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Teaching the teachers: Do we know how to create real professionals?

A new teacher training program announced by the Boston-based Woodrow Wilson Foundation in partnership with MIT aims to upend teacher training by awarding degrees based on mastery of specific skills, not time in the classroom. (See a Q&A with Patrick Riccards of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation here.)

July 06, 2015 | Eric Schulzke Deseret News | Hot Topics

How to deal with a toxic person — Part 2

Both of these questions were in response to my last article about dealing with toxic people. I received many comments and letters from people who are dealing with destructive relationships, so I decided to discuss this further.

July 06, 2015 | Kim Giles KSL | Hot Topics

Fighting bad habits with warning labels won’t work. Here’s why

Obesity is a large problem in the U.S., but some think a small warning label could fight it.

July 06, 2015 | Shelby Slade Deseret News | Hot Topics

Your commute just got a lot less stressful with this podcast

Meditating in the middle of the freeway in bumper-to-bumper traffic seems both impossible and impractical.

July 06, 2015 | Shelby Slade Deseret News | Hot Topics

Dads, listen up! 5 tips to prevent dad burnout

Fatherhood is one of the most significant roles that men can take upon themselves. It’s a tough job. Being a dad is often overwhelming, always busy with many roles and duties. While it is important to take care of family, jobs, and other duties, spending some time with yourself and your friends can help prevent burnout.

July 06, 2015 | Mark Miller FamilyShare | Hot Topics

Have You Seen This? How to hold a baby

INFANTVILLE — It’s the exasperated joke of every generation of new parents: “I wish babies came with a manual.”

July 06, 2015 | Martha Ostergar KSL | Hot Topics

17 popular baby names based on cars

For some parents, the main driver in picking a baby name is a car.

July 06, 2015 | Herb Scribner Deseret News | Hot Topics

Pet ownership holds health benefits, but is it right for you?

With soft, orange fur and little pink ears, Minerva the kitten is almost too cute to resist.

July 06, 2015 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | Hot Topics

Riding for two: Can you enjoy Disney when you’re expecting?

Many people plan their Disney vacations months in advance, sometimes before they even know they are pregnant. With a growing baby bump, a limited number of rides you can safely go on, and the worry of restrictions that your doctor may put on you, is going to Disney really a good idea when you are expecting? Yes. Disney can be enjoyed in any season of life. Here are ways to enjoy the parks even if you are expecting a bundle of joy.

July 06, 2015 | Megan Shauri FamilyShare | Hot Topics

Daddy doesn't live here anymore: How absentee fathers are affecting our kids

Most of the parents who read my newsletter are strong advocates of Child-Centered Divorce. That means they put the emotional and psychological needs of their children first when making any decisions regarding divorce and parenting. This puts both mothers and fathers on the same side when it comes to their children — as guardians, protectors and parents — not adversaries.

July 06, 2015 | Rosalind Sedacca FamilyShare | Hot Topics

Nothing is secret anymore with these internet sites

Information once kept very secret is being made public on the Internet.

July 05, 2015 | Shelby Slade Deseret News | Hot Topics

Even the smallest criminal record can be a life sentence of poverty

Every year, more than 600,000 Americans are released from prison back into their communities. And when they are, even a minor criminal record can make it hard to get a job and a place to live.

July 03, 2015 | Lane Anderson Deseret News | Hot Topics

Sinkholes on comet’s surface produce dust jets, study says

GOTTINGEN, Germany — The beautiful jets of dust that follow comets are generated by sinkholes, according to a new study.

July 03, 2015 | Natalie Crofts KSL | Hot Topics

Schooled by autism: 5 lessons from my special-needs sons

Raising children with special needs has taught me a lot of things, particularly about cleanable surfaces and the importance of having a large supply of chocolate on hand.

July 03, 2015 | Megan Goates Deseret News | Hot Topics

Why your child may get osteoporosis before you do

Has your child been diagnosed with something you thought only adults could get?

July 03, 2015 | Herb Scribner Deseret News | Hot Topics

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Remembering George Robert Zittrouer

George Robert Zittrouer was born on April 7, 1925, to Ruth Exley Zittrouer and George Franklin Zittrouer. Frank and Ruth owned a small 14 acre farm outside Springfield on Highway 119. It was on this farm that George Robert along with his older siblings, Clinton and Matra, were born and reared.
George Robert attended Berryville School until it closed and then Effingham Academy. He was drafted into World War II and was unable to complete high school. In 1942 he joined the U.S. Navy and on his first tour of duty to Italy his ship was attacked. His Navy ...

September 23, 2010 | By Grady K. Zittrouer | Echoes of Effingham

Isakson backs measure to deny fed jobs to tax debtors

WASHINGTON, D.C.-U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., has co-sponsored legislation that would terminate federal employees and prohibit the hiring of individuals who have seriously delinquent tax debt.
The Internal Revenue Service reported in 2009 that nearly 100,000 civilian federal employees were delinquent on their federal income taxes, owing over $1 billion in unpaid federal income taxes.
"America's taxpayers deserve to know that those individuals working within the federal government must abide by the same rules as everyone else," Isakson said. "Especially at a time when Democrats in Congress are discussing the possibility of raising taxes on ...

September 23, 2010 | Staff Report | Georgia's elected

Aliens in the children’s church

The popular children's song says,
"Jesus loves the little children
All the children of the world.
Red and yellow
Black and white.
They are precious in His sight.
Jesus loves the little children of the world."
In recent years, the color "brown" has been added to the song, so that many churches sing it this way,
"Red, brown, yellow
Black and white.
They are precious in His sight..."
But at my church, we had one kid who was ready to draw the line at adding colors.
His Sunday School teacher was talking about how Jesus loves all the children ...

September 23, 2010 | By Dr. Bob Rogers Pastor, First Baptist Church of Rincon | Holy Humor

Senators praise extension of flood insurance program

WASHINGTON, D.C.-U.S. Sens. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., praised the Senate's passage Wednesday of a bipartisan bill to extend the National Flood Insurance Program through Sept. 30, 2011. Isakson and Chambliss were co-sponsors of the legislation, which passed by a voice vote.
"Flood insurance is critically important for the stability of the housing industry and to those Americans seeking this coverage as they purchase a home," Isakson said. "I'm pleased the Senate has agreed to extend the National Flood Insurance Program for an additional year."
"I'm pleased we were successful in passing ...

September 23, 2010 | Staff Report | Georgia's elected

Effingham’s jobless rate tumbles to 8 percent

ATLANTA-The Georgia Department of Labor reported that the preliminary unadjusted unemployment rate in metro Savannah decreased to 9.1 percent in August, down six-tenths of a percentage point from a revised 9.7 percent in July. Meanwhile, the number of unemployed workers in the metro area decreased to 15,988, down 1,307 from 17,295.
The state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose slightly to 10 percent in August, up one-tenth of a percentage point from a revised 9.9 percent in July, primarily because of layoffs in retail trade and construction. The rate was also 10 percent ...

September 23, 2010 | Staff Report | Local

Isakson pushes to block easier path to unionization

WASHINGTON, D.C.-U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., today led the fight on the Senate floor to stop the National Mediation Board from overturning 75 years of precedent to make it easier for airline and railway employees to unionize. The motion to proceed to his "disapproval resolution" failed by a vote of 43-56. Three Democrats joined with all Republican senators in supporting the resolution.
"The recognition of a union under the Railway Labor Act is essentially permanent and irrevocable, and now a minority can organize the entire bargaining unit," Isakson said. "This administration simply refuses to obey the will ...

September 23, 2010 | Staff Report | Georgia's elected

Inside Pandora’s boxes

Am I the only woman who ever hid stuff from the husband? Like, a new shirt or sweater that had to stay in the trunk of the car for a few weeks?
Or a new pair of shoes?
Not trying to be deceitful or anything, but you know, sometimes it pays to have a good hiding place till the new item can segue into the general mix.
A year down the road is usually a good time frame.
He: Hey, that's a nice sweater. Is it new?
She: This? Naw, I've had this thing for about a year ...

September 23, 2010 | By Ellen Lambert Columnist | Opinion

Amendments on the ballot

Our state and national constitutions are the foundations upon which our government was established. While the Constitution is a blueprint for how the government is organized, it also defines and protects the rights and liberties of individuals. That's why the process to change the Constitution was made to be so difficult. Proposed changes must pass both the House and Senate by at least a two-thirds vote. The amendments then go to the people who vote to approve or reject the changes.
As you cast your vote in this year's General Election, you will be asked to vote for ...

September 23, 2010 | By State Sen. Tommie Williams | Opinion

Your vote could save your life

Georgians will be asked to make many important decisions on Nov. 2. Federal, state and local leaders are all asking for support, communities are deciding local issues, and there will be a number of statewide referenda on which to vote.
Without a doubt, one of the most important questions on the ballot this year is the one posed by Amendment 2. Simply put, it asks if you are willing to spend $10 a year to save hundreds of lives - maybe even your own.
The Georgia Chamber of Commerce is proud to be part of a coalition of businesses, civic groups ...

September 23, 2010 | By George Israel | Opinion

SEMS Y Club holds first aid drive

The South Effingham Middle School Y-Club hosted a school-wide First Aid Drive to collect items to restock the school clinic. A wide variety of items were collected, including bandages, cough drops, first aid creams, antibacterial soaps and wipes. Y-Club offered an ice cream treat to the homeroom bringing the most items which went to Mrs. Connie Carter's homeroom for bringing in 38 items.

September 23, 2010 | Staff Report | Education

Pre-K kids get into school groove

Pre-K students at South Effingham Elementary and South Effingham High School are off to a great start this school year. They are adjusting well to a full day of activities that are developmentally appropriate and keep them busy throughout the day.

September 23, 2010 | Staff Report | Education

See you at the pole

"Reveal" was the 2010 See You at the Pole theme held Wednesday. This was the 20th anniversary of the worldwide student-led celebration. More than 70 students attended the event at South Effingham Middle School. See You at the Pole brings students to their school flagpoles to pray for their leaders, schools and families, asking to bring moral and spiritual awakening to their campuses and countries.

September 23, 2010 | Staff Report | Education

Nurse humorist to headline hospital’s ‘Lunch and Learn’

Special featured guest Bobbie Staten, Motivational Humorist, RN, CSP, will bring her creative and contagious sense of humor to the discussion of women's health issues with an emphasis on breast cancer awareness during Effingham Hospital's Lunch, Laugh and Learn event on Oct. 28 at Mill Creek Lodge. Doors open at 11:45 a.m. with lunch served at noon.
October is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Items donated by local vendors will be raffled off during the event with all proceeds from the raffle benefiting the Effingham County Health Department's mammography screening services.
The event is sponsored ...

September 23, 2010 | Staff Report | Lifestyle

Three arrests in three meth lab busts

Effingham County Sheriff's Office Drug Suppression Unit has uncovered three meth labs in the last two days.

September 22, 2010 | Staff Report | Crime Reports

Arrest in credit union holdup

Authorities have apprehended a suspect in an attempt to rob a Rincon credit union Tuesday.

September 21, 2010 | Staff Report | Crime Reports

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