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Deal talks public education reform

Last week Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jason Carter shared via this column his vision for public education in Georgia.

October 21, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion

Ballot questions for voters

Georgia voters will make decisions on three issues when they vote in this general election. Two decisions involve amending the state constitution and one is a referendum question.

October 21, 2014 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion

Finding some old advertisements

This was compiled by Susan Exley of Historic Effingham Society.

October 21, 2014 | By Susan Exley | Echoes of Effingham

Living through Southern Living with Lindsay

A few years ago, the magazine I have long loved - Southern Living - changed. Like most Southerners, I have an aversion to change which is why our traditions have such a stranglehold. We never let go.

October 21, 2014 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle

Perpetua: An examble of unshaken faith

The German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote, "When Christ calls us, he bids us come and die." Bonhoeffer, citing the words of Jesus, bid Christians to count the cost of discipleship. For Bonhoeffer, this death was literal; for most other Christians we are called to die to our former selves.

October 21, 2014 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church

How to deal with a coach who bullies

Some coaches are loving and caring, and very aware of the young and impressionable children we are entrusting to them. They take their jobs seriously and can make a deep and long-lasting impression on those they coach.

October 21, 2014 | Stacey Meservy Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Poor, and middle-class give most to charity, wealthy pull back

As the recession has lifted, middle-class and poor Americans have given even more to charity, while wealthy Americans have held back.

October 21, 2014 | Lane Anderson Deseret News National | Hot Topics

10 things nobody told you about being married

You've heard that marriage isn't easy, that there are going to be trials, surprises and changes of plans along the way. People also tell you it's a blast and the best decision they've ever made. But did anyone tell you being married is also awkward? And sweaty? Being married is a lot of things, some of which no one tells you about ahead of time. Here's a head's up of a few things you probably haven't heard before.

October 21, 2014 | Katie Nielsen Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Are teachers getting behind Common Core? Conflicting polls muddle the question

According to new poll data from Scholastic, teachers are overall positive about Common Core, are more positive than they were last year, and are much more positive the more thoroughly it has been implemented in their schools.

October 21, 2014 | Eric Schulzke Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Expensive wedding ring results in higher divorce rate, study says

ATLANTA - They say diamonds are a girl's best friend, but they may not be a marriage's friend. Spending a large amount of money on a wedding ring or ceremony is linked to a higher divorce rate, according to a new study.

October 20, 2014 | Faith Heaton Jolley Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Are you wasting your money?

Ever since I was a child, I have been tight with money. I learned from an early age to work hard for my living, and I became very cautious about what I spent my hard-earned money on. I would drive my parents crazy by walking through every store in the mall to ensure I was getting the best deal and to make sure there wasn't something better out there. I knew what I wanted, and I didn't want "buyer's remorse." This trait has served me well into adulthood. I am not an expert with money, but I ...

October 20, 2014 | Megan Shauri Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Mom’s guide to apps your teens are using

t's hard enough to keep up with the social lives of teenagers, but now parents need to keep track of their teens' digital lives too. New apps and social media platforms arise as quickly as fashion trends. It's hard to know which ones are appropriate for kids and teens and which ones pose risks. Here's a quick guide to 7 apps your kids might be using.

October 20, 2014 | Amy Peterson Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Robust remodeling: Bigger isn’t always better

When it comes to home remodeling, we stand by the saying: "Bigger isn't always better."

October 20, 2014 | Annie Schwemmer and Ann Robinson Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Pizza Hut brings back Book It program, enticing more adults to read

For children growing up in the late '80s and '90s, Pizza Hut's Book It program was a win-win: Read books, collect stickers, earn a free pizza.

October 19, 2014 | Chandra Johnson Deseret News National | Hot Topics

How to get ready for flu season

Grab the tissues and cough drops-flu season is almost here! Influenza is a contagious respiratory disease caused by viruses. If your family has ever been hit with the flu bug, you know how awful it can be. I don't know whether it's due to good luck or preparation, but it's been several years since my family has been stricken. Get your family in fighting mode against the flu and other germs by doing these 6 things.

October 19, 2014 | Amy Peterson Deseret News National | Hot Topics

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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

14 best-ever ideas for busy parents

When the new school year kicks life into high gear, it's important to remember this: Do not bang your head against the wall or yearn to burrow yourself into a deep hole. Balancing work, school and activities with an organized, well-oiled household is feasible.

August 30, 2014 | Megan Gladwell 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

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

Book shares story of woman in the Mona Lisa painting

"MONA LISA: A Life Discovered," by Dianne Hales, Simon and Schuster, $28, 257 pages (nf)

August 29, 2014 | Michelle Garrett Deseret News National | Hot Topics

What the city you live in says about your relationship status

Your relationship status may depend a lot upon where you're living.

August 29, 2014 | Herb Scribner Deseret News National | Hot Topics

All aboard: Winning the budget battle with a reluctant spouse

A good marriage doesn't mean the spouses agree on everything, but different views on budgeting can lead to problems that a husband and wife might not expect.

August 29, 2014 | Michael De Groote Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Mom designs app to force kids to call their parents back

HOUSTON - A Texas mom frustrated that her son never returns her texts has designed an app that takes control of a child's phone until they text or call their parent back.

August 29, 2014 | Tracie Knabe Snowder Deseret News National | Hot Topics

City honors World War II vets

The city of Rincon honored another group of World War II veterans Monday, recognizing Wilfred Davis Sr., Edwin Exley, Eustace Ford, M.C. "Monk" Jaudon, Hubert Outler Sr., Thomas Owens and Louis Scott.

August 28, 2014 | Staff report | Around Town

Fanning pleads guilty, awaits completion of sentencing

An Effingham County man who was charged with sexually abusing a minor and videotaping the incident has pled guilty to one count of sexual exploitation.

August 28, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Crime Reports

Hospital, county to attempt to resolve pay disagreement

With the Department of Housing and Urban Development scheduled to visit in a few weeks, Effingham Health System leaders want to resolve an issue on how much money the hospital is owed from the county.

August 28, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

Rincon approves service rate hikes

Rincon residents can expect to pay more for water, sewer, sanitation and fire fees.

August 28, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

Viewing ‘The Notebook’ leads to brother, sister sex act

An Effingham County woman and her half-brother were arrested Tuesday on charges related to them having sex in a church parking lot in the man's truck.

August 28, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Crime Reports

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