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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
Looking back  before looking forward

Looking back before looking forward

When the New Year arrives every year, I, like most, look forward to the next 12 months filled with promise, opportunity, and a chance to reform from bad habits. » Read More
Living with children

Living with children

Who are the happier campers in a workplace setting: the employees who (a) obey the rules, follow the procedures, and voice any complaints respectfully, such that the entire workplace is not disrupt... » Read More
A child’s gift

A child’s gift

Sheila Moon learned early on how compassionate her daughter Isabella would be toward others. » Read More
Oh, Christmas tree

Oh, Christmas tree

It was late in the summer of my parents' lives that I was born into a family with three children well on their way to being grown and done with home. » Read More
Short-circuiting a parent-child power struggle

Short-circuiting a parent-child power struggle

Q: My 31-month-old has been out of diapers for at least eight months during the day. She has been very good with toilet training until recently. Now she goes for a while without accidents and then... » Read More
'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


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