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Visit with children a real eye-opener

One of my favorite activities as a state senator is when I get to speak to students at our local schools. This year, I spoke to third-grade students at May Howard Elementary and Marshpoint Elementary in Chatham County and Button Gwinnett Elementary in Liberty County.

December 28, 2011 | By Buddy Carter, State Senator Guest Columnist | Advice/Columnists

The world may change but fundamentals stay the same

Dear Cameron,

December 28, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Advice/Columnists

He's home, he's home, he's home

He's home! Those words are the constant ringing in my ears and echo in my mind.

December 13, 2010 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Advice/Columnists

Making hog head cheese, sausage

Last week, I told you about hog-killing time and I left off where daddy took most of the meat to the Glennville ice plant where it was salt- or sugar-cured. There was still more work to be done.

December 13, 2010 | By Margie Love Columnist | Advice/Columnists

Pick out a pretty business or two

Christmas is such a wonderful time of the year. There is so much activity - Christmas music, holiday events, shopping, Santa sightings - I love it all! One of my favorite things is the decorations. Everything looks lovely with all the lights and greenery. So if you have never nominated a local business for a Win-dex Award, now is the time to do so. Of course, the Win-dex Awards are year round recognitions; they're not just about holiday decorating. But certainly the decorations make local businesses even more inviting and attractive. I encourage you to take a look around and send ...

December 13, 2010 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Advice/Columnists

Make your year-end financial moves

The holiday season is always a busy time of year, so you're probably pretty busy. But it is important to take some time now to evaluate year-end financial moves that may be beneficial in preparing for your financial future.

December 10, 2010 | For Matt Cardella Special to the Courier | Advice/Columnists

Pros, cons of gift cards

For many who do last-minute holiday shopping, speed is essential. There's no more time to ponder and compare and wander the aisles looking for the perfect gift.

December 08, 2010 | By David Uffington Dollars and sense | Advice/Columnists

Grandparents shouldn't have to discipline

Q: Help! Whenever our two adult children, their spouses and our four school-age grandchildren (all "tweenagers") visit us, as they did this past Thanksgiving, chaos reigns.

December 08, 2010 | By John Rosemond Columnist | Advice/Columnists

It is harvest time

As I write this, the cotton harvesters are busy picking lint and bailing modules in Bryan County's cotton fields. If you are driving on the roads in the north end of the county, you might have seen them: huge 40-foot-long, 10-foot-tall oversized loaves of bread with a tarp on top sitting out in a field of picked-over cotton.

December 08, 2010 | By Don Gardner Columnist | Advice/Columnists

Are your kids ready for a cell phone?

If your preteen child hasn't hit you up yet for a cell phone, you're among a rare breed indeed. Studies have found that roughly 70 percent of 11- to 14-year-olds now use cell phones. Closer to home, our 10-year-old has been hounding my wife and me for months to get his own phone.

December 08, 2010 | By Jason Alderman Practical money skills | Advice/Columnists

Rivers Alive volunteers deserve thanks

I am thankful this year for so many things and so many people. Since we have just completed our Rivers Alive cleanup events this fall, this is a particularly good time for Keep Liberty Beautiful to express gratitude for the fantastic volunteers around our community who made the cleanups in 26 county locations possible.

December 06, 2010 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Advice/Columnists

Year's supply of meat took lots of work

As a child, I used to pull my feather pillow tightly over my head to muffle the sounds of rifle shots as my daddy killed hogs that would be butchered to supply us with meat for the year. When I thought the killing was over, I went outside to help with all the work that had to be done.

December 06, 2010 | By Margie Love Columnist | Advice/Columnists

I think I'm home for now

It had been a while since I'd made it back home to Iowa. The 40-degree temperatures had me dreaming of an 80-degree November and fans instead of fireplaces. It's only recently come to my attention that Georgia has truly become home.

December 06, 2010 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Advice/Columnists

'Immunize' your portfolio

Now that winter is almost here, you probably see "flu shots available" signs at many of your local pharmacies. Whether you decide to get a flu shot depends on your individual situation, of course, but you may benefit from the idea of immunization in other areas of your life - such as your investments.

December 03, 2010 | For Matt Cardella Special to the Courier | Advice/Columnists

Get a handle on holiday debt

Overheard in a mall when a weary child asked his package-laden mother: "Mom, can we stop shopping yet?"

December 01, 2010 | By David Uffington Dollars and sense | Advice/Columnists

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