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15 banned children's books with moral messages

We walk a fine line trying to protect our children. In no arena is this more evident than reviewing banned books. States have a long history of banning potentially offensive books from school curriculum, but what happens when a vocal minority forces censorship on the masses? Many books that model socially proactive behavior face the chopping block every year, dividing parents, educators, and lawmakers into contentious factions. Here are 15 examples of banned books with merit.

November 20, 2014 | Heather Hale Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Expressing emotion: Why women are more emotional than men

Women are often said to be more emotional than men, and a new study shows why that may be.

November 20, 2014 | Megan Marsden Christensen Deseret News National | Hot Topics

The #Elfie is such a 2014 way to end 2014

Yes, the new year is in sight. But #2014 wouldn't end #2014 if it didn't end on a totally #2014 note.

November 20, 2014 | Herb Scribner Deseret News National | Hot Topics

5 reasons you're drawn to toxic people and don't realize it

There are likely many kind, good-hearted people in your life who wish you well. Sometimes your needs may clash with theirs. Or they might be under stress or simply having a bad day. Or they may just have an honest disagreement with you. That doesn't make them toxic. There are, however, people who are toxic. Those people should be avoided, if possible.

November 20, 2014 | Susan Swann Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Investment firm buys EFACEC

A private investment firm, Caravels, LLC, announced it has signed an agreement to purchase Rincon-based EFACEC Power Transformer, a manufacturer of large power transformers.Delete-Merge Upbodycopy

November 19, 2014 | Staff report | Business

Boston man seeks to promote chivalry as way to encourage self-worth

A Boston-based consultant and writer has launched the "New Chivalry Movement" as a way to develop self-worth and respect in relationships.

November 19, 2014 | Kelsey Clark Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Excessive testing angers parents, but supporters see it as necessary

The well-intentioned movement for school and teacher accountability has begun to feed on itself, The New York Times reported, and many parents are rebelling against a high-stress testing regime that, in some schools, apparently has kids taking tests for 60 to 80 days out of a 180-day school year.

November 19, 2014 | Eric Schulzke Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Amazing kindergartner wins school spelling bee

While most kindergartners are learning sounds, Kazim Ali is spelling words - hard words. In fact, he spells at a 7th grade level! Recently, Kazim took the title at his school's spelling bee, beating out a 3rd grader when he spelled the word "sapphire" correctly.

November 19, 2014 | Wendy Jessen Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Millennials are quitting their jobs and are more satisfied

For millennials, the job market is a laboratory and each job is an experiment that gets one closer to discovering the "best fit" career.

November 19, 2014 | Deborah Sutton Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Blandford works up a sweat with cup stacking

For the fourth straight year, Blandford Elementary School joined a worldwide effort to set a record for the most people participating in sport stacking in a 24-hour period. Last year, BES was part of a Guinness-record 555,932 stackers.

November 18, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Education

South Effingham Middle School honors veterans

South Effingham Middle School hosted a Veterans Day program in the school gymnasium on Nov. 11.

November 18, 2014 | Staff report | Education

New sign finally marks Guyton Historic District

Guyton has had a designated historic district since 1982, and now the signs are there to mark it.

November 18, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Around Town

Dr. William Kohloff joining Effingham Health System

Effingham Health System welcomes Dr. William J. Kolhoff as a hospitalist and primary care physician. He will be joining Dr. John Bennett and Dr. Claude Sanks in caring for Effingham Hospital's inpatients as a hospitalist and he will be the primary care physician at Effingham Family Medicine in Rincon.

November 18, 2014 | Staff report | Business

Mossy Oak festival takes aim at cancer

For the last several Octobers among the evergreen pines and red, brown and yellow leaves of oak trees in Guyton, there have also been bright spots of pink. For three years now, "Paint the Park Pink" has been the theme for Mossy Oak Music Park's October bluegrass festival.

November 18, 2014 | Staff report | Lifestyle

County, hospital work out agreement

Effingham County commissioners and Effingham Health System officials have agreed on a plan that will ensure the hospital's funding and enables both bodies to track the payments to the hospital.

November 18, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

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Low stakes undermine mediocre 'Dolphin Tale' sequel

"Dolphin Tale 2" is a harmless, family-friendly film that offers a few nice moments but lacks the follow-through to make you remember it a week after you watch it. In other words, it's a telling example of the state of September 2014 cinema.

September 17, 2014 | Josh Terry Deseret News National | Hot Topics

5 movie gadgets we wish were real

TECH CITY - With the announcement of the next iPhone and the Apple Watch, we thought it might be fun to take a look at some of the best high-tech gadgets from the movies.

September 17, 2014 | Sarah Bringhurst Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Leonard Maltin’s newly published ‘2015 Movie Guide’ is his last

The news has apparently been floating around the Internet for a week or two, but I didn't realize until I opened Leonard Maltin's newly published "2015 Movie Guide" and read his introduction that this one will be the last.

September 17, 2014 | Chris Hicks Deseret News National | Hot Topics

A Day at the Library of Congress: Tips to get the most out of the tour

The Library of Congress is a bibliophile's dream, but most people simply walk through the lobby, see the Great Reading Room from a glassed veranda, and leave. There is a better way.

September 17, 2014 | Brigham Wilson Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Effingham Health's Scott honored

Levi Scott, environment of care manager for Effingham Health System, was selected as the Georgia 2014 National Finalist for Allied Laundry Manager of the Year.

September 17, 2014 | Staff report | Around Town

A blazing start for SEMS softball team

After going undefeated in the Stingers Classic Tournament in Hazlehurst, the South Effingham Middle School Lady Mustangs opened region softball play with wins against Ebenezer Middle School and Effingham County Middle School.

September 16, 2014 | Staff report | Sports

The history of 125 S. Laurel St.

The building at 125 South Laurel St. that is currently empty has a long and colorful history. It was built about 1904 by Mr. and Mrs. J.A. Hodges as a store. His family operated it for years.

September 16, 2014 | By Susan Exley | Echoes of Effingham

The pieces of life’s puzzle

This happened years ago. Mama was alive then, so it's been seven or eight years. I hadn't thought about in almost that many years but when it came to mind the other day, I took to studying on it and how the circumstances and opportunities of life's journey can be so fascinating.

September 16, 2014 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle

Rivers Alive! cleanup on the Savannah set for Sept. 27 at Ebenezer Landing

The third annual Rivers Alive! Savannah River Cleanup will be held Sept. 27 from 8 a.m.-noon, at the Historic Ebenezer Landing at the end of Highway 275. The event is free and open to the public.

September 16, 2014 | Staff report | Around Town

Life lessons from Truett Cathy

I met Truett Cathy at a Rotary Club meeting where I received a certificate for my high school leadership achievements. I was just 17 years old. Little did I know the impact that meeting would have on my life.

September 16, 2014 | By Tim Echols | Opinion

Getting smart on crime puts Georgia ahead

Not long ago, the national philosophy behind criminal justice policy was to lock offenders away and teach them a lesson. This was popular with politicians who found that it played well before crowds and it was popular in communities where prisons and jails created jobs. Some folks even seemed to celebrate the idea that prisons were real hellholes.

September 16, 2014 | By Mike Klein | Opinion

Pull-ups are not always a bad idea

Q: My 23-month-old son does well with potty training when we're at home. We use a "potty bell" and he goes every 90 minutes or so. When we're away from home, however, he seems clueless. He pees in his car seat about five minutes into a trip and simply will not use a potty anywhere but at our home or at my mother's (she watches him one day a week at her place). Would pull-ups be a bad thing to use when we leave the house?

September 16, 2014 | By John Rosemond | Lifestyle

It’s hands on for volunteers at Family Promise center

About two dozen people chipped in Saturday to renovate and spruce up Family Promise of Effingham County's day center in Springfield.

September 16, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Around Town

Fugitive from Oklahoma arrested in Effingham

A man wanted on armed robbery charges in Oklahoma was apprehended in Effingham County over the weekend.

September 16, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Crime Reports

Parties fight the battle of the ballot

In our system of government where citizens elect those who will make the decisions for them, voter registration and the casting of ballots are the fundamental elements of democracy - the blocking and tackling, to use a football analogy.

September 16, 2014 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion

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