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Little Rebel Cheer Camp gets them off their feet

The annual Little Rebel Cheer Camp had its largest turnout, with 80 girls participating this week at Effingham County High School.

July 24, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Education

Effingham students earn ABAC scholarships

TIFTON - Austin Dixon of Rincon and Leslie Lamb of Guyton have been awarded scholarships from the ABAC Foundation to attend Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College during the 2014-15 academic year.

July 24, 2014 | Staff report | Education

Springfield’s early churches

Springfield Baptist Church sat at the corner of Laurel and Franklin streets. The building in the accompanying photograph was the third in the history of the church founded in 1848. The building shown was constructed in 1909 and sat at the northwest corner of the lot.

July 24, 2014 | By Susan Exley | Echoes of Effingham

The power of hard labor

It was an early summer morning, an enchanting time when flowers are blooming, blackberries are spurting to full growth, and the birds are happy to have sunny warmth. I had taken myself out to the back porch, where often I settle down to write after I have finished a gentle run.

July 24, 2014 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle

Red Cross facing shortages of all blood types

The American Red Cross is facing a looming blood shortage, leading to an urgent need for donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve and give.

July 24, 2014 | Staff report | Around Town

The toils and troubles of toilet training

Q: Using your advice, I successfully toilet-trained my daughter by age 16 months. It is now three months later and we are still using diapers at naps and nighttime. At her nap, which lasts several hours, she fully soaks her diaper. At night, she is taking off her diaper prior to falling asleep, wetting the bed after she goes to sleep, and then crying for us when she wakes up in a pool of pee. Is this a sign that I should begin night training? I'm hesitant to do this because I am 8 months pregnant and don't ...

July 24, 2014 | By John Rosemond | Lifestyle

A good run that hopefully isn’t done

For the next five months-plus, Jack Kingston will have a job to do. And we expect him to do it the same way and in the same manner he has approached it for the previous 21 ½ years.

July 24, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion

A way to fix public schools

This excerpt is adapted from a speech by Ben Scafidi on July 10 at the Georgia Public Policy Foundation's Friedman Legacy for Freedom celebration in Macon.

July 24, 2014 | By Ben Scafidi | Opinion

A choice that is really a power grab

There once was a man who had a stable of horses, a barn full of fine animals for lease. At first glance, it appeared that his business offered great flexibility, a steed for every desire.

July 24, 2014 | By Chuck Eaton | Opinion

'Netherwood' is a flawed story of romance, historical detail

Editor's note: For fans of the British period drama "Downton Abbey," the fifth season can't come too soon. In the meantime, this is one of a half a dozen books - both novels and nonfiction - that have crossed our desks that have an upstairs/downstairs drama, are set in a similar era or may be of interest to fans of the historical series.

July 24, 2014 | Margot Hovley Deseret News National | Hot Topics


Mr. and Mrs. Ralph (Skip) Newman Jr. of Evans are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Miss Erinn Elizabeth Newman, to Mr. Justin Shane Beasley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Exley of Springfield and Mr. Robert Beasley Jr. of Savannah. The wedding is planned for 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 11 at The Barn at Perry's Landing in Hephzibah.

July 24, 2014 | Staff Report | Engagements

A Christian understanding of medicine

She felt nothing but sadness, though there was little in her life to warrant such sadness. She had trouble getting out of bed, yet even when she did, she could barely muster the energy to perform even the most basic daily chores. This troubled woman - a middle-aged graduate student who came to see me years ago - was in a black hole a mile deep and could see no way out.

July 24, 2014 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church

Propaganda war continues in Hobby Lobby aftermath

WASHINGTON - The propaganda wars that have ensued following the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in the Hobby Lobby case show no signs of abating as supporters and critics of the decision lay out their interpretations of what it means.

July 24, 2014 | Mark A. Kellner Deseret News National | Hot Topics

10 ways to bring peace into your life

You're preoccupied with work, school, children and other responsibilities that you tend to forget what it means to enjoy your inner peace. Bringing peace into your life is easy. Some people make it difficult because they choose to overlook it or even live in anger. They complain, criticize and detest everything around them. Obviously, not everything goes as planned but instead of living in chaos and distress, stop what you are doing for a moment and think of the positive things in your life. Peace comes with positivity.

July 24, 2014 | Mayra Bitsko Deseret News National | Hot Topics

10 tips for a positive back-to-school experience

Even though my wife and I have no children left at home, back-to-school preparation remains a top priority every year as summer wanes. My wife is currently a second grade teacher. While she has also done stints as an assistant principal, as a reading recovery specialist, she spent most of the past 20 years hands-on in a classroom of young students.

July 24, 2014 | Flint Stephens Deseret News National | Hot Topics

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Woman overcomes suicidal thoughts

When she found herself laying on her bedroom floor with 300 pills in hand, Jodi Ann Bickley made a decision that would affect thousands around the world.

May 15, 2014 | Sarah Sanders Petersen Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Eclectic mix of movies on DVD, Blu-ray

A contrived Hollywood melodrama leads new movies on Blu-ray and DVD, while the rest are independent productions of varying quality.

May 15, 2014 | Chris Hicks Deseret News National | Hot Topics

5 ways to be a better financial steward

We have been given so many opportunities to further our education, to learn, to work and obtain high-paying jobs and have wonderful careers. I don't buy into the old adage, "Money is the root of all evil." Money is not evil. In fact, money has no morals. What money becomes is determined by the person holding it.

May 15, 2014 | Mark Helgesen Deseret News National | Hot Topics

8 ways to romance your wife

Oftentimes the husband is just as overwhelmed as the wife with the everyday duties of work, household chores, helping out with the children or helping a family member that he unintentionally overlooks the need to romance his wife. Sometimes a wife needs more than a simple "I love you."

May 15, 2014 | Mayra Bitsko Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Will Episode VII be another 'Kingdom of the Crystal Skull'?

I thought the prequels had permanently soured me on Star Wars, but then I saw the cast announcement for Episode VII, and my geek juices started flowing again. Not only are the original three stars back on board, but the rest of the cast is pretty impressive, too. Andy Serkis? Max von Sydow? A Star Wars movie that includes both Gollum and Ming the Merciless? How could it not be all kinds of awesome?

May 15, 2014 | Jim Bennett Deseret News National | Hot Topics

5 Tips for car trips with toddlers

So you think a four-hour car trip with you, your husband, and a toddler will be no big deal? Well, maybe it won't be, as long as you don't mind trying to explain to a bored child why they can't get out of her seat and roam around the car, or attempting to keep him from throwing his binky out the window, or singing "If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands" fifty times in a row.

May 14, 2014 | Katie Nielsen Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Ann Sothern films lead vintage DVDs

Vintage movies galore have arrived on DVD this week, led by a pair of Ann Sothern comedies from her RKO ingénue days in the 1930s. (All of these Warner Archive and Sony Choice Collection titles are available at

May 14, 2014 | Chris Hicks Deseret News National | Hot Topics

How to handle an energetic child

Being a mom is hard enough. But when you have an energetic and active child, it can be even worse. Many young children are naturally adventurous and curious. They love to run, be outdoors and laugh and scream. However, for a mom, this is exhausting and overwhelming.

May 14, 2014 | Courtnie Erickson Deseret News National | Hot Topics

How to focus your family on love

Mother Theresa said, "Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do. . . but how much love we put into that action." With busy schedules and hectic days, it can be difficult to find the time to show genuine love to those within our immediate family. Oftentimes, those people whom we love the most are those who feel our love and kindness the least. They are often the recipients of our harsh words and critical judgments because they tend to see us at our worst.

May 14, 2014 | Tiffany Fletcher Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Why highly educated mothers are staying home

Ninety percent of highly educated mothers work outside the home, but for the small number of women with advanced degrees who stay home, it may be less of a choice to simply be with their children and more of a reflection of the workplace.

May 14, 2014 | Emily Hales Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Use sports psychology to win at life


May 14, 2014 | Kim Giles Deseret News National | Hot Topics

No loans: How to graduate from college debt free

Rachel Cruze, the daughter of financial guru Dave Ramsey, really wanted to go to Auburn University, which to outsiders wouldn't seem like much of a problem. Ramsey's financial success meant the family could pay for any college she wanted.

May 14, 2014 | Michael De Groote Deseret News National | Hot Topics

'The End or Something Like That' explores pain of losing a friend

"THE END OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT," by Ann Dee Ellis, Dial, $17.99, 352 pages (f) (ages 14 and up)

May 14, 2014 | Christine Rappleye Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Qualifying quandary: The fear that keeps people from buying homes

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May 13, 2014 | By Michael De Groote Deseret News | Hot Topics

Role of 'mom' worth up to $119K a year, survey says

The title of "mother" certainly isn't one for the faint of heart.

May 13, 2014 | Jessica Ivins Deseret News National | Hot Topics

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