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How I plan to combat the distorted body images on social media

Years ago, I wrote a column about my frustration toward magazines that perpetuated unrealistic body images. I was angry that my young daughters were growing ...

January 17, 2017 | Kim Cowart Deseret News | Hot Topics

5 of Martin Luther King's most powerful and inspiring speeches

Since the 1980s, the third Monday of each January has been set aside to honor civil rights activist icon Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy ...

January 16, 2017 | Carter Williams KSL.com | Hot Topics

Rep. Hitchens' weekly report

The Georgia General Assembly begins the 2017 session on January 9 and as I head to Atlanta, I take very seriously the responsibility that you ...

January 16, 2017 | By Rep. Bill Hitchens | Opinion

Exchange Club learns about help for homeless families in Effingham

At the Exchange Club of Effingham County's Dec. 1 meeting, Dr. Jackie Brown (school social worker and Homeless Liaison for Effingham County Schools) spoke ...

January 16, 2017 | Staff report | Lifestyle

11 games you can play with your kid by barely moving or talking

Coconut oil might be the fix-all for basically anything, but as far as I know, it’s yet to give you a way to get ...

January 16, 2017 | Emily Cummings FamilyShare | Hot Topics

Have You Seen This? Killer badminton volley will amaze

THE COURT — Look, we’ve all done it — we’ve all discounted badminton as a sport.

January 16, 2017 | Martha Ostergar KSL.com | Hot Topics

5 things a stepmother should never do to her stepdaughter

For any child whose parents get divorced, it’s a rough life. But it gets even more difficult when their parents remarry. The negative stigma ...

January 16, 2017 | Callie Hansen FamilyShare | Hot Topics

How to explain these 10 movies to a 5-year-old

Could you explain your favorite film to a 5-year-old?

January 16, 2017 | Herb Scribner DeseretNews.com Web Team | Hot Topics

'The Tale of Peter Rabbit' author-illustrator honored after 150 years

Last July marked 150 years since the birth of children’s book author-illustrator Beatrix Potter, known for her classic tales about Peter Rabbit and other ...

January 16, 2017 | Kelsey Schwab Adams Deseret News | Hot Topics

Living Out Your Dual Citizenship

I'm fortunate enough to have dual citizenship with the United States and Italy. You may never have given thought to the reason you're ...

January 15, 2017 | By Rev. Bob LeFavi | Opinion

Effingham County Sheriff's Office Investigating Suspicious Death

The Effingham County Sheriff's Office is investigating a suspicious death.

January 15, 2017 | Staff report | Local

5 guidelines to help your loved one who is unknowingly being abused

You might be watching a loved one suffer in an abusive relationship. It might be especially hard for you if the loved one isn’t ...

January 15, 2017 | Stacie Simpson FamilyShare | Hot Topics

What families will drive in the future, as seen at the Detroit Car Show

Families will get a futuristic upgrade with their cars in the coming years.

January 15, 2017 | Herb Scribner DeseretNews.com Web Team | Hot Topics

Why more and more college students are finding mental health support online

For many students, stress is simply part of college life — as unavoidable as tuition, fees and final exams. And the number of students flooding university ...

January 15, 2017 | Lauren Fields Deseret News | Hot Topics

Adorable 2-year-old bottle flipper on 'Ellen" show receives gift for cystic fibrosis.

Sam Rogers, a precious, precocious 2-year-old and master of the art of bottle-flipping, melted hearts on the "Ellen" show Friday.

January 15, 2017 | Brooke Facer Deseret News | Hot Topics

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Helping out BOSS

At the annual Savannah Deanery Council of Catholic Women Christmas party, more than 130 attendees and the Operation Welcome Home project resulted in more than 100 gift bags being assembled and delivered to Staff Sgt. Kristina Gillis of the Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield BOSS (Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers) program. Along with Staff Sgt. Gillis is Yvette Carr of St. Boniface Catholic Church in Springfield.

December 13, 2010 | Staff Report | Lifestyle

Cathcart speaks to Exchange

Bill Cathcart spoke to a group of 40 or more people at the Exchange Club of Effingham County for it One Nation Under God Program.
Cathcart is the vice president and general manager of WTOC-TV.
The One Nation Under God project was adopted on July 30, 1964, by Exchange leaders seeking to heighten awareness of the nation's religious heritage.

December 13, 2010 | Staff Report | Around Town

Roddenberry-Partain

Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Partain of Rincon are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Allie Partain, to Rusty Roddenberry, son of Mr. Michael Roddenberry and Ms. Christy Seyle Campo.
The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Billy Hanberry of Clyo and Mrs. Dean Partain and the late Mr. Odis Partain of Rincon. She is also the great-granddaughter of Mrs. Willie Tebeau of Springfield. She is a 2007 graduate of Effingham County High School and is currently pursuing a nursing degree from the College of Coastal Georgia in Brunswick. Allie is employed part-time by Liberty Regional Medical ...

December 13, 2010 | Staff Report | Weddings

Olde Fashioned Christmas-VIDEO

At the Living History Site in Springfield, folks were getting into the Christmas spirit at the Olde Fashioned Christmas event Saturday, Dec. 4.

December 13, 2010 | Staff Report | Lifestyle

Couple arrested on dog abuse charge

Two people have been arrested after starving a dog to death in Effingham County.
Effingham County Sheriff's deputies responded Nov. 18 to a residence in the 200 block of Howard Avenue in Rincon on a report of an animal complaint. A complainant who was cleaning up a vacant property discovered a dog was deceased nearby.
Deputies found a pit bull that had been left tied to a propane tank. It was determined that the dog was emaciated and deceased for at least 36 hours before being discovered.
A necropsy was conducted by a local veterinarian, who indicated the dog ...

December 10, 2010 | Staff Report | Crime Reports

County hires design consultant for jail

Effingham County commissioners are beginning the process to replace its problem-plagued county jail and sheriff's administrative complex.
Commissioners voted to hire Lott and Barber to help with the selection of a design team to build a new jail. Voters, in their renewal of the five-year special purpose local option sales tax, approved a $16 million new jail project.
"We have the time. Let's do it right," said County Administrator David Crawley. "We can do a much better job than we did the last time."
For the complete story, see Friday's edition of the Effingham Herald.

December 10, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

Patriots Park courts officially ready to serve

Rincon officials were glad to finally cut the ribbon on the tennis courts at Patriots Park Tuesday, marking completion of the first phase of the project.
The courts have been open for public use since October. Many already have taken advantage of free play and the after sunset play, thanks to state of the art lighting installed and set by computer to turn off at 11 p.m.
Most of the progress in this first phase was made in approximately seven months, but wet weather during summer delayed some of the landscaping and final touches.
For the complete story, see ...

December 10, 2010 | By Calli Arnold | Local

Reasons for optimism

Effingham County drivers trying to get home from I-95 may find the often clogged exit at Highway 21 a little easier to negotiate soon.
State Rep. Ann Purcell (R-Rincon) told attendees at the Effingham Chamber of Commerce's annual Eggs and Issues breakfast Wednesday that the state Department of Transportation has been given the go-ahead to turn the emergency lane on I-95 northbound into an extra exit lane, following federal approval of the idea.
"That has been our holdup the last nine to 12 months," she said.
Purcell said she believes something will be done by the start of January ...

December 10, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

GES supports UNICEF

With the Christmas season approaching, an old saying comes to mind: "It's better to give than to receive." The students at Guyton Elementary School fully embraced this during their annual Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF campaign, which was held a few weeks ago.
They joined the 60th year celebration of kids helping kids and were eager to make a difference in the lives of kids around the globe. During the campaign, Guyton students took those famous, orange collection boxes and raised an amazing total of $1,087. The donations collected will provide clean water, immunizations, better nutrition, and education for children ...

December 10, 2010 | Staff Report | Education

Art for charity’s sake

Members of the Effingham County High School Art Club held its first Art Charity Night at Baibry's Cafe on Dec. 4.
The sale raised over $700 and Baibry's donated their profits from food sales from 6-9 p.m. to the group for another $600. Thrivent Financial For Lutherans also agreed to donate $1,000 if the Art Club raises $3,000.
Proceeds from the event will be used to buy Christmas presents for less fortunate students in Effingham County.
The sale featured jewelry, ceramics and miniature paintings, provided by ECHS students in Donna Holder's drawing and ceramics ...

December 10, 2010 | Staff Report | Education

Guilty on all counts

Even jurors struggled to keep their emotions in check as Effingham County Clerk of Courts Elizabeth Hursey read the verdicts on 11 counts.
Craig Heidt hung his head after Hursey read the first verdict Thursday evening at 6:35 p.m., guilty as charged for the August 2008 murder of his father, longtime Effingham businessman Philip Heidt. The jury, after six and a half hours of deliberation, found Craig Heidt guilty on all 11 counts, including the murder of his brother Carey and for aggravated assault on his mother Linda in the shotgun attack upon all three in Philip and ...

December 09, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

Danielson named first teacher of the month at ECHS

Effingham County High School has elected to join the federally supported Graduate First Program to place an emphasis on increasing the graduation rate and decreasing the dropout rate.
The Graduate First Team has identified affective engagement as its target area. The team administered a climate survey to parents, students and teachers. As a result, the team has created an action plan to address parent involvement, student attendance, student engagement, teacher morale and community involvement.
The first initiative implemented was the Teacher of the Month award as voted on by the student body. Mick Danielson was the first Teacher of the ...

December 09, 2010 | Staff Report | Education

Heidt found guilty

The jury in the Craig Heidt double murder trial has found him guilty.

December 09, 2010 | Staff Report | Local

Four earn Wendy’s Heisman honors

SEHS seniors Whitney Parrish and Keegan "Shae" Hudson and ECHS seniors Bridget Devlin and William "Hank" Campbell have been named the 2010 Wendy's High School Heisman Winners for their respective schools. To be eligible for this award, students must display academic aptitude, athletic talent and exceptional commitment to their communities.
Parrish is a three-year letterman in softball, a four-year letterman in basketball, and a two-year letterman in track and field. In addition to participating in three sports, Parrish is also a member of HOSA, is an active member of her church youth group, and has participated in community service ...

December 09, 2010 | Staff Report | Sports

Eagles finish perfect season

The Ebenezer Eagles boys tennis team completed a perfect season (11-0) after beating the South Effingham Mustangs 4-1 in the Coastal Middle School Region Championship match at Baker's Pond on Nov. 20.

December 09, 2010 | Staff Report | Sports

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