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'The King' makes a visit

'The King' makes a visit

Some residents at Lakeview Manor in Springfield were "All Shook Up" by an appearance from "Rick Elvis." He performed recently for a combined meeting of the Divas of Lakeview Manor and Red Hatters o... » Read More
Dixie Diva

Dixie Diva

Hollywood, more often than not, gets it wrong about the South in movies and television. When they do get it right, we Southerners are both amazed and appreciative. » Read More
Living with children

Living with children

Q: I've been trying for two months with little to no success to get your "ticket" system to work on my 4-year-old daughter. The target behaviors are ignoring me when I tell her to do something and ... » Read More
Local Knights of Columbus donate ultrasound machine

Local Knights of Columbus donate ultrasound machine

In conjunction with the national Knights of Columbus Ultrasound Initiative, the Knights of Columbus Council No. 14439 from St. Boniface Catholic Church in Springfield helped purchase an ultrasound ... » Read More
Don’t throw out good food

Don’t throw out good food

A friend, an only child, was talking about cleaning out her parents' house after the death of her father. » Read More
Boyles 69th

Boyles 69th

Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Boyles Sr. of Guyton celebrated 69 years of marriage on Dec. 5. They were married on Dec. 5, 1945, by Rev. B.E. Whittington in Springfield. » Read More
A closer walk may not always help

A closer walk may not always help

Q: My buddy's wife walks their 11-year-old into the classroom each day. Then she takes out his assignments and helps him get ready. We're talking about a very capable kid who has no "issues" at all... » Read More

DPH confirms death of elderly woman from the flu

The Georgia Department of Public Health has confirmed the flu-related deaths of two elderly females in the Coastal Health District - one from Chatham County and one from Effingham County. These are... » Read More
Parenting is really quite simple

Parenting is really quite simple

Despite the conclusion one might reach after reading the latest issue of any popular parenting magazine, the job of parent is actually quite simple; so simple that I can describe the entire ball of... » Read More
Out of control

Out of control

One of my friends called the other day. One of my best friends. There was both urgency and distress in her voice. » Read More

USDA offers tips for cooking your turkey safely

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service is issuing food safety recommendations on how to properly prepare a turkey to make sure yours is both delicious and safe to s... » Read More
Doing public relations when it’s too late

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. » Read More
What’s your child learning in preschool?

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 tea... » Read More
Faith Equestrian takes home medals from state horse show

Faith Equestrian takes home medals from state horse show

Four athletes from Faith Equestrian Therapeutic Center won a total of 10 medals at the state Special Olympics horse show in Gainesville. » Read More
Mossy Oak festival takes aim at cancer

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... » Read More
The different styles of child-raising

The different styles of child-raising

From the I'm Sorry to Have to Tell You Department: Parents who say they want to raise kids who "think for themselves" are not being exactly truthful. It's a nice and very democratic thing to say, f... » Read More
Snooks-Burnside

Snooks-Burnside

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Steven Snooks of Springfield announce the engagement of their daughter, Emily Patrice Snooks, to Ryan James Burnside, son of Mr. Conrad Burnside of Suwanee and Ms. Catherine Sau... » Read More
Scattered recipes

Scattered recipes

My husband was out of town, working on location, when he called one night and discovered that I was still working, though the hour had grown late. » Read More
Cutting the strings may be a good thing

Cutting the strings may be a good thing

Why are young adult children emancipating so much later than they did in 1970, when the average age of male emancipation (independent living, paying one's own bills) was 21? Why do significant numb... » Read More
In celebration of glorious Grant

In celebration of glorious Grant

It happened a few months back. My father-in-law celebrated, to our great joy, his 88th birthday. There was no pomp or circumstance involved. He abhors that. Because he is among the most beautifully... » Read More
A strong dose of laughter helps spread the word

A strong dose of laughter helps spread the word

Laughter is the best medicine, the old adage goes. » Read More

Annual ACS memorial service to be held Sunday

The annual Effingham County American Cancer Society memorial service will be held Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the Effingham County Board of Education auditorium, 405 N. Ash St. in Springfield. » Read More
Family Promise cuts the ribbon

Family Promise cuts the ribbon

Family Promise of Effingham County recently held a ribbon cutting officially dedicating its day center on Laurel Street in Springfield. Joined by Effingham board members, executive director Ashley ... » Read More
Dixie Diva

Dixie Diva

It happened the other day. It's funny how things so simple can remind us of things so meaningful, of those sweets that are tucked inside our hearts and unknowingly treasured. » Read More
Living with children

Living with children

Q: My 6-year-old son argues with me about everything I tell him to do. He comes up with reason after reason why he shouldn't have to or can't, why it's unfair, or why, at the least, I should help h... » Read More
When — and when not — to resort to spanking

When — and when not — to resort to spanking

It's time once again for me to clarify my position on spanking. I arrived at this reluctant conclusion because twice in the last week, I've been informed that I believe in it, which is not exactly ... » Read More
The world’s view of ‘being cool’

The world’s view of ‘being cool’

My parents, according to the world's definition of "cool," were not. Neither drank nor did either ever possess a credit card. Groceries and clothing were paid for in cash, utilities paid by check, ... » Read More
At the root of a child’s fear and anxiety

At the root of a child’s fear and anxiety

Since the beginning of the 2014-15 school year, several elementary teachers have asked me why so many of today's kids come to school with anxiety issues. That's a good question, one that I think go... » Read More
Living through Southern Living with Lindsay

Living through Southern Living with Lindsay

A few years ago, the magazine I have long loved - Southern Living - changed. Like most Southerners, I have an aversion to change which is why our traditions have such a stranglehold. We never let g... » Read More
Better classroom behavior starts at home

Better classroom behavior starts at home

A first-grade teacher asks what she can do about a girl in her class who is completely undisciplined. After nearly two months of this teacher's best efforts, the child's behavior is no better. She ... » Read More
History is better than fiction

History is better than fiction

Several weeks ago, I wrote about moonshine runner turned stock car champion Lloyd Seay, who was murdered in a dispute over sugar purchased to make illegal whiskey. » Read More

Flu vaccine now available

The Effingham County Health Department now has flu vaccine available. Cost for both the injectable (shot) and nasal spray form is $28. A high dose flu vaccine is also being offered for people ages ... » Read More

Dixie Diva

One afternoon, I had a hankering, a primal-like craving, for a supper of pinto beans and cornbread with a tall glass of cold, rich buttermilk thrown in for good measure and extra filling. » Read More

Living with children

Q: My 7-year-old son does well in school and sports and has a good number of friends. However, he often allows himself to be intimidated by other boys. He is a rule-follower and is more worried ab... » Read More


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