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A look at Alabama’s education budget

Warning: This column may contain statistics - you should always remember that "statistics come to the aid of those who don't lie well!"

September 01, 2014 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion

Mock-Jackson

Mr. Alan Mock and Dr. Ray and Angie Gaskin announce the engagement of their daughter, Cheyanne Mock from Springfield, to Allen Jackson of Clyo.

September 01, 2014 | Staff Report | Engagements

Why being desperately poor was the best thing for my childhood

I don't need to look at a socio-economic graph or statistics about the 1970's poverty rate to know that my family was poor. There were a lot of us: 5 kids and 2 parents living in tight quarters. In fact, quarters that used to house horses. (Our home was a converted horse stable.) My Dad was the primary wage earner, and he worked long, hard hours at a dangerous job that was prone to lay-offs when business got slow. As kids, we were no strangers to free lunch tickets, "Government Cheese" and the occasional food stamps when times ...

September 01, 2014 | Shannon Kelly Badger Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Parents: Stop pushing your children to be the best

I received a horrifying email from a test prep company today that basically told me that my children are destined to be unemployed slobs if I don't buy an academic enrichment program immediately.

September 01, 2014 | Erin Stewart Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Screen time tampers with preteens' ability to read the emotions of others

Sixth-graders who turned off the TV and stepped away from other screens for a few days were much better at reading other people's emotions than those engaged with media during that same time, according to a new study published in Computers in Human Behavior.

September 01, 2014 | Lois M. Collins Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Cook’n Recipe Organizer, Cook’n Recipe App a treat for planning family dinners

Is that recipe for dinner in a cookbook, pinned to a Pinterest board, printed out from a website or tucked away somewhere else?

September 01, 2014 | Alexis Jones Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Family Reunion - What's That?

At a recent family reunion held on a small academic campus, we shared a breakfast table with three teenage students. During our conversation, one of them asked hesitantly, "So, why are you here?"

August 31, 2014 | Laura Bunker Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Why 'Harry Potter' may really be about mental health

Harry Potter's spell on the American public may never find its end.

August 31, 2014 | Herb Scribner Deseret News National | Hot Topics

How to Learn Online for Free

Henry Ford said that "anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty." Technology today provides many opportunities for learning at any age, whether apps for preschoolers, podcasts for parents on the run, or certificate courses for the busy professional. Here are four ways to learn online for free.

August 31, 2014 | Emily Christensen Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Here are 10 common disabilities that American kids are diagnosed with

A 10-year analysis found that disabilities among American kids are on the rise, especially mental and developmental issues, according to The Associated Press. In 2012, 8 percent of American children were reported to have disabilities, compared to 7 percent in 2000.

August 31, 2014 | Herb Scribner Deseret News National | Hot Topics

One girl's conversation with foster parents will leave you speechless

Being a member of a family is a tremendous blessing that, unfortunately, many of us take for granted. We all have bad days with our family. We have children who we may want to run and hide from, a spouse that makes us angry and even extended family that may just drive us nuts.

August 30, 2014 | Courtnie Erickson Deseret News National | Hot Topics

What you do before marriage has everything to do with having a happy marriage

It starts early. There are things we need to teach our children, especially our teenage and young adult children, about marriage that sometimes gets lost in what seems to be acceptable behavior in today's world. More specifically, sexual involvement before marriage. Our teens and young adults seem to be clueless about the seriousness of their sexual behavior and how it will affect their future marriage.

August 30, 2014 | Gary and Joy Lundberg Deseret News National | Hot Topics

ValueSpeak: To mow, or not to mow?

It wasn't that I didn't want to mow the lawn that late summer afternoon when I was 13.

August 30, 2014 | Joe Walker Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Cyberspace battle ensues in Dashner's 'The Rule of Thoughts'

"THE RULE OF THOUGHTS: Mortality Doctrine, Book 2," by James Dashner, Delacorte Press, $18.99, 325 pages (f) (ages 12 and up)

August 30, 2014 | Mike Whitmer Deseret News National | Hot Topics

TV series galore on Blu-ray, DVD this week

"Newhart," "The Good Wife" and both "NCIS" shows lead TV series season sets on Blu-ray and DVD this week.

August 30, 2014 | Chris Hicks Deseret News National | Hot Topics

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Why everyone is asking if fathers matter

How much do dads matter?

July 03, 2014 | Herb Scribner Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Where to go, how to get there for River Street fireworks

In preparation for an influx of motorists traveling along Savannah-Chatham Highways during the firework displays on the Fourth of July, the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department has implemented a traffic operations plan to reduce delays and relieve congestion.

July 03, 2014 | Staff report | Local

19 promises: A year after Arizona tragedy, firefighter's widow filled with gratitude

YARNELL, Ariz. - There's one room in Juliann Ashcraft's home that serves a solemn, almost sacred purpose.

July 03, 2014 | Morgan Jacobsen Deseret News National | Hot Topics

ECSO urging safety for the 4th of July holiday

Fireworks aren't the only potentially dangerous objects the Effingham County Sheriff's Office discourages people from shooting into the air for the Fourth of July weekend.

July 03, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Local

A walk in the park

The four fields at the Macomber Park expansion are done, but there is still plenty of work to do on the new phase - and on the older parts of the park.

July 03, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

Deputies on the lookout for ‘slow pokes’

Along with watching out for people driving too fast on Georgia highways, officers can now ticket those driving too slow.

July 03, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Local

County, prison renew capacity agreement

Effingham County commissioners have renewed the capacity agreement with the state Department of Corrections for the Effingham County Prison.

July 03, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

Response filed on challenge’s Supreme Court appeal

Attorneys for an Effingham County commissioner have filed their response to an appeal of the board of elections' and a Superior Court judge's decision denying a challenge to her qualifications.

July 03, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

CAP cadets earn promotions, attend encampment

Cadets James Jolin, Christopher Palmer and Trevor Charles all received their "first stripe" on their way to success in the Civil Air Patrol cadet program.

July 03, 2014 | Staff report | Around Town

Exploring the gin and the depot

Just north of the Calhoun Tractor Company on the west side of Laurel Street in Springfield, a set of gas tanks was located beside the railroad. Coastal Gas, owned by Howard Haupt Sr., used these tanks for storage for butane and propane gas for their business.

July 03, 2014 | By Susan Exley | Echoes of Effingham

Precious memories that really are

In the tiny country church where I spent most of the first 22 years of my life, where I found the Lord at the age of 11, where, without fail, I had the leading part in every Christmas pageant and where my daddy laid down the law in more ways than one, we sang hymns from a brown songbook and a green one that were filled with the haunting melodies that have penetrated the Appalachians for many decades.

July 03, 2014 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle

Does learning cursive matter? Perhaps more than you think

Cursive writing and handwriting in general are dying arts in grade schools, as students shift to the keyboard. But some psychologists think we may be losing more than we know.

July 03, 2014 | Eric Schulzke Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Infographic: Refugee figures highest since World War II

According to the accompanying infographic, the number of global refugees in 2013 was the highest since the end of World War II. More than 50 million people were displaced during the year, with over 10 percent from Afghanistan and Syria alone.

July 03, 2014 | Ben Luthi Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Housing the homeless costs less than leaving them on the streets

A new study released by the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness reveals that doing nothing about homelessness costs Florida residents more than if the state were to house them.

July 03, 2014 | Amy McDonald Deseret News National | Hot Topics

What were audiences looking forward to 30 years ago, in 1984?

The year is 1984. Frankie Goes to Hollywood is circling top-40 stations with "Relax," Hulk Hogan defeats that pesky Iron Sheik to become the World Wrestling Federation champion, and your water cooler conversations seem to always include stories about Michael Jackson's hair catching fire during his Pepsi commercial shoot.

July 03, 2014 | Travis Poppleton Deseret News National | Hot Topics

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