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Time to live on beans and rice

My sister said once that she doesn't really like pinto beans because when she was growing up, Mama cooked a pot three or four times a week.

December 19, 2016 | By Ronda Rich | Opinion


State finances remain steady

December revenues - more of the same

December 19, 2016 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


Who to Thank for Your Christmas Tree

Everyone loves a Christmas tree! (Except, of course, the person who sweeps up the needles.) But, do you know where this Christmas tradition came from? The answer may involve a godly man who is the patron saint of an Effingham church.

December 16, 2016 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Opinion


Be a Champion: A Lesson from Barnabas

This next week, try a little experiment. Trust me, you'll enjoy it.

December 09, 2016 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Opinion


Time for year-end review of your investments

With the holiday season upon us, you may well be busier than usual. However, by spending a few minutes reviewing your investment scenario of this past year, you can see where you've been, where you might be going, and what you need to do to keep moving forward toward your long-term financial goals.

December 09, 2016 | By Jeremy Herren | Opinion


All benefit when you make charitable gifts

Now that we are in the heart of them holiday season, you may be thinking about ways you can put your money where your heart is. Specifically, you might be pondering which groups you should support with charitable gifts.

December 05, 2016 | By Jeremy Herren | Opinion


One Answer to the Christian Debriefing

Last weekend I received a phone call from a former member of a church I served years ago, now living in the Midwest. She was upset over something that may be more common than it may seem.

December 02, 2016 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Opinion


When a Friend Dies: The Bereavement Time Warp

Consider the unusual nature of death. We humans meander through life barely acknowledging that we have a deadline, until of course, someone we know dies. Then, we are reminded of our own mortality, if only for just a moment. The fact that deaths are relatively infrequent in our lives and that we are very adept at ignoring our own deadlines can leave us ill-prepared to deal with this reality of life.

November 25, 2016 | By Rev. Bob LeFavi | Opinion


Cognitive dissonance and a smooth wagon ride

A college roommate of mine married a girl of a different faith (not simply of a different Christian denomination). It didn't work out. After about a dozen years and two children, their "irreconcilable" differences took a fatal toll. It was and is sad for everyone as my wife Sue and I still try to remain friends with both ex-spouses.

November 17, 2016 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Opinion


Co-Opting Jesus into politics

Two weeks ago, Donna Brazile, a political analyst, was interviewed by Megyn Kelly on Kelly's Fox News show.

November 10, 2016 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Opinion


Hypocrisy, Double-Standards, and Colin Kaepernick

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has immersed himself in a national controversy by refusing to stand for the playing of the national anthem in protest of what he sees as wrongdoings against African Americans and minorities in the United States.

November 02, 2016 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Opinion


Meredith Arnsdorff: An Educator's Educator

On October 9, 2016, Effingham County lost one of its finest. Meredith Rountree Arnsdorff, 72, a long-time educator, passed away. Her husband of 51 years, Jerry, her children and family cared for her lovingly until she was called home to her Lord.

October 26, 2016 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Opinion


To all, thanks for a great ride

Just because you know this day is coming doesn't make it any easier.

August 03, 2016 | By Patrick Donahue | Opinion


Starting the budget process

Even though the fiscal year just started July 1, the budget preparation process for the 2017 session has already begun. On July 26, the Governor's Office of Planning and Budget released budget instructions for agencies for the amended fiscal year 2017 budget and the FY18 budget.

August 03, 2016 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


Putin swears it’s not his doing

Ring! Ring! Ring!

August 03, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion


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Word Butter: Fast food double-downs are making me crazy

I saw in my Twitter feed that Taco Bell recently introduced its Naked Chicken Chalupa. If you've been under a rock and somehow missed ...

February 20, 2017 | By Angye Morrison | Opinion


Word Butter: It’s the day after and I’m still in mourning, y’all…

I sat on the couch, stunned, mouth hanging open.

February 12, 2017 | By Angye Morrison | Opinion


What Would Jesus Tweet? A Question for Our Time

What would Jesus tweet? Or what would He post on Facebook?

February 12, 2017 | By Rev. Bob LeFavi | Opinion


‘Mr. Ben’ was a cantankerous Georgia hero

A while back, the chief tax assessors from counties throughout Georgia asked me to speak to their gathering at Jekyll Island. We frequent the Golden ...

February 06, 2017 | By Ronda Rich Dixie Diva | Opinion


Jihad versus peace: The presidential line in the sand

As I write this, the uproar regarding President Donald Trump's executive order to restrict immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries is in full swing.

February 03, 2017 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Opinion


Word Butter: No Resolutions here - just resolution to do better

People amaze me. I mean, seriously.

February 02, 2017 | By Angye Morrison Editor of Effingham Living | Opinion


The Art of Living in the Balance

In life, extremism often ends in a multitude of problems. I find the same is true when the Gospel is presented.

January 26, 2017 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Opinion


Word Butter: Lessons Learned from a Little Creative Wall Art

Kids grow up so fast. Too fast, in fact. As I cleaned house this past weekend, I looked at a picture of my niece, who ...

January 26, 2017 | By Angye Morrison Editor of Effingham Living | Opinion


Rep. Hitchens' weekly report

The Georgia General Assembly begins the 2017 session on January 9 and as I head to Atlanta, I take very seriously the responsibility that you ...

January 16, 2017 | By Rep. Bill Hitchens | Opinion


Living Out Your Dual Citizenship

I'm fortunate enough to have dual citizenship with the United States and Italy. You may never have given thought to the reason you're ...

January 15, 2017 | By Rev. Bob LeFavi | Opinion


Rep. Hitchens' weekly report

The Georgia General Assembly begins the 2017 session on January 9 and as I head to Atlanta, I take very seriously the responsibility that you ...

January 12, 2017 | | Opinion


Following Through on Our Promise in 2017

Last week, I outlined 10 possible resolutions for Christians. I left out one particularly important possible resolution as it deserves its own space.

January 09, 2017 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Opinion


Investment tips for Millennials to consider now

How much money will you need in retirement? To arrive at an estimate, you should coIf you are a "millennial" – a member of the age ...

January 06, 2017 | By Ryan Waters | Opinion


Consider some New Year's financial resolutions for 2017

We're just about ready to open the door to 2017, so you might be thinking about some New Year's resolutions.

December 31, 2016 | By Ryan Waters | Opinion


Fighting terrorism in Georgia

How we're fighting terrorism

December 31, 2016 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


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