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Legislature making progress this session

As the legislative session reached the halfway mark for 2015, there are signs of promising action from the General Assembly.

February 24, 2015 | By Benita Dodd | Opinion

What would Jesus do?

We are fortunate to live in a county rich with churches offering different opportunities for people to worship. Yet, we must be humble and honest enough to realize that often people who walk through our front doors see very imperfect organizations, and unfortunately that can turn them off to the whole idea of organized religion and church.

February 24, 2015 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church

Saving Eliza: Family captures moments — including daddy-daughter dance — as disease, time march on

The Glenn and Cara O'Neill family of Columbia, South Carolina, has raised enough money to launch a clinical trial in hopes of saving 5-year-old Eliza from a disease that will otherwise rewind her development and ultimately kill her.

February 24, 2015 | Lois M. Collins Deseret News | Hot Topics

'Too much of a good thing': When empathy is overwhelming

A long-held truth among psychologists that stress and sadness are contagious has been confirmed in a recent study from the Pew Research Center. The study brought research into the digital age, where people often read about friends' stressors on Facebook or Twitter, finding that struggles experienced by one person can be felt by others.

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

Americans think communication is the most important skill to get ahead — are we right?

The ability to communicate, whether written or spoken, was recently noted by the Pew Research Center as the skill American adults think is most necessary to be successful.

February 24, 2015 | JJ Feinauer Deseret News | Hot Topics

American millennials rank low on global skills test

A recent study from the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies found American young adults lagging behind their international peers in literacy, numeracy and problem-solving skills, according to U.S. News & World Report.

February 24, 2015 | Leslie Corbly Deseret News | Hot Topics

Why being too nice is a problem

Question:

February 24, 2015 | Kim Giles KSL | Hot Topics

Wealthy businessman gives back by helping addicts

GILBERT, Ariz. — Sometimes it takes the right kind of help and a generous donation to save people from self-destruction.

February 23, 2015 | Carole Mikita KSL | Hot Topics

Fewer college students are taking foreign language courses, report shows

A new report from the Modern Language Association shows a dramatic decrease in the number of college students enrolled in foreign language classes.

February 23, 2015 | Leslie Corbly Deseret News | Hot Topics

'New' Dr. Seuss work coming this summer

July is for book lovers. Or, at least, this coming July.

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

Dear son: you are beautiful, too

When I became a daddy for the first time, it was to a little girl. As she grew up, she loved to play tea party, princess party and loved to be called cutie, sweetie and beautiful. In fact, she would even ask me "You think I'm beautiful, don't you daddy?" And I'd always reply "You're the most beautiful girl in the whole world, sweetie". Then she would giggle, grin and give me a hug. She's ten years old now, and while she doesn't like to play tea party so much, she still loves it ...

February 23, 2015 | Aaron Anderson FamilyShare | Hot Topics

Some senior citizens have the mental ability of healthy people many years younger

Despite advanced age, a group of senior citizens 80 and older called "SuperAgers" have the mental ability of healthy people many years younger. Research published in the Journal of Neuroscience says their brains are as different from those of peers as their cognitive ability.

February 23, 2015 | Lois M. Collins Deseret Media Companies | Hot Topics

Children with same-sex parents are worse off, study says

According to a new study from researchers at the Catholic University of America, children of same-sex parents are more likely to suffer from emotional issues than children of heterosexual couples. The researchers define "emotional issues" generally, but note that it can include ADHD, learning disabilities and seeking help from mental health professionals.

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

As heroin use rises, treatment experts reflect on their efforts

This is the third in a three-part series. Read part one: "The new face of heroin addiction." Read part two: "How families can work together to fight heroin addiction."

February 22, 2015 | Deseret Connect Deseret News | Hot Topics

Adding curb appeal to your house

Real estate professionals say it time and time again: Curb appeal (or the lack thereof) can make or break a deal. They say potential buyers form their opinions about a given property within the first 15 seconds of viewing a house. Whether you are selling your house or not, curb appeal is important and can be a source of pride and satisfaction for a homeowner.

February 22, 2015 | Annie Schwemmer and Ann Robinson Deseret News | Hot Topics

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Is your daughter a diva?

She's demanding. She's self-absorbed. She's moody. And she's your daughter. But even though you can't control how your daughter behaves, there are things you can do to help her channel her "inner diva" in a more positive direction.

January 02, 2015 | Heather Merrill Deseret News National | Hot Topics

5 little changes that can have a big impact on your family's health

In sports when a player isn't working, the coach takes him out. We need to do the same thing in our lives.

January 02, 2015 | Megan Wallgren Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Ex-CIA officer uses crime-fighting skills to bust child sex rings

On a bright October day earlier this year, Tim Ballard waited in a rented mansion in Cartagena, Colombia, to pull off his biggest undercover operation to date.

January 02, 2015 | Lane Anderson Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Bucket list budgeting: How to squirrel away money for fun things

Collette Zeller and her husband are saving for a trip to Italy for their fifth anniversary. The trip is two years out, but their new year's budget includes a monthly savings plan.

January 02, 2015 | Deborah Sutton Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Grounding your kids: You've been doing it wrong

There are all kinds of pros and cons when it comes to using grounding as a form of discipline. Some parents find grounding effective; others do not. If parents use grounding, they must recognize that they're not only grounding their child but also themselves. After all, someone has to be around to make sure the child does not run off and ignore the grounding. Parents hope the ultimate payoff is that their child will be more obedient as a result of being grounded. Here are some ways to ensure children and parents benefit from this form of discipline.

January 01, 2015 | Gary and Joy Lundberg Deseret News National | Hot Topics

County OKs payment for generator

A longstanding issue for Effingham County commissioners has been resolved, after commissioners voted to pay a bill due for a generator installed by a fellow commissioner's company.

December 31, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

Grounding your kids: You've been doing it wrong

There are all kinds of pros and cons when it comes to using grounding as a form of discipline. Some parents find grounding effective; others do not. If parents use grounding, they must recognize that they're not only grounding their child but also themselves. After all, someone has to be around to make sure the child does not run off and ignore the grounding. Parents hope the ultimate payoff is that their child will be more obedient as a result of being grounded. Here are some ways to ensure children and parents benefit from this form of discipline.

December 31, 2014 | Gary and Joy Lundberg Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Great ways to feel regenerated this weekend

Saturday and Sunday. Two short days to feel more alive and less undead. Feeling more alive isn't just about the things we should do – but sometimes more importantly includes the things we shouldn't do. Read on to find out how to maximize your weekend.

December 31, 2014 | Heather Merrill Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Arrest made in May fatal wreck

A Springfield man is in jail in connection with a deadly May car wreck.

December 30, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Crime Reports

High school writing scores jump

Effingham County students scored well on their final time taking the Georgia High School Writing Test.

December 30, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Education

Ready to take office

Incoming Effingham County commissioner Jamie Deloach was sworn in Monday evening at the Historic Effingham Courthouse. Probate Judge Beth Rahn Mosley adminisered the oath of office to Deloach and other elected officials who won re-election to their posts, including commissioners Vera Jones and Phil Kieffer and state court solicitor Mark Lee.

December 30, 2014 | Staff report | Local

Family picks up the pieces after Christmas night blaze

An Effingham County family's home was destroyed by a fire on Christmas evening.

December 30, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Local

Reddick Home Run Derby set for Jan. 17

The third annual Josh Reddick Home Run Derby will be held Jan. 17 at Sand Hill Park, beginning at 9 a.m. Entry fees are $20 per person and age groups for boys and girls are 10-12, 13-15 and 16-adult. There also will be a silent auction and autograph session.

December 30, 2014 | Staff report | Sports

IDA to join forces with other groups on big projects

Effingham County is joining forces with three neighboring counties to land industrial prospects looking to set up shop along I-16.

December 30, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business

County audit headed to state in time

The 2014 audit of Effingham County's operations came back with only three findings and no material weaknesses and has been forwarded to the state for its review.

December 30, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

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