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Insurance office states case for safe cooking

ATLANTA - Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens urges Georgians to use caution with holiday cooking, and when they heat up leftovers on the stove after the holidays.

November 25, 2014 | Staff report | Local

G-P, school system honor STEM graduates

More than 300 high school students in Effingham County were honored last week for completing Georgia-Pacific's STEM Scholars program.

November 25, 2014 | Staff report | Education

Drivers reminded to buckle up, drive safely

The busiest travel period of the year is under way, putting more people on the road, and unfortunately increasing the likelihood of crashes. Law enforcement agencies across the state are joining in a national effort to reach all Thanksgiving travelers with one important message: buckle up.

November 25, 2014 | Staff report | Local

Olde Effingham Christmas set for Dec. 13

Olde Effingham Christmas will be held Dec. 13 in downtown Springfield, with shopping, music, arts and crafts and more.

November 25, 2014 | Staff report | Around Town

Remembering piney woods rooters

Do you remember piney woods rooters? If so, you are probably elderly. This was the name given to feral hogs many years ago. They were called this because they rooted around the base of trees in search of nourishment.

November 25, 2014 | By Susan Exley | Echoes of Effingham

Doing public relations when it’s too late

A few years back, someone I knew ever so slightly died. Though I didn't know him well, I knew him to be mean, egotistical, and quite a bully.

November 25, 2014 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle

Help your community on Small Business Saturday

Gallup did a survey this summer. It asked people how much confidence they had in various institutions.

November 25, 2014 | By Kyle Jackson | Opinion

Preparing to ‘downsize’ means not everything can go with us

I have too many clothes.

November 25, 2014 | By Robert Williams Jr. | Opinion

Rec director glad for support of central park

Dear Editor,

November 25, 2014 | Staff Report | Letters to the Editor

What’s your child learning in preschool?

Courtesy of my friend and parent coach Janet Neal (www.ourchildishways.com), comes an interesting story: The parents of a 4-year-old girl went to a preschool parent conference to learn from her teacher that she is having difficulty with scissors and somewhat behind the other kids in letter and number recognition. The parents apparently blew the teacher's mind when they replied that they were more concerned with their daughter's heart and character than her academic achievement. Was she compassionate? Was she respectful of her teachers and peers?

November 25, 2014 | By John Rosemond | Lifestyle

You won’t see a governor like Carl Sanders anymore

The death of former governor Carl Sanders is a reminder of how much the times and the state he ran during the 1960s have changed.

November 25, 2014 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion

A great man who did great things

On my "to do" list last week was a reminder to call former Gov. Carl Sanders and see if he had any thoughts on how to get the field at Sanford Stadium named for the University of Georgia's former coach and athletic director Vince Dooley. I knew he would like the idea and perhaps could jerk a few chains I seem to have been unable to rattle thus far.

November 25, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion

A look at Georgia’s rainy day fund

The revenue shortfall reserve, or the "rainy day fund," serves important purposes in the state government. It is a contributing factor in Georgia being able to maintain its perfect triple AAA bond rating, and it also has helped the state ride out declines in revenues from time to time.

November 25, 2014 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion

Giving thanks — the key to joy

Sometimes we don't know what to truly appreciate in life.

November 25, 2014 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church

SEHS hosts Apply to College event

More than a hundred South Effingham High School students took advantage of a recent opportunity to apply to college.

November 25, 2014 | Staff report | Education

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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

Looking for positives can be negative

The Woman Who Shares My Name instructed me that this week's column was to be about positive things. She says she is tired of bad news and thought you felt the same way. "Surely, you can find some positive things to write about," she said, "and temporarily take people's minds off all the terrible things going on in the world. I think your readers would appreciate that."

September 16, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion

Revenues continue upswing

August state revenues gained 3.5 percent, following July's gain of 5.5 percent, resulting in a two-month gain of 4.5 percent. August revenues totaled $1.39 billion, with a gain of $47 million. Revenues needed to grow $43 million for the month to meet budget, so there's about a 10 percent overage.

September 16, 2014 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion

In county leaders we also trust

I have certainly heard the lament of Christian leaders who assert that we are living in a "post-Christian" era. That may be. But what I am seeing is more "Christian-phobia" than anything suggesting Christian beliefs, morals, and values are obsolete. The latest installment comes from Pennsylvania.

September 16, 2014 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church

State arts council visits Mars

Members of the Georgia Council for the Arts visited the Mars Theatre last Thursday.

September 16, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Around Town

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