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Effingham jobless rate holds steady at 5.4 percent

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor announced that Effingham County's unemployment rate for January remained unchanged from December, staying level at 5.4 percent.

March 17, 2015 | Staff report | Business

Thankful for a new wave of ministers

I spent last week helping to assess a group of people for a job I couldn't do if my life depended on it. Actually, what they were seeking is not a job; it is a calling. And my life here and in the hereafter depends on how well they do it.

March 17, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion

So what happened to local control?

When I first started writing about politics, my conservative friends would preach the gospel of "local control." They believed that local governments did a better job of running things because local officeholders were closer to the people who elected them.

March 17, 2015 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion

Lawmakers pass ‘crossover day’

The Legislature begins the last three weeks of the 2015 session having passed "crossover day." Most of the top issues remain to be settled. Transportation, medical marijuana and the 2016 budget will all ultimately be completed by conference committees.

March 17, 2015 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion

The imaginary problems of parents

Today's parents tend to worry about all manner of things that deserve not even second thoughts. Imaginary friends, for example. I've been asked many times by mothers if they should worry that their preschoolers have imaginary friends they seem to think and in some cases even insist are real.

March 17, 2015 | By John Rosemond | Lifestyle

‘Hidden predator’ act sent to Senate

On March 13, we reached day 30 of the 2015 legislative session. This date, which is also known as "crossover day," is the final chance for bills to pass the legislative chamber from which they originated. Listed below is a brief description of several bills that passed the House and are moving forward.

March 17, 2015 | By Rep. Jon Burns | Opinion

Tax credits, fireworks highlight House bills

Last week, the General Assembly passed the 30th legislative day, or "crossover day" as it's commonly referred. As I have mentioned before, any legislation that hasn't crossed over to the Senate or the House of Representatives is dead legislation until we reconvene next year.

March 17, 2015 | By Rep. Bill Hitchens | Opinion

The search for Jesus on CNN

On Sunday evenings this spring, CNN is airing a new docudrama series entitled "Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact, and Forgery." The series is based on the book of the same name by David Gibson and Michael McKinley.

March 17, 2015 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church

Plenty to see, learn in tour of the district

Monday, March 9: I was honored this past weekend to speak at the 270th birthday celebration of Gen. Casimir Pulaski, the famous American Revolutionary War hero who is buried in Monterey Square in Savannah. I also had the opportunity to wish my good friend Jerry Loupe a happy 80th birthday as well as attend the Eagle Scout Court of Honor ceremony of Brett Kohler in Ellabell. Brett is the youngest of three brothers who have all earned the rank of Eagle Scout. It was truly an honor for me to be invited to this ceremony and have the opportunity to ...

March 17, 2015 | By U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter | Opinion

Children read mean tweets to show the damaging effects of cyberbullying

Hear the phrase “read mean tweets” and you probably think of Jimmy Kimmel, whose late-night talk show has popularized the reading of mean social media comments.

March 17, 2015 | Herb Scribner Deseret News | Hot Topics

Have You Seen This? Riding the white line



SCARY TOWN — I am not an extreme sport guy. I wish I were, it’d make me much cooler. In fact, my wife and I just got life insurance, and we were asked the following questions: Do you SCUBA dive? Do you skydive? Do you rock climb? Do you ski?

March 17, 2015 | John Clyde KSL | Hot Topics

St. Patrick's Day revelries inspire safe driving campaigns

St. Patrick's Day is associated with many activities in the American imagination: Pinching people who don't wear green, dying the Chicago River and drinking to excess, to name a few.

March 17, 2015 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | Hot Topics

The real secret to a happy marriage

Question:

March 17, 2015 | Kim Giles KSL | Hot Topics

Fast food restaurants drop soda pop from kids' meals

What's a kid got to do to get a Coke in this town? Well, avoid fast-food restaurants, for starters.

March 17, 2015 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | Hot Topics

Want a better relationship with your children? Don't be afraid to argue

If you want a better relationship with your children, then argue.

March 16, 2015 | Jessie Shepherd, MA, AMCHC KSL | Hot Topics

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Child adversity, mental health challenge may speed up physical aging process

Maturing early may not be the only way children who face adversity age. Researchers have found that children who experienced childhood adversity or psychiatric disorders when young may age faster at a cellular level. Stress is also linked to health conditions like diabetes and heart disease.

January 25, 2015 | Lois M. Collins Deseret Media Companies | Hot Topics

Is this the greatest water filter ever made?

15 nanometers. That’s how small the LIFESAVER® bottle 4000UF filters down to. What exactly does that mean? Well, the smallest known virus (Polio) is 25 nanometers. With this super-efficient filter, you can drink in peace knowing that it’s screened out all bacteria, viruses, cysts, parasites, fungi and microbiological waterborne pathogens known to man.

January 25, 2015 | Grant Olsen KSL | Hot Topics

12 of NASA scientists' favorite images of the sun

In celebration of the 100 millionth image of the sun captured by a NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory instrument, scientists shared 12 of their all-time favorites.

January 25, 2015 | Natalie Crofts KSL | Hot Topics

Ebola outlook improving in West Africa

January has been good to the global Ebola effort. Health officials report that the disease is slowing down in West Africa, as they offer an optimistic outlook for 2015.

January 25, 2015 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | Hot Topics

Are you part of the global 'baby shortage'?

Dropping birthrates and shrinking families are starting to have a negative effect on the global economy.

January 25, 2015 | Matthew Jelalian Deseret News | Hot Topics

Australian mom removes heavy makeup from Bratz dolls, makes them more realistic

Australian scientist, artist and mom Sonia Singh grew up playing with dolls that were homemade or found at second-hand stores. Now, as an adult, Singh enjoys re-working discarded toys and giving them new life.

January 25, 2015 | Sarah Sanders Petersen Deseret News | Hot Topics

Meth suspect sought

The Effingham County Sheriff's Office remains on the lookout for a Guyton man wanted on multiple drug-related charges.

January 24, 2015 | By Paul Floeckher | Crime Reports

Man arrested after setting fire at apartment complex

A Springfield man was arrested and charged with arson Friday after he set fire to his former girlfriend's bedroom at a Rincon apartment complex, according to the Effingham County Sheriff's Office.

January 24, 2015 | By Paul Floeckher | Crime Reports

The strangest piece of marital advice that will save your relationship

Just prior to our marriage, we had gone to a wise and wonderful mentor as a young, engaged couple seeking marital advice. How do we make our marriage strong and durable? How do we become good partners? How do we find synergy? We were expecting to get some consulting on communication, on trust, on unity, on prioritizing each other; and instead he chose to talk about physical intimacy — about sex.

January 23, 2015 | Linda and Richard Eyre FamilyShare | Hot Topics

Sundance film questions student preparedness for the 21st century

The opening scenes of filmmaker Greg Whiteley’s latest documentary premiering at the Sundance Film Festival this month, “Most Likely to Succeed,” find his daughter Scout crying in frustration while her mother and fourth-grade teacher discuss Scout's performance.

January 23, 2015 | Chandra Johnson Deseret News | Hot Topics

Have You Seen This? Freestyle unicycling will impress

UNIVILLE — Here on Have You Seen This? and around the Internet, videos of intense and sometimes random skills abound.

January 23, 2015 | Martha Ostergar KSL | Hot Topics

7 substitute sayings for a healthier relationship with your teen

Avocado instead of butter? Chia seeds instead of eggs? Pinterest is covered in baking substitute charts to help you bake the world's healthiest cookies. While I can't say I have ever made avocado cookies, I do appreciate all the mid-cooking trips to the store these charts have saved me. (Out of baking powder? Grab the cream of tartar and baking soda.)

January 22, 2015 | Rachel Chipman FamilyShare | Hot Topics

Have You Seen This? Pet rat adorably refuses broccoli

VEGGIEVILLE — Based on the informal poll I just took in my head, people dwell within two camps when it comes to rats: First, they are foul scavengers who will eat anything as they live in dumpsters and sewers, and second, they live under hats and are master chefs a la “Ratatouille."

January 22, 2015 | Martha Ostergar KSL | Hot Topics

Want success at work? Find a partner with these 5 personality traits

Companies across America want their employees' spouses to feel more included at the office, according to an article I wrote earlier this month.

January 22, 2015 | Herb Scribner Deseret News | Hot Topics

Don't keep this secret from your spouse if you want a happier marriage

According to a new report cited by CNN Money, Americans lie to their spouses about what they spend their money on. The report said one in five Americans don't tell their spouse about a purchase of $500 or more. And 7.2 million Americans haven’t told their spouses about a secret bank account they have.

January 22, 2015 | Herb Scribner Deseret News | Hot Topics

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