annual Little Rebel Cheer Camp had its largest turnout, with 80 girls participating this week at Effingham County High School.

July 24, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Education

Effingham students earn ABAC scholarships

TIFTON - Austin Dixon of Rincon and Leslie Lamb of Guyton have been awarded scholarships from the ABAC Foundation to attend Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College during the 2014-15 academic year.

July 24, 2014 | Staff report | Education

Springfield’s early churches

Springfield Baptist Church sat at the corner of Laurel and Franklin streets. The building in the accompanying photograph was the third in the history of the church founded in 1848. The building shown was constructed in 1909 and sat at the northwest corner of the lot.

July 24, 2014 | By Susan Exley | Echoes of Effingham

The power of hard labor

It was an early summer morning, an enchanting time when flowers are blooming, blackberries are spurting to full growth, and the birds are happy to have sunny warmth. I had taken myself out to the back porch, where often I settle down to write after I have finished a gentle run.

July 24, 2014 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle

Red Cross facing shortages of all blood types

The American Red Cross is facing a looming blood shortage, leading to an urgent need for donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve and give.

July 24, 2014 | Staff report | Around Town

The toils and troubles of toilet training

Q: Using your advice, I successfully toilet-trained my daughter by age 16 months. It is now three months later and we are still using diapers at naps and nighttime. At her nap, which lasts several hours, she fully soaks her diaper. At night, she is taking off her diaper prior to falling asleep, wetting the bed after she goes to sleep, and then crying for us when she wakes up in a pool of pee. Is this a sign that I should begin night training? I'm hesitant to do this because I am 8 months pregnant and don't ...

July 24, 2014 | By John Rosemond | Lifestyle

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Technology can empower or enslave

Technology in the world is quickly advancing into better, faster means of "connecting" to just about anything you could possible want or need. Though this means greater accessibility for many good things, the opposite is also true. There are many downfalls of excessive or inappropriate use of technology. Know the difference and choose wisely. Randall Ridd, a leader over a worldwide youth organization stated, "Your choices determine whether technology will empower you or enslave you."

May 24, 2014 | Wendy Jessen Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Life hacks for organized people

Several years ago, my husband's family was having a lively discussion about everyone's quirks. When it was my turn to be discussed, I felt a little nervous; I didn't want any of my major flaws brought to light in front of my in-laws. Imagine my delight when my biggest quirk turned out to be my amazing penchant for organization. I realize, however, that not everyone shares my talent. Adopt some of these life hacks and you'll find yourself on top of your game.

May 24, 2014 | Amy Peterson Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Mom goes to war

Stacy Keyte had just re-enlisted in the National Guard in 2004 when she got pregnant with her son, Caleb. He was a year old when she got a call at her job at a local bank. She was being deployed to Iraq.

May 24, 2014 | Lane Anderson Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Does a mother's education matter?

Mothers who have at least some college education are better equipped to help their children achieve their life goals. Jenet Jacob Erickson, a university teacher, told of her summer experience in a mountain village in Guatemala teaching health and sanitation to schoolchildren. It didn't take her long to realize the real need. She said, "To improve the health and wellbeing of a community, the education of children is helpful. But the education of mothers - those who inculcate values and practices into the hearts and minds of the next generation-is vital."

May 24, 2014 | Gary and Joy Lundberg Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Mom on strike

If you've ever had children who were such picky eaters that you've been ready to throw up your hands and quit feeding them, read on.

May 24, 2014 | Linda and Richard Eyre Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Should we lower the hoop for our kids?

After a lengthy and well-orchestrated campaign by my two young sons, I finally purchased a basketball standard for the driveway. It's the typical rolling model with height adjustment for the rim and a large base to fill with water or sand.

May 24, 2014 | Jason Wright Deseret News National | Hot Topics

'The Paris Architect' is a story of courage during WWII

"THE PARIS ARCHITECT," by Charles Belfoure, Sourcebook Landmark, $25.99, 384 pages (f)

May 23, 2014 | Angela Carter Deseret News National | Hot Topics

The ultimate cheapskate's guide

Who couldn't use more money? None of us likes to admit that we're wasting money, but it's easy to overlook ways to save money on everyday purchases. Whether you're looking for ways to jumpstart your new frugal lifestyle or you're a veteran cheap skate looking for even more ways to save some cash, check out these ten ways to start saving money today.

May 23, 2014 | Heather Hale Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Student loan debt increased by $31 billion in first quarter

It's the time of year to celebrate the accomplishments of those students who have finished their studies and are graduating.

May 23, 2014 | Kirby Brown Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Beautiful Creatures spinoff shows that no one is a lost cause

You can't be awful at everything.

May 23, 2014 | Hikari Loftus Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Being Open with Your Child

I remember the first time my oldest child asked me about sex. He was 12 and I was behind the wheel of my SUV in the grocery store parking lot. I was shrieking on the inside. After a long pause and a deep sigh, I said, "Do you really want to know what sex is? Ask your father."

May 23, 2014 | Abby Patonai Deseret News National | Hot Topics

'The Tropic of Serpents' is a delightful follow-up about Lady Trent

"THE TROPIC OF SERPENTS: A Memoir by Lady Trent," by Marie Brennan, Tor Books, $25.99, 331 pages (f)

May 23, 2014 | Mike Whitmer Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Beyond Condolences: How to truly help those who grieve

Four years ago, my running partner died unexpectedly after a weeklong illness. I was very close to her and her family, and helping them aided me in my own grief process. This same family lost a son-in-law suddenly a few months ago. I found myself re-living some of the same experiences and having some of the same feelings of shock and grief. Again, being able to serve was therapeutic.

May 23, 2014 | Amy Peterson Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Commenter tells waitresses to 'show more skin'

The restaurant reviewing site Urban Spoon has become a popular place for guests to comment about their dining experiences. But for Atomic Grill, a restaurant in West Virginia, one comment left on the site was quite offensive.

May 23, 2014 | Sarah Sanders Petersen Deseret News National | Hot Topics

'To All the Boys I've Loved Before' is readable, sweet

"TO ALL THE BOYS I'VE LOVED BEFORE," by Jenny Han, Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, $17.99, 365 pages (f) (ages 14 and up)

May 23, 2014 | Sharon Haddock Deseret News National | Hot Topics

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