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When time melts away

When time melts away

It was over Sunday dinner that my sister told me what I did not know. A childhood friend, the red-headed, freckle-faced girl with laughing eyes and the brightest sense of humor possible, was sittin... » Read More
Control summer weeds now

Control summer weeds now

Your battle with summer weeds should start now, if this is the year you plan to beat your over-achieving neighbor for the best-looking lawn. Applying a pre-emergent herbicide now will provide a bet... » Read More
‘Progressive’ parenting hasn’t been progress

‘Progressive’ parenting hasn’t been progress

In the 1960s, child and teen mental health and behavior problems began an alarming rise that has continued to the present. In 1970, one of my grad school professors proposed that this trend could b... » Read More
Tink and the chainsaw

Tink and the chainsaw

My husband is like a relentless teenager. When he wants something, he persists until it's easier for me to say "yes" just to get him out of my hair. » Read More
What to do with winter injury on evergreen plants

What to do with winter injury on evergreen plants

Our area has recently set record-low temperatures and although our plants did not experience direct damage from snow and ice like those of the northern part of the state, we could still see damage ... » Read More

‘American Pickers’ heading to Peach State

The "American Pickers" are headed to Georgia in April and they're looking for leads throughout the state, specifically interesting characters with interesting items and lots of them. » Read More
Gant 60th anniversary

Gant 60th anniversary

Ernest Lee Gant and Rose Marie Passmore became as one on February 20, 1955. » Read More
When your child has anxiety about going to school

When your child has anxiety about going to school

Q: My 13-year-old son has developed overwhelming anxiety about going to school. This began a year ago, but has gotten steadily worse since then. » Read More
When children are caught in a tug-of-war

When children are caught in a tug-of-war

Equality under the law is a uniquely American principle, one that no freedom-loving person would oppose, but the manner in which said principle is currently applied to the issue of child custody tr... » Read More
What to do when chickens stop laying eggs

What to do when chickens stop laying eggs

Why did my chicken stop laying eggs? » Read More
The calling of a screen door

The calling of a screen door

There is something about the banging of a screen door – soft, sweet and low - that warms the innards of my being. » Read More
Griffin 40th anniversary

Griffin 40th anniversary

The family of Delma and Roy Griffin will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary. The ceremony will take place Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 3 p.m. at St. Matthews Baptist Church, 218 Wallace Drive ... » Read More
The causes and remedies of lichens

The causes and remedies of lichens

Something growing on many of our landscape plants is causing concern for homeowners. It may resemble a small patch of green hair or other specimens may look similar to grey pieces of paper. The ass... » Read More
From a long line of know-it-alls

From a long line of know-it-alls

I come from a long line of know-it-alls. Honestly, on both sides of my family, we can pretty much tell you anything you need to know for we know it all. Or so we believe. » Read More
Evans-Cole engagement

Evans-Cole engagement

Mr. and Mrs. Grady Evans of Newington are proud to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Hilary Lyn, to Ryan Wayne Cole of Rincon. He is the son of Mrs. Cynthia Brunet... » Read More
No need for irrational thought on vaccines

No need for irrational thought on vaccines

First, a full disclosure: I have been vaccinated against measles, mumps, diphtheria, rubella, whooping cough, smallpox and shingles, and have had none of these maladies. At one time or another, my ... » Read More
Fire destroys landmark but can’t erase memories

Fire destroys landmark but can’t erase memories

We stood in the charred remains of a life that once was - my sister and I - and said not a word. What was there to say? Finally, I spoke. » Read More
On curfews and being ‘cool’ parents

On curfews and being ‘cool’ parents

Q: My twin boys just turned 13 and are demanding - that is the right word - later curfews. They tell us that their curfew, which is 8:30 on nights when there is no school the next day, is "pitiful.... » Read More
The chainsaw assault

The chainsaw assault

To be honest, I was more than a mite worried. I was plenty worried. My husband, raised not in the South or in the country, wanted a chainsaw. The one farm accessory that has brought down many a man... » Read More
Some parents’ reactions are just nuts

Some parents’ reactions are just nuts

My column of a few weeks back in which I described real-life parenting scenarios that qualified the parents in question for a diagnosis of "just plain nuts" was a big hit. Since it ran, readers hav... » Read More
Miss Elinor’s thank you

Miss Elinor’s thank you

It often amazes me how many words of kindness and encouragement I receive for the stories I tell. Often, a reader will write, "You don't know me but I feel that we are friends." » Read More
Dealing with the inevitable tantrums

Dealing with the inevitable tantrums

Q: How do you stop tantrums in a 3-year-old? My daughter never went through the "terrible twos," but began throwing wild tantrums shortly after her third birthday. This coincided with the birth of ... » Read More
Blaxton-McCreery

Blaxton-McCreery

Barbara and Gary Blaxton of Reidsville announce the engagement of their daughter, Ramsey Elisabeth Blaxton, to Christopher Michael McCreery, son of Donna and Troy McCreery of Rincon. » Read More
The American Dream thrives

The American Dream thrives

You may be surprised to learn that people sometimes disagree with me. You may be equally surprised that sometimes I see their point in the disagreement. Sometimes I agree with that disagreement. » Read More

Effingham Health System helping to get health care signups

Open enrollment through the health insurance exchange established by the Affordable Care Act ends Feb. 15. » Read More
What the Good Mommy Club doesn’t do

What the Good Mommy Club doesn’t do

Proposed: The primary reason so many of today's mothers are so very stressed by child rearing - something their grandmothers, for the most part, approached fairly nonchalantly - is because they do ... » Read More
Former principal becomes children’s book author

Former principal becomes children’s book author

Brenda Jenkins recently stood before a cafeteria full of students at Ebenezer Elementary School - kindergarten through fifth grade - to read them her book, "The Swing on Ginny's Porch." Seven years... » Read More

SleevesUp site allows for virtual donors

January is National Blood Donor Month and this year, American Red Cross supporters have a new way to help save lives through blood and platelet donation with SleevesUp virtual blood drives. » Read More
Old money and old yards

Old money and old yards

Sometimes, I look across our yard and sigh somewhat woefully, "Too much of that stubborn red Georgia clay shines through." I think, "Oh, one day ..." » Read More
Apply a little perspective to kids

Apply a little perspective to kids

A reader writes that her friends "recently spent around $300 on their daughter's birthday party - her first. They bought lots of stuff to entertain their young guests and extended family. The child... » Read More


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