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18
Nov
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Stress less than your turkey this Thanksgiving

by Alexis Roberts, MaryBeth Hornbeck

Does the stress of Thanksgiving hit you like a sledgehammer? Are you Googling new recipes the night before the feast to find the perfect sides? Does a relative want Grandma’s cornbread stuffing instead of the Stouffer’s stuffing you had planned to prepare? Are your spouse and kids expecting that favorite traditional pie or cake?

Let’s face it: The holidays look picture-perfect in the media, but in reality, they may not be so full of harmony and smiles. Hosting a Thanksgiving meal means giving careful attention to all the details, like the guest list, place settings, menu, and time of day, in addition to the cooking, cleaning and entertaining.

Now is the perfect time to take action to alleviate Thanksgiving stress. Make 2017 a less stressful holiday season by following these steps from University of Georgia Cooperative Extension.

Mon
07
Aug
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Rhea Landholm: Farmers markets increase access to fresh food

By Rhea Landholm, rheal@cfra.org, Center for Rural Affairs

There is nothing better than slicing up a ripe garden tomato fresh off the vine. However, some may not have the means to grow fresh vegetables in their backyards.

At the Center for Rural Affairs, we work with rural communities to build healthy, sustainable, local food systems. That includes supporting farmers markets.

Farmers markets expand access to fresh, healthy food in communities that need it most. They provide affordable, competitive prices for low-income families, and many accept food vouchers.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), more than 5,000 farmers markets across the country accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, with the number of new locations increasing at an average 40 percent per year.

Sat
24
Jun
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Bowdon Middle Participates in CEMC's 'Great Solar Car Race'

Bowdon Middle School's 8th grade physical science students participated in Carroll EMC's "Great Solar Car Race."

Students were provided the materials to build and test cars using batteries (chemical energy).

After revising and testing their cars, Carroll EMC came to judge and award prizes. On race day, students had to power their cars with only solar energy using panels provided by Carroll EMC.

Classes competed against each other and the final races were very competitive!

Final results were: Dusty Smith\Jacob Funderburke-1st place; Eithan Lanier-2nd place; Tanesha Kirk-3rd place. Thank you Carroll EMC for providing the winners with gift cards! Fun was had by all who participated.

Pictured (L to R) are: Tyler Collins, Sandy Entrekin, Norman Deese, Dusty Smith, Ruben Mercado, Eithan Lanier, Chris Moore, Tanesha Kirk, and 8th grade physical science teacher Kelly Ogles.

Sat
06
May
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Rep Jeff Brown (Ret) LaGrange, GA: Cautions about the budget and tax cuts

The two subjects in the title are dominating the news coming out of Washington so I decided to delay my second of three articles on healthcare and comment on these subjects. However in the short space of 24 hours I have written two very different articles on these subjects.

As an example On Tuesday 5/2 when I wrote the first article there was $295M in the Omnibus budget to help Puerto Rico with its Medicaid deficit. However as of Wednesday morning 5/3 Speaker Ryan said this was no longer in the bill. By the way did you realize about half of Puerto Ricans living there get Medicaid and/or ACA at a cost of over $1B/year but they do not pay personal income taxes?

Wed
22
Mar
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Select the best tomatoes for your garden and table

by Melinda Myers

Sliced, sauced, or cooked in your favorite recipe; tomatoes are a favorite and versatile vegetable. What’s more, they taste best when grown and harvested from your own garden or container.

Ensure the best flavor and greatest results by selecting the most disease-resistant varieties and growing your tomatoes in full sun and moist, well-drained soil.

Select plants with the growth habit that works best with your garden space and gardening style. Determinate tomatoes are perfect for small-space gardens and containers. They grow to a certain height, stop growing, and produce their fruit over a relatively short timeframe. Indeterminate tomatoes continue to grow throughout the season, producing flowers and fruit until frost kills the plant or you prune off the growing tip found at the end of the main stem(s). Stake or tower the plants to save space, reduce disease and insect problems, and make harvesting more convenient.

Mon
20
Mar
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Rep. Randy Nix – Weekly Report March 18, 2017

The 2017 session of the Georgia General Assembly has five legislative days left. This past week, the House spent time considering several bills as well as the fiscal year 2018 state budget which must be passed before we adjourn. Also known as HB 44, the FY 2018 budget estimate has been established at $24.9 billion, which is $1.25 billion more than the FY 2017 budget. There have been two procedural votes on the budget and a conference committee, comprised of both Representatives and Senators, has been organized to work through any differences and to form a consensus about the fiscal needs of our state. I will keep you apprised about this process, but if you would like to read updates and highlights about the budget, you can find them on the House Budget and Research Office website at www.house.ga.gov/budget.

Sat
18
Mar
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Sen. Mike Dugan (R – Carrollton): Update from the Capitol

We’re in the home stretch of the 2017 legislative session with only five more legislative days left to vet and pass legislation. Committees are continuing to review remaining bills to see which ones are ready to be voted on this session and which will need a little more refining over the summer. A lot of the bills passed this week were clean up bills, which correct language or update bills passed in previous years.

Mon
13
Feb
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Fred O’Neal: Celebrate Lamargie

I have had the great ability and opportunity to serve this community both through our business and my affiliations with civic, service and fraternal groups. As it has been said before, service is the rent you pay for the space you occupy on earth. I owe so much to the person who laid the groundwork for me and set such a servant-leader example, my mother, the late Mrs. Lamargie Glenn O’Neal.

Sun
12
Feb
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Rep Jeff Brown (Ret)

What is former President Obama’s legacy?

It is important to understand what Former President Obama did and did not accomplish during his 8 years. For one reason they create the benchmarks by which we can objectively judge what President Trump does or does not accomplish.

There were positive accomplishments during Obama’s 8 years such as Osama bin Laden being killed, nothing like 9/11 but instead isolated ISIS attacks and possibly restored relations with Cuba.

For gays, transgender and pro-abortionists his 8 years were good but in reality most of those gains came through the courts. However Obama made 369 judicial appointments including Sotomayor and Kegan to the Supreme Court.

As a husband and father he set a good example as did Michelle and he was re-elected. Hopefully as the first African American president he did/will motivate those of his race.

Sat
11
Feb
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Sen. Mike Dugan (R - Carrollton): Update from the Capitol

Like a well-oiled machine, the 2017 legislative session is running smoothly as we near the half way point. The General Assembly has sailed through legislative day 16, and we are fully involved in the committee process and passing legislation to better Georgia.

This week, the Senate passed House Bill 43, the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 amended budget, one of the most important pieces of legislation we pass every year. If the General Assembly fails to pass a budget, it could lead the state government to shut down. The amended budget is often referred to as the “little budget” and gets passed half way through each fiscal year. We go through the entire bill, line by line, and look for areas that are being over or under-funded and make adjustments where necessary to ensure our state departments, agencies and school systems are able to operate at the best possible efficiency.

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