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Fun with the family by Julie Lavender

Decorations and lights are put away for another year, heralding in the dawn of a new year and new beginnings. What was on your list of resolutions and changes for 2008? Have you tossed the diet aside already? Forget the pounds and the promises this year and make one simple goal - put family first. Plan to spend time with those you love, with simple things like watching ants crawl or roasting marshmallows to elaborate plans like building forts or going on extravagant vacations. Make an effort to make memorable times with special people, memories that will last throughout the year.

January 21, 2008 | By JULIE LAVENDER | Lifestyles Columnists


Thinking of God with Larry Sheehy

If we had our way about it, likely none of us would choose the unpleasant paths of life; rather we would choose the easy road, where the ground is smooth and straight, and the paths clearly marked. Consider that the first inclination of parents, when given the choice, is usually...and understandably...to help their children avoid hardship whenever possible.

January 21, 2008 | By LARRY SHEEHY | Lifestyles Columnists


Bulloch History by Roger Allen

In 1840, black Baptists formed the "American Baptist Missionary Convention", under the leadership of Rev. William Simmons. In addition, the "Western Colored Baptist Convention" was formed in 1853 by churches in Illinois and Missouri. It later re-organized to become the "Northwestern and Southern Baptist Convention".

January 13, 2008 | By ROGER ALLEN | Lifestyles Columnists


Diane Miller - Freezing casseroles, soups, stews

There is nothing like a hot bowl of homemade soup on a cold winter's day. But who has time to make it? Schedules are busy during school days and holidays. Just imagine having a freezer full of delicious, homemade meals ready to be heated and served when you get home from work. Even better than that, picture yourself stress-free during the holidays because you prepared and froze your holiday meals and treats in advance. Freezing prepared foods in advance allows you the satisfaction of homemade meals with the convenience of store-bought ones.

January 13, 2008 | By DIANE MILLER | Lifestyles Columnists


Henry Clay, Horticulturist

Attractive holly foliage and colorful berries lend themselves well to spicing-up wreaths, garlands, and other Christmas season arrangements. This isn't anything new for this wonderful plant has been associated with yuletide decorations for hundreds of years.

January 13, 2008 | By HENRY CLAY | Lifestyles Columnists


Kathy Bradley - Feeling of Christmas should be embraced

I don't really mind 80-degree weather in December. In fact, I'd go so far as to say that I prefer it. I can sit on the deck and read the Sunday paper. I can take the dogs rambling wearing shorts and a t-shirt. I can get out of bed without gritting my teeth in preparation for the feel of cold tile on my bare feet.

January 06, 2008 | By KATHY BRADLEY | Lifestyles Columnists


Diane Miller - Reduce your holiday waste

Waste comes in many forms during the holiday season. Here are some tips from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on ways you and your family can help conserve resources this holiday season.

January 06, 2008 | By DIANE MILLER | Lifestyles Columnists


For the Public Health by Stuart Tedders Ph.D.

Although life expectancy has risen considerably in this country, we still face significant health challenges in the 21st century. Chronic diseases, such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, COPD, and diabetes, account for approximately 70 percent of all deaths in the United States. Data indicate that more than 90 million Americans live with a chronic illness and 25 million people experience either disability or physical activity limitations due to these conditions. In addition to the personal burden, the medical care costs of people with chronic diseases are staggering and account for approximately 75 percent of the nation's health care budget.

January 06, 2008 | By STUART TEDDERS, PhD. | Lifestyles Columnists


For Young Readers by Lindsey and Paige Oliver

An easy to read yet striking fantasy book for young children, George R. R. Martin's "The Ice Dragon" is a cunningly crafted tale of childhood friendship and the beauty of winter. While many will recognize the author for his adult fantasy and science fiction novels, parents can rest assured that "The Ice Dragon" has none of the mature themes of Martin's other books. Instead, "The Ice Dragon" focuses on themes of love, friendship and sacrifice.

January 06, 2008 | By LINDSEY and PAIGE OLIVER | Lifestyles Columnists


Kathy Bradley - Maybe we hear better in the dark

When I asked Daddy to plant a chinaberry tree in the yard at Sandhill, he looked at me, not for the first time, as though I'd lost my mind.

December 23, 2007 | By KATHY BRADLEY | Lifestyles Columnists


Diane Miller - Add new flavor to the holidays

The foods we eat during holiday times are usually a significant part of our holiday traditions. The smells of some foods cooking take us right back to our childhoods and our mother's kitchens.

December 23, 2007 | By DIANE MILLER | Lifestyles Columnists


Gardening with Rick Weatherford

"A weed is just a wildflower out of place," botanists often say. What they mean, of course, is that all plants have a certain beauty, they just need to be in the right place. Anyone who has tried native gardening knows that what they once considered weeds may now have a place of prominence in their garden.

December 23, 2007 | By RICK WEATHERFORD | Lifestyles Columnists


For the Public Health by Stuart Tedders Ph.D.

Excluding the skin cancers, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among women in the United States. Breast cancer is the second most deadly form of cancer among women, accounting for approximately 15 percent of all cancer deaths. An estimated 178,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be detected in the United States in 2007 and an estimated 40,460 deaths will occur. In Georgia, 4,520 new cases of breast cancer and 1,120 deaths are expected. All women are at risk, and many factors are thought to contribute to the increased likelihood of developing breast ...

December 23, 2007 | By STUART TEDDERS, PhD. | Lifestyles Columnists


Fun with the family by Julie Lavender

Just as the days are getting shorter with every hour that ticks by, so too are the precious minutes to spend with our family in the year 2007. Instead of frantically counting down the number of shopping days until Christmas, attempt to treasure the few days left in this calendar year. Spend each day wisely, taking advantage of every moment to create warm holiday memories with those you love. In addition to the traditional celebrations that this time of year brings about, add a few of the ones below to make new memories that will flow into a brand new ...

December 20, 2007 | By JULIE LAVENDER | Lifestyles Columnists


Bulloch History by Roger Allen

Irishman Joshua McCall married Juliana Truby and had at least one child: Francis John McCall, born on November 11, 1710 in Ulster, Antrim County, Northern Ireland. At some time Francis Sr. and his family immigrated to the United States, settling in Big Spring, Pennsylvania. He married Marry Harris in Cumberland Valley, Pennsylvania and they had the following children: Charles (Sr.), born in 1732; George, born in 1735; Thomas, born in 1739; Joseph, born in 1741; Elizabeth, born in 1743; Jean, born in 1743; Iber, born in 1745; and Mary, born in 1747.

December 20, 2007 | By ROGER ALLEN | Lifestyles Columnists


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