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Governor shows he can create jobs — by himself

Now that the General Assembly has adjourned for the year and all of the bills have either been signed or vetoed, what lessons can we take away from this latest legislative session? I can think of a few.

May 12, 2015 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion

A thank you note to teachers

Dear Public School Teachers in Georgia:

May 12, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion

Plundering through old photographs again

This was compiled by Susan Exley of Historic Effingham Society. If you have photos, comments or information to share, contact Susan Exley at 754-6681 or email her at:

May 12, 2015 | By Susan Exley | Echoes of Effingham

Dixie Diva

A friend said something the other day that has clung like mist to the crevices of my mind. She's soon to turn 70 and this is what she said:

May 12, 2015 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle

A word from UGA Extension

The dogwood is a very recognizable tree in south Georgia and is adaptive to many different soil types. It likes well-drained soils high in organic matter. You do not see dogwoods growing in poorly-drained soils in woods environments. They need good soil drainage and protection from drought.

May 12, 2015 | By Sam Ingram | Lifestyle

I could be wrong

I have a personal philosophy about funerals and it is this: If at all possible, always attend a funeral for someone you knew. My faith tells me that. Now this may not be what all Christians see in their faith, but I see it.

May 12, 2015 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Lifestyle

Living with children

Q: My husband and I need your advice. We are parents to one adult daughter who has three children ages 10, 7, and 4. They live about three hours away and up until two years ago we saw them fairly often. Our visits were often very uncomfortable, however, because she and her husband do not discipline the children. As a consequence, they are rude, sassy, and disrespectful. They have no respect whatsoever for adult

May 12, 2015 | By John Rosemond | Lifestyle

Helping small businesses

Each year since 1963, Small Business Week is held to recognize the contributions of America's small businesses. In America, 99.7 percent of all employers are small businesses and they employ more than half of America's workforce. Responsible for more than half of our gross domestic product, small businesses are the backbone of our nation.

May 12, 2015 | By U.S. Rep Buddy Carter | Opinion

Georgia gets students moving on

While you were distracted by this year's transportation funding or Opportunity School District debates - or possibly ignoring the Legislature entirely - Gov. Nathan Deal, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, and both parties in both chambers unanimously set a tiny pebble rolling from the top of the mountain known as public education.

May 12, 2015 | By Russ Moore | Opinion

15 tips for living with chronic illness


May 12, 2015 | Kim Giles KSL | Hot Topics

She's still not getting paid for it, but Mom's value went up again

All those little things a stay-at-home mom does for the family — from cooking and cleaning to hauling the children to piano lessons — have kicked her monetary value up another notch. If, that is, she were paid for the things she does for kin and kind.

May 12, 2015 | Lois M. Collins Deseret News | Hot Topics

Privacy debate intensifies as court rules NSA data collection process illegal

A U.S. Appeals Court has ruled that the NSA's formerly secret collection of phone records is illegal.

May 12, 2015 | Chandra Johnson Deseret News | Hot Topics

11 celebrity marriages that have beaten the odds

When a celebrity divorces it’s big news. It happens so often that it’s easy to wonder if any marriages of the rich and famous will last. We can all remember how certain break-ups affected us. We want our celebrities and heroes to stay married. We want them to be examples of happy, lasting marriages. The good news is, many are. Here are a few worth noting.

May 12, 2015 | Gary and Joy Lundberg FamilyShare | Hot Topics

Have You Seen This? Biggest jump in action sports history

UP IN THE AIR — When is the last time you heard of daredevils and stuntmen setting and breaking world records? Probably not since the era of Evel Knievel for most of us, if we’re honest.

May 12, 2015 | Martha Ostergar KSL | Hot Topics

These are the qualities of a great teacher

In late March, Bill Humbert, former band teacher at Chandler High School in Glendale, Arizona, was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. When former students heard of the diagnosis, they quickly established a account, which has raised more than $15,000 to pay for the Humbert’s accumulating medical bills.

May 12, 2015 | Tyler Stahle Deseret News | Hot Topics

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All winners at Special Olympics

Students from every elementary, middle and high school in Effingham County participated in the Special Olympics Friday at South Effingham High School.

March 24, 2015 | By Paul Floeckher | Around Town

Farm Bureau has its day at the Capitol

Effingham County Farm Bureau members traveled to Atlanta recently to participate in Georgia Farm Bureau Day at the Capitol.

March 24, 2015 | Staff report | Local

NAACP to host town hall on police, community relations

An Effingham County town hall on police and community relations will be held at the Effingham County Board of Education auditorium April 23 at 6:30 p.m.

March 24, 2015 | Staff report | Around Town

Bennett named IDA chairman as Webb steps down

The Effingham Industrial Development Authority's board is under new leadership, as one of its most senior members was voted in as chairman Thursday night.

March 24, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Business

Taylor Swift buys .porn and .adult domain names to protect her body image

Taylor Swift purchased two domain names this week — and — as a preventive measure against Internet users who might use her name to promote adult-related content, according to the BBC.

March 24, 2015 | Herb Scribner Deseret News | Hot Topics

How to survive traveling with kids

When you have kids, traveling is difficult. While it might be faster to fly somewhere, flights are expensive, and they mean more time confined in one place. While driving may be a good solution financially, it's also overwhelming to think about spending that much time in a car with kids. Here are some ideas to make traveling with your kids something to look forward to.

March 24, 2015 | Megan Shauri FamilyShare | Hot Topics

To the mom who feels like she could be going better

As a mother, do you feel like a fraud? Maybe you look like you have it all together, but behind closed doors, you wonder, "How will I keep all this up?"

March 24, 2015 | Molly Freestone FamilyShare | Hot Topics

For Family Promise, it’s make your bed — and race in it

When Family Promise of Effingham held its inaugural bed race fundraiser last spring, Ashley Moore had not yet come on board as the organization's executive director.

March 24, 2015 | By Paul Floeckher | Around Town

What 'The Office' teaches us about job satisfaction

America's favorite workplace turns 10 this week. Fans of Jim, Pam, Dwight, Michael Scott and the rest of "The Office's" cast of characters will mark a decade since the comically dysfunctional crew first came to television screens.

March 24, 2015 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | Hot Topics

ECRP holds annual Jacan Brown Run

Effingham County Recreation and Parks held the annual Jacan Brown Spring Run on Feb. 28. The event consisted of a one-mile walk and run and a 5K walk and run. The event hosted more than 65 participants many competing in both races.

March 24, 2015 | Staff report | Sports

Studio CEO ‘happy’ with progress

The head of the massive movie studio complex to be built in Effingham County told members of the Effingham Industrial Development Authority that progress continues to be made on the project.

March 24, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Business

Young Farmers auction raises a crop of money

The Effingham County Young Farmers held their annual Lloyd Arnsdorff Auction on Thursday at Effingham County High School, with more than 90 items up for live auction and more in a silent auction. The event raised $12,800, which will be used to provide scholarships for students at ECHS and South Effingham High School.

March 24, 2015 | Staff report | Around Town

School system employees may get another raise

Effingham County School System employees received a 3-percent pay increase this year, and could get another one in next year's budget.

March 24, 2015 | By Paul Floeckher | Education

Driving ahead on the parkway

The Effingham Parkway is still a few years away from construction, but the interest in the road isn't stuck in neutral.

March 24, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

Five Effingham students chosen for all-state band

Five students from Effingham County were selected to participate in the Georgia Music Educators Association middle school all-state band in Athens on Feb. 26-28.

March 24, 2015 | Staff report | Education

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