Ag awareness week

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaGov. Sonny Perdue has proclaimed March 15-20 “Georgia Agriculture Awareness Week” to honor an industry that touches every life in Georgia and is the economic backbone for much of the state.Special events throughout the state will help Georgians learn about agriculture’s impact. Perdue plans to kick off the week with the signing of a proclamation with Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin.Perdue will speak to fourth- and fifth-grade classes statewide via Webcast. He’ll be joined by state School Superintendent Kathy Cox, state Future Farmers of America President Cliff Tippens and state 4-H President Nekeisha Randall.FFA and 4-H officers will be in classrooms throughout the week with interactive presentations. An agriculture curriculum and video will be on hand for all fifth-grade classes during the week.Georgia Extension Service agents and young farmer teachers will meet with civic clubs to champion agriculture in their area.A Web site ( has a complete list of activities, lesson plans, facts and resources. You can test your agriculture knowledge there, too, and earn a certificate.”The ag awareness week activities are designed to encourage agricultural literacy,” says Donnie Smith, ag awareness week chairman. “Knowledge of agriculture is important for informed consumers, for the continued economic success of our state and for good stewardship of our environment.”Georgia ag awareness will coincide with National Agriculture Day, March 20.Economic engineGeorgia’s climate allows for many crops from the north Georgia mountains through the piedmont region to the coastal plain. Vegetables, tobacco, cotton, corn, trees, soybeans, livestock, peaches, onions, aquaculture, floriculture and nursery crops are just a few Georgia commodities.Georgia farmers produce more broilers, eggs and peanuts than any other U.S. state. In most years, they grow more pecans, too.And Georgia doesn’t just grow food and fiber. It processes, packages and transports it, too.Agriculture adds more than $57 billion each year to the Georgia economy. That’s 16 percent of the state’s economic output. One in six Georgians works in a forestry- or agriculture-related job. Almost half of the state’s manufacturing jobs are in agribusiness.The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences has scientist working throughout the state to develop better, more economical and environmentally safer ways to grow Georgia’s crops. They’re leaders, too, in ensuring the quality and safety of the food supply.The UGA Extension Service has agriculture and family and consumer sciences agents in most Georgia counties. They link the university and agriculture to the rest of the state.Extension agents oversee the Georgia 4-H program, too, which provides youth education and leadership training.last_img read more

10 reasons you’re not rich yet

first_imgby: Jocelyn Black Hodes, Daily WorthAs a financial advisor, I have spent many years helping other people overcome financial stumbling blocks so they can become rich. Ironically, the one person I have had the most trouble helping is myself.Being “rich” can mean different things to different people, but I believe it means having the financial freedom to achieve your goals and live the life you want. I am great at giving advice; I am not always so great at taking my own advice (know anyone like that?). So, when it came to helping my clients understand why they weren’t rich yet, the easy part was explaining the culprits, because I was all too familiar with most of them.Regardless of our upbringing, education, profession or lifestyle, most of us are not where we want to be financially and our reasons are probably more similar than different. The good news is that it is never too late to become rich if you, like me, are ready to own up to the reasons you’re not and do something about it.Want to know why you aren’t rich yet? Keep reading. continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Sue Margaret Lynn

first_imgFriends may visit with the family on Friday, September 8, 2017 from 5 until 8 p.m. and again on Saturday from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11a.m. at Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Lakeview.  Burial will follow in Metamora Cemetery. Sue Margaret Lynn, formerly of Metamora, was born on February 4, 1940 in Jackson County, Kentucky, the daughter of Aaron and Cleona Johnson Parrett.  She graduated from Laurel High School and later married Lee Lynn on December 24, 1959 at Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Lakeview.  Sue was a devoted wife and mother; loved her weekly games of Yahtzee with her sisters, and enjoyed her dogs.  On Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at the age of 77, she passed away at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis. Those surviving who will cherish Sue’s memory include her loving husband of nearly 58 years, Lee Lynn; a son, Terry (fiancé Tracey Adams) Lynn of Smyrna, TN; a granddaughter, Nicole (Ryan) Wheeler of Peru; great grandchildren, Cameron, Mason and Sophie Wheeler; three brothers, Ernest Parrett of Franklin County, Donnie (Darla) Parrett of Rushville, and Harold (Donna) Parrett of Franklin County; four sisters, Margie Milbourn of Metamora, Barbara Wyatt of Rushville, Lucy (Joe) Halcomb of Metamora, and Mae Baker of Metamora.  Also surviving are many nieces and nephews.  Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, Aaron “Jr.” Parrett, and several nieces and nephews.center_img Memorial contributions can be directed to the donor’s choice.  To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence, please visit  The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Sue Lynn.last_img read more

Lady Cardinals Battle Lady Chargers On The Court

first_imgThe 7th and 8th Grade St. Louis Lady Cards hosted the North Decatur Chargers. While unable to pull away a win they were two very good games.The 7th Grade Lady Cards had a final score of 36-17. At the half we pulled back from 6-11 to 11-13. We got in a bit of foul trouble leading us to have to play more cautious the second half which in return drew their lead from us.The Lady Cards hustled and worked very hard. Scoring for the Lady Cards were Megan Bauer with 8pts, Ella Smith with 6pts, and Megan Raab with 3pts. Summer Ratcliffe, Anna Wanstrath, and Alys Cochran were doing a great job hustling for the ball to get a steal or rebound. Nice job ladies.The 8th Grade Lady Cards had a final score of 22-21. This was such a great game to watch and coach. While we may not have come out with the win there were many things that led up to the final score.Scoring for SLS were Emma Weberding with 8pts, Ava Allen with 6pts, Kate Voegele with 4pts, Aylssa Wanstrath with 2pts, and Lilly Wonnell with 1pts. We did a great job of shooting free throws and hustling. We did a great job pressing, breaking a press, and running our defense and offense. Heads held high because a lot was done right but out of our control.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Erin Trenkamp.last_img read more

Social Security officials announce 2019 benefit increase

first_imgWashington D.C. — Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for more than 67 million Americans will increase 2.8 percent in 2019, the Social Security Administration announced today.The 2.8 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits payable to more than 62 million Social Security beneficiaries in January 2019.  Increased payments to more than 8 million SSI beneficiaries will begin on December 31, 2018.  (Note: some people receive both Social Security and SSI benefits).  The Social Security Act ties the annual COLA to the increase in the Consumer Price Index as determined by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.Some other adjustments that take effect in January of each year are based on the increase in average wages.  Based on that increase, the maximum amount of earnings subject to the Social Security tax (taxable maximum) will increase to $132,900 from $128,400.Social Security and SSI beneficiaries are normally notified by mail in early December about their new benefit amount.  This year, for the first time, most people who receive Social Security payments will be able to view their COLA notice online through their my Social Security account.  People may create or access their my Social Security account online at about Medicare changes for 2019, when announced, will be available at  For Social Security beneficiaries receiving Medicare, Social Security will not be able to compute their new benefit amount until after the Medicare premium amounts for 2019 are announced.  Final 2019 benefit amounts will be communicated to beneficiaries in December through the mailed COLA notice and mySocial Security’s Message Center.The Social Security Act provides for how the COLA is calculated.  To read more, please visit the website.last_img read more

Rising Sun chief of police dies in Wednesday crash

first_imgRising Sun, In. — A report from the Switzerland County Sheriff’s Department says Rising Sun chief of police David Hewitt was killed in a crash Wednesday morning. Initial reports indicate the crash occurred at 7:20 a.m on State Road 56 near Spring Branch Road in icy conditions.The following statement was released by Rising Sun mayor Brent Bascom:It is with great sadness that I must confirm that David Hewitt, Chief of Police for Rising Sun, Indiana, passed away this morning from injuries sustained in a single vehicle accident in Switzerland County, Indiana. Chief Hewitt served Southeastern Indiana for 27 years as a Police Officer for the Switzerland County Sheriff’s Department, the Dearborn County Sheriff’s Department, the Lawrenceburg Police Department, and the Rising Sun Police Department. He became employed by Rising Sun Police Department in 1998 and was named the Chief of Police in 2004. At this time, I am ordering that all flags in the City of Rising Sun be lowered to half-staff and to remain at half-staff for a period of 27 days, one day for each year of service that Chief Hewitt gave to the citizens of our area. On behalf of the City of Rising Sun, I would like to extend our sincere condolences to Chief Hewitt’s family. I ask that everyone please respect the privacy of Chief Hewitt’s family and that we keep them in our thoughts and prayers as they deal with this tragic loss. Brent T. Bascom, Mayor City of Rising Sun, Indianalast_img read more

Area Girls Basketball Scores (11-19)

first_imgArea Girls Basketball ScoresTuesday  (11-19)Jac-Cen-Del  64     Milan  38South Ripley  51     South Decatur  21SW-Hanover  33     North Decatur  32Lawrenceburg  53     Oldenburg  25Greensburg  72     Shelbyville  26Madison  57     South Dearborn  33University  54     Waldron  32Northeastern  53     Union County  44last_img

Buhari congratulates D’Tigers qualifying for Olympics 2020

first_imgRelatedPosts Nigeria dying under Buhari’s jackboot, by Tunde Odesola Edo poll: APC supporters commend Buhari for providing level playing field Buhari holds closed-door meeting with Ghana’s President President Muhammadu Buhari has joined Nigerians and Basketball fans all over the world in celebrating D’Tigers for a successful outing at FIBA World Cup 2019, defeating China, 86-73, and securing a place for Olympics 2020. The president’s congratulatory message is communicated through a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Monday. President Buhari congratulated the team for the energetic, resilient and skillful outing that saw them out-playing and out-pacing opponents during the tournament, assuring the team that the nation remains proud of them. He also commended officials and technical hands for the commitment and investments in ensuring that the D’Tigers emerged victorious with all the odds of playing against China before home fans in Guangzhou. As the team prepares for the Tokyo Olympics, President Buhari noted that with more dedication, training and focus, D’Tigers will surprise the world. News Agency of Nigeria reports that  the Nigeria’s senior men’s basketball team D’Tigers secured the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games after beating China 86-73 at the FIBA World Cup game played at the Gyangzhou Gymnasium, China. The Nigerians pipped African champions, Tunisia to the ticket who had a crucial win on Saturday. Both teams finished with three wins from five games but D’Tigers got the ticket with better goal difference. The Nigerian team failed to get the Olympics ticket from their group after it finished with two losses and a win but eventually booked a place after emerging as the highest-ranked African team at the tournament.Tags: D’TigersFIBA World Cup 2019Muhammadu Buhariolympics 2020last_img read more

Southampton’s van Dijk to join Liverpool

first_img(BBC) – SOUTHAMPTON centre-back Virgil van Dijk will join Liverpool when the transfer window re-opens on January 1 in a world record £75M deal.The Netherlands international had been expected to join the Reds last summer after he handed in a transfer request.But a move fell through when Liverpool apologised for making an alleged illegal approach for the 26-year-old.The fee is the most ever paid for a defender – Manchester City paid £52M to Monaco for Benjamin Mendy in July.van Dijk said in a statement he was “delighted and honoured” to sign for the Merseyside club and accepted he had had a “difficult last few months” at St Mary’s.He was left out of Southampton’s squad for their 5-2 Premier League defeat by Tottenham on Tuesday, prompting speculation he was set to leave the club.“Southampton have agreed a fee that will set a new world record for a defender,” the south coast club confirmed yesterday.The player only signed a new six-year contract last year, having joined the Saints from Celtic for £13M in September 2015.However, Liverpool’s interest in the summer prompted a transfer request from the player which saw him forced to train alone by manager Mauricio Pellegrino.last_img read more

Keck workers negotiate deal with university

first_imgSince holding a strike in early February, the National Union of Healthcare Workers has been successful in negotiations with USC’s Keck School of Medicine in earning an improved contract with the university healthcare system for 800 workers.“Eight hundred USC Keck workers forced USC to adhere to its own rhetoric by making them full members of the Trojan family, both by compensating them fairly and by granting them a voice in the hospital’s staffing and patient-care policies,” said Sophia Mendoza, NUHW’s secretary-treasurer.That contract — which was finalized in late March and includes an annual wage that is calculated by experience and years of service as well as tuition assistance — however, has currently not been extended to 100 workers who work in the hospital cafeteria but are employees of subcontractor Sodexo, a national company that provides “quality of life” services to many institutions.According to a video on the NUHW Facebook page, USC and Sodexo have been paying some Keck Hospital employees “pennies above minimum wage”   without taking into account factors such as length of service. As a result, NUHW claims that some Keck employees have had to ask for government assistance such as food stamps to make ends meet.The video also compares USC to public institutions such as UC campuses and the Los Angeles Unified School District and how those institutions have made commitments to pay their service workers a minimum wage of $15 an hour.Mendoza noted that USC has the resources to pay a livable wage to its workers at Keck.“It is fully within USC’s power and means to see that all of its workers, even those employed by subcontractors, are paid a livable wage,” Mendoza said.In late January, the NUHW had informed the University that a one-day strike would be held at Keck Hospital demanding of a better contract for the union’s employees on Feb. 10. The NUHW workers on the picket line included nurses and food services and cafeteria staff, as well as other picketers from the California Nurses Association in support of NUHW.A statement from Keck Hospital called the strike “largely a non-event” and claimed that only a fraction of Keck’s NUHW-affiliated employees actually participated. To prevent the strike from affecting patient care, Keck hired contract employees and worked with the LAPD to provide a “safe environment” throughout the strike.USC acquiesced before the beginning of April on the contracts for healthcare workers.However, the union will continue to negotiate the contract for the 100 food service workers it represents at Keck. Currently, NUHW has alleged that USC has had Sodexo keep costs down at the expense of worker’s salaries.Mendoza points out that USC can remedy the situation in a number of ways, such as by paying Sodexo more money for salaries or by doing away with the subcontractor all together.“The real solution is for USC to stop exploiting these workers via Sodexo by bring them back in-house and treating them as full members of the Trojan family, with full Trojan pay and benefits,” Mendoza said.USC has yet to provide a statement on the NUHW agreement or on continuing discussions at the time of publication.The University did not immediately respond to request for comment.last_img read more