MILWAUKEE, WI – Large grocery bills can take a toll on the bank account, but there are numerous ways to adhere to a budget at the store. Households don’t have to sacrifice nutrition to save money. TOPS Club, Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), the nonprofit weight-loss support organization, provides tips from Dena McDowell, M.S., R.D., C.D., nutritional expert for TOPS, that help make some of the most common New Year’s resolutions attainable. Shrink your grocery bills, eat healthier, and shrink your waistline, too.
Create a weekly or bi-weekly menu. Before purchasing food, make a list of groceries your family will need for the pre-planned meals and stick to the list as you make your way through the store. Check for coupons or specials that apply to items on the menu. Also, avoid shopping on an empty stomach, so you aren’t tempted to purchase extra foods. It’s helpful to check the kitchen cupboards to see if an item on your grocery list is already on the shelf.
People from this area sold thousands of old coins to the brokers at THR & Associates last week during the collectors’ roadshow in the Microtel Lobby.
“We bought a lot of older coins, nothing super-duper rare, but some rare stuff,” THR Broker Jeffrey Maynard said Saturday with one more day left for the roadshow here.
Maynard and his associate, Brice Lanier, agreed that the most exciting item was something they didn’t buy. Someone brought a gold coin that had been stamped in Dahlonega, when the nearby city was the home of a gold rush, but no deal was made for the coin last week.
Broker Brice Lanier examines a coin brought to the Collectors Roadshow last week at Microtel.
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Submitted by Ga. DNR
SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (Jan. 4, 2012) - The new Georgia Outdoor Recreation Pass has been in effect a few days, and will help with much-needed maintenance on state wildlife areas.
Thirty-two sites managed by the Georgia Wildlife Resources Division now require the Georgia Outdoor Recreation Pass (GORP) for visitors ages 16-64. Exempt from the requirement are individuals who have a valid WMA
License, Honorary License, Sportsmen’s License, Lifetime License or Three-Day Hunting and Fishing License.
In all, Wildlife Resources Division manages more than 100 properties across the state. However, GORP impacts only about one-third of the areas - the spots with the highest traffic by all users.
“I can’t tell you how much I appreciate this community’s support,” says Wes Farron
Above, Wes and Melanie Farron with their son, Asher. The 22-year-old Farron was injured while on active duty in Afghanistan in October. He spent over two months in a Texas hospital.
After surviving massive injuries during a firefight in Afghanistan in October, then spending two months in a Texas hospital recovering from the wounds, 22-year-old Wes Farron and his wife surprised family members by coming home for Christmas.
Throughout his ordeal, Farron said the support of his wife and family, along with the support of this community, helped pull him through.
“The sheer support I had from the town and the church – I had tons of people praying for me. Since I’ve been back, some people have said ‘hey’ to me and ‘thank you,’ and that means more to me than anything,” said Farron. “I don’t expect a thank you. Being a soldier is something I love doing. My family and Melanie’s family, I can’t thank them enough. That’s my main focus, family and the people who’ve supported us the whole way.”
Top 5 legislative issues of 2012
State Rep. Rick Jasperse entering his second full legislative session under the Gold Dome believes there are several factors which may make this a very “contentious” session.
Rick Jasperse, who will be entering his second legislative session representing Pickens County and surrounding areas, said the state legislative session this January will likely be contentious.
“With the election year, presidential and others in the state, you will see folks really trying to make political statements,” Jasperse said in a late December interview. “With the redistricting completed there will be several forces that should make this a very interesting session.”
Jasperse previewed in late December what he believes will be the five most newsworthy efforts under the Gold Dome when the legislature goes into session this January.
1. Budget – “This is number one by far. It’s why we go there.” Jasperse said in Georgia, the governor proposes a budget and “both the house and senate fiddle with it.” At this point the governor’s proposed budget cuts all state agencies two percent except public safety and education.